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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RCAA group show at Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Artwork by members of River City Art Association is the featured exhibit during performances of “Enchanted April” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 6-8, in Community Theatre of Terre Haute.

The group show features oil paintings, watercolors, and pen and ink drawings by Julia London-Meddles, Della Bender, Dian Phillips, Don Turner and Mike Bender.

Photography, fused glass, wood inlay and mixed media pieces are well represented by Todd Stokes, Jan Skipo, Josh Spidel, Sheila Ter Meer, Edith Acton, Deborah Anderson, Monty “Indiana” Jones and Ruthann Brady.

The artwork will remain on display through Feb. 13-15 performances in the theater at 1421 S. 25th St. For performance times and ticket information visit http://www.ctth.org or call 812-232-7172.

For more information on RCAA visit rivercityart.org or call Mike Bender, president, at 812-251-7724.

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Photography by RCAA member featured in Tribune-Star ‘BASH

The workshop is designed for persons interested in learning ways to improve their everyday photo snapshots and beginners who would like to learn photography basics. Advanced techniques and manual settings will not be covered.

Goodin, owner of Sarenity Photo in Terre Haute, will give tips on improving everyday and vacation snapshots. Basic lighting techniques, general camera functions, and tips on composition and exposure also will be discussed. In addition, the workshop will cover helpful tips on ways to improve Smartphone photography. Light refreshments will be provided by Dan Carr Signature Interiors.

Participants are to bring their digital cameras and owner’s manual.

Cost is $30 and advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact Goodin at 812-236-6705 or debbie@sarenityphoto.com. For more information on Goodin and her photo art visit sarenityphoto.com.

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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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