The theme embraces words by Leonardo da Vinci, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and Henry David Thoreau in their interpretation and expression of a river’s importance and influence on everyday life.
“A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure,” said Supreme Court Justice Holmes in a dispute over water rights. “It offers a necessity of life that must be rationed among those who have power over it.”
Holmes often connected the theme of nature to human relations and social teachings. Da Vinci described water as “the driving force” in nature. Thoreau, the naturalist, was concerned by the physical effects on the landscape left by water. Immersing himself in nature, a more philosophical Thoreau wrote, “The life in us is like the water in a river.”
River City Art Association was named in 2008 for its connection to the Wabash River, the treasure in Terre Haute that has inspired other poets, authors and visionaries to tell their life stories through song, the printed word and works of art.
More than a necessity, water is often the driving force in an artist’s nature to paint a picture of life and the metaphorical rivers and streams that run through it.
Influenced by the life source of the Wabash Valley as well as the undercurrents in their everyday existence, RCAA’s Indiana and Illinois artists interpret and transfer thoughts, emotions and vision to a painting, drawing, photograph or other medium.
To create their personal treasures, RCAA members use pastels, Conte crayon, pen and ink, charcoal, oils, acrylics, wood, glass, clay, threads, fibers, metals, paper and digital techniques.
Each medium breathes renewed life into the many colorful landscapes, life-like portraits, detailed carvings, fine line etchings, abstracts and still life to be featured in RCAA’s show through Nov. 14 in the Gaslight Art Colony gallery.
Artists include Edith Acton, Richard Acton, Bob DeFrance, Sandy Fisher, Valerie Funk, Christel Gutelius, Monty “Indiana” Jones, Eloise Lovell, Mary Mayhew, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, Alice Pine, Todd Stokes, Sheila K. Ter Meer, Thomas Wright and Jo Rich-Vadas. Their artwork can be purchased by visiting gaslightartcolony.com.
In-person visits to the GAC gallery at 516 Archer Ave. will be limited to two at a time from 9 a.m. to noon Illinois time Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment, through December.
— Post by Sheila K. Ter Meer, RCAA secretary