Winners in RCAA 7th Annual Juried Exhibition at First Financial Bank

First Place, Painting: Julia London-Meddles

First Place, Painting: Julia London-Meddles

More than 50 entries by 19 Wabash Valley artists are featured in the River City Art Association 7th Annual Juried Exhibition on display through Aug. 19 in First Financial Bank at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue.

First Financial and vice president of marketing Terry Tevlin hosted the opening reception and awards ceremony for RCAA’s annual competition on Aug. 7 during Downtown Terre Haute First Friday activities.

First Place, Drawing: Mike Bender

First Place, Drawing: Mike Bender

A lot of great work in every medium” made the judging difficult, said Christy Brinkman-Robertson, assistant art curator at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Summer Youth Art Program director at Swope Art Gallery, in her judge’s comments.

The winners, she added, “displayed great craftsmanship” and “either had a great study of a subject or had artworks that told a story.”

First place medallions were awarded to RCAA president Mike Bender of Terre Haute for his drawing, “Exploring Angel Falls; Julia London-Meddles of Terre Haute for her oil painting, “Santa Fe Trail”; Spencer Young of Clinton for his photo, “Rock House Interior”; and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil for her 3D photo art, “Pareidolia: Breaking the Surface.”

First Place, Photography: Spencer Young

First Place, Photography: Spencer Young

Second place honors went to retired art teacher JoAnne Fiscus of Terre Haute for her drawing, “Murder of Crows,” and her watercolor, “Fish On”; RCAA vice president Todd Stokes of Terre Haute for his photo on canvas, “Longest Sunset”; and retired Lost Creek Elementary teacher Deborah Anderson of Carbon for her intarsia art entry, “Wildlife in the Grand Canyon.”

Third place recognition went to former Vigo County art educator Don Turner for his drawing, “Ancient African Tree”; retired Woodrow Wilson art teacher Donald Lee Hadley for his painting, “Beauty Redefined”; Ruthann Brady of Terre Haute for her Mixed Media entry, “Goddess Within”; and Sheila Ter Meer for “The Spark,” an abstract photo on aluminum, which also received the People’s Choice award at the end of the reception.

First Place, 3D/Mixed Media: Sheila K. Ter Meer

First Place, 3D/Mixed Media: Sheila K. Ter Meer

Brinkman-Robertson also awarded an honorable mention to Spencer Young for his photo, “Spring Moon”; Barry Callahan of Illinois for his painting, “Shine”; and to Edith Acton of Terre Haute for her fused glass artwork, “Shine.”

Acton received a second award for her dedicated service as a member and treasurer for River City Art Association. RCAA founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute presented her with the Marty Martinez Contributory Award, in memory of the late founding member and owner of the Raven Art Gallery in Terre Haute.

The reception ended with Donald Lee Hadley’s acrylic entry, “Break From the Front,” receiving the Artists’ Choice award.

The exhibition through Aug. 19 also features ceramics by Richard Acton of Terre Haute, photography by Debbie Goodin and Jan Skipo of Terre Haute; mixed media works by Indiana State University student Elise Spaid-Roberts; and acrylic paintings by Monty Jones, Dian D. Phillips of Terre Haute and Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland.

More photo to come ….

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RCAA juried exhibition, reception among First Friday events Aug. 7

The 7th Annual River City Art Association Juried Exhibition in First Financial Bank is one of several Downtown Terre Haute Inc. First Friday events planned from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7.

Two- and three-dimensional artwork by Wabash Valley artists will be featured at a reception and awards ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. in the bank at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue.

Juror Christy Brinkman-Robertson, Summer Youth Art Program director at Swope Art Museum and assistant curator at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, will announce winners in four categories as well as the Best of Show.

People’s Choice and Artists’ Choice also will be awarded after votes are tallied at the end of the evening.

Artwork will remain on display for viewing in the bank’s lobby during regular banking hours through Aug. 19.

For more information contact RCAA vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048 or TheGoldenFrame53@gmail.com.

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Spencer Young August Artist of the Month at Vigo library

Skogafoss in Iceland by Spencder Young

Skogafoss in Iceland by Spencer Young

Spencer Young of Clinton shares photos of his second trip to Iceland in the River City Art Association Artist of the Month Gallery at the Vigo County Public Library, Seventh and Poplar streets. His first trip to the home of the first Viking explorers of North America was in 2007.

Farm Below Glacier by Spencer Young

Farm Below Glacier by Spencer Young

Young’s exhibit throughout August shares a glimpse of the dramatic landscapes that define the Nordic island nation. He was able to capture a rainbow of color in his photo of the Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s biggest and most popular waterfalls, as well as the striking contrast of man’s presence against nature in “Farm Below Glacier.”

Young also was able to experience the light phenomenon, the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, on this trip.

Young holds a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from Northwestern University and a master of science from Iowa State University. For several years he was an assistant photographer and darkroom operator for a portrait and wedding studio. He is a landscape photographer however, capturing solar eclipses is high on his list of priorities.

Young’s return trip to Iceland was the second leg of a group tour he took in March to witness a total solar eclipse from the vantage point of the Faroe Islands. Those photos will be featured in RCAA’s membership show as the fall exhibition in Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

CAD drawing is Young’s third interest. 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 “Computer Assisted Whimsy” CAD exhibit was featured in the spring art exhibition at Rose-Hulman.

Young’s most recent honor is the Paris Bridge Club Choice Award, received at the Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition in Bicentennial Art Center at Paris, Ill. His “Ash Cave Waterfall” is on display through Aug. 28.

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

Published in Aug. 6 Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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Solo exhibit by RCAA member in Covered Bridge Art Gallery

2015 CBAA Assocciate Member Show, First Place

2015 CBAA Associate Members Show, First Place, Photography, “I Spy With My Little Eye.”

Photographic works by Sheila Ter Meer of Clay County will be featured in a solo exhibit throughout August in Covered Bridge Art Association’s Gallery at Rockville.

The Brazil native is a member of River City Art Association and Arts Illiana in Terre Haute, and an associate member of Covered Bridge Art Association. She was awarded the opportunity to showcase her photography in the Gallery as Best of Show winner in the July 2014 CBAA Associate Members Show.

Ter Meer is a self-taught photographer; some of her news and feature photos have been published in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star where she has worked in the features/community news department since 1981.

Until January 2013, photography was just a hobby she shared only with family and friends and in Open Class competitions at the Clay County 4-H Fair.

She joined River City and literally got her feet wet photographing the Wabash River at Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute and its tributary Big Raccoon Creek at Bridgeton and Mansfield for entries in RCAA’s 2013 Year of the River art show and the TREES Inc. 2013 Year of the River Photography Competition.

In addition to riverscapes, Ter Meer’s favorite subjects run the gamut: family and pets, old barns and pastoral scenes, wildlife, plant life, sunrises and sunsets, cityscapes, seascapes, statues, landmarks, tourist attractions, and anything that satisfies her penchant for whimsies – anything playful or fanciful, as an artistic creation.

My primary focus is nature and life experiences; I approach all aspects of our daily existence – natural and manmade – with curiosity, excitement and amazement as that of a wide-eyed child experiencing the world around them for the very first time,” she said.

Pareidolia: Breaking the Surface, subtitled Dog Paddling Past Mansfield.

2014 Best of Show: Pareidolia: Breaking the Surface, subtitled Dog Paddling Past Mansfield.

Ter Meer likes to “think outside the frame.” In addition to traditional lustre and glossy photo paper, she presents more contemporary images on metallic and watercolor giclee paper, canvas, wood, aluminum and acrylic. Her first three-dimensional piece was juried into an exhibition in Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery in Terre Haute before winning Best of Show at the 2014 CBAA Associate Members Show.

Ter Meer also loves to “break all the rules” and create abstract art from traditional images. In May of this year, her photo art on aluminum won the inaugural Roger King Memorial Award and a second place at the Wabash Valley Art Guild Spring Juried Exhibition.

Image printed on watercolor giclee paper

2014 Third Place: “Peach Bandits” on watercolor giclee paper

Ter Meer’s August exhibit in the Covered Bridge Art Gallery will include her Blue Ribbon entry in this year’s Associate Members Show, her Third Place photo in last year’s show, and a collection recently featured in the Arts Illiana Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Savings Bank.

Her 3D Best of Show entry is not part of the exhibit; she has entered it in the Seventh Annual River City Art Association Juried Exhibition scheduled Aug. 7-19 in First Financial Bank in downtown Terre Haute.

Ter Meer’s abstract photography will be featured in RCAA’s Fall Exhibition in Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Most of Ter Meer’s photos and abstract creations are featured on her blog, Sheila T Illustrated, at sheilatphotography.wordpress.com.

Also published July 30 in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

 

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Monty Jones wins People’s Choice award at CBAA Associate Members Show

Peoples Choice: King of the Oak by Monty Jones

Peoples Choice: King of the Oak by Monty Jones

Congrats!! to River City Art Association founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute. He received a special honor for artwork  he entered in the Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members Show.

Jones received the People’s Choice Award for his acrylic painting, “King of the Oak” at today’s reception in the Gallery in Rockville.

 

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Spencer Young honored with Paris Bridge Club Choice Award

Ash Cave Waterfall by Spencer Young

Ash Cave Waterfall by Spencer Young

River City Art Association member Spencer Young of Clinton received the Paris Bridge Club Choice Award at today’s opening reception for the Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition in Bicentennial Art Center at Paris, Ill.

Young’s “Ash Cave Waterfall” and winning entries by RCAA vice president Todd Stokes and secretary Sheila Ter Meer are on display through Aug. 28.

 

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Todd Stokes wins First Place at Annual Midwest Photography Show; Sheila Ter Meer, Honorable Mention

Autumn Haze by Todd Stokes

Autumn Haze from the Fall Out of Focus Series by Todd Stokes of Terre Haute, Indiana

River City Art Association vice president Todd Stokes received a First Place and an Honorable Mention for his entries in the 2015 Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition in the Bicentennial Art Center at Paris, Ill.

Caterpillars by Todd Stokes

Caterpillars by Todd Stokes of Terre Haute, Indiana

Judge Jeff Boshart, photographer and retired professor at Eastern Illinois University at Charleston, awarded Stokes top honor in the Adult, Color Division for his photo on canvas, “Autumn Haze.” The Terre Haute artist’s color photo on canvas titled “Caterpillars” received an Honorable Mention ribbon.

Peach Bandits by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Peach Bandits by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana

RCAA secretary Sheila Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana also received an Honorable Mention ribbon for her color photo, “Peach Bandits.”

The opening reception begins at 5 p.m. CDT Friday, July 24.

Boshart will give a talk about the exhibit and hand out awards at about 5:30 p.m.

The exhibition may be viewed through Aug. 28.

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