2 artists featured in March, April at RCAA Outreach Gallery in Westminster Village

Ohio Star Quilt Block by Rod Funk

Ohio Star Quilt Block by Rod Funk

River City Art Association vice president Todd Stokes and RCAA member Rod Funk, both of Terre Haute, are the featured artists in March and April in RCAA’s Outreach Gallery at Westminster Village in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Todd Stokes is manager and resident artist at The Golden Frame in Terre Haute. He also is a member of Wabash Valley Art Guild and the artist collective Watermark in Terre Haute.

Todd not only finds an expressive outlet with photography, he also enjoys creating interesting two- and three-dimensional etched glass art incorporating basic geometric shapes as key elements in his designs. Working with glass is an extension of his experience in Plexiglas with a constructionist twist as he continues to explore three-dimensional works combining hand-cut glass with unique etched design work.

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

After previously working on large furniture projects Rod thought the smaller, more artistic inlaid wood 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.

Wolf by Rod Funk

Wolf by Rod Funk

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 lustre finish.

 

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RCAA participates in Vigo library’s Big Read Art Exhibit

Dust Bearers by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

Dust Bearers by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

Seven River City Art Association members have artwork in the Vigo County Public Library’s NEA Big Read Art Competition/Exhibition on view through March in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

The library invited RCAA and other area artists to create artwork inspired by the 2017 book selection, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” by Zora Neale Hurston.

A reception for library patrons to meet several of the artists is set for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 29.

Prizes will be awarded to the Best of Show, selected by a special judge, and People’s Choice as voted by library patrons viewing the exhibit throughout March.

RCAA entries include:

“Light of the Town,” fused glass, by Edith Acton of Terre Haute.

“Honey Bee and Comb,” intarsia/inlaid wood, by Rod Funk of Terre Haute.

“Reflections,” fabric and thread/oil paint, by Valerie Funk of Terre Haute.

“Dust Bearers,” watercolor on paper, by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips of Terre Haute.

“Nature Made Everything Else,” photography by Todd Stokes of Terre Haute and Dennison, Ill.

“Watching God (Facing Life’s Storms)”, digital art, by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil.

“Janie Crawford Through the Eyes of ‘Lady Day,'” pastel on paper, by Donald E. Turner of Terre Haute.

 

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RCAA member Judith Lynn Smith featured artist in March at Clabber Girl

Sunlight and Shadows by Judith Lynn Smith

Sunlight and Shadows by Judith Lynn Smith

River City Art Association member Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland is the featured artist in March in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

Judith is a former teacher and business executive who has been a life-long art enthusiast. She recently learned oil painting, and it very quickly became her “passion.” She enjoys painting the things she loves – seascapes, landscapes, still life, abstracts – and especially birds of all  kinds.

Her exhibit at Clabber Girl is titled “All Natural” and presents a variety of her nature scenes and water birds.

Robin's Nest by Judith Lynn Smith

Robin’s Nest by Judith Lynn Smith

Judith also is a member of Wabash Valley Art Guild, Arts Illiana and many other art organizations throughout central Indiana.

She has enjoyed participating in many exhibitions and competitions, and meeting interesting and enthusiastic artists and patrons.

Judith also has art on exhibit in Zionsville, Crawfordsville, Noblesville and Indianapolis.

To find out more about Judith, view some of her paintings, and learn about her recent art adventures, visit artbyjudi.blogspot.com.

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Valerie, Rod Funk February artists in RCAA Outreach Gallery at Harrison College

Armonye by Valerie Funk

Armonye by Valerie Funk

Works by two River City Art Association members are on display throughout February at RCAA’s Outreach Gallery in Harrison College at Indiana 46 and Hulman Street in Terre Haute.

The exhibit 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.

Intarsia art titled "Lion" by Rod Funk

Intarsia art titled “Lion” by Rod Funk

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

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Don Turner, RCAA’s February Artist of the Month, celebrates Black History Month

"Brother's Keeper" a print of an original oil painting by Don Turner

“Brother’s Keeper” a print of an original oil painting by Don Turner

River City Art Association and the Vigo County Public Library will feature artwork by Don Turner throughout February in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

In his Artist of the Month exhibit, Turner celebrates his heritage and Black History Month.

Turner was born and raised in Terre Haute. His artistic skills emerged while attending McClean Junior and Garfield High schools, where he learned the fundamentals of art from Frida Terhorst and Jessie Martin.

After high school Turner attended Butler University and Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, where he studied with renowned Indiana artist Harry Davis.

Baptism in the Wabash, a watercolor by Don Turner of Terre Haute

Baptism in the Wabash, a pastel drawing by Don Turner of Terre Haute

Turner later studied art with Charles Reddington, Whitney Engeran Jr., Monty Montgomery and Dick Hay at Indiana State University.

After earning several degrees in art education, a master of arts and a master of science degrees, Turner studied watercolor painting in spring 2008 with internationally known painter Joseph Fettingis NWS at Turkey Run State Park.

Turner is well known in Vigo County for his work in the community. After many years of teaching art in the public schools and at ISU, he retired in 2008 to start his own art business as an illustrator.

Turner’s company, Turner Graphique Designs, has created work for several well-known companies in Terre Haute and the surrounding area including Clabber Girl, Williams/Randall Marketing and Communications, and Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute.

First Place Drawing: Detailed close-up of The Legend of Satchmo by Don Turner

First Place Drawing: Detailed close-up of The Legend of Satchmo by Don Turner

Turner also is well known in the art community for the drawings and watercolor paintings he has created for area art shows. His many honors and awards include a first place in 2016 for his pastel drawing, “The Legend of Satchmo,” at RCAA’s eighth annual juried competition.

Turner is a past president and past vice president of RCAA. In addition to the art business, he also is active in the Vigo County Retired Teacher’s Association and Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute.

Contact Turner at Turner Graphique Designs, 2129 Spruce St., Terre Haute, IN 47807; or dtugraf007@aol.com.

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

 

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Artwork by RCAA members in Arts Illiana ‘Black & White’ exhibition

Oil on canvas, "Moonscape," by Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland, Indiana

Oil on canvas, “Moonscape,” by Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland, Indiana

River City Art Association members Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana are among artists to be featured in the “Black & White” exhibition at Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute.

An opening reception is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in the gallery at 23 N. Sixth St. Artwork can be viewed through April 21.

Toward the Light, photography by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Toward the Light, photography by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Guest curator Rita Spalding of Indianapolis chose Smith’s “Moonscape,” and Ter Meer’s “Toward the Light” from entries in the nationwide call for artists.

Smith’s oil on canvas is part of her current sunrise/sunset/moonscape series.

Ter Meer’s image is part of her abstract photography collection.

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RCAA art show during ‘Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth’ at Community Theatre

14 pieces by 8 RCAA artists in Community Theatre of Terre Haute

14 pieces by 8 RCAA artists in Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Artwork by members of River City Art Association will be featured during presentations of “Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth” Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-5 in Community Theatre of Terre Haute at 1431 S. 25th St.

More than 12 works will be showcased.

Commanding, clay by Richard Acton of Terre Haute

Participating artists include Edith and Richard Acton, Mike Bender, founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones, Todd Stokes and Don Turner, all of Terre Haute; Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil; and Spencer Young of Clinton.

Mediums include fused glass, etched glass, clay, pen and ink, pastel pencil, acrylic, and photography.

The art show also can be viewed weekdays between performance dates.

Fused Glass Wall Hanging by Edith Acton

Points of Blue, fused glass by Edith Acton of Terre Haute

For hours call the CT ticket office at 812-232-7172 or 232-7173; or visit ctth.org.

RCAA is open to Indiana and Illinois residents age 18 and older.

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.

Apache by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Apache, abstract photography by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil

For more information call vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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