Fused glass by Edith Acton featured in RCAA outreach gallery at Westminster Village

"Sunset" by Edith Acton

“Sunset” by Edith Acton

River City Art Association member Edith Acton of Terre Haute is the featured artist in January and February in RCAA’s Outreach Gallery at Westminster Village in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Edith is known throughout the Wabash Valley for her fused glass wall hangings and jewelry. She has received several awards at juried competitions in the bi-state area.

In August 2016, Edith received the Artists’ Choice Award for her “Sunset” entry in RCAA’s Annual Juried Exhibition. Also in fall 2016, “Sunset” was juried into the Arts Illiana annual exhibition.

Bear's Paw Quilt Block by Edith Acton

Bear’s Paw Quilt Block by Edith Acton

Works by Edith at Westminster include “Sunset” and “Bear’s Paw Quilt Block,” a piece she created for RCAA’s Bicentennial Legacy Project endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission in 2016. Another wall hanging  by Edith, titled “Fireworks,” is part of the display in Westminster.

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.

Example of Fused Glass artwork by Edith Acton of Terre Haute

Example of fused glass by Edith Acton

For the past 11 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.

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RCAA’s January Artist of the Month Gallery in Vigo library showcases marriage of textiles, intarsia

Intarsia art titled "Hummingbird" by Rod Funk

Intarsia art titled “Hummingbird” by Rod Funk

Artwork featured in January in the River City Art Association Artist of the Month Gallery at the Vigo County Public Library marries the creative textiles and woodworking skills of Valerie and Rod Funk of Terre Haute.

Valerie’s unique quilting style speaks to her love of artistic greats such as MC Escher, Kandinsky, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Rod works exclusively with native woods such as walnut, oak, maple, birch, red cedar, ash, hickory and pine to create intarsia works of art.

Third Place Mixed Media: Someone I Once Knew, Self Portrait of an Artist by Valerie Funk

Third Place Mixed Media, RCAA 2016 Juried Exhibition: “Someone I Once Knew, Self Portrait of an Artist” by Valerie Funk

Valerie was born in Shirley, Mass., and moved to the Terre Haute area in the late-70s where she grew up and went to school at both Terre Haute North and then Terre Haute South Vigo high schools. After completing high school Valerie enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard where she served for 10 years while simultaneously serving as an officer for the state of Indiana.
In 1998 Valerie was accidentally shot in the line of duty which caused her to reconsider her career options. After a long recovery, Valerie decided to further her education by enrolling in an associate’s degree program at Ivy Tech Community College where in 2008 she earned her degree in photography and graphic design.
Upon graduation Valerie moved to Iowa where she met her husband Rod Funk, and married in 2011. Shortly after moving to Iowa, Valerie was introduced to quilting where she learned to sew and make quilts. It didn’t take her long to take her quilting in an entirely new direction in an effort to merge her love of art and design with textiles. Valerie designs each piece individually, many starting as a mere sketch on a scrap of paper. She specializes in graphic style modern abstracts and one of a kind portraits.

Transcendent by Valerie Funk

“Transcendent” by Valerie Funk

Since learning to quilt in 2010 Valerie has designed and created over 150 original quilts and has been juried into three international quilt shows and competitions. In 2012 Valerie was commissioned by the Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs to create a quilt for a raffle that would raise money to help meet the needs of veterans. The quilt raffled and earned a grand total of $11,500. The raffle quilt had such a moving story and was such a success that in 2014 the Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs asked Valerie to create a replica of the raffle quilt to hang in the Veteran’s museum in Van Meter, Iowa.
In 2015 Valerie and her husband Rod relocated back to the Terre Haute area to be close to her family. In spring 2016 Valerie joined River City Art Association where she has been displaying her quilts as works of art for the first time.
Valerie currently has a studio in her home where she quilts, creates, and accepts orders for specially commissioned pieces.

Rod was born and raised in Lucas County, Iowa. Later he moved to Osceola, Iowa where he met his wife, Valerie. He has enjoyed woodworking and woodcrafts since high school and has continued to hone his skills as a hobbyist ever since, working on a variety of projects such as cabinet makings, furniture refinishing and repurposing, using reclaimed woods, making tables, desks and other such household items before moving on to smaller more artistic inlaid wood pieces.
In December of 2015 Rod and his wife relocated to Terre Haute to be close to her family. Since settling on Terre Haute’s south side Rod picked up intarsia art to pass the time. Intarsia is sometimes described as the art of creating decorative designs and pictures by skillfully utilizing the grain, figure and colors of woods to create patterns, pictures, and dimensional objects.

Intarsia art titled "Lion" by Rod Funk

Intarsia art titled “Lion” by Rod Funk

After previously working on large furniture projects Rod thought the smaller, more artistic pieces would be more challenging. Rod prefers using natural woods and rarely uses stains or paints. He enjoys the process of choosing which woods he will use in certain spots of projects carefully selecting a particular variety of wood for its grain characteristics, rich dark color, or contrast of light.
Each of these “small art” projects takes about 20 to 60 hours of work from design concept to completion. The process of completing a project usually starts with either a hand drawn sketch or print, the wood is carefully selected, each piece is then cut by hand, shaped, sanded, and laid into place. Once each individual piece is finished it is then glued together and placed on a solid backing board. After the glue has set and dried it is treated with a special protective spray coat that gives it the luster finish.
Rod’s wood-crafting skills are completely self-taught and his artistic style is still evolving as he learns more about his craft. He also accepts orders for specially commissioned pieces. Rod joined River City Art Association in December.

The couple’s artwork will again be featured in February in RCAA’s outreach gallery in Harrison College in Terre Haute.

RCAA membership is open to artists age 18 and older living in Indiana and Illinois. The membership meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

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Photography by RCAA members featured in ‘Indiana, Naturally’ at Indianapolis airport

Falls of Spring by Debbie Goodin

Falls of Spring by Debbie Goodin

River City Art Association members Debbie Goodin of Terre Haute and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana have photographic works featured in the second “Indiana, Naturally” exhibition at the Indianapolis International Airport.

The exhibition of 43 works by 23 artists, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy of Indiana and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, will be on display through March 19.

Goodin has three entries in the exhibit, including “Falls of Spring,” captured at McCormick’s Creek State Park, Indiana’s first state park near Spencer. This landscape entry is displayed in the exhibit case on Concourse B, next to the popcorn store.

Goodin’s wildlife entries feature a hummingbird and juvenile great horned owl. They are displayed in the exhibit case in Ticket Hall North near the elevators.

Dogwood Forest by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Dogwood Forest by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Ter Meer has two entries in the exhibit.

Her plant life entry, “Dogwood Forest,” highlights the canopy of several Dogwood trees in the woods on her acreage in rural Clay County. Ter Meer’s wildlife entry features a black rat snake that lives in her barn.

Both are displayed in the exhibit case in Ticket Hall North near the elevators.

See all the exhibit photos at http://bit.ly/2icK524

Goodin and Ter Meer had photographic works featured in the first “Indiana, Naturally” exhibition at the airport in 2014.

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Vote for ‘Peace on Earth’ in Christmas in the Park shelter decorating contest

Peace on Earth display in Deming Park

Peace on Earth display in Deming Park

River City Art Association decorated the Oberlandler Shelter in Deming Park for First Financial Bank’s annual Christmas in the Park shelter decorating contest.

“Peace on Earth” is the theme of RCAA’s entry in the 2016 holiday event in Terre Haute.

Park visitors can vote for their favorite shelter theme now through judging time Monday, Dec. 5, evening; there’s a ballot box near Santa’s house in the park.

The park shelter displays can be viewed 5 to 10 p.m. nightly throughout December 27.

Read story in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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RCAA artists’ “small” works in Arts Illiana exhibition

Acrylic on canvas small art by David Gill of Clay City, Indiana

Acrylic on canvas small art by David Gill

River City Art Association members Ruthann Brady, Edith Acton and Todd Stokes of Terre Haute, and David Gill of Clay City, Indiana, are among artists featured in the “Small Art” exhibition in Arts Illiana Gallery at Terre Haute.

Example of Fused Glass artwork by Edith Acton of Terre Haute

Example of Fused Glass by Edith Acton

Gill has entered four of his acrylic paintings on canvas. Acton’s medium is fused glass jewelry and wall hangings. Brady has entered her mixed media pieces. Stokes’ medium is etched glass.

All artwork is no larger than 12 inches in width and length.

Fantasy Fusion II by Ruthann Brady

Fantasy Fusion II by Ruthann Brady

The exhibit by artists from Vigo, Clay, Vermillion, Parke, Sullivan and Putnam counties in Indiana and Edgar and Clark counties in Illinois opens at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 in the gallery at 23 N. Sixth St.

The exhibit can be viewed through Jan. 20.

 

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Two RCAA artists featured as December Artist of the Month at Vigo library

People's Choice Award: Forgotten by Deanna Swearingen

People’s Choice Award: Forgotten by Deanna Swearingen

Artwork by two River City Art Association members will be showcased throughout December in the RCAA Artist of the Month Gallery in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

Deanna Swearingen, a Brazil, Indiana resident, has been a member of River City Art Association for 2 years and has won the People’s Choice Award in two competitions this year. She is an established photographer and has sold many pieces of artwork, including Reflection of Humanity, a study of time behind jail bars based on the book, “Shakespeare Saved My Life.” Along with photography, she also excels at handcrafts and acrylic paintings.

As a child, Michael Elmore studied art at the Edwards School of Art in Springfield, Illinois. He took classes in painting at the Ursuline Academy for Girls; his all-male high school did not offer art classes. His teacher and mentor was Mother Matilde, OSU, a portrait painter of some renown in the Springfield area. He also took night classes in commercial art.

Antique Ornaments by Michael Elmore

Antique Ornaments by Michael Elmore

Although his undergraduate major was in English Literature and his Masters in Foreign Languages, all his electives in college were taken in art. He took those electives at Catholic University of America (life class and design) and at ISU (painting, drawing, and life classes). Among his instructors at ISU were Mr. Charles Reddington and Mr. David Erickson.
His first one-person show took place at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois. He won a Purchase Prize in the 43rd Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition at the Swope Art Museum. He has exhibited in the Annual Mid-States Art Exhibition in Evansville, Indiana. In 2012 he had an encaustic accepted for the 68th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Swope. His paintings, sculptures, and murals are found in both public and private collections in Mexico and Colombia. A commissioned work hangs in a private collection in Switzerland.
Recently he became a member of the River City Art Association. Back some years ago, Michael was installed as President of the Wabash Valley Art Guild (1988-89). After several years with the Guild, he dropped out of active participation due to his pursuit of further education. He won several prizes in WVAG shows during the period of his active participation. Upon his retirement as a family therapist and a child psychologist, he renewed his painting activities and rejoined the Guild and joined the RCAA and  the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.

Michael primarily works with oil, egg tempera, and encaustic media.

Artwork by both artists will be featured again in January in RCAA’s outreach gallery in Harrison College in Terre Haute.

Also published Dec. 1, 2016 Terre Haute Tribune-Star

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‘The Art of Christmas’ by RCAA member JoAnne Perigo Fiscus on display in Clabber Girl

Santa art by JoAnne Perigo Fiscus

Santa art by JoAnne Perigo Fiscus

Whimsical scenes of the Christmas season are featured through Jan. 9 in the Art Gallery in Clabber Girl Museum at Terre Haute.

“The Art of Christmas” exhibit is by River City Art Association member and Terre Haute artist JoAnne Perigo Fiscus.

Meet JoAnne and view her artwork from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the gallery inside the Hulman & Company building at 900 Wabash Ave.

She also will be in the gallery from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, during the Clabber Girl Country Christmas.

JoAnne is known regionally for her whimsical artwork depicting Santa Claus engaged in various seasonal activities. Cards and prints from her original watercolor and pen and ink works will be for sale.

For more information contact the artist at fishart4@aol.com or 812-607-0284.

Also published on TribStar.com

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