Portrait artist featured in RCAA Community Outreach Gallery

A selection of artwork created by Kari Rajkumar will be on display in the River City Art Association Community Outreach Gallery housed in the cafeteria of Regional Hospital at 3901 S. 7th St. in Terre Haute, Indiana.  

The show is scheduled to run from mid-January until mid-April, 2023.  Cafeteria’s hours are: 7 days a week, 6:30a-9:30a; 11a-1:30p; 5-7:30p.  All times listed are EST.  Door 17 is the nearest outside entrance to the cafeteria.

Kari Rajkumar is a primarily self-taught artist living and working in the Wabash Valley.  She works in Graphite, Pastel, Oils, and sometimes a bit of Charcoal or Watercolor just for fun. 

In all her portraits, Kari wishes to highlight qualities of the subject that capture and hold her attention the longest – be it quiet confidence, or integrity, or grace of movement. Always, it is the goodness and uniqueness she sees in these individuals that compels her to memorialize it in her art. She also credits a deep love of nature, color, and history as strong influences.

To learn more about Miss Rajkumar and view more of her work, visit her website at:  www.karirajkumar.com.

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Photographer Debra Butler RCAA’s January Artist of the Month at Vigo County Public Library

Summer Sunday Echo Park by Debra Butler
Summer Sunday Echo Park by Debra Butler

Debra Butler is River City Art Association’s January Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute, Indiana. Her display includes “Summer Sunday Echo Park” and 10 other photographs.

Ms. Butler lived and worked in Southern California for forty-five years before relocating back to Terre Haute for retirement. A self-taught photographer from an early age, taking photographs in her spare time and on vacations as she continued her legal career, her photography documents beautiful and serene places, as well as capturing images of stark nature, wildlife, and historical architecture.

Ms. Butler first began exhibiting photographs locally in 2021. Her photographs have been seen in over a dozen local exhibits, including a virtual exhibit for the library in September 2021. She was awarded a First Place in the Wabash Valley Art Guild Spring show, and has photographs accepted in exhibitions in the Arts Illiana Gallery and Swope Art Museum. Ms. Butler’s work can also be seen in the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Calender for 2023.

For this exhibit, Ms. Butler has selected a few favorite photographs of tropical and cactus flowers and wild creatures, which were taken in her Los Angeles County backyard as well as scenic views of two well-known locations in Los Angeles County. Her photograph of Echo Park Lake in downtown Los Angeles captured the famed blooming Lotus field and her “City Glitter” is a night view of Los Angeles from the Griffith Park Observatory.

Always fascinated with the wild animals that made it to her backyard, Ms. Butler has selected a rare photograph of a Pacific Rattlesnake that took up residence by her front gate, and an equally rare photograph of a shy King Snake, so-called due to its reputation as a killer of rattlesnakes. (“No,” she says, this King Snake did not kill the rattlesnake pictured.)

Here is a Bobcat looking for lunch as it surveyed a field of ground squirrel holes. Also here is a slightly blurry photograph of a Black Bear, actually Cinnamon-colored, that was chased back to the forest one Sunday afternoon when the bear tried to cross the yard for the street below, not waiting for the usual cover of dark before beginning its trash can rounds.

The Cereus Cactus only blooms once a year, with the blossoms opening just as dark falls. Each bloom lasts only one night as it attempts to attract pollinators and fades by mid-morning. The potted Yellow and Pink Plumeria also thrived in Ms. Butler’s yard, and their yearly blooms gave her a thrilling remembrance of more tropical places in the hot, dry Southern California environment. She hopes you enjoy these images as much as she enjoyed the plants, places and wildlife she was able to capture in her photographs. 

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Fused glass artisan Edith Acton RCAA’s December Artist of the Month

Terre Haute artisan Edith Acton is River City Art Association’s December Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library in downtown Terre Haute.

“Spring is Here” is one of six works featured in her display. We believe this is wishful thinking on Acton’s part. Visit the library at Seventh and Poplar streets to see her other works up close and personal.

Edith has been working in the medium of glass for over 16 years.  During this time she has shown her work at most of the local events such as juried shows with RCAA, Wabash Valley Art Guild, Arts Illiana and numerous festivals such as Miracle on 7th Street.

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A new theme for RCAA’s Christmas in the Park decorated shelter display

This is the 9th year River City Art Association has decorated a shelter for the annual Christmas in the Park event in Deming Park at Terre Haute.

“Christmas Morning Surprises” can be viewed through Dec. 31.

Several members and friends of RCAA helped with this year’s display including Todd Stokes, Debra Butler and husband Steve, Mary Mayhew and her husband, Kari Rajkumar and her mother Marcy; Sheila Ter Meer, Richard Acton and Thomas Wright.

Several members constructed wrapped presents for a contest at the November meeting and Lynne Dunnavant was named winner for her two lollipop-themed packages.

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Works of River City artist to be featured in Community Outreach Gallery

A selection of Kari Rajkumar’s artwork will be on display at the Community Outreach Gallery housed in The Hometown Savings Bank (THSB) located at 2503 Poplar St. in Terre Haute, IN.  The show is scheduled to run from Dec 13, 2022, until mid-June, 2023.

Kari Rajkumar is a primarily self-taught artist living and working in East Central Illinois/Wabash Valley area.  She works in Graphite, Pastel, Oils, and sometimes a bit of Charcoal or Watercolor just for fun.  In all her portraits, Kari wishes to highlight qualities of the subject that capture and hold her attention the longest – be it quiet confidence, or integrity, or grace of movement. Always, it is the goodness and uniqueness she sees in these individuals that compels her to memorialize it in her art.  She also credits a deep love of nature, color, and history as strong influences.

THSB is one of several Community Outreach Galleries in Terre Haute curated by RCAA.

Contact:  kari.rajkumar@frontier.com

Website:   http://www.karirajkumar.com

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Todd Stokes RCAA’s November Artist of the Month

River City Art Association’s Vice President Todd Stokes is the group’s Artist of the Month featured throughout November in the AOTM gallery space at the Vigo County Public Library in downtown Terre Haute.

T Stokes Nov 2022 AOTM sampler

Todd’s primary focus is etched glass in 2D and 3D. He also is an award-winning photographer. He works from his studio in Dennison, Illinois.

A sampling of Todd’s photography and mixed media (etched glass/photography) work at the library is featured in the photo above.

Of note: Todd’s 3D etched glass piece received an honorable mention at the 2022 Abstract April show in the Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery in Rockville, Indiana.

In August 2022, Todd’s glass etchings took First, Second and Third Place in RCAA’s 14th Annual Juried Exhibition.

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12 Artists in Studio12 at 12 Points

A “Small Art” show featuring works by 12 artists in Studio12 at 12 Points is open through Nov. 30.

Owners of Studio12 and Eric’s Humble Pies are hosting the River City Art Association membership show during regular business hours at 1242 Maple Ave.

The 34 pieces of original art in the show include watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings; fused, shattered, etched and stained glass; clay creations; black and white, as well as color photography; abstract art; and blackout poetry. Each work is no larger than 11 by 14 in its presentation, not including frame.

Flower Box, an oil by Judith Lynn Smith, is one of 34 works of art by RCAA members featured in this “Small Art” show in Studio 12.

Most of the artwork is for sale. Details on each piece will be posted with contact information.

Participating artists are Richard and Edith Acton, Debra Butler, Mike Lunsford, Mary Mayhew, Jan McVay, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, Judith Lynn Smith, Elise Spaid-Roberts, Todd Stokes, Sheila K. Ter Meer and Thomas Wright.

Studio12 is in the Twelve Points Historic District on Terre Haute’s near north side. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Also shop Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 for homemade pies, fresh-brewed coffee and unique works of art for holiday gift-giving. A few RCAA artists will attend.

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