In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, and as an acknowledgment to the land that The Dairy sits on, we have partnered with Street Wise Boulder as a wall sponsor and are so excited to welcome muralist LMNOPI (or “Lopi” for short) from Vermont/NYC. Lopi will be on-site at The Dairy all next week painting a portrait-based mural on the west-facing side of the building located in our main parking lot. Stop by to see her progress, or join us for the dedication on Oct. 14th.
LMNOPI has been a community organizer, humanitarian worker & civilly disobedient activist over the last four decades, standing elbow to elbow with the people & communities she depicts in her work. She is a traditionally trained painter & printmaker dedicated to street art activism. Her skillful brushwork & signature palette lend her works of art an unmistakable timbre. A terrain of strength and humor, defiance and resilience, love and bravery emanate from the faces of the women and children she paints.
Former projects include Earth First in the late 1980’s where she worked on the campaign to save Head-waters Forest in Northern California. She was the founding director of a community arts venue called What is Art? in Santa Cruz 1994-2000 serving as the curator and facilitator there until she moved to NYC on September 11th, 2001 first attending the School for Film and Television and then making an official return to academia which culminated in graduating cum laude from SUNY Purchase with a degree in painting and printmaking in 2005. She was awarded residencies at both the Lower East Side and the Robert Blackburn Printshops in Manhattan. In 2009 she invented the street artist persona LMNOPI as a way to protect her identity while roaming the streets of Brooklyn making unsanctioned interventions on abandoned store fronts, buildings and construction sites.
She was an active participant during the occupation of Zuccotti Park in NYC in 2011, created viral memes for the anti-fracking movement, was one of the founders of the disaster relief effort Occupy Sandy in 2012 in NYC, which mobilized thousands of volunteers in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. She took part in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline by camping for two months at Standing Rock in the winter of 2016, playing a supportive role for the elders & Indigenous leaders there.
Two archives of Lmnopi’s work were acquired by the prestigious Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut in the summer of 2017. Her work was added to the archives of Reed College, Stanford, University of Pittsburgh, UC Berkeley and St. Olaf University in 2018. Her print work is part of a historical archive of Occupy artists titled Occuprint which is in the collections of many distinguished universities, museums & libraries such as Harvard University Art Library, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art. Her public works can be found on the streets of cities across the United States, Mexico, Canada & Haiti.
LMNOPI relocated to the Green Mountains of Vermont in the Fall of 2018 and she continues to amplify voices deeply rooted within the Economic, Social & Climate Justice Movements. She remains a dedicated and stalwart accomplice to the leaders of Indigenous and Youth led activations.