RCAA artists take Best of Show, 1st Place honors at Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members’ Show in July

Rockville Square by Eugene Thomas

Congratulations to Eugene Thomas of Fairview Park near Clinton, Indiana, for his First Place and Best of Show entry in the Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members’ Show which opened July 1 in the CBAA Gallery in Rockville, Indiana.

A closing reception is set for 2 to 4 p.m. July 28.

Judge Joan Kisner of Danville, Indiana selected Eugene’s  oil painting titled “Rockville Square” for the overall winner.

Patchwork by Edith Acton

In the Mixed Media category, First Place went to Edith Action of Terre Haute, Indiana for her fused glass entry, “Patchwork.”

In the Photography category, First Place went to Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana for her “Sycamore Frost.”

Sycamore Frost by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Earlier this year, “Sycamore Frost” also received First Place in the TREES Inc. “Shades of Winter” Photography Contest in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

Chihuly Glass Ceiling by Sheila Ter Meer

Sheila also received an Honorable Mention at the CBAA Associate Members’ Show for her photography entry, “Chihuly Glass Ceiling.”

In May of this year, this piece also received a First Place in the Photography category at Wabash Valley Art Guild’s 39th Annual Spring Art Show in Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

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RCAA display in July at Vigo library features acrylic works, blackout poetry

“Stay,” blackout poetry and acrylic on canvas by Elise Spaid-Roberts

River City Art Association member Elise Spaid-Roberts will be the featured artist in July at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

Elise earned her degree in art from Indiana State University in 2011. The Terre Haute artist works with a variety of media including charcoal, chalk pastels, graphite, acrylic and watercolors.

Elise’s library exhibit also will highlight her love for creating blackout poetry. It includes “Stay,” a blackout poem with acrylic on canvas.

“Blackout poetry is made by choosing specific words from a page that creates its own message. This requires an intense amount of focus to find what stands out to me. I have to consider the perspective others may have with what they read once the rest of the page is blacked out.

“Recently, I’ve started combined painting with certain blackout poems. Paintings are inspired by certain poems. Sometimes I focus on color and texture alone to let the words complete the image. Other times the poem evokes a specific image for me.

“Last Light,” acrylic by Elise Spaid-Roberts of Terre Haute

“Watercolors are harder to control but that is part of their appeal to me. Often I let the flow of the paint dictate the shapes and shades in the artwork. I enjoy the challenge of blending and layering with acrylics and I am trying to give more attention to textures and brush strokes. I’m most drawn to mountains, oceans and clouds for my subject matter. While I take inspiration from things at a grand scale, I’ve very recently begun to scale my paintings down to miniature, even as small as pennies. Art making is my way of resetting my mind. It allows me to process events in my life. When my anxiety goes up, it is good to spend time bringing my focus into a small corner of my world.”

To The Full, Elise Spaid-Roberts

In May, Elise received Honorable Mentions for her acrylic, “Building Up,” and a blackout poem with acrylic on canvas, “To The Full,” in Wabash Valley Art Guild’s Spring Art Show at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

Two other examples of Elise’s blackout poetry are on display through July 19 in the “Anything Goes” exhibition in Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute.

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RCAA’s new member honored at Covered Bridge Art Association show

Lynne Dunnavant-1st place-CBAA (Facebook photo)

Congrats! to one of River City Art Association’s newest members, Lynne Dunnavant of Rosedale.

“So surprised and honored to receive 1st place at the Covered Bridge Art Gallery for the Wilkins Mill art show,” Lynne recently posted on her Facebook page. “Come view all the new artwork here on display! 😀 — at Covered Bridge Art Gallery.

Lynne creates with watercolor and oil. Visit her creative space at ArtworkByLynne

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RCAA invites Indiana, Illinois artists to enter 11th annual juried exhibition

Juror Chester Burton, senior instructor at ISU dept. of art and design

River City Art Association and host sponsor First Financial Bank invite Wabash Valley artists to enter RCAA’s 11th Annual Juried Exhibition to be featured in the bank’s main branch at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue.

The exhibition opens during First Friday events on Aug. 2 in downtown Terre Haute. A reception is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. in the bank lobby with an awards ceremony at 6:30. Artwork will remain on display for viewing during regular banking hours through Aug. 29. Winning artwork will be featured again in a September show in the bank’s Springhill branch.

The competition is open to Indiana and Illinois artists age 18 and older. Art must be entirely original, completed within the last three years, and not previously entered in a juried RCAA exhibition.

Juror Chester Burton, senior instructor in the department of art and design at Indiana State University, will select winners in five categories as well as the Best of Show.

First-, second- and third-place and honorable mention prizes will be awarded in drawing (includes ink, pencil, pastel, printmaking), painting (includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, encaustic), photography/digital art, ceramics/glass (includes shattered, fused and etched glass) and mixed media (includes wood, metal, fabric/thread and three-dimensional artwork).

The Artists’ Choice Award will be determined from votes by participating artists attending the reception, and the People’s Choice Award, from votes by guests at the reception and bank patrons visiting the exhibition through Aug. 29.

An entry form and a printed prospectus also will be available at The Golden Frame at 509 E. Voorhees St. in Terre Haute.

Entry fees are $20 for RCAA and Wabash Valley Art Guild members, $30 for nonmembers and $15 for students (with valid student ID) for up to three entries per artist.

The nonrefundable fee (and copy of student ID) must accompany an entry form and either mailed to RCAA 11th Annual Exhibition, P.O. Box 3605, Terre Haute, IN 47803 or dropped off at The Golden Frame by July 20.

All two-dimensional artwork must be suitably framed and wired for hanging. Art with “sawtooth hangers” and “clip frames” will not be accepted. Gallery-wrapped canvas paintings or photographs will be accepted.

RCAA reserves the right to reject work that is not suitably framed or is not suitable subject matter for public display.

Entrants are to deliver their artwork between noon and 5 p.m. July 31 using the west entrance to the bank, and bring easels to display their work. Art/artist identification tags must be attached to the back or bottom of each piece.

Artists must pick up their work between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 29.

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RCAA artist to be featured in future issue of ‘Spectrum’ magazine

1st Place-Mixed Media-Radiant Rhapsody-Valerie Funk

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s coming soon to a newstand in Terre Haute, Indiana.

A future issue of “Spectrum” magazine published by Arts Illiana Inc. will feature River City Art Association’s Valerie Funk.

Watch for it …  and we will update you here as well!

The Terre Haute, Indiana resident is RCAA’s most prolific artist in the fabric and threads medium. She has won numerous awards and honors in her field of expertise – quilt artistry – at shows and exhibitions in Terre Haute, Indiana, and throughout the Midwest!

Valerie also is an accomplished photographer and graphic designer. Her background in both these fields of expertise inspire her to create great things in her preferred medium.

Last year, Valerie received First Place in the Mixed Media category at RCAA’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition. She also incorporated her designs on a Coca-Cola bottle sculpture for Corporate Square in the first round of the Root Family Public Art Project (in cooperation with the Vigo County Historical Society and Museum) in Terre Haute.

Congratulations to Valerie and kudos to Arts Illiana for recognizing another Wabash Valley talent!




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Works by Sheila Ter Meer in RCAA’s Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital

RCAA Outreach Gallery-Terre Haute Regional Hospital June-October

Several award-winning photography-based digital abstracts by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana are featured through mid-October 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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Designs by RCAA artists named finalists in 41/40 Arts and Cultural District’s Creative Crosswalks Juried Exhibition

Todd Stokes-Creative Crosswalks Project-Natural World

Arts Illiana Inc. and the 41/40 Arts & Cultural District in Terre Haute on June 7 announced the overall winner, four finalists, and a runner-up in the Creative Crosswalks  Juried Competition.

Two of the four finalists are River City Art Association members Todd Stokes of Terre Haute with a studio in Dennison, Illinois, and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana.

Sheila Ter Meer-Creative Crosswalks Project-Music at the Crossroad

Todd’s mural design proposal for the Crosswalk Mural Project is titled “Natural World.” Sheila’s design proposal features a bluesy guitar theme with a classic minor blues scale lick (phrase).

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