The Art of the Landscapes: 2 PerspectivesFrom April 5 through April 30, the Monticello-Union Township Public Library will present an exhibition titled, “The Art of the Landscape: 2 Perspectives,” by local artists Terry Lacy and Alan McConnell.
About the artists
Born in Indianapolis, graduated from Herron School of Art with a BFA and later went on to receive his MFA from Indiana University. After spending eight years teaching graphic design at Purdue University, he and his wife, Fran, started Lacy Design. Together he combines traditional print media, illustration, and fine art to provide unique design solutions.
Located in the Wabash valley, surrounded by hills, fields, pastures, and streams, the Lacy studio is a wonderful source of inspiration in his work. Lots of Lacy’s pieces depict these scenes with awesome color. He prefers to create each piece on sight with watercolor, pencil, and ink to create different variations in each work – eventually producing a final finished full watercolor piece.
Each work is made on handmade paper that Lacy produces himself. “When viewing my work you need to remember that all of the color is the result of light fast pigments which have been added to the white cotton pulp while it is wet. These pieces are not pastels which is a common misconception because that papermaking medium is so unusual.”
To learn more about Lacy design visit his website at http://hartmanindexingnet.fatcow.com/lacy218/index.php
McConnell’s interest in photography came about in his high school days after taking a two week long course at his tiny Midwest school in the early ’70s. His love for nature scenes as well as an interest in subjects of historical significance only grew from there.
With an evolving need to grow, McConnell drew from books and periodicals to not only advance as an artist but also technically as a photographer. In 2004 he became an associate member of the Lafayette Renaissance Academy & Gallery in Lafayette, Indiana and from there exhibited at some small galleries, shows, and competitions. In 2009, McConnell became a resident artist at a newly formed Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art in Delphi, Indiana. The move provided a wonderful location for his work to be displayed. After May 2014, McConnell retired from his teaching position of 38 years and now focuses his time on artistic endeavors.
His collection includes lots of large format black and white photos that strive to catch the beauty in the way he views the world. For more information about Alan McConnell and pictures of his work, visit his website at www.alanmcconnellphotography.com.
The artwork will be on display during April. If you would like to view the artwork, please ask the circulation desk. All artwork will be available to purchase. A public reception will take place on Saturday, April 10 from 2 – 4 pm in the library’s program room.
To view the artwork on display in the program room, please click on the link for Alan's artwork and Terry's artwork.