Dave Gahimer one of 7 artisans featured in Rockville exhibit

Published Sept. 25, 2014, in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Dave Gahimer of rural Bridgeton one of ? artisans featured in exhibit.

Dave Gahimer of rural Bridgeton one of 7 artisans featured in Rockville exhibit.

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Call for Entries in 6th Annual Juried Exhibition

2014 Juried Exhibition Entry form

2014 Juried Exhibition Sponsorship Form

RCAA LogoRiver City Art Association Inc. invites all Wabash Valley artists to enter its 6th Annual Juried Exhibition set for Oct. 18 in the Masonic Temple at 224 N. Eighth St. in Terre Haute.

Social Lodge 86, Humboldt Lodge 42, Terre Haute Lodge 19 and Terre Haute York Rite are hosting the exhibition in conjunction with the temple’s annual open house, including tours by 50-year Freemason Jerry Burns.

The juried competition is open to artists 18 and older. Art must be entirely original, completed within the last three years and not previously exhibited at a juried RCAA show.

First-, second- and third-place and honorable mention prizes will be awarded in four categories: Ink/Pencil/Pastel; Watercolor/Oil/Acrylic; Mixed Media/3D; Photography/Digital Art.

Juror Ray Chen, executive director of Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery, will select winners in each category as well as the Best of Show.

All two-dimensional artwork must be suitably framed and wired for hanging. Art with “sawtooth hangers” and “clip frames” will not be accepted. Gallery-wrapped canvas paintings or photographs will be accepted. RCAA reserves the right to reject work that is not suitably framed or is not suitable subject matter for public display.

Entry fees are $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers, for up to three entries per artist. The entry fee must accompany an entry form and is nonrefundable.  The nonmember fee includes a one-year membership in RCAA.

Download the 2014 Juried Exhibition Entry Form and mail to RCAA 6th Annual Show, P.O. Box 3605, Terre Haute, IN 47807 or drop off at The Golden Frame at 509 E. Voorhees St.  Forms must be received by Oct. 8.

Artists are to deliver entries Oct. 15 and 16. The show will be judged on Oct. 17. Artwork must be picked up Oct. 19 or 20.

All supporters of the arts are invited to the exhibition and reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 with the awards ceremony at 6. There will be live entertainment throughout the evening and refreshments on elegant crystal service provided by the Masonic Temple.

RCAA invites businesses, civic organizations and individuals to become an event sponsor.

Contributors will be listed in programs and advertising associated with the 6th Annual Juried Exhibiton and will be recognized during the awards ceremony.

Donation levels are:

• $100-$199 open donation, helps with funding workshops, printed materials and award recognition prizes.

• $200-$399 first-place award in one of four categories named in the contributor’s honor.

• $400-$599 benefactor, sponsorship of Best of Show or Purchase Award.

• $600 and above: partnership status (business’ logo to be used in all printed materials).

• Individual donation of any amount.

Download the 2014 Juried Exhibition Sponsorship Form and submit by Sept. 19. For more information contact RCAA president Todd Stokes at 812-232-004.

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Get ‘Closer Look’ at Stokes solo exhibit now through Oct. 3

todd stokes solo exhibit

Published in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star


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Jan Skipo September Artist of the Month at VCPL

Published Sept. 4, 2014, in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

River City features photography by Jan Skipo this month

"Frog Fun" by Jan Skipo

“Frog Fun” by Jan Skipo

River City Art Association and the Vigo County Public Library are spotlighting the photographic works by Jan Skipo now through Sept. 30 in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets. Skipo is from Terre Haute, but spent 20 years in Indianapolis working for Kondas Photographers in marketing and Wyant Photography, assisting at weddings.

She also belonged to Photo Venture in Indianapolis, a weekly photo club that focuses on learning and hands-on approach. Through those ventures, she has acquired “lots of photo books” and a great deal of admiration for the art. She currently lives and works as a nurse in Terre Haute. Skipo is one of the top winners in the “Aging in the Wabash Valley” photography competition sponsored earlier this year by Indiana State University and Arts Illiana.

Her photo is currently on display in the Arts Illiana Outreach Gallery in Corporate Square. In October, Skipo’s photos will be featured in the RCAA Artist of the Month Gallery in Sycamore Manor. RCAA meets at 6 p.m. each second Tuesday of the month in the library. For more information visit rivercityart.org or contact president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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River City president Todd Stokes featured in Terre Haute Living

A feature article on River City Art Association president Todd Stokes is published in the September issue of the Terre Haute Living magazine produced by the Terre Haute Tribune-Star. An excellent story by Steve Kash complemented by a great portrait of Stokes and photos of his glass etchings by Jessica Bolton.

The magazines are free and available at the Tribune-Star at 222 S. Seventh St.

The article helps publicize Stokes’ solo exhibition Sept. 5 through Oct. 3 in the Bicentennial Art Center in Paris, Ill. The show includes more than 20 pieces of his glass work, including glass etchings, three dimensional mixed media sculptures and photography.

The opening reception is Sept. 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time (5 to 6:30 p.m. Central). The Bicentennial Art Center and Museum is at 132 S. Central Ave. in downtown Paris. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday-Friday (11-5 Eastern Time). For more information visit parisartcenter.com.

Stokes Magazine Article September 2014



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RCAA artists among winners in Indiana Wildlife Exhibition

Monty Jones First Place in Mixed Media & Other category

Monty Jones First Place in Mixed Media and Other category

Published Aug. 14, 2014, in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Wildlife artists’ work on display in Indiana Wildlife exhibit in Indy

Artwork by Wabash Valley artists Monty Jones, Deborah Anderson, Judith Lynn Smith and Stephen Harrold is on display through Sept. 25 with the 31st Annual Indiana Wildlife Artists Exhibit in Second Presbyterian Church, at 7700 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis.

At an Aug. 2 opening ceremony, judges awarded Jones first place honors in the Mixed Media and Other category for his “Gamebird of Montana” entry featuring a sharptailed grouse.

Also in the Mixed Media and Other category, Anderson received second place for her “In the Grasslands” intarsia entry featuring an India Bengal tiger, a third place for “Whose Who” featuring nine different species of owls, and an honorable mention for “Beauty of Butterflies” featuring nine types of American butterflies.

Jones, a founding member of River City Art Association Inc., paints wildlife and landscapes in acrylic in his Terre Haute studio. He also works with colored pencil and practices pyrography (pokerwork or woodburning).

Anderson’s inlaid wood designs have won numerous best of show, first place and people’s choice awards in local, regional and statewide competitions. The recently retired Vigo County teacher also designs doors, murals, portraits and abstract pieces.

This is the first year for Smith to have three of her oil paintings juried in the show that is judged by expert representatives for the fine arts and wildlife naturalist professions. The Waveland resident is a member of RCAA, Wabash Valley Art Guild, Arts Illiana, Swope Art Museum and other artist organizations.

Oil paintings of a wolf and gorilla by Harrold, of Terre Haute, also were juried into the exhibition.

Indiana Wildlife Artists members are dedicated to promoting wildlife and nature art as Fine Art. For more, visit indianawildlifeartists.org.

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Spencer Young Artist of the Month in August at VCPL


Tourist Boats, Santorini, Greece, taken in 2004 by Spencer Young

Tourist Boats, Santorini, Greece, taken in 2004 by Spencer Young

Published Aug. 7, 2014, Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Photographer has an eye for landscapes, coastlines

River City Art Association Inc. and the Vigo County Public Library will feature photography by Spencer Young of Clinton throughout August in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

Photography was only a hobby for Young growing up in LaGrange, Ill., a Chicago suburb. During his four years of high school, he worked as a photographer for the school yearbook. In college, he worked part time as a darkroom assistant. He also worked several years for a portrait and wedding studio.

Famous photographer Ansel Adams became Young’s artistic hero, and after retirement from the coal business in 2000, Young became a full-time amateur landscape photographer.

Young’s images were awarded first place in the 2012 and 2013 RCAA Fall Exhibition, second place in the 2013 Midwest Photography Show at the Bicentennial Art Center and Museum in Paris, Ill., and honorable mention in the 2014 Midwest Photography Show, currently on exhibit through Aug. 29.

Young also has photographs on display in the Arts Illiana Sales Gallery and at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

As artist of the month at the library, Young shares a few of his travel photos abroad.

In 1983, he visited mainland China where he captured colorful rowboats in a race during the Dragon Boat Festival.

On a trip to Indonesia in 1983, he photographed a rice farmer directing an ox-drawn plow in a Balinese valley. He also captured Balinese village children who had gathered to watch a traditional dance performance.

In 1999, he toured the Taurus Mountains in the headwaters of the Euphrates River in south Turkey.

In 2004, he visited Thera, a city on a cliff along the coast of the Greek island Santorini. With Santorini in the background, Young captured tour boats taking visitors to the volcano that erupted and destroyed the Minoan civilization in the second millennium BC.

RCAA members meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the library. For more information visit rivercityart.org or contact president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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