Images by Spencer Young featured in Bicentennial Art Center

Photo by Spencer Young of Clinton, Indiana

Photo by Spencer Young of Clinton, Indiana

The show features 46 photos mostly from New Mexico, Colorado and Tennessee.

Young is a resident of Clinton, Indiana, and a member of River City Art Association in Terre Haute.

The Art Center is at 132 S. Central Ave. in Paris, Illinois, and regular hours are
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Visit

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Fused glass by Edith Acton featured at Vigo library

Artistic creations made of fused glass will be on display in the Vigo County Public Library throughout November. The wall hangings were made by Edith Acton of Terre Haute, a member of River City Art Association.

Also featured Nov. 12 Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Life as a wife, mother, grandmother and teacher kept Acton very busy; however, in retirement she found time to pursue other interests. Art classes in high school and college provided a basic knowledge of the key elements to create and construct any artwork of choice. After pottery, ceramics, woodworking, painting and many more mediums, she discovered fused glass.Fused glass by Edith Acton

For the past 10 years Acton has actively pursued her artwork with the medium of fused glass. There are numerous wall hangings that reveal an ability to use color in new and innovative ways to make decorative, eye-appealing artwork for office or home decor. An interesting sideline to having the many colors of glass used to make the wall hangings is that there are numerous pieces left that are just the right size to make jewelry. Countless women in the Terre Haute area are wearing the small pieces of artwork on their ears, necks and arms. Acton can usually be found at just about any festival that will allow her to display and possibly sell her work.

In her travels, Acton has met and talked with artists who use fused glass as their medium of choice. No two pieces alike. This amazing medium allows creativity that has no end. Each new piece, big or small, is an adventure that ends as it is removed from the kiln that morphed the individual pieces of glass into one. Any artist will tell their listener that the end result is the reason for their continual work toward their idea of perfection.

In addition to RCAA, Acton is an active member of Wabash Valley Art Guild, Rivers and Roads Artisan Trail, and Arts Illiana.

Acton’s display will be featured again in December in the RCAA Artist of the Month Gallery at Harrison College. More examples of her work may be viewed in the Arts Illiana Art Gallery through Nov. 25 and in the RCAA Fall Exhibition in Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology through Dec. 18.

RCAA meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL at Seventh and Poplar streets. For more information contact RCAA president Mike Bender at 812-251-7724 or visit

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RCAA Fall Exhibition at Rose-Hulman featured in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Published Sunday, Oct. 18, in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Opening reception 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, Moench Hall

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Save the date: Fall Exhibit at Rose-Hulman; reception Oct. 22

Rose Hulman Fall exhibitionMore than 75 works of art by 15 members of River City Art Association are featured in the Fall Art Exhibit at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.

The exhibit is on display on the first and second floors of Moench Hall now through Dec. 18 with an artists’ reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 22.

Participating artists include Edith Acton, Richard Acton, Della Bender, Mike Bender, Donald Lee Hadley, Marty Jones, Monty Jones, Dian Phillips, Jan Skipo, Judith Lynn Smith, Todd Stokes, Deanna Swearingen, Sheila K. Ter Meer, Don Turner and Spencer Young.

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Ruthann Brady October Artist of the Month at Vigo library

Artist's Choice Award: Goddess Within, Mixed Media by Ruthann Brady

Goddess Within by Ruthann Brady received an Artists’ Choice Award and a Third Place in 3D/Mixed Media in juried exhibitions in Terre Haute in 2015.

River City Art Association founding member Ruthann Brady is the featured artist throughout October in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

Brady became interested in painting after she retired from her career in communications to accompany her husband to Europe when his work presented the opportunity in 1997. “With time for reflection and meditation I realized my real life journey had just begun. I searched for ways of self expression, exploration. After countless beginnings to write how I felt, I realized I express myself in a visual way.”

It was after a vacation in Wales that Brady bought her first paints and brushes. They stayed at a Farm Bed and Breakfast. Their host was a retired art teacher. “She told me that anyone can learn to paint. I have been learning ever since.”

Amazon Mystic by Ruth Anna Brady of Terre Haute

Amazon Mystic by Ruthann Brady

Brady has more than 25 works professionally framed and available for showing. “I began painting as a realistic artist and evolved to a mixed media abstract impressionistic style.”

Brady paints mostly on heavy watercolor paper, clay board, and hard board panels. Her first works were watercolor. Now she uses acrylic, encaustic and oil and cold wax.

“My art is always in transition. It evolves as I go through experiences and explorations. I often begin a painting without any preconceived plan. I flow with the rhythm of the process, pouring, manipulating and allowing the visual magic to take me on a journey.”

Brady chooses the colors, medium, substrate, size and amounts and direction of flow … and beautiful colors, patterns and forms emerge.

“This is my favorite way to create as I feel my real spirit is imparted to the painting and hopefully will resonate allowing the viewers a spiritual journey of their own.”

Brady’s library exhibit will be featured again in November in RCAA’s Artist of the Month Gallery in Harrison College in Terre Haute.

Other mixed media/abstract works by Brady are on exhibit in the Aire Wellness Center at Amada Plaza in Terre Haute, and coming soon at Moon Dance diner, formerly the Harmony Diner, in Harmony, Indiana.

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

Also published Oct. 1, 2015 in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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Photography by Jan Skipo featured in September at Vigo library

Nosey photo by Jan Skipo

Nosey by Jan Skipo

River City Art Association and the Vigo County Public Library are featuring photography by Jan Skipo of Terre Haute throughout September in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

Jan lived 20 years in Indianapolis, working in marketing for Kondas Photographers and for Wyant Photography, assisting at weddings. She also belonged to Photo Venture in Indianapolis, a weekly photo club that focuses on learning and a hands-on approach. Through those ventures, she acquired “lots of photo books” and a great deal of admiration for the art.
Jan now works as a nurse in Terre Haute, is an active RCAA member and is a strong supporter of the arts community.
Children by Jan Skipo

Children by Jan Skipo

In 2014, Jan was one of the top winners in the “Aging in the Wabash Valley” photography competition, sponsored by Indiana State University and Arts Illiana Inc. That photo is in ISU’s permanent exhibit in the College of Nursing, Health and Human Services Building (Arena).

Three of Jan’s photographs are in the fall exhibition by RCAA members on display now through Dec. 18 in Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
In October, Jan’s photos will be featured in the RCAA Artist of the Month Gallery in Harrison College.
RCAA meets at 6 p.m. each second Tuesday of the month in the library. For more information visit or contact RCAA president Mike Bender at 812-251-7724.
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Fused glass by artisan Edith Acton in Rivers & Roads Exhibition

Rivers and Roads Flyer for September 2015 ExhibitFused glass wall hangings by River City Art Association member Edith Acton of Terre Haute are featured in the Rivers & Roads Artisan Trail Exhibition through Sept. 28 in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum.

Other Wabash Valley artisans in the mixed media exhibit include John Bennett, Bob DeFrance, Janet McVay, Judy Ohmit, Mike Roe, Stephanie Standish and Charles Wagoner.

An opening reception will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 in the museum at 900 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute.


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