River City member displays at Clowes Hall in INDY

RCAA member Dave Gahimer of Bridgeton area is one of seven Indiana Artists invited to display at the “Spotlight on Indiana Artists @ Clowes Hall, 2014 through May 19th.


Dave, retired from the Electrical Engineering Dept at Rose-Hulman has been a wood turner most of his life.   After retirement he begin in earnest pursuing his passion of reproducing the shapes and graphics from the ancient Mediterranean civilizations.  Dave has displayed in several galleries and won honors in national competitions.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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River City features paintings of artist Judith Lynn Smith

April 3, 2014

Special to The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — River City Art Association features artwork by Judith Lynn Smith throughout April in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

Smith is originally from Indianapolis and holds degrees in education from Indiana University. She taught school for many years – all ages and subjects, including art. She has been involved in business – administration, sales, and currently co-owns a small business. She has recently been able to pursue her life-long love of art, through painting in oil.

“I have been an art enthusiast since childhood – but only recently had the opportunity to study oil painting. After just a few lessons – it became my passion,” Smith says in her artist statement. “I very quickly became involved in exhibitions and competitions throughout our state. I am a member of many of the art groups, guilds and clubs in Central Indiana. This has provided a wonderful opportunity to meet other artists – who have been so supportive and encouraging.

River View by Judith Lynn Smith

River View by Judith Lynn Smith

“I am continually working to improve my painting skills, and have appreciated the comments of many of the master artists I admire – that all artists are continually learning and broadening their technique and subject matter. In fact, it is the challenge of improving in any career, sport, hobby or art that is the motivating factor to an interesting and successful life.

“As a former teacher I believe that children should be encouraged in the arts – and I am convinced that every child – and adult — has creative abilities. When given the opportunity to explore different mediums, each will find the one they find most fulfilling and enjoyable. Having been involved in the exhibition/competition community of Central Indiana only three years this summer, I have greatly enjoyed the art community here in Terre Haute. I have had works exhibited at Swope Art Museum, Halcyon Contemporary Gallery and Arts Illiana, as well as exhibitions hosted by River City Art Association and Wabash Valley Art Guild.

Wabash River by Judith Lynn Smith

Wabash River by Judith Lynn Smith

Smith currently has paintings on exhibit at various locations in Terre Haute, Zionsville, Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, as well as exhibitions and competitions throughout Central Indiana.

View some of her paintings, as well as her shows and exhibits, bio, and comments about her monthly activities – including an archive history of these few years of art adventure – at artbyjudi.blogspot.com.

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River City artists winners in ‘Aging’ photo competition

March 27, 2014

Dianne Frances D. Powell
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Photos on display at Indiana State University on Thursday night revealed the face of aging in the Wabash Valley.

Seventeen photographs taken by local artists were framed and on easels inside a meeting room at ISU, adjoining the gallery that hosted the exhibition “Aging Across America.”

"Rose" by Sheila K. Ter Meer

“Rose” by Sheila K. Ter Meer

The pictures on display for “Aging in the Wabash Valley” were the winning entries of a local photo competition run by ISU and Arts Illiana.

The winners were announced during a Thursday night event which welcomed Dr. Jeffrey Levine, the photographer of the display for “Aging Across America.”

Several elderly men and women of the Wabash Valley depicted in the local exhibit were engaged in various activities, including prayer, gardening, on the beach, at church or tutoring.

The overall winner was an entry called “Rose,” taken by Brazil resident and Tribune-Star employee Sheila K. Ter Meer.  Full Story

Other contest winners:

Top Amateur Category Winners — Ashley Kuhn, Jan Skipo (RCAA member)
Top Professional Category Winners — Michael R. Tingley, Stephanie Standish
Honorable Mention — Paul J. Beel, Cathy Drake, Lisa Gilman, Jennifer Hart, James Thomas Heber, Pam Lynch, Samantha McGranahan, Amy Miranda, LaRysa Orman (RCAA member), Chris Schellenberg, Sierra Shepard, Kelly Steele

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Turner takes Best of Show at Big Read exhibit

TERRE HAUTE – The March exhibit at the Vigo County Public Library features artwork by four RCAA members inspired by “The Magnificent Ambersons,” by Booth Tarkington, the book selection for the 2014 Wabash Valley Big Read.

Best of Show: "It's goodbye ..." by Don Turner

Best of Show: “It’s goodbye …” by Don Turner

RCAA member Don Turner’s charcoal on paper titled “It’s goodbye …” was awarded Best of Show at the March 7 opening reception.

Other entries include “Audrey,” photos on paper, by Jan Skipo; “Historic Home,” oil on canvas, by Judith Lynn Smith; and “Downward Spiral,” photo manipulation by Sheila K. Ter Meer.

A fifth entry in the exhibit, a pen and ink on paper title “Tea Time,” is by Jo Anne Perigo Fiscus, member of the Wabash Valley Art Guild.

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River City, VCPL feature well-known painter/illustrator

February 6, 2014

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TERRE HAUTE — River City Art Association and the Vigo County Public Library will feature art by Don Turner throughout February in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

"Endless Despair" by Don Turner

“Endless Despair” by Don Turner

Turner was born and raised in Terre Haute. He has shown artistic skills from his days at McClean Junior and Garfield High schools. During those years he was taught the basic fundamentals of art by Frida Terhorst and Jessie Martin.

After high school he attended Butler University and the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis where he studied with renowned Indiana artist Harry Davis.

Hardships forced a move back to his hometown of Terre Haute. He enrolled at Indiana State University where he studied art with Charles Reddington, Whitney Engeran Jr., Monty Montgomery and Dick Hay.

He earned several degrees in art education, a master of arts and a master of science degrees.

In spring 2008 Turner studied watercolor painting with internationally known painter, Joseph Fettingis NWS, at Turkey Run State Park. He began using watercolor paintings in his many showings.

Turner is well known in Vigo County after teaching art in the public schools, teaching in the college and working in the community. After many years of teaching art, he retired in 2008 and started his own art business as an illustrator.

Turner’s company, Turner Graphique Designs, has done work for several well known companies in Terre Haute and the surrounding area including Clabber Girl, Williams/Randall Marketing and Communications, the Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute and many others.

In addition to the art business Turner is active in the Vigo County Retired Teacher’s Association, Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute and River City Art Association.

Turner is past president and vice president of the RCAA; the club is looking for new members. The next meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 in the library.

For more information visit http://www.rivercityart.org or contact Todd Stokes at The Golden Frame, 509 E. Voorhees St., Terre Haute, IN 47803; or Turner at Turner Graphique Designs, 2129 Spruce St., Terre Haute, IN 47807, dtugraf007@aol.com.

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‘I shoot to share’: River City showcases photography of Rob Robbins

January 9, 2014

By Don Turner

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Vigo County Public Library and the River City Art Association will show the photographic art of the late Rob Robbins for the month of January.

Robbins, a native of Terre Haute, was a prize-winning photographer who stated, “I shoot to share.” He was strictly a digital photographer who switched from film around 1998.

The late Rob Robbins

The late Rob Robbins

He returned to Terre Haute in 2003 after a 48-year hiatus. Robbins enjoyed photographing images of nature as well as experimenting with documentary photography. He concentrated on capturing scenery and scenes just as he saw them, and was always looking for the unusual. He had an outstanding ability to find beauty in the everyday.

A founding member of the River City Art Association, Robbins will be greatly missed by his family and current members of the club. He believed art captures a moment in time. His photographs have graced the pages of National Speleological Society publications and the publications of the Nature Conservancy. His work has been featured out of state on the covers of programs for the North Alabama Land Trust. His photos also appeared on the cover of the Wabash Valley Community Band program for 2008.

Robbins also had a number of photographs in the Wabash Valley “Visions and Voices,” a digital memory project preserving the past and present for the future at Indiana State University.

Robbins’ renown had reached international status. A band in London saw a particular photo of his on the Internet and asked him if it could use the image as the cover for one of its popular CDs. He accepted the offer, and his photo graces the cover of the group Shedload of Love’s album, “Love and Affection.”

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Lost a Good Friend

It is with sadness that we must report the loss of River City founding member Rob Robbins. Rob was well known for his area photography.
Our sympathies to his family and many close friends. He will be missed.

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