Don Turner RCAA February Artist of the Month at Vigo library

Close-up: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a “Legal Tender” dollar bill by River City Art Association artist Don Turner is featured during Black History Month in the Vigo County Public Library.

Close-up: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a “Legal Tender” dollar bill by River City Art Association artist Don Turner of 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.

The Artist of the Month exhibit is primarily in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in observance of Black History Month.

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.

2015 RCAA annual exhibition, Third Place, Drawing: Don Turner

2015 RCAA annual juried exhibition, Third Place drawing, Ancient African Tree, by Don Turner

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 a past president and past vice president of RCAA. The art group welcomes new members; the next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. March 8 in the library.

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

Also featured in Feb. 11, 2016, Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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Art Show in Community Theatre of Terre Haute Feb. 5-14

Artwork by members of River City Art Association will be featured during presentations of “Broke-ology” Feb. 5-7 and 12-14 in Community Theatre of Terre Haute at 1431 S. 25th St.

Artwork by RCAA members featured Feb. 5-14 in Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Artwork by RCAA members featured Feb. 5-14 in Community Theatre of Terre Haute

More than 20 works by 15 Wabash Valley artists will showcase the diverse talents of the art group.

Participating artists include Edith and Richard Acton, Della Bender, Mike Bender, Ruthann Brady, Janae Holland, Monty “Indiana” Jones, Dian D. Phillips, Judith Lynn Smith, Todd Stokes, Deanna Swearingen, Sheila K. Ter Meer, Eugene Thomas, Don Turner and Spencer Young.

Mediums include fused glass; ceramics, pottery; pen and ink, graphite, and computer assisted drawings; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; mixed media, assemblage collage; and abstract and traditional photography.

The art show also can be viewed weekdays between “Broke-ology” dates. For hours call the CT ticket office at 812-232-7172 or 232-7173.

Many of the same artists will show artwork in an RCAA exhibit February-March in the Palestine Art Center at 110 S. Main St. in Palestine, Illinois. For more information call 618-586-2500 or visit mainstreetpalestine.com/artcenter.

RCAA also spotlights a member’s work in it’s Artist of the Month Gallery in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets and in its AOTM Gallery in Harrison College.

In February, Don Turner will be featured in the library; and Monty Jones, at Harrison.

In March, Turner’s library exhibit will move to the RCAA gallery in Harrison; and crafts by Deanna Swearingen will be featured in the library’s display cases.

RCAA was established in 2008 in Terre Haute by founding members Debbie Martinez and her late husband Marty, Monty Jones, Ruthann Brady, Adrianus Fraza, Kit Fisher, and the late Rob Robbins.

The art group meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL at Seventh and Poplar streets. For more information call vice president Stokes at 812-232-0048.

This article also published Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star.

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RCAA founder Monty Jones January Artist of the Month at Vigo library

Monty “Indiana” Jones is the featured River City Art Association Artist of the Month throughout January in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

”One of my earliest recollections was admiring the paintings on an old Remington Arms calendar at my grandparents’ home. Especially the one of a 10-point buck bounding over a log fence,” Jones said. “I guess that’s why today I am primarily a wildlife artist.”

"Cornered Coyote," acrylic on canvas, by Monty "Indiana" Jones of Terre Haute

“Cornered Coyote,” acrylic on canvas, by Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute

Jones said he does most of his work either in acrylic painting or pyrography — a fancy word for woodburning — on wood panels with a touch of color from colored pencil or watercolor then protected from smearing by a spray of polyurethane.

”These wood-burned pieces are meant to resemble folk art from the old days and the woodburner lends itself well to doing fur texture and fish scales,” Jones said.

Jones creates his wildlife, landscapes, automotive, and racing art in a studio behind his home. A lot of his reference wildlife material comes from his oldest son, Marty, who is a professional bird and nature photographer.

"Big Mouth," a print of the original artwork, acrylic on Masonite, by Monty "Indiana" Jones of Terre Haute

“Big Mouth,” a print of the original artwork, acrylic on Masonite, by Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute

Jones lives in Terre Haute with his wife of more than 51 years, Phyllis. They have three adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. In 2008, he was one of the seven founders of River City Art Association. He recently was commissioned to create “Big Mouth,” an acrylic on Masonite, to be used by Bass Unlimited West Central Indiana as a poster for a fundraiser in early 2016.

”My life is good!!” Jones said.

Jones’ exhibit will be featured again in February in the RCAA Artist of the Month gallery in Harrison College. He also will have artwork in RCAA’s group show Feb. 5-14 in the Community Theatre of Terre Haute.

RCAA meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL. For membership information visit RiverCityArt.orgor contact Mike Bender, RCAA president, at 812-251-7724.

Published Dec. 31, 2015 in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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RCAA participates in Christmas in the Park

This is the third year that River City Art Association has participated in the Christmas in the Park shelter decoration contest in Deming Park at Terre Haute.

This year’s theme is “A Star is Born.”

"A Star is Born"

“A Star is Born”

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Paintings by Dian Phillips featured in December at Vigo library

Landscape painting by Dian Phillips

Watercolor on paper “Standing the Test of Time” (2015) by Dian Phillips

Dian Der Ohanian Phillips is the featured artist throughout December in the River City Art Association Artist of the Month Gallery at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

Dian has always been an artist. Growing up in New Albany, Indiana, she took every elective art class in middle and high school, and took Saturday morning art classes at the University of Louisville. Also during that time (and long before online courses), she began correspondence course work with Art Instruction Schools. That foundation course in drawing, painting and commercial art gave her the skills to be hired in an art department immediately after high school graduation.

Dian Phillips artwork on Tribune-Star 'BASH cover Dec. 10, 2015

Dian Phillips artwork on Tribune-Star ‘BASH Entertainment Guide cover Dec. 10, 2015

A scholarship student at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Dian received a B.F.A. in visual communications. She completed a masters program at Indiana University, and did additional post-graduate work at Boston University. While at Herron, she studied painting with professors Harry A. Davis, Edmund Brucker, Robert Berkshire and Sarah Burns.

Dian was a graphic designer/art director for the majority of her professional life. She continued her fine art pursuits during those years by taking drawing and painting classes. After retiring, she began painting again full-time and has participated in several group exhibits in Indiana and Illinois.

She works primarily in watercolor, acrylic and oil, and creates images that are strongly influenced by nature and rural scenes. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the United States.

Dian’s display will be featured again in January in the RCAA Artist of the Month Gallery at Harrison College in Terre Haute. More examples of her work may be viewed in the RCAA Fall Exhibition in Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology through Dec. 18.

RCAA meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL at Seventh and Poplar streets. For more information contact RCAA president Mike Bender at 812-251-7724 or visit RiverCityArt.org.

Also published Dec. 10, 2015 Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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Images by Spencer Young featured in Bicentennial Art Center

Photo by Spencer Young of Clinton, Indiana

Photo by Spencer Young of Clinton, Indiana

The show features 46 photos mostly from New Mexico, Colorado and Tennessee.

Young is a resident of Clinton, Indiana, and a member of River City Art Association in Terre Haute.

The Art Center is at 132 S. Central Ave. in Paris, Illinois, and regular hours are
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Visit parisartcenter.com

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Fused glass by Edith Acton featured at Vigo library

Artistic creations made of fused glass will be on display in the Vigo County Public Library throughout November. The wall hangings were made by Edith Acton of Terre Haute, a member of River City Art Association.

Also featured Nov. 12 Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Life as a wife, mother, grandmother and teacher kept Acton very busy; however, in retirement she found time to pursue other interests. Art classes in high school and college provided a basic knowledge of the key elements to create and construct any artwork of choice. After pottery, ceramics, woodworking, painting and many more mediums, she discovered fused glass.Fused glass by Edith Acton

For the past 10 years Acton has actively pursued her artwork with the medium of fused glass. There are numerous wall hangings that reveal an ability to use color in new and innovative ways to make decorative, eye-appealing artwork for office or home decor. An interesting sideline to having the many colors of glass used to make the wall hangings is that there are numerous pieces left that are just the right size to make jewelry. Countless women in the Terre Haute area are wearing the small pieces of artwork on their ears, necks and arms. Acton can usually be found at just about any festival that will allow her to display and possibly sell her work.

In her travels, Acton has met and talked with artists who use fused glass as their medium of choice. No two pieces alike. This amazing medium allows creativity that has no end. Each new piece, big or small, is an adventure that ends as it is removed from the kiln that morphed the individual pieces of glass into one. Any artist will tell their listener that the end result is the reason for their continual work toward their idea of perfection.

In addition to RCAA, Acton is an active member of Wabash Valley Art Guild, Rivers and Roads Artisan Trail, and Arts Illiana.

Acton’s display will be featured again in December in the RCAA Artist of the Month Gallery at Harrison College. More examples of her work may be viewed in the Arts Illiana Art Gallery through Nov. 25 and in the RCAA Fall Exhibition in Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology through Dec. 18.

RCAA meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL at Seventh and Poplar streets. For more information contact RCAA president Mike Bender at 812-251-7724 or visit RiverCityArt.org.

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