Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery presents Mimi LaPlant: My Life as an Artist, showing from April 3-May 16. This will be a survey exhibition, consisting of different bodies of work throughout LaPlant’s career. Her art is a reflection of her life: soulful, vibrant, daring, and experimental. She has crafted work in a variety of different subjects and mediums, each a direct response to a particular period in her life.
Currently residing on California’s North Coast, LaPlant grew up in Marin County and studied drawing and printmaking at the University of California at Berkeley. She received her MFA in painting at the University of California Santa Barbara, and has exhibited her work in numerous West Coast galleries, while holding a teaching position at Humboldt State University.
LaPlant has developed an extensive body of work inspired by her exploration into the unconscious, music, family, and nature. Taking viewers on a sensuous ride of color and abstraction LaPlant’s work presents a strong physicality, echoed in the textures and shapes of her imagery. When seeing her work viewers are often transported to a place of exuberance, which LaPlant calls her, “preferred state of mind.”
An opening reception for the artist will be held at HSU First Street Gallery on Saturday, April 3, from 6-9 p.m. The exhibition will run from April 3 through May 16. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and is located at 422 First Street, Eureka. Admission is free and those planning group tours are encouraged to call ahead at 707-443-6363. To learn more, visit www.humboldt.edu/~first.