State Fair

Barbara had three paintings juried into the 2014 Arizona State Fair:

Afternoon Float

Under the Mogollon Rim

Sacred Mountain Trading Post

Arizonan’s know the summer routine: head to the northern mountains and a secluded cabin for the weekend or the summer. It at least 10 degrees cooler than the Valley, more in the evenings. So is there any question why the highways going north are crowed on weekends?

Sedona’s red rocks are the iconic symbol of  this fabulous vacation spot. None are more recognizable than “Sedona Crossing.” Hiking, shopping, eating, and staying at a fabulous resort in Sedona, all part of the magic of Secona. ( I won’t go into the famous vortex’s.’they are the stuff of television expos.)

Don’t let  out-of-state visitors go home without visiting Sedona!

11″ x14″. $299

I had a painting accepted into the “Crumpled, Dented and Crushed” exhibit at the Herberger Theater Center, one of Phoenix’s premiere performing arts venues. I was honored to be accepted; of the 410 images that were entered, 47 were accepted! “Stone Sanctuary,” my abstract image of the Betakin Ruin on the Navajo Reservation, was one of them! The Exhibition ran from January 9-March 15, 2015.

Stone Sanctuary

We have a cabin in Pine, Arizona, our year-around get-a-way. It is nestled in beautiful Pondorosa Pines, indeed underneath the Mogollon Rim which stretches across most of Northern Arizona.  The ridge that I painted is directly across from our cabin and is a finger of the main Rim. The orange cabin (orange of course) is ours. The other two belong to good friends. . .their grey cabins are a good counterpoint to ours.  We all have great views of the Fall elk migrations and the small white-tail deer that make our forest their home.

This painting was juried into the 2014 Arizona State Fair.

Sacred Mountain Trading Post first came to the nation’s attention in the  iconic road-trip movie, ‘Easy Rider,’ released in 1969. It’s starring role was brief; just a stop for the stars  to fill up their motorcycles with gas at the old trading post on Highway 89, just 22 miles north of Flagstaff. Now it has gone from Trading Post to residence, but the name is still there.

It does have a special meaning for our family, however.  Daughter Jessica was born on the highway  here.  (Her birth certificate says: Delivered in car, by mother; long story, safe delivery).

Painting was juried into 2014 Arizona State Fair.

“Mission Concepcion” was started in the early 1700’s and finished in 1755 in San Antonio, Texas.  Now it is part of a National Heritage Site and shares the space with three other mission churches. It’s’ purpose was to convert the local people to Catholicism. Today, the building is a good example of Spanish Colonial curiciform (cross-shaped) architecture.  Originally, the outside and inside were covered with  geometric Moorish designs.  Now only a few frescos remain on the inside.  It  San Concepcion is the oldest unrestored stone church in America.  The reason it survived?  It was built on bedrock. SOLD

When my two friends, Jewel Conway and Marnelle North, formed the Three Chicks to participate in group show, like a three-woman exhibition at ASU Gammage in 2013, I painted Juanita, named for my grandmother. She’s not for sale but her image is, on cards.


“Visions of Possibilities,” a fine art exhibition by Gayla R. Bonnell and Barbara Lacy, award-winning local artists, will hang from June  through  September, 2014, at the Beatitudes Campus Town Plaza, 1610 West Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, Az.

The Exhibition is part of the Arizona Artists Guild’s mission to continue its long-standing tradition of art leadership in Arizona by promoting quality artwork for public viewing and appreciation. The Beatitudes exhibitions rotate quarterly. Bonnell and Lacy are juried members of the AAG.

Barbara Lacy art show at Beatitudes Campus Town Plaza,


The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge over the Colorado River is my bridge; it is a the Arizona I love: big, bold and totally amazing.

It cost $240 million, took the efforts of 1200 workers and 300 engineers to build and when it opened in 2013, was the 7th highest bridge and the longest arch in the Western Hemisphere. Crossing it you really have  no sense of it’s beauty or its power.  Its’ high cement sides keep vacationers from stopping enroute  to take in the amazing views.  To see the bridge you have to go the Nevada side and take the old highway down to the top of the dam.  Park and you can see the true strength of the bridge and walk across on a specially build walkway on the dam side of the bridge.

The bridge is part 2 of the Hoover Dam complex.  It completes an equally amazing engineering feat. Both the bridge and the dam were built during depression/recession’s and became beacons of hope for discouraged people. The Hoover, the nations’ largest dam, one of the seven  modern engineering wonders of the world,  was completed in less than 5 years. When it opened in 1933, the Colorado River  was described in Fortune Magazine as a “turid stream in a towering furnace of stone.”  The man who first dreamed about the dam was Arthur Powell Davis, in 1902.  He worked for the Federal Department of Reclamation and was a nephew  of John Wesley Powell who made the historic boat trip down the Colorado in the late 1800’s. The dam was buried in controversy for 30 years.  When it was finally approved, John  got to come back and see construction started.  He died  two months later.

(Dog lovers: read the wonderful yet sad story of the Mascot of the Dam on the Reclamation website.  You’ll be glad  you did.)