Paintings by RCAA’s Sandy Fisher on exhibit through July at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Native American-themed painting by Sandy Fisher

Several paintings by Sandy Fisher, a new member to River City Art Association, are featured in the Myers Technology Building at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.

Her Native American-themed exhibit can be viewed through July 2018.
SANDY IS A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF TERRE HAUTE. SHE HAS BEEN PAINTING SINCE SHE WAS VERY YOUNG. SHE IS MOSTLY SELF-TAUGHT, BUT IN RECENT YEARS SHE HAS BEEN MENTORED BY LOCAL ARTIST PAT GRIGG. PAT HAS ENCOURAGED HER TO SHARE HER WORK WITH THE PUBLIC.
   

Painting of a Native American dress by Sandy Fisher

SANDY HAS TRAVELED THROUGH MANY STATES FROM ALASKA TO THE CAROLINAS STUDYING OUR NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE.

SANDY HAS SHOWN HER SERIES OF PAINTINGS DEPICTING NATIVE AMERICAN
LIFE, AND OTHER SUBJECTS, IN THE NATIVE AMERICAN MUSEUM IN TERRE HAUTE, THE SHAWNEE THEATRE IN BLOOMFIELD, GASLIGHT ART COLONY
MUSEUM IN MARSHALL, ILL., AND VARIOUS OTHER PLACES.
 
SANDY FEELS DEEPLY THAT THE LORD HAS BEEN WITH HER, GUIDING HER HAND AS SHE PAINTS. SHE IS HUMBLED TO REALIZE THAT WHAT SHE HAS CREATED ON CANVAS IS ENJOYED BY OTHERS, AND SHE HAS REACHED HEIGHTS IN HER ART THAT SHE NEVER IMAGINED.

 

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RCAA’s Kari Rajkumar receives honor at National Art Exhibit

Aaronaut by Kari Rajkumar

River City Art Association congratulates member Kari Rajkumar of Paris, Ill., for her recent recognition in the 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition in the Visual Arts Center of Punta Gorda in Florida.

Kari’s portrait titled “Aaronaut” received the Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence.

The 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition is sponsored by the Mary Ellen Byrd Legacy for the Arts.

The National Art Exhibit (NAE) is one of the nation’s most prestigious juried exhibitions of two-dimensional media.

Kari’s “Aaronaut” is on display through March 20.

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RCAA members have works selected for Crow Show 2018

Ruckus On A Rail by J. Melanie Cloutier

Congratulations to River City Art Association members J. Melanie Cloutier, Todd Stokes and Sheila K. Ter Meer for having crow-themed artwork featured in Crow Show 2018, which opened Feb. 2 in Arts Illiana Gallery at 23 N. Sixth St. in Terre Haute.

Flocking Crows by Todd Stokes

The opening coincided with Terre Haute’s February First Friday theme, Love Downtown.

“The crows seem to love downtown, and visitors to Crow Show 2018 will love viewing the renderings from artists across North America,” says Arts Illiana in a press release for the Terre Haute Tribune-Star.

Gallery director Michael Tingley said 93 pieces were submitted by 53 artists from 8 states. Guest curator Jeff Scher chose 62 works of 2-D and 3-D art by 41 artists from 7 states.

“Ruckus On A Rail” by J. Melanie Cloutier of Terre Haute is an acrylic on canvas with a float frame presentation.

“Flocking Crows” by Todd Stokes of Terre Haute and Dennison, Ill., is a glass etching and wood sculpture.

Approaching the Drop Zone by Sheila Ter Meer

“Approaching the Drop Zone” by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, is a photography-based digital art abstraction on metal, with an acrylic float mount presentation.

A closing reception with awards ceremony is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the gallery.

“Scher is a painter and experimental filmmaker. His work is in the permanent collection at museums, among them the Museum of Modern Art, and has been screened at film festivals around the world, including opening night at the New York Film Festival,” states the Arts Illiana press release. “He has also created work for The New York Times, The New Yorker Magazine, IFC, HBO, PBS and the Sundance Channel. He also has made music videos for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and others.

“He most recently animated the story of a Holocaust survivor for an HBO original documentary, which had its premier at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan along with an exhibit of the original artwork. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and at N.Y.U. Tisch School of the Arts, and is a guest artist this semester at Parsons School of Design.”

For more details on Crow Show 2018 and other exhibitions, visit artsilliana.com.

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RCAA’s Don Turner celebrates Black History Month at Vigo library

Close-up: “Legal Tender” by Don Turner

River City Art Association’s February Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library is Donald Turner of Terre Haute.

Allen Chapel Underground by Don Turner

Don will be “sharing the cultural aspects of the black experience” in watercolors, graphite and ink.

His Black History Month-themed display includes a watercolor, “Allen Chapel Underground”; “African Tree of Life” in graphite; and “Legal Tender,” a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dollar bill, graphite and ink.

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RCAA artists featured in 2018 Rose-Hulman Spring Art Exhibit

“Butterfly Rhapsody” by Valerie Funk of Terre Haute

Seventeen artists from River City Art Association are exhibiting their work in the 2018 Rose-Hulman Spring Art Exhibit from January 12th to May 30th. 

“You can find their work in Moench Hall on floors 1 and 2,” announced RHIT art curator Christy Brinkman-Robertson. “Most artworks are for sale, and there is a wonderful variety of artistic mediums showcased.”

The following artists have work on display: Edith Acton, Richard Acton, Ruthann Brady, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, Kyma Drake, Rod Funk, Valerie Funk, Neil Garrison, Steve Harrold, Monty Jones, Judith Lynn Smith, Elise Spaid-Roberts, Todd Stokes, Jim Tabor, Sheila K. Ter Meer, Don Turner and Spencer Young.

“Please join us for a reception to honor our artists,” Brinkman-Robertson added.

Thursday, March 22nd, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Moench Hall, 1st and 2nd floors, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute. Refreshments provided. 

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RCAA membership show at Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Membership show 2018 at Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Artwork by River City Art Association will be featured during Community Theatre of Terre Haute’s stage version of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” scheduled Jan. 26-28 and again on Feb. 2-4.

The membership show features fused glass by Edith Acton, clay works by Richard Acton, paintings by Sandy Fisher and Elise Spaid-Roberts, a pet portrait by Monty “Indiana” Jones, glass etching by Todd Stokes, abstract digital art by Sheila Ter Meer and photography by Spencer Young.

Read more in today’s Terre Haute Tribune-Star ‘BASH entertainment guide

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Paintings by Ruthann Brady, January Artist of the Month at Vigo library

Keep on Turning, encaustic/collage by Ruthann Brady of Terre Haute

River City Art Association’s founding member Ruthann Brady is the January Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

“Keep on Turning,” an encaustic/collage embedded with watch gears, is one of Ruthann’s mixed media pieces featured in the library as well as on the cover of today’s Tribune-Star ‘BASH entertainment guide and inside feature article.

Artist statement: I became interested in painting after I retired from my career in communications to accompany my husband to Europe when his work presented the opportunity in 1997. With time for reflection and meditation I realized my real life journey had just begun.

“Keep on Turning” on ‘BASH cover Jan. 4, 2018

I searched for ways of self- expression, exploration. After countless beginnings to write how I felt, I realized I express myself in a visual way. It was after a vacation in Wales that I bought the first paints and brushes. We stayed at a Farm Bed and Breakfast. Our
host was a retired art teacher. She told me that anyone can learn to paint. I have been learning ever since.

I have over 25 works professionally framed and available for showing. I began painting as a realistic artist and evolved to a mixed media abstract impressionistic style. I paint mostly on heavy watercolor paper, Clay board, and hard board panels. My first works were watercolor. Now I use Acrylic, encaustic and oil and cold wax.

My art is always in transition. It evolves as I do through experiences and explorations. I often begin a painting without any preconceived plan. I flow with the rhythm of the process, pouring, manipulating and allowing the visual magic to take me on a journey. I choose the colors, medium, substrate, size and amounts and direction of flow. Beautiful colors, patterns and forms emerge. This is my favorite way to create as I feel my real spirit is imparted to the painting and hopefully will resonate allowing the viewers a spiritual journey of their own.

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