Masonic Temple hosts open house, RCAA exhibition

Published Oct. 16, 2014 in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

The local Masonic fraternity invites the community to an open house, guided tour and art exhibition from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Terre Haute Masonic Temple at 224 N. Eighth St.

The tour will introduce guests to George Ewing Farrington, Charles Cruft and other notable men in Terre Haute’s history memorialized in the picture galleries of the 1917 classical revival building. In addition to the ballroom, library, parlor, board room and card room on the first floor, the tour will include lodge rooms on the second and third floors used by the three Masonic lodges, three York Rite Masonic bodies, a Court of the Order of the Amaranth and Bethel 2, International Order of Job’s Daughters.

The open house also will feature live entertainment, light refreshment, and an exhibit by Wabash Valley artists sponsored by Valley Group-Insurance, Investments in Riley.

At 6 p.m., winners in the River City Art Association Sixth Annual Juried Exhibition will be announced by Ray Chen, executive director of Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery.


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Josh Spidel October Artist of the Month at VCPL

Spidel photography exhibit to focus on ‘Resurfacing Memories’

Published in the Tribune-Star | Thursday, October 2, 2014

In May 2002, after Spidel’s second year in college, he was in a near-fatal motorcycle accident which caused a brain injury and paralysis of one arm. After lengthy rehabilitation in Indianapolis and an attempt to return to college, he was forced to change his course in life. He found photography as therapy and an outlet.

“I took an interest in photography because usually head injuries cause memory issues,” said Spidel. “For me, a picture can bring to the surface memories which I did not know that I had. Before too long, I noticed that I genuinely enjoyed the process of photography. I still find it striking how something which was used solely for my own benefit has been transformed into an activity that others may enjoy.”

Spidel has a new perspective while taking photos of nature and people. Since life for him has “slowed down,” he will often see details that others miss.

He uses digital photography to create fine art notecards, prints and canvases which have been sold locally. Spidel was a featured artist at the 2014 Art & Wine Show in Terre Haute and has participated in the Collett Park Christmas Walk, as well as other Wabash Valley shows and festivals.

Another selection of Spidel’s works is on display at Body Balance Chiropractic Center in Terre Haute. He also will be featured during November in the RCAA Artist of the Month Gallery at Sycamore Manor. Spidel’s photography can also be viewed at

For more information on RCAA exhibits and membership visit or call RCAA President Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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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 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

Stokes Magazine Article September 2014



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