“Of Sky, Earth and Water” exhibition at Fine Line features works by artist Terry Lacy


If you look at Terry Lacy’s work, you might think he creates beautiful murals using pastels. Take a closer look and you’ll see that Lacy is a fantastic artist who creates landscapes using his handmade paper.

The centuries-old process of making paper by hand has fascinated Lacy for years. Initially, the process was an integral part of society, providing paper to write and print information essential to the functioning of any developed society.

Most papers were white or light colored for convenience.

Lacy began working with handmade paper over 30 years ago and has continued to explore and refine the medium to produce his handmade paper landscapes.

Hand-making paper is a liquid medium that allows Lacy to manipulate art into various possibilities.

Using the medium of pigmented cotton fibers suspended in water, Lacy crafts her unique handmade paper pieces. It can contour the edges of each piece to follow images such as clouds, water and landforms and create multiple color variations and gradations.

The finished piece of paper still has a unique matte finish that would be difficult to achieve with other media.

Having lived on a farm in the Wabash Valley since 1973, Lacy’s work is heavily influenced by the farm and surrounding landscape.

Lacy’s interest in color and his early training as a graphic designer gave him the vision to stylize his papermaking skills into the beautiful works of art on display at Kavanagh Gallery.


Her work was first featured at Fine Line‘s Kavanagh Gallery in 2019 as part of the “Voices of the Midwest” exhibition.

Lacy returns to Kavanagh Gallery with a collection of 25 works of art depicting color-saturated landscapes and seascapes.

The exhibition titled “Of Sky, Earth and Water” will be on view at the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line from April 1 to May 7 (closed for Easter April 15 and 16).

The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fine Line will host an in-person reception on Thursday, March 31 from 6-8 p.m. to officially open the show.

Lacy will speak at 6:30 p.m. about his work and how he creates fantastic works of art. This is an opportunity to meet the Indiana artist and hear about his passion for his art.

As with all gallery receptions at Fine Line, it’s free and everyone is welcome.

Fine Line Creative Arts Center is located at 37W570 Bolcum Road, west of Randall Road, St. Charles.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit fineline.org or email [email protected]

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