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.
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.
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.
Elise Spaid-Roberts of Terre Haute is River City Art Association’s October Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets.
Elise is well-known in the art community for her small paintings, painted figurines, blackout poetry and mixed media creations.
Tornado Alley by Elise Spaid-Roberts
“My artwork is a form of catharsis for me. Art making allows me a chance to process or escape the world. I find purpose in creating. Most of my art is small scale works or blackout poetry. My tiny art varies from relief sculpted scenery within bottle caps, to landscape paintings on a penny, and miniature figurine painting. My blackout poetry inspires larger paintings of abstract landscapes. I turn entire books into blackout poems. I have showcased my small works and blackout poetry books locally and through galleries in the United States. Subject matter for my work is heavily influenced by a trip I took to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. My adventure was in 2011, but the landscape, sea, and Gaidhlig language has left a lasting impact on me. Other inspiration comes from the extreme weather and cloud formations in the Midwest. I easily get lost in the process of painting storm clouds and colors found in extreme weather.”
Mary Mayhew is an enthusiastic painter who is inspired by people, nature, light and color. She finds satisfaction in capturing on canvas the beauty she sees in the world around her, people, and their relationships.
Drawing and painting help her to more fully see and know a subject. The more she studies a subject the more there is to notice about it. A seemingly simple object such as a flower or an eye has so many intricacies and subtleties that are missed with the casual glance. Representing that object in paint makes her stop long enough to more fully appreciate its depths and beauty.
Mary is fascinated by the effects of light; how it changes colors, reveals forms and directs our view. She thoroughly enjoys the painting process and finds it fulfilling to create her own personal record of the world she lives in.
Although she is British by birth, Mary has lived in Terre Haute for 23 years. She trained as an optometrist in England, but put that aside to raise and home-educate her children, all but one of whom have now graduated.
Mary’s grandchildren often feature in her paintings! She has continued learning from books and videos, and painting as an amateur artist throughout her life. Recently, she has been taking lessons from Kari Rajkumar of Paris, IL. She feels fortunate and blessed to be at a stage of life where she is able to spend more time painting.
Mary has had paintings accepted to the past two years of the Swope Art Museum Annual Juried Shows, and has won awards in three years in the River City Art Association Annual Juried Exhibition, plus first place in painting in the Wabash Valley Art Guild Show 2022. She has also had paintings accepted to several juried shows at Arts Illiana Gallery.
River City Art Association recognized the talent of 25 Indiana and Illinois artists during its 14th Annual Juried Exhibition opening reception on Aug. 5 in the lobby of host sponsor First Financial Bank in downtown Terre Haute.
Exhibition juror Rhonda Yochum, a retired Vigo County School Corp. art educator with degrees in photography and fine arts from Indiana State University and Indiana University, announced winners from 73 entries in six categories.
Best of Show went to an acrylic painting, “Yellow Tree” by Donna Pomfret.
First-place medallions were awarded to Jo Rich-Vadas of Marshall, Illinois, for her gouache painting, “Ojai Poppies; “Faithful and True,” a pastel drawing by Lisa Methany; Cathie Laska of Terre Haute for a mixed media entry titled “Santa Fe Red Peppers”; Marcia Norman of Terre Haute for her glass wall hanging, “Dancing Jellies”; Todd Stokes of Dennison, Illinois, for a 3-D etched glass and wood entry, “Sunrise, Sunset”; and in photography, “Mura Indigenous Community Protecting the Rain Forest, Brazil” by Alex McNichols-Torreledo of Terre Haute.
Stokes also received second place in 3-D for “Rain Dance,” and third place for “Straight Line Breeze,” both created with etched glass and wood.
Five more second-place honors went to Laska for her soft pastel drawing, “Early Morning Hawthorn Park”; Lynne Dunnavant of Rosedale, for her oil painting “Queen Anne’s Lace; “Crystal Forest,” a glass entry by Edith Acton of Terre Haute; “Evening Sunset,” a mixed media piece by Richard Acton of Terre Haute; and Clinton artist Thomas Wright for his photograph, “Sliver of Light.”
In addition to Stokes, four more third-place awards went to Clay City artist David V. Gill’s oil painting, “The Fitch House – Sunset”; “Study of Triangles” in glass by Edith Acton; “Turtles All The Way Down,” a mixed media entry by Jan McVay of Tangier; and “Approaching Fear Head-On,” a photography triptych by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana.
Other participating artists include Willa Barksdale, Debra Butler, Kara Cress, Steve Harrold, Jean Kristeller, Mary Mayhew, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, Sandy Ridge-Fisher, Elise Spaid-Roberts, Susan Thiemann Wynne and Regan Zerwig.
All entries in RCAA’s exhibition can be viewed during regular banking hours through Aug. 31, when the Artists’ and People’s Choice awards will be announced and join winners in a September display in the lobby of First Financial’s Springhill bank.
Debra Butler is the River City Art Association featured artist photographer exhibiting at THSB now until mid-December, 2022.
The Hometown Savings Bank, formerly Terre Haute Savings Bank, welcomes the public to stop by the branch at Poplar and 25th streets during banking hours to view Ms. Butler’s Exhibit of Ten Photographs.
Debra is pictured here with “Summer Sunday Echo Park,” one of the photographs in her exhibit at the THSB.
Ms. Butler grew up in Terre Haute, and recently returned after 45 years in California. Her photographs reflect her love of the natural world as she focuses her camera on capturing the beauty she sees in a flower or scenic view. She states that her hope is that by sharing her images at THSB, someone in the middle of a busy, and maybe stressful day, and maybe even someone who never visits an art gallery, might find in one of these photographs that moment of joy that art can give to an otherwise routine day.
Stop in and see RCAA member Debra Butler’s exhibit now through mid-December.
THSB is one of several Community Outreach Galleries in Terre Haute curated by RCAA.
Kara Cress of Terre Haute is River City Art Association’s July Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library.
Kara grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She is a graduate of Prairie State College in Visual Communications and Eastern Illinois University in Graphic Design. As a graphic designer, Kara has designed continuously in the Wabash Valley for over 35 years, and has won several state and national awards.
After spending so much time in the structured graphic design world, Kara decided it was time to rekindle her original love of drawing and painting. “3 years ago I (we) converted a bedroom into a small studio and I’m trying to loosen up and find my style. I guess it’s, who do I want to be now that I’m grown-up?”
Kara is interested in all things creative, and is currently exploring abstract and “lots of color”. Many of her art pieces involve nature and florals. Much of her current work is done in watercolor and acrylic.
Kara is a new member of River City Art Association, but has had artwork in the Wabash Valley Juried Art Exhibition, Arts Illiana Small Art Show and TREES Inc. Photography.