RCAA opens ‘March ARTmania’ in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum on March 1

Trumpeter Swan by Judith Lynn Smith

River City Art Association trumpets the coming of spring with an art show inspired by Mardi Gras, March madness, famous artists, kites aloft on March winds, the color green — and all things artfully mastered in between.

“March ARTmania” will open with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum, 900 Wabash Ave.

Sunset Road, quilt artistry by Valerie Funk

Downtown Terre Haute’s First Friday theme salutes Dr. Seuss, children’s author/illustrator, political cartoonist and animator born Theodor Seuss Geise on March 2.

During “March ARTmania,” RCAA also celebrates other notable artists born in March: painter Sandro Botticelli (March 1), sculptor/painter Michelangelo (March 6), photographer Edward Weston (March 24), and painter Vincent van Gogh (March 30).

Returning Green by Elise Spaid-Roberts

Forty-three works by 16 RCAA artists includes paintings, mixed media, clay, intarsia, pyrography, quilt artistry, photography, digital art, black-out poetry, and works made with glass.

“March ARTmania” will remain on display through noon March 29.

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Kari Rajkumar’s work chosen for international competition

Molly – Thought and Memory by Kari Rajkumar

Congratulations to River City Art Association member Kari Rajkumar of Paris, Ill.

Kari’s oil painting, “Molly Thought & Memory,” is one of 150 works selected to be a finalist in  the 2018 Fall International Online Exhibition conducted by the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS).  The finalists were chosen from more than 1,000 entries from nearly every state in the U.S., as well as other countries, such as Canada, Mexico, Poland, Malaysia and China, to name a few.

A self-taught artist, Kari specializes primarily in portraiture.  She works in oil, pastel, and graphite, and has garnered national and international recognition in all three media.  Also in fall 2018, she exhibited 10 of her works as part of a four-woman show at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.

The online exhibition is viewable on the NOAPS website until Dec 16, 2019.  More about the artist can be viewed on Kari’s website, http://www.karirajkumar.com.  Or, find her on Facebook.

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Photography by Thomas Wright featured in RCAA’s Community Outreach Gallery

Thomas Wright-Terre Haute Regional Hospital Outreach Gallery

Several award-winning photographs by Thomas Wright of Clinton, and formerly of Terre Haute, are featured through mid-June in River City Art Association’s Community Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

The gallery space is located in the cafeteria area of the hospital.

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RCAA artists top 3 winners in 2018-19 TREES Inc. Photography Contest

From right: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place TREES Inc. winners; followed by one of 2 honorable mention photographs by RCAA members.

River City Art Association members Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, Marty Jones of Terre Haute, and Thomas Wright of Clinton (formerly Terre Haute) received top honors in the 2018-19 TREES Inc. “Shades of Winter” Photography Contest.

Judges selected several other winners from the nearly 60 photographs entered in the competition.

An awards reception is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

TREES 2018-19, Winter Solitude-Thomas Wright-Honorable Mention

In the Adult Professional Division, judges awarded First Place to Sheila’s color glossy “Sycamore Frost” and an Honorable Mention for another color glossy, “Sycamore Freeze.”  Thomas received a Second Place for “Winter Rush,” a color landscape of the upper falls at Cataract Falls State Park in Owen County, Indiana. “Winter Solitude,” another color landscape, captured by Thomas at the park, received Honorable Mention.

TREES 2018-19, 3rd place and Joy Sacopulos Award-Other side of the fence-by Marty Jones

Marty received Third Place for “Other side of the fence,” a black and white winter landscape. He also is the recipient of the inaugural “Joy Sacopulos Award” honoring the legacy of the late TREES Inc. founding member and creator of TREES Inc. Photography Contest.

The exhibit can be viewed through Feb. 28 in the lower level of the Vigo County Public Library.

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Works by RCAA’s Todd Stokes, David Gill in ‘The American Dream’ exhibition

Not For Sale by David V. Gill

River City Art Association members Todd Stokes of Terre Haute and David V. Gill of Clay City have artwork in “The American Dream” exhibition in Arts Illiana Gallery at Terre Haute.

Rootbound-Todd Stokes

The exhibition opened Feb. 1 and closes April 19 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gallery at 23 N. Sixth St.

The exhibition was open to artists in North America.

Guest curator Sascha Windolph of Hannover, Germany, selected 59 works of art from 32 artists, including Todd’s etched glass and wood sculpture titled “Rootbound” and a painting by David titled “Not For Sale.”

“Rootbound is a color-filled glass etching where above ground, black trees and white trees are growing together,” Todd said, “and under the surface, all the roots are grey, showing we’re all the same inside.”

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Paintings, drawings by RCAA’s Don Turner featured during Black History Month at Vigo library

Oil paintings “Motherhood” and “Raindow” and drawings by Donald Turner of Terre Haute.

Terre Haute artist Donald E. Turner celebrates Black History Month by sharing his artwork throughout February in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Two of Don’s recent oil paintings, “Motherhood” and “Rainbow,” as well as several drawings are featured in the River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month gallery space in the library through Feb. 28.

Don’s 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 he attended Butler University and Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, where he studied with renowned Indiana artist Harry Davis.

Don 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, Don studied watercolor painting in spring 2008 with internationally known painter Joseph Fettingis NWS at Turkey Run State Park.

Don 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.

Don’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.

Don 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 Best of Show pastel drawing in the library’s Big Read Art Competition in 2017, and a first place pastel drawing in 2016 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 contact RCAA past president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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Art show during ‘Mamma Mia!’ and film festival at Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Mixed Media: “Beach Heart” by Marcia Norman

An invitational art show during performances of “Mamma Mia!” in Community Theatre of Terre Haute will showcase works by members of River City Art Association.

Some of the artists will attend CT’s opening night performance and reception on Friday, Feb. 8, in the Carolyn Toops Gallery.

Shells and sea glass were used to create “Beach Heart,” the mixed media wall art featured here by Marcia Norman, one of RCAA’s newest members.

Paintings, drawings, quilt artistry, intarsia, photography, digital art, clay, fused glass and other media will be represented in this show.

Artwork will remain on display for theater-goers attending performances Feb. 15 through 17, and until the Indiana Community Theater Association Film Festival hosted by CT on Feb. 22 and 23.

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