Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’, Galleria Valéncia presents Winona area professional artist, Nia Lacy’s whimsical drawings, paintings and sculptures.

The public is invited to celebrate this beautiful exhibit, and meet the artist on Saturday, July 16th, 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Valéncia Arts Center. This show will run through July 31st. The galleria will also be open during regular office hours, Mondays & Wednesdays- Friday 9:00am- 3:00pm & Tuesdays 11:30am-5:30pm and while evening and weekend classes are in session.

About the Artist

Lacy is from Washington state and has always been powerfully drawn to nature and all its phenomena. She started drawing as a child and has looked to it as a form of self-expression. She is a DIY independent artist (no-college training). She grew up in Boise, Idaho and after graduating high school pursued a career as a Barista always looking for commission work as an artist doing things like stage art/album art for local musicians (DIY style).

In 2013 she moved to Seattle and continued working at coffee shops and occasionally exhibiting my work at them and in small galleries; which is what she is doing now in Winona along with working at a (soon to be certified organic) farm.

Lacy’s main medium is ink, however she also works with paints, charcoal, natural materials such as wood, rocks, metals, coffee, ceramics, and fire.  All of her inspiration comes nature, she simply observes, absorbs, analyzes, and then project her understanding. she rarely draws from scenes; nearly all of her works are “imagineered” therefore abstract. She also enjoys working with negative space and natural patterns.

For more information about Nia Lacy’s artwork please contact me at: 208-972-7918 or sunflowerbird505@gmail.com.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, a nonprofit organization, offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 18 mo. and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th and Vila streets. MCA is still seeking an artist to exhibit during the month of August. For more information visit: www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 507-453-5500.