Spencer Young featured in Rose-Hulman spring exhibition

Computer-assisted drawings by River City Art Association member Spencer Young are featured in the spring art exhibition at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Cad drawing by Spencer Young

Cad drawing by Spencer Young

Young’s exhibit “Computer Assisted Whimsy” showcases how he creates 3D objects and pictures in a 2D format through wiremesh and shaded solid designs. This artistic concept came from his career as a geologist for coal mines, where he used computer-assisted drawing software to create maps.

His artwork will be on display through May 30.

Read full story in March 26 Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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RCAA artists featured in ‘Halcyon Days’ juried exhibition

“Halcyon Days 2015,” a regional juried exhibition in Halcyon Art Gallery in downtown Terre Haute, continues through Saturday, March 28, with a reception to meet the artists from 7 to 9 p.m. March 20.

Featured artists include RCAA members Edith Acton, Debbie Anderson, Mike Bender, Debbie Goodin, Judith Lynn Smith, Marvetta Bee, Sheila Ter Meer and Todd Stokes.

Full story published March 19, 2015 in Terre Haute Tribune-Star online edition and in the March 26 print edition

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Anderson, Goodin, Stokes invited to ‘An Evening of Art and Wine’

RCAA members Deborah Anderson, Debbie Goodin and Todd Stokes are among 10 artists to be featured at the Terre Haute Women’s Club annual Shoe Bus Fundraiser, “An Evening of Art and Wine” scheduled 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 18 in ISU Hulman Center.

"Freedom," 3D Etched Glass, Wood and Rock Sculpture by Todd Stokes

“Freedom,” 3D Etched Glass, Wood and Rock Sculpture by Todd Stokesto be featured at the Terre Haute Women’s Club annual Shoe Bus Fundraiser, “An Evening of Art and Wine” on April 18, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in ISU Hulman Center.

A percentage of each piece of art sold will benefit the club’s “Shoe Bus” project. Patrons will have an opportunity to talk with each artist, and specific pieces of art can be commissioned.

Tickets for “An Evening of Art and Wine” may be purchased from any club member for $45, by visiting the group’s website terrehautewomensclub.com, or by calling 812-232-3412, ext 4.

For more information on the club and the event, see the March 15, 2015, Terre Haute Tribune-Star Valley Viewer Cover Story

Deborah Anderson is well known for her Intarsia artwork. Her wood inlay designs been featured in galleries throughout the state and 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.

"Oconaluftee (By the River) was created on a beautiful Spring day on the banks of the Oconaluftee River in the Smoky Mountains!  When I look at this picture I remember the sound of the running water, the mist all around as the water from the spring melt and rains moved downstream!  I remember finding just the right spot to include the amazing tree root and boulders in the foreground!  It was such a peaceful moment, one I wanted to capture and share with you!"

“Oconaluftee (By the River) created by Debbie Goodin on a Spring day on the banks of the Oconaluftee River in the Smoky Mountains.

Debbie Goodin is a professional photographer whose interests lie in nature and architectural photography in our natural world. As a native of Terre Haute, Goodin has enjoyed spending time outdoors capturing Mother Nature’s amazing beauty in a photograph. She has worked on local and out-of-state projects for commercial clients. Recently, she made her long time dream a reality by opening her own business, Sarenity Photo.

Todd Stokes enjoys creating two- and three-dimensional etched glass art incorporating basic geometric shapes as key elements of his design. Stokes grew up in Terre Haute and received a BA degree in fine arts from Indiana State University. He also finds an expressive outlet in photography. He continues to explore three-dimensional works, combining hand-cut glass with unique etched design work.

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Halcyon Council on Education for the Arts Annual Conference on March 7

Halcyon Art Gallery will present the Third Halcyon Council on Education for the Arts Annual Conference on Saturday, March 7, in conjunction with its February invitational exhibition “Convergence: Two Groups, One Vision 2015,” now extended through Saturday at the Halcyon in the Swope Art Museum building at Seventh and Ohio streets.

The exhibition features artwork by members of River City Art Association and Wabash Valley Art Guild. Participating artists include Bill Wolfe, Julia London-Meddles, Judith Lynn Smith, Kara Jeffers, Marsha Stewart, JoAnne Fiscus, Bruce Fiscus, Steve Harrold, Michael Elmore, Edith Acton, Marvetta Bee, Bobby Parvin, Kay Clark, Debbie Anderson, Debbie Goodin, Jim Rhodes, Charles Wagoner, Josh Spidel, Monty “Indiana” Jones, Todd Stokes, Mike Bender, Della Bender, Richard Acton, Leslie Cordray, Dian D. Phillips, Spencer Young, Sheila K. Ter Meer, Ruthann Brady and Don Turner.

Full story Published March 5, 2015 in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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Todd Stokes River City’s artist of month at VCPL

 

Published in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

River City Art Association and the Vigo County Public Library spotlight the photographic and etched glass artwork by Todd Stokes this month in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

Stokes was born in Evansville, and grew up in Terre Haute. He was an honor graduate of Indiana State University, School of Fine Arts in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Photography and a minor emphasis in Plexiglas sculpture.

His early interests in subject matter revolved around architecture with the underlying geometric forms and hard-edged shadows dominating his creative drive. In the evolution of his work the subject matter has shifted from cityscape to landscape, specifically trees, their relationship to the surrounding world and the human characteristics they seem to possess.

Stokes not only finds an expressive outlet with photography, he also enjoys creating interesting two- and three-dimensional etched glass art incorporating basic geometric shapes as key elements in his designs. Working with glass is an extension of his experience in Plexiglas with a constructionist twist as he continues to explore three-dimensional works combining hand-cut glass with unique etched design work.

Recently stepping down as the owner of The Golden Frame in Terre Haute, Stokes continues his career there as manager and resident artist. “My occupation has continued to challenge my creativity by pushing me to design and create one-of-a-kind art displays for more than 20 years.”

Current affiliations: vice president, River City Art Association; member, Terre Haute South Rotary; lobby gallery director, Community Theatre of Terre Haute; and member of the Watermark artist collective, Arts llliana Inc., Wabash Valley Art Guild, Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Ill., and Bicentennial Art Museum in Paris Ill.

Recent shows include RCAA/WVAG invitational, “Convergence: Two Groups, One Vision,” February 2015, Halcyon Art Gallery; RCAA Annual Juried Exhibition, October 2015, Second Place award in 3D Mixed Media for sculpture “Freedom.”

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

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Vigo library features River City artist Don Turner

Also published Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

River City Art Association and the Vigo County Public Library will feature artwork by Don Turner throughout February — Black History Month — in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets. The exhibit features several portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in various mediums.

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 is featured during Black History Month in the Vigo County Public Library.

Turner was born and raised in Terre Haute. He has shown artistic skills from his days at McLean Junior High 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 Arts in Indianapolis, where he studied with renowned Indiana artist Harry Davis.

Hardships forced a move back to his hometown. 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 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 public schools and 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. His company, Turner Graphique Designs, has done work for several well-known companies in Terre Haute and the surrounding area, including Clabber Girl, Willams Randall Marketing and Communications, and the Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute.

In addition to the art business, Turner is active in the Vigo County Retired Teachers’ Association, Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute, and River City Art Association, where he has served as president and vice president.

The next RCAA membership meeting is at 6 p.m. March 10 in the VCPL. For more information visit rivercityart.org or contact Turner at dtugraf007@aol.com.

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RCAA artists in February exhibition at Halcyon Art Gallery

“Convergence: Two Groups, One Vision 2015″ also features Wabash Valley Art Guild artists

Oil on canvas by Leslie Cordray

Oil on canvas by Wabash Valley Art Guild member Leslie Cordray

Halcyon Art Gallery in Terre Haute will present “Convergence: Two Groups, One Vision 2015,” a compelling overview of visually arresting art movements by Wabash Valley artists, Feb. 6-28. An opening reception is scheduled 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.

The exhibition will feature paintings, prints, watercolors, drawings, glass, photography, wood, encaustic and sculpture by members of River City Art Association and Wabash Valley Art Guild. It is curated by Pria Rahmouni, president of WVAG, and Mike Bender, president of RCAA.

Monty Jones First Place in Mixed Media & Other category

RCAA member Monty Jones

Participating artists include Julia London-Meddles, Bill Wolfe, Judith Lynn Smith, Kara Jeffers, Marsha Stewart, Joanne Fiscus, Bruce Fiscus, Steve Harrold, Michael Elmore, Edith Acton, Marvetta Bee, Bobby Parvin, Kay Clark, Debbie Anderson, Debbie Goodin, Jim Rhodes, Charles Wagoner, Todd Stokes, Mike Bender, Della Bender, Josh Spidel, Richard Acton, Leslie Cordray, Dian D. Phillips, Spencer Young, Ruthann Brady, Don Turner, Monty “Indiana” Jones and Sheila K. Ter Meer.

Best of Show: "Small Wonders" by Kay Clark

“Small Wonders” by Kay Clark

“Convergence: Two Groups, One Vision” is expressing a personal vocabulary through engaging art materials to its limit, said Ray Chen, Halcyon executive director. Both groups explore increasingly subjective forms of representation. They also share a vital sense of celebration and an eagerness for inspiration.

Quelle Est La Question, steel, by Bruce Fiscus

Quelle Est La Question, steel, by Bruce Fiscus, member of both groups

The February Saturday Artist Talk, scheduled 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14, will be on Piero della Francesca (1413-1492), the mystery man of western art, who paved the way for the likes of Leonardo and Michelangelo.

In addition, the third annual Halcyon Council on Education for the Arts is scheduled 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21.

Halcyon Art Gallery is at 25 S. Seventh St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All events are free.

For more information visit halcyonartgallery.com, email raychenhalcyon@gmail.com or call 207-807-8799.

Also published Feb. 5 ‘BASH entertainment section of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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