RCAA photographer’s work chosen for Hoosier Women Artists exhibition in Indiana Statehouse

Falls of Spring by Debbie Goodin

River City Art Association member Debbie Goodin of Terre Haute recently entered one of her photographs in the Hoosier Women Artists competition sponsored by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and the Indiana Arts Commission.

The annual competition was established in 2008 as a way to celebrate the importance of the arts in Indiana’s communities and showcase the work of talented female artists throughout the state.

Debbie was notified this week that out of the 208 entries, her image titled “Falls of Spring” was one of those chosen to be displayed in the Indiana State Capitol in Indianapolis as part of a year long exhibit. She and other honorees have been invited to a May 19 celebration at the Statehouse.

In addition, the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art has invited the 2017 honorees to be featured in a special exhibition in the Haan Museum, titled Hoosier Women Artists: Works Selected for the Statehouse. This exhibition will run from August 3, 2018 through October 27, 2018.

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Artisans Richard and Edith Acton featured in May at Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Clay wall hanging by Richard Acton

Through May 21, visitors to the Community Theatre of Terre Haute will get a double treat. 

The Community Theatre actors are putting on another excellent show and Terre Haute artisans Richard and Edith Acton are displaying their artwork in the lobby of the theater at 25th and Washington streets. 

A newcomer to art, Richard is displaying some of his newer pieces made of clay and wire.  Edith is sharing her husband’s spotlight by showing an assortment of fused glass wall hangings.

The two artists have been quite active participating in numerous shows in the Terre Haute area since the beginning of 2017.

The clay wall hanging featured here is one of Richard’s pieces also featured in May in Harrison College at Terre Haute.

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RCAA artists receive honors at Wabash Valley Art Guild’s 37th Annual Spring Show

Best in Show: Cliff by Steve Harrold

Nine River City Art Assocition members received honors at the Wabash Valley Art Guild’s Annual Spring Show reception May 5 in the Clabber Girl Museum at Terre Haute.

Their artwork will remain on display throughout May in The Gallery at Clabber Girl.

Best of Show went to Steve Harrold of Terre Haute for his painting, “Cliff.”

Also in this category, Michael Elmore received Second Place for his entry, “Untitled,” and RCAA founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones was awarded an Honorable Mention for his “Outfoxing the Hound.”

In the 3D category, Bruce Fiscus received an Honorable Mention for his sculpture, “Wise Bird,” and RCAA vice president Todd Stokes was awarded an Honorable Mention for his glass etching titled “Family.”

In the Photography/Digital Art category, Debbie Goodin of Terre Haute received First Place for her entry, “Hawthorn Reflections.” And RCAA secretary Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil was awarded an Honorable Mention for her image on canvas board titled “I Spy With My Little Eye.”

Founding member Ruthann Brady received two awards in the Mixed Media category: a First Place for “Kinship” and Second Place for “Sienna.”

Also in this category, Third Place went to RCAA treasurer Edith Acton of Terre Haute for her fused glass wall hanging, “Shadow of a Flower.”

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Artwork by RCAA’s Sheila K. Ter Meer in Arts Illiana Gallery ‘Self Portraits’ exhibition

Born on the Libra-Scorpio Cusp, abstract digital art by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana

“Born on the Libra-Scorpio Cusp” by River City Art Association member Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, is one of 55 pieces selected for “Self Portraits: The Original Selfie,” the current exhibition in the Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute.

Guest curator and Terre Haute artist Rachel Hellmann made her selections from sixty-eight entries in the regional juried exhibition.

Ter Meer is one of 39 artists from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio featured in the exhibition in the gallery at 23 N. Sixth St.

Her abstract digital art can be viewed now through July 21, when the gallery will host a closing reception with Rachel Hellmann and several of the featured artists.

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Paintings by David V. Gill featured in May at Vigo library

“Bobby” by David V. Gill

Themes of time and places remembered recur in acrylic paintings by David V. Gill, River City Art Association’s May artist of the month featured in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

David has lived in the Midwest his entire life. The Danville, Illinois, native studied painting and art education at the University of Illinois before teaching art in three Illinois public schools. He later attended Northern Illinois University where he earned a Doctorate in art education.

David said his interests in computer-generated images, 3D modeling and animation, and video game creation shaped his research into what students learn about art using computer graphics technology. He taught student teachers of art for eight years at a regional university in Ohio before returning to K-12 teaching in Indiana.

In returning to painting after years studying computer art, David said he has rediscovered an interest in American Realist art, and the work of artists such as Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, and the Tonalist painters of the 19th century.

He also is inspired by the amateur photography of his grandfather, Paul B Hendrickson of Danville, done in the 1930s and ’40s, and seeks to find ways to incorporate those photographs into his paintings.

David’s library exhibit includes “Bobby,” a painting where part of the image takes place at a time in the past.

“Grandpa’s Negatives: Oil Station, Greenridge, 1938,” by David V. Gill

“I used one of my grandfather’s negatives as a reference for the middle section,” he said, “and one of my contemporary photographs of the same site for the full palette parts on the left and right.”

In his painting, “Grandpa’s Negatives: Oil Station, Greenridge, 1938,” David said he was trying to experiment with muted colors using a black and white photograph for reference.

Obviously, you have to guess about colors in the black and white scene, he added, “but there were some elements where I intuitively knew what those colors were, like the little flags hanging over the Dodge on the left.”

David currently resides in Clay City, Indiana, with his wife Susan, five hens, and their dog, Dug. He has been an RCAA member since fall 2016.

RCAA membership is open to any Indiana or Illinois artist age 18 and older. Members meet at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the library. For more information, visit RiverCityArt.org or call vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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And the People’s Choice award goes to … RCAA’s Steve Harrold

People’s Choice: “Pursuit” by Steve Harrold of Terre Haute

Congrats to River City Art Association member Steve Harrold of Terre Haute.

His painting, “Pursuit,” received the People’s Choice award determined by patrons viewing RCAA’s Spring Membership Show April 7-28 at The Gallery in Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.


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RCAA spring show opening reception highlights

Ten of the 15 artists featured in River City Art Association’s spring show April 7 through 28 in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute. Stop by The Gallery and vote for the People’s Choice. The show can be viewed until noon April 28. Artists not featured below include Ruthann Brady, David Gill, Julia London-Meddles, Donald Turner and Spencer Young.

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