Stone Valley Arts will host the first solo retrospective from American muralist and printmaker Lopi LaRoe at its gallery through May.
An opening reception for “Emergence: From the Studio into the Streets with LMNOPI” will take place on Saturday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The exhibit will span just under 20 years of art making. The show will follow LaRoe’s evolution from studio artist to street artist and the birth of LMNOPI, her street art persona.
Interestingly, LaRoe’s evolution went from micro to macro, from miniature oil paintings to large-scale murals. The show will include selections from her body of oil paintings and then move into some early examples of her stencil paintings on paper, followed by large-scale paintings on paper, including actual detritus from former public works and moving into more contemporary mural studies on board from her recent murals in Vermont.
In addition, LaRoe is including in the show examples of activist T-shirts she created for various movements as well as an entire portfolio of limited edition prints from 2019 titled “Uprising” Although the media have changed over time; her voice remains consistent throughout, exploring and documenting civil rights, economic justice and environmental movements.
LaRoe relocated to the Green Mountains of Vermont in the fall of 2018 from Brooklyn where she lived for nearly two decades. She’s committed to making a home in Vermont and adding value to the community in every way she can.
Gallery hours are Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. through May and by appointment.
Stone Valley Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community arts organization that began in 2013 as a response to community needs identified by the Poultney 2020 revitalization movement. The purpose of Stone Valley Arts is to provide classes, workshops, presentations and events in the visual, performing and literary arts for all ages and levels of experience. Its goal is to enrich the quality of life in the region by integrating the arts into the fabric of the community.
SVA is located in an old stone church, built in 1822, across from Poultney High School, at 145 E. Main Street, Poultney, Vermont.