ARTIST NEWS - 2018
2019 was an inspiring year.
The year began with an invitation to take over the position of President of the community artist group. With much support, we traveled a long way in a short time. First, a new name. I initially asked for suggestions on what to call our reorganized group of 'artistic souls.' Someone kindly pointed out 'Artistic Souls' was perfect, and so we are.
Second, this newly elected President also found herself chief cook and bottle washer for the annual art show. In early March, we presented a re-vamped Art Expo featuring twenty-two artisans in mixed genre. The exhibition was open to the public and well attended. Plans for the 2020 Art Expo include an evening social gala followed by the Saturday exhibition. This future show, is already more than half filled.
Two weeks after our Mother and Daughter exhibition at OMA, we, together with assistance of artist Eugenie Rojas Garcias, did a body paint on model Leslie Logue-Vapons for the 2nd Annual Alive Show held at the newly renovated City Arts Factory in downtown Orlando FL. The theme of our body art was rebirth. Beginning on our model's back was death, represented by a figure turned into stone and crumbling back into the earth to nurture in turn, the delicate Pinks and Queen Anne Lace flowers growing up her legs. Above the stone figure, is their heart, now silent, but from which has emerged their soul, represented by a phoenix. On our model's front are painted traditional symbols of rebirth and life, represented by unicorns, orbs and butterflies.
Michele also exhibited the painting, Beauty Multiplied, at the Alive show. She is an exceptionally multi talented artisan with numerous fine art paintings, custom murals and body art exhibitions to her credit.
One of the many fine artist exhibitors
Every once in a while I have the pleasure of working with my Daughter Michele Ann Lacy on a fun artistic project. Shown, are the four dryad models we, together with artist, Doreen Lazzano, body-painted for Rhonda Richley's Bare Naked Trees show at City Arts Factory, Orlando Florida.
Michele designed the fabulous headdresses our models are wearing, while I created their complimentary flowing skirts.
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Artist - Designer Michele Ann Lacy
Sold at the 2018 art show was this 16 x 20" original oil titled After the Storm. The painting will make its new home in New England.
Exquisite handmade baskets
2019 also presented two exhibition opportunities with my artist Daughter, Michele Ann Lacy. The first, at the Orlando Museum of Art June First Thursday exhibit, "Indigenous Futurism" and featured Michele's stunning mixed medium portrait titled, "Nina Panamanian" together with my portrait of a Navajo storyteller titled, "The Elder."
ARTIST NEWS - 2019
ARTIST NEWS 2021
We hope 2021 will prove to be a much better year.
With that in mind, we are currently planning for an end of February 2022, 2-day Art Expo.
We also have plans for several new wildlife paintings..... Big Horn ewes and lambs, Yellowstone Bison in winter and a grouping of wolves, as well as several small renderings of barns.. Time to sharpen up those brushes and get to work.
Photographer William Delorey
J. LACY COUGHLAN
Window side view of the auditorium
Artist Rhonda Richley's
Bare Naked Trees
2018 Gallery Show Project
Front view of the auditorium
ARTIST NEWS - 2020
Two years ago I assumed the position as chairman of the annual community art show. The year began with plans for the 2020 Art Expo in full swing, culminating in a February 29th show that exceeded all expectations and more than doubled the previous year's attendance. Twenty-four exhibitors in fine art, stained glass, mixed media, textile arts, photography, decorative fused glass, pottery, metal sculpture and more, filled the spacious exhibition hall with a dazzling display of color and artistic creativity.
Visitors included representatives from three area art leagues as well as the Lake County Museum of Art. The show's raffle of donated work raised $345 for the museum's children's art programs. Free cookies, a signature trademark of the annual exhibition, were enjoyed by all.