On October 26, 2022

“Beginners Mind”: a mural project for Rutland City, to be unveiled

Saturday, Oct. 29 — RUTLAND — Join Rutland City on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. for the unveiling of a new mural, ‘Beginner’s Mind,’ by muralist Lopi LaRoe (a.k.a. LMNOPI). The new mural is on the Rutland City Hall building facing Strongs Avenue in Downtown Rutland. The theme promotes reading and books as a gateway to imagination and adventure especially in our technologically saturated world.

The project is a collaboration between the Chaffee Art Center and mural artist Lopi LaRoe to bring inspiration to the community by adding more powerful public art.

Courtesy Chaffee Art Center
A new mural, by Muralist Lopi LaRoe is displayed on the city hall building for the unveiling of ‘Beginners Mind,’ a mural
project collaboration between Chaffee Art Center and LaRoe in Rutland.

“Thanks to community support, we raised a third of the total project cost which, along with the Better Places Grant’s 2:1 match, brought this inspiring and vibrant mural to the community,” said Sherri Birkheimer Rooker, executive director of the Chaffee Art Center.

“I’m honored & grateful to have my art grace Rutland’s City Hall. The subject of the portrait is a 9-year-old girl who lives in West Rutland with her family,” said LaRoe. ” I wanted to celebrate the optimism of youth along with the fantastic world of books and geometry. My aim is always to have a positive impact on people when they witness the work and to inspire a pause in their day; an opportunity to reconnect with their own inner child and feel hope for the future. I was looking for content that could easily unify our community and who doesn’t love to see a happy kid surrounded by a flock of flying books?” she said.

Visit lmnopi.com/ to learn more.

The campaign is sponsored by the Vermont Dept. of Housing and Community Development’s Better Places program and is led by the Chaffee Art Center.

For more information contact Chaffee Art Center at 802-775-0356 or info2chaffeeartcenter.org. Visit Chaffee Art Center’s website: chaffeeartcenter.org.

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