A new mural being created for an exterior wall of the Opportunity Village Thrift Store at 921 S. Main St. will be dedicated at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 20. The mural is a collaborative effort between the Opportunity Village Art Enrichment program and the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission.
Entitled "Needs and Whimsies," the mural is the result of an Artist Residency program sponsored by the city of Las Vegas Arts Commission and hosted by Opportunity Village in the studios of their new Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus in the Southwest part of the valley at 6050 S. Buffalo Drive. Artist Lisa Fields Clark worked for a period of two months with 10 clients of the Art Enrichment program and its staff and volunteers to produce the mural.
The 4' x 64' mural will be installed along the upper portion of the south-facing wall of the store, in the downtown Arts District at Main Street and Coolidge Avenue. The brightly-colored mural depicts a series of several "rooms" of items that might be found inside the store, and will also feature original paintings on plywood created by the Arts Enrichment artists and additional 3-D elements created by Clark.
Opportunity Village serves persons ages 18 and over with developmental disabilities. Clients of the Arts Enrichment program have had their artwork exhibited at galleries and Opportunity Village events around the city and many of their works have been sold.
Images of the work in progress and the unadorned wall can be seen on the artist's Web site at: http://www.lisafieldsclark.com/ .