Mike Bender January Artist of the Month at Vigo library

River of Time, pen and ink, by Mike Bender

River of Time, pen and ink, by Mike Bender

Also published Jan. 15, 2015, in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

River City Art Association and the Vigo County Public Library will showcase artwork by Mike Bender of Terre Haute throughout January in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

Bender has won several awards for his intricately detailed pen and ink drawings, most recently Second Place and the People’s Choice award last October at the sixth annual RCAA Juried Exhibition for his drawing titled “Thinker’s Kingdom.”

The Brazil, Indiana, native began exhibiting his drawings professionally in 2013 and has since received other honors and accolades.

His “River of Time” was chosen for the cover of the January-March 2013 issue of Arts Illiana’s Spectrum magazine highlighting the 2013 Year of the River celebration in Terre Haute. Also that year Bender received a Third Place award in a juried exhibition in Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery in Terre Haute, a Merit Award at the Swope Art Museum 69th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition, and a Third Place in RCAA’s fifth annual Juried Exhibition.

On Jan. 1 Bender began his first term as president of RCAA. In February, Bender’s artwork will be featured in the RCAA Artist of the Month gallery in Sycamore Manor and in March, in the AOTM gallery in Harrison College.

For more information on RCAA and membership details, contact Bender at 812-251-7724 or visit rivercityart.org.

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Della Bender December Artist of the Month at VCPL

Also published Dec. 4, 2014, in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star

River City Art Association and the Vigo County Public Library will feature oil paintings by Della Bender throughout December in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

Hidden Getaway by Della Bender

Hidden Getaway by Della Bender

Bender attended Marshall High School, graduated from Terre Haute Commercial College and married Claude Bender on a military base in Florida during WWII. After the war, they relocated to Chicago, and eventually to Seelyville, where she and her husband began a family trucking company delivering clay products.

Throughout those years, Bender yearned to express herself artistically. Her opportunity came when retired Indiana State art professor Evelyn Gertrude James offered plein air classes.

After three years with James, Bender soon was doing commission paintings, receiving accolades, and exhibiting at Brazil banks. Her love of nature and wildlife are apparent in her landscapes done in oil. She went on to teach art at the Glenn Civic Center in East Glenn until her health required her to “lay down the brush.” Now widowed, Bender is spending her “golden years” in Terre Haute with her son and his wife.

Bird's Eye View by Della Bender

Bird’s Eye View by Della Bender

Bender’s artwork also may be viewed in January in the RCAA Artist of the Month gallery in Sycamore Manor and in February in the AOTM gallery in Harrison College.

For details on RCAA membership contact officers Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048 or Mike Bender at 812-251-7724.

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RCAA participates in Christmas in the Park

This is the second year for River City Art Association to decorate a shelter in Deming Park.

RCAA entry in Christmas in the Park shelter decorating contest

RCAA entry in Christmas in the Park shelter decorating contest

Thanks to members Don Turner for his Baby Jesus in the Manger portrait, Deb Anderson for the Wise Men landscape, and Richard and Edith Acton for creating the Santa sleigh and Angel. Mike Bender added Rudolph and Christmas wreaths to this year’s display.

Artwork by Don Turner

Artwork by Don Turner

The construction crew this year included Todd Stokes, Mike Bender, Sheila Ter Meer, Don Turner, and Edith and Richard Acton.

Thanks to all who donated strings of lights and to Monty Jones’ granddaughter for loaning her doll again this year for the Baby Jesus. 20141130_171309

Christmas in the Park ad in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Christmas in the Park ad in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

This ad was in the Dec. 4 Tribune-Star with a voting ballot; please cut it out and drop your vote for RCAA in the People’s Choice ballot box on the park road just past Santa’s house on the left.

 

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Winners in RCAA 6th Annual Juried Exhibition

Winners published in Terre Haute Tribune-Star Valley Viewer

Winners announced Oct. 18 by Ray Chen, executive director of Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery, at RCAA Sixth Annual Juried Exhibition, hosted by the Terre Haute Masonic Lodge and sponsored by Valley Group Insurance, Investments in Riley.

Best of Show: "Small Wonders" by Kay Clark

Best of Show, First Place in Painting: “Small Wonders,” oil on canvas, by Kay Clark

New member Kay Clark took first First Place in Painting, and Best of Show with “Small Wonders.” Julia London-Meddles received Second and Third Place honors.

First Place in the Drawing category went to Don Turner; Second Place, Mike Bender; and Third Place, Jo Rich.

In the Photography category, First Place went to new member Marvetta Bee; Second and Third Place, Spencer Young.

First Place in Mixed Media/3D went to Debbie Anderson. Todd Stokes took Second Place honors and Elise Spaid Roberts received Third Place.

Artist’s Choice went to Todd Stokes.

People’s Choice went to Mike Bender.

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RCAA to feature Marty Jones in November at VCPL

Also published Nov. 6, 2014, in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star

River City Art Association and the Vigo County Public Library will feature the photographic works of Marty L. Jones throughout November in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

By Marty Jones

By Marty Jones

Jones is a self-taught wildlife and nature photographer from Terre Haute, who has had an interest in photography since the 1970s. He photographs a variety of subjects with an emphasis on Indiana birds. Bird photography is preferred as it tends to be the most challenging, both technically and artistically. To date, he has photographed over 300 different species of birds, all within the borders of Indiana.

Jones often provides presentations about the birds he has photographed and enjoys sharing photo techniques. While his primary aim is to create art with photographs, he also strives to document birds with an eye toward conservation and education. This has led him to volunteer his time and photography skills with several local and national groups such as the Wabash Valley and Indiana Audubon Society, Oaubache Land Conservancy, River City Art Association and the Nature Conservancy.

Recent images by Jones have appeared in print and online publications, including those produced by The Journal of Zoology, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Philadelphia Zoo, USFWS, Audubon Society and Northern Indiana Lakes magazine. To discuss stock use or printing of specific images, contact Jones at indth33@yahoo.com.

Jones’ work also will be featured in December in RCAA’s Artist of the Month gallery in Sycamore Manor and in January in the art association’s Artist of the Month gallery in Harrison College.

For RCAA membership information, visit RiverCityArt.org or contact president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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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 joshspidel.com.

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

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