Judith Lynn Smith July Artist of the Month at Vigo library

"Movement" oil painting by Judith Lynn Smith

“Movement,” oil painting by Judith Lynn Smith

Oil paintings by Judith Lynn Smith will be featured throughout July in the River City Art Association Artist of the Month Gallery in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

After a life-long love of art, Smith had the opportunity to learn oil painting – and it very quickly became her “passion.” She has explored a variety of subjects – which has enabled her to exhibit in a variety of exhibitions and venues – from abstract art to realistic landscapes and seascapes – from contemporary sunrises and sunsets to her popular sea and exotic bird paintings. She also has found an audience for her lighthouses, mountain scenes and still life.

Smith has a style that contains both impressionist and realistic influences – as well as a contemporary design flair that is most notable in her birds and still life. She depends on correct drawing techniques, with a strong feeling for balance and composition. Many of her paintings feature bold colors – while others depend on values derived from a limited palette, or even gray and white.

Smith is involved in exhibitions and competitions throughout the state. She is a member of several art galleries, groups, guilds and clubs in Central Indiana. This has enabled her to meet and work with many artists – who have been so supportive and encouraging. She has paintings on exhibit in Noblesville, Zionsville, Terre Haute, Indianapolis and Crawfordsville.

You may view Smith’s paintings, as well as her bio, shows and exhibits, and interesting comments about her monthly activities – including an archive history of her four years of art adventure – at artbyjudi.blogspot.com.

RCAA meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL. For membership information visit rivercityart.org or call president Mike Bender at 812-251-7724.

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7th Annual RCAA Juried Exhibition prospectus, entry form

RCAA 2015 ANote: The delivery date has been moved up a day to Wednesday, August 5, from 2-5 p.m.

River City Art Association and host sponsor First Financial Bank invite Wabash Valley artists to enter RCAA’s 7th Annual Juried Exhibition on Aug. 7 in the bank’s main branch at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute.

The Call for Entries prospectus and entry form provided here include deadline and further instruction. Also print the art tags and attach to the back of each entry.

RCAA 2015 BbJuror is Christy Brinkman-Robertson, Summer Youth Art Program Director at Swope Art Museum and Assistant Curator at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The exhibition coincides with several Downtown Terre RCAA 2015 CHaute Inc. First Friday events on Aug. 7. An opening reception is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. in the bank lobby with an awards ceremony at 6:30.

Artwork may be viewed through Aug. 19 during regular banking hours.

For more information contact RCAA vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048 or TheGoldenFrame53@gmail.com.

 

 

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RCAA group show June 19-July 17 in Bicentennial Art Center

Bridgeton by Spencer Young

Bridgeton: Photography by Spencer Young

Artwork by members of River City Art Association will be the featured exhibit Friday, June 19, through July 17 in the Bicentennial Art Center and Museum at Paris, Ill.

An opening reception to meet the artists is scheduled 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT Friday, June 19.

Oil painting by Judith Lynn Smith

Reaching: Oil painting by Judith Lynn Smith

Participating artists include RCAA president Mike Bender, Della Bender, Dian Phillips, Judith Lynn Smith, founding member Monty Jones, Marty Jones, Spencer Young, Don Turner, vice president Todd Stokes, secretary Sheila K. Ter Meer, treasurer Edith Acton, Richard Acton, Jo Anne Perigo Fiscus and Bruce Fiscus.

Watercolor by Dian Phillips

Tufted Titmouse I: Watercolor by Dian Phillips

RCAA meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets. For membership information visit rivercityart.org or call president Mike Bender at 812-251-7724.

The art center is at 132 S. Central Ave. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT Tuesday through Friday with group tours available. Admission is free.

For more information call 217-466-8130.

Also published June 18, 2015 in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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Jo Anne Perigo Fiscus June Artist of the Month at VCPL

“This is not a job, it’s a way of life.” — Jo Anne Perigo Fiscus.

Also published June 11 in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Nimble Fingers received a First Place in the Drawing category at the 2015 Wabash Valley Art Guild Juried Exhibition

Nimble Fingers by Jo Anne Perigo Fiscus received a First Place in the Drawing category at the 2015 Wabash Valley Art Guild Juried Exhibition in Terre Haute.

Artwork by Jo Anne Perigo Fiscus will be featured throughout June in the River City Art Association Artist of the Month Gallery in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

Jo Anne is a life-long resident of Terre Haute. She attended Schulte High School and Indiana State University where she earned a master’s degree in art education. After college she was an art teacher in the Vigo County School Corp. for 35 years and spent most of her career teaching on the middle school level.

Jo Anne retired from teaching in 2010 and served as president of the Wabash Valley Art Guild for three years. She has continued teaching with adults in the Community School of the Arts at Indiana State University and the Wabash Activity Center.

Jo Anne’s artwork has appeared in numerous regional art shows where she has received many awards. She has painted several murals, including a 50 foot mural of a coral reef for Exotic Aquariums of Miami, Fla., and the Combs Chapel mural for Union Hospital in Terre Haute. During the 2013 Year of the River, she completed two of the tile stepping stones in Watermark Landing at Fairbanks Park. This past March her table design, An Evening of Art and Wine, was awarded Best Theme at Arts Illiana’s Tablescapes. She also is a member of the Wabash Valley Art Guild, Watermark, Gaslight Art Colony and Arts Illiana. She and her husband and fellow artist, Bruce, recently relocated their art studios to the Collett Park area of Terre Haute.

A_Corner_of_the_Garden

A Corner of the Garden by Jo Anne Perigo Fiscus received an Honorable Mention in the Painting category at the 2015 Wabash Valley Art Guild Juried Exhibition.

“Some artists are visual storytellers. We do in one frame what movie makers do in a couple of hours, or authors do in thousands of words. Someone once looked at one of my watercolors and told me the entire story behind the picture. It was not the story I had painted but it was the story she saw when she looked at the picture. The artist, compelled to record a moment, a color, the way light plays on a surface becomes the channel. I love that interpretation becomes a personal interaction between the viewer and the work.

“This is not a job, it’s a way of life. I don’t think the art part of my brain ever turns off. When I am not actually working on art I am thinking about what I want to try next or how the current projects are going. When I see something new or different I am thinking about how I would handle it or what medium and format I would use to best capture it. I don’t have one favorite medium or even one favorite method. I love the process and getting my hands dirty. I’ve spent the last year working in printmaking and I am currently working on combining my love of the written word in my visual work.

“I count myself lucky to live in a community where there are so many creative people. Being able to network with kindred spirits is important to everyone and the support and encouragement of the arts community has kept me moving forward on many occasions.

“I believe with all my heart that life is a creative adventure and the making of art is a spiritual act.”

For more information contact Jo Anne Perigo Fiscus at 812-607-0284.

RCAA meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL. For membership information visit rivercityart.org or call president Mike Bender at 812-251-7724.

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RCAA member Edith Acton among artisans in Rivers & Roads Artisan Trail exhibit

The Rivers & Roads Artisan Trail announces its June exhibition at the Gallery in the Clabber Girl Museum at 900 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute. Valley artisans were selected to participate in the show, which will be on display through June 29.

Fused Glass Wall Art by Edith Acton of Terre Haute

“Sail Away,” Fused Glass Wall Art by Edith Acton of Terre Haute

Featured artisans include Edith Acton, glass; Cheryl A. Harris, illustrator; Susan Teschmacher, painting; Charles and Sue Wagoner, pottery and stoneware; Nell Brown, painting; Linda Stalker, painting; and Judy Ohmit, pottery.

Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Rivers & Roads Artisan Trail is an initiative of the Rural Urban Entrepreneurship Development Institute at Indiana State University. It aims to promote cultural tourism and raise awareness about the talent and availability of locally crafted products.

“We are excited to be partnering with Clabber Girl to host another art exhibition that showcases the work of our talented Rivers and Roads artisans,” said Daniel Pigg, director of Indiana State’s Business Engagement Center. “Events like this allow the community to connect with local artisans and support Indiana’s rural economies.”

To learn more about the Rivers & Roads Artisan Trail or apply for membership, visit riversandroadstrail.com.

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RCAA members featured in Artist of the Month Gallery at VCPL

May exhibit at Vigo County Public Library, Terre Haute

May exhibit at Vigo County Public Library, Terre Haute

Also published May 14 in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star

A group exhibit by seven River City Art Association members will be showcased throughout May in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

May exhibit at Vigo County Public Library, Terre Haute

May exhibit at Vigo County Public Library, Terre Haute

The Artist of the Month Gallery will include artwork by RCAA founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones; president Mike Bender; vice president, Todd Stokes; secretary Sheila K. Ter Meer; and members Della Bender, Jan Skipo and Spencer Young.

RCAA meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL. For membership information visit rivercityart.org or call president Mike Bender at 812-251-7724.

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RCAA members place at WVAG Spring Art Show

WVAG Spring Show winners

Monty Jones, Red Ribbon, Painting, and Ruthann Brady, Blue Ribbon, Mixed Media  (left of easel); and Marvetta Bee, Honorable Mention, Photography (on easel)

Full story in May 14, 2015 Terre Haute Tribune-Star print and online edition

Seven River City Art Association members won awards in the Wabash Valley Art Guild 38th Annual Spring Art Exhibition April 30-May 2 in Clabber Girl Museum Art Gallery in Terre Haute.

The winning entries will remain on display in the Clabber Girl Museum and Art Gallery throughout May.

This year’s juror was Cynthia Phillips Salba, assistant professor of art and design at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

WVAG winners 2

JoAnne Perigo Fiscus, First Place Drawing (center); Sheila Ter Meer, Honorable Mention and Roger King Memorial Award (Green, Yellow Ribbons), Photography

RCAA founding member Monty Jones took Second Place in the Painting category for his entry “Hawthorn Park Trail.”

JoAnne Perigo Fiscus received a First Place in the Drawing category for her entry titled “Nimble Fingers” as well as an Honorable Mention in the Painting Category for her entry “A Corner of the Garden.”

In the 3-D Category, Deborah Anderson took First Place for her entry “Together Through Turmoil.”

Founding member Ruthann Brady was awarded First Place in the Mixed Media category for her entry “Forest Fusion” and Edith Acton received an Honorable Mention in Mixed Media for her entry “Lovely.”

WVAG winners 3

Sheila Ter Meer, Red Ribbon, Photography; Deborah Anderson, Blue Ribbon, 3-D (center); Ruthann Brady, Mixed Media, Artist’s Choice Award (right)

In the Photography category, Sheila Ter Meer took Second Place for her entry “The Spark” and Marvetta Bee received an Honorable Mention for her entry “Vision Reflected.”

Sheila Ter Meer’s Photography entry “The Scare” received an Honorable Mention and the Roger King Memorial Award.

WVAG winners 4

JoAnne Perigo Fiscus, Painting, Honorable Mention (top, center); Edith Acton, Mixed Media, Honorable Mention (bottom, center)

The Artist’s Choice Award went to Ruthann Brady for her Mixed Media entry “Goddess Within.”

RCAA members Richard Acton, Debbie Goodin, Judith Lynn Smith, Todd Stokes and Jimmie Tabor were among the participating artists.

‘BASH entertainment guide (PDF of May 14 Tribune-Star publication)

Photo Gallery of all winners in the 2015 WVAG Spring Art Show

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