Lindsay Stoffers is a self-taught artist who has been in the business of creating since she hung her first painting on the wall when she was just a child. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (2007) and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2014) from the University of Wyoming. She is currently employed as a Mental Health Counselor and Teacher at ICARE, a program within Albany County School District #1 for students with severe social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. In this setting Lindsay uses art therapy as a vessel for recovery and growth with the students she has the privilege to serve. Lindsay’s inspiration stems from the narratives she hears in the counseling setting, children & adolescent’s use of bold colors and lines, the strength and resiliency that she has witnessed in her community and throughout the world, and the incredible depth and courage of the human spirit. Lindsay has traveled the world, living and working in South Korea, Thailand, and India. She has exhibited her work on Jeju Island, South Korea (2009) auctioning all of her work to fund school supplies, food, pillows, and medication for 35 homeless children in Kerala, India. She most recently displayed her work at the 2017 Touchstone Laramie Art Exhibit in Laramie, Wyoming. When Lindsay joined the mural project she was eight months pregnant with her first and only child. Her contribution to the Gil Street Mural highlights strength and resiliency within the female archetype and has symbolism hidden throughout. The design is dedicated to her beautiful son, River Nash Stoffers, whom was born the day painting on the Gil Street Extension began.
Peter Laegreid is a fisherman who does art and work on the side. Currently living in Laramie, he has resided on both coasts and the midwest, and graduated from Hastings College with a B.A. in English Literature. Peter is active in Laramie as the Outreach Specialist for Ark Regional Services and as president of the Laramie Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited. An avid hunter and angler, his art generally reflects his quarry, with a special emphasis on salmonids. As such, it was a great honor for him to be chosen to help on the Gill Street Mural extension, and he was very happy to have the challenge of working on a much larger scale than his usual pen and paper.
John Deines was born and raised in Laramie ,Wyoming. He is currently working towards a degree in graphic design at the University of Wyoming. His work is influenced by his feelings and often portrays a spiritual representation, or feeling. His work is mostly inspired by nature and seeing other people create their own works of art. John hopes his work will inspire others to create and pursue what they desire in life.