RCAA artists’ “small” works in Arts Illiana exhibition

Fantasy Fusion II by Ruthann Brady

Fantasy Fusion II by Ruthann Brady

River City Art Association members Ruthann Brady, Edith Acton and Todd Stokes of Terre Haute are among artists from Vigo, Vermillion, Parke, Clay, Sullivan and Putnam counties in Indiana and Edgar and Clark counties in Illinois featured in the “Small Art” exhibition in Arts Illiana Gallery at Terre Haute.

The exhibit opens at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 in the gallery at 23 N. Sixth St.

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

Acton’s medium is fused glass. Brady has entered her mixed media pieces. Stokes’ medium is etched glass.

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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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RCAA photographers take honors in TREES Inc. bicentennial contest

A Bold Stand by Debbie Goodin

A Bold Stand by Debbie Goodin

River City Art Association members Debbie Goodin of Terre Haute, Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, and Spencer Young of Clinton have received honors in the 2016 TREES Inc. photography contest.

“Bicentennial TREES: Celebrating Terre Haute’s Canopy” was the theme of the Bicentennial Legacy Project sanctioned by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

“A Bold Stand” by Goodin was awarded 1st Place in the Professional Division. Her image showcases blooming crabapple trees at the Turner Grove inside Deming Park at Terre Haute.

Sassafras Twig by Spencer Young

Sassafras Twig by Spencer Young

“Sassafras Twig,” captured by Young, was awarded 3rd Place in the Amateur Adult Division.

“Through the syc – a-mores …” by Ter Meer was awarded an Honorable Mention.

Through the syc - a-mores by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Through the syc – a-mores by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Her image features the sycamore trees in the sculpture “A Song For Indiana” by Teresa Clark and a nearby sycamore in Fairbanks Park at Terre Haute framed by the sheet music to the official Indiana state song, “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” by Indiana composer and Terre Haute native son Paul Dresser.

The awards ceremony will be Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. in the Vigo County Public Library at Terre Haute.

The exhibition will be featured in the library throughout December.

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

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Paintings by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips in RCAA’s Westminster Village Outreach Gallery

Autumn Dreamscape by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

Autumn Dreamscape by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips of Terre Haute

River City Art Association member Dian Der Ohanian Phillips of Terre Haute is the featured artist in November and December in RCAA’s Outreach Gallery at Westminster Village in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Der Ohanian Phillips has always been an artist. Growing up in New Albany, Indiana, she took every elective art class in middle and high school, and took Saturday morning art classes at the University of Louisville. Also during that time (and long before online courses), she began correspondence course work with Art Instruction Schools. That foundation course in drawing, painting and commercial art gave her the skills to be hired in an art department immediately after high school graduation.

Winding Wabash by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

Winding Wabash by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

A scholarship student at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Dian received a B.F.A. in visual communications. She completed a masters program at Indiana University, and did additional post-graduate work at Boston University. While at Herron, she studied painting with professors Harry A. Davis, Edmund Brucker, Robert Berkshire and Sarah Burns.

Dian was a graphic designer/art director for the majority of her professional life. She continued her fine art pursuits during those years by taking drawing and painting classes. After retiring, she began painting again full time and has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Indiana and Illinois.

She works primarily in watercolor and acrylic, and creates images that are strongly influenced by nature and rural scenes. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the United States.

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First Financial Bank highlights RCAA in Tribune-Star Valley Viewer

First Financial Bank highlights RCAA 8th Annual Juried Exhibition in Tribune-Star Valley Viewer

First Financial Bank highlights RCAA 8th Annual Juried Exhibition in Tribune-Star Valley Viewer

First Financial Bank highlights River City Art Association’s 8th Annual Juried Exhibition in the Oct. 30, 2016 Tribune-Star Valley Viewer.

First Financial sponsored the August 2016 exhibition in the main branch lobby in downtown Terre Haute.

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Steve Harrold November Artist of the Month at Vigo library

"Windy and Damn Cold," oil painting by Steve Harrold of Terre Haute

“Windy and Damn Cold,” oil painting by Steve Harrold of Terre Haute

Paintings by Steve Harrold of Terre Haute will be featured throughout November in the River City Art Association Artist of the Month Gallery in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

Also published Oct. 27, 2016 in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Artist bio:

I studied art in junior high and high school with John Laska at Indiana State Laboratory School in Terre Haute, Indiana.  I won a Gold Key in the National Scholastic Art Competition.
Earned a partial scholarship to John Herron Art Institute and graduated in 1972 with a BFA degree.
Received a graduate assistantship at Indiana State University where I was responsible for teaching some classes and assisting in others.  I graduated with an MFA in 1974.
Studied to become a hairstylist (3rd generation), graduated from the Harrold Beauty Academy (my father started it) and started in the profession. Was chosen by Erik Loben (World Champion Hairstylist) to study with him in Norway and assisted him at the International Hairstyling Convention with his presentation. Started my own hairstyling business about 1977 and it continues to this day.
My grandfather started me hunting at about age 11 and I have always had an affinity for bird dogs. Started Field Trialing German Shorthair Pointers about 1989 and had great success.  I won two National Championships, two Runner-Ups, one Third Place, and two National Futurity wins.  Had one dog elected to both the N.G.S.P.A. and G.S.P.C.A   Hall Of Fame.  Started doing portraits of bird dogs during this time and continued ever since.  Most are in private collections, but six are in the permanent collection at the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction Tennessee.  I was on the initial steering committee for the German Shorthair wing of the Museum.
I started painting wildlife subjects to stay productive between bird dog commissions.  Applied and was accepted into the Indiana Wildlife Artists. Belong to the Wabash Valley Art Guild and River City Art Association, all of which I show with regularly.  I am a member of the Hoosier Salon and currently have a painting on tour in their Annual Exhibition and work for sale in their Carmel gallery.
I have won or placed in numerous shows in the area and had a few one or two man shows as well. Lately I have had people commissioning portraits and I am doing more of them than anything right now.
You never know where this path will take you.

Harrold’s paintings can be viewed again in December in RCAA’s Outreach Gallery in Harrison College in Terre Haute.

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