Public art is a powerful means of reflecting a place’s identity and vibrancy. An uplifting example is the Vibes on the Green mural in downtown Woodstock. You’ll find it on the upper shipping container at the Woodstock Arts Events Green at the corner of Market and Elm Streets. A striking display of color and motion, artist Stacie U. Rose’s mural stretches nine by twenty feet. Its riot of colors blend grassy green, sunny yellow, indigo blue, Pop-Tart-icing pink, and other colors arranged in geometric shapes and swirls that invoke a sense of joyfulness and constant movement.

How Vibes on the Green Came to Woodstock

Nicole Lampl, director and curator of The Reeves House Visual Arts Center, first saw an exhibition of Stacie’s work at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and thought it was marvelous. Nicole says she felt drawn to the vibrancy, dynamism, and playfulness in Stacie’s work and recalls, “I love how Stacie plays with the visual tension between graphic and organic elements in a way that allows order and chaos to exist peacefully in the same composition.”

Inspired by the exhibition, Nicole began planning to bring Stacie’s work to The Reeves House for a solo exhibition. The fruition of this dream came in 2022 when The Reeves House hosted a solo show for Stacie called Current Conditions, which consisted of work Stacie produced during the pandemic. The pieces reflected the unstable psyche of the world as individuals navigated the global event together.

When Woodstock Arts later installed a public restroom for visitors to the Woodstock Arts Event Green and other nearby public activities, Nicole, who was involved in the project, sought Stacie’s artistic vision for the new public installation. According to Nicole, “I knew that Stacie’s work’s strong graphic elements would translate well to a larger scale. Although the unusual corrugated surface presented a challenge, I knew Stacie would turn it into an asset, and she certainly did.”

Public Art Gets Personal | Downtown Woodstock | Vibes on the Green | Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes for Enjoy Cherokee Magazine

The Vibes on the Green mural in downtown Woodstock provides a bright welcome to the Woodstock Arts Event Green on Elm Street.

Christopher Brazelton, executive director of Woodstock Arts, expressed his excitement that Stacie was the first artist to paint the repurposed shipping container. He remarks,“We felt the upper shipping container would be a great canvas for art, and we intend to commission a new artist every few years to display their work on it. As our first artist, Stacie did a great job of catching the vibe of the community; hence the name. I appreciate her taking the time to react to both the art as she created it and what was happening on the green as she was painting.”

About the Artist

Stacie grew up in Marblehead, Ohio, in an artistic family. At seventeen she won the Pratt Institute of New York City’s National Talent Search and then moved to the city to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree. There she felt the world open for her as many diverse types of art were available.

After graduation Stacie explored for a while, living in New Mexico, Hawaii, California, Arizona, and Puerto Rico before finally landing in Atlanta in2008. Always up for a road trip, no matter where the wind takes her, Stacie believes that travel has influenced her work by allowing her to understand universal themes, such as sameness and vastness which come to life on her canvas.

Along her path Stacie had times when her art was not her focus, including a period when she quit making art altogether. The art world can be a bruising place to try to make a living, but she says, “I became very depressed when I wasn’t making art, so I went back to doing what I loved. Making art was a struggle, but not making art was worse.”

Stacie is a fellow at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, a six-hundred-acre sanctuary for artists in Rabun Gap, Georgia. It was founded in 1934 by Mary Crovatt Hambidge in memory of her partner, Jay Hambidge, an artist, scholar, and author. The Hambidge Center provides artists a safe place surrounded by nature where they can stay at a heavily subsidized rate and focus on their craft. Artists have the time and space to find their authentic voices and work at the highest level of their imaginations.

Stacie’s work has been on display at Atlanta’s Poem 88 art gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Swan Coach House Gallery, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, as well as other prestigious galleries, museums, private collections, and corporate settings nationwide. Learn more at StacieRoseStudio.com.

“I love how Stacie plays with the visual tension between graphic and organic elements in away that allows order and chaos to exist peacefully in the same composition.”

— Nicole Lampl, director and curator of the Reeves House Visual Arts Center

 

 

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