Works by RCAA’s Eugene Thomas featured in November at Vigo library

Old Glory-Eugene Thomas

Eugene A. Thomas of Vermillion County, Indiana, is River City Art Association’s November Artist of the Month in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

Eugene’s exhibit includes a couple of original oil paintings mixed with a few prints of works he has created in his home at Fairview Park, west of Clinton, Indiana.

“I can’t remember back far enough when I haven’t worked at some kind of art, ” said Thomas, 76. “I am mostly self-taught. I like most kinds of art, but tend toward realist forms.”

Eugene Thomas

Thomas exhibits original oil paintings as well as prints of his original artwork on paper and canvas.

A total of nine pieces are in Gene’s exhibit at the library. One of his prints on canvas, titled “Festival Morning,” is a view of downtown Rockville, Indiana, and the courthouse square during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in 1990. “Old Glory” and “River Traffic” featured here also are on display.

Eugene also is the featured artist through mid-February in Arts Illiana’s Community Outreach Gallery in the Country Club of Terre Haute, curated by RCAA.

River Traffic-Eugene Thomas

Gene’s recent honors include a Merit Award at the annual Fall Show Juried Exhibition in the Bicentennial Art Center and Museum at Paris, Illinois, in 2017, and Best of Show at the 2017 Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members Show, which awarded him a one-man show in August 2018 in the CBAA gallery at Rockville.

Membership in River City Art Association is open to Indiana and Illinois artists age 18 and older.

For more details, visit RiverCityArt.org or call past president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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Paintings by Sandy Fisher on display in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum

Sandy Fisher at Clabber Girl Nov 2018

Acrylic paintings by Terre Haute artist Sandy Fisher is the featured exhibit in November in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

If you missed the River City Art Association Artist of the Month exhibit in October at the Vigo County Public Library, now is your opportunity to see some of Sandy’s floral and still life pieces with a fall theme. Two featured then and now are “Calla Lily” and “Silver Dollar Plant.”

Other paintings in Clabber Girl are fanciful yet elegant, including “The Dress,” which received the People’s Choice Award at RCAA’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition in August in First Financial Bank Plaza in Terre Haute.

Everything she does, Sandy said, she gives credit to The Lord for giving her the opportunity to share her life’s work with others.

A lifelong member of the Terre Haute community, Sandy attended Thornton, Woodrow Wilson and Wiley High schools. She also owned and operated a beauty salon for 42 years. She also is a member of the Wabash Valley Art Guild.

 

 

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Open House Nov. 8 to meet artists featured in Arts Illiana Community Outreach Gallery in Corporate Square

SAVE THE DATE: Nov. 8, 4 to 7 p.m.

Corporate Square Outreach Gallery reception

Corporate Square in Terre Haute, Indiana, is Arts Illiana’s largest of three community outreach galleries, curated by River City Art Association, that showcases works by RCAA members as well as established and/or emerging artists in the Wabash Valley.

Please save the date for this special open house/reception for the current featured artists on Nov. 8, sponsored by Ragle & Company at 2901 Ohio Boulevard (former home of Terre Haute’s Schulte High School bears.)

Exhibiting artists include Valerie and Rod Funk of Terre Haute, and Illinois artists Elizabeth “Lisa” Petrulis and Todd Stokes. Artwork by John Ragle also is on display.

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Meet RCAA’s Rajkumar at Rose-Hulman Fall Art Exhibit reception

Kari Rajkumar putting the final touches on “Steadfast” (formerly titled Autumn Walk)

The 2018 Rose-Hulman Fall Art Exhibit is underway!  This year “Through Her Eyes,” a 4-woman invitational show, was selected – with Kari Rajkumar being one of the artists chosen.  

A “Meet the Artists” reception is scheduled Thursday, October 18, from 4:30-6:30 pm (Eastern Time) on the 1st and 2nd floors of Moench Hall.  Admission is free.

Rajkumar, a primarily self-taught representational artist from Paris, Illinois, in the Wabash Valley, works in a number of media – oil, pastel, graphite and watercolor.

Several of Rajkumar’s works, in both pastel and oil, can be seen on the 1st and 2nd floors of Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) until December 20.  RHIT is located at 5500 Wabash, Terre Haute, IN.

Aaronaut by Kari Rajkumar

Rajkumar’s painting “Aaronaut”, a 24 x 24 inch oil portrait, recently won the Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence at the 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition at the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. You may wish to see for yourself why the judge for that show, the prestigious Steven J. Levin, noted, “An unusual work that with a few simple touches adds a layer of meaning that transforms the piece.”

Or, perhaps Ms. Rajkumar’s “Steadfast” (formerly titled “Autumn Walk”) will prove to be the high point of your visit to the RHIT show.

Kari Rajkumar exhibit at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

This large 3 x 5 foot oil, done in a more classical style, was also well-received in the Punta Gorda show. Nanette Crist, the Chair of the 11th Biennial NAE, chose this piece to open and feature in a video produced by Charlotte County Florida Weekly. In it, Crist remarks, “. . . he really looks like he, and the horse, could just walk right out of that painting! . . .”  To view the video, and to hear what else she has to say about this particular piece, go to   https://www.facebook.com/charlottecountyfloridaweekly/videos/1544994038889524/.

Also, feel free to visit Ms. Rajkumar’s website, http://www.karirajkumar.com  – or find her on Facebook!

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Fall theme in paintings by RCAA’s October Artist of the Month at Vigo library

Still life in acrylic by Sandy Fisher

Acrylic paintings by River City Art Association member Sandy Fisher are featured throughout October in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Fall flowers and the fruits of the harvest are the theme for Sandy’s Artist of the Month display.

This can be a sad time, Sandy said, to see summer coming to an end. But she likes to think of it as another awakening of God’s gift in the form of a burst of color.

During the summer, we’re surrounded by many forms of green – in our grass and trees, she said. When fall comes we experience so many more colors – reds, yellows, oranges, tan, etc.

“I have tried to capture some of these colors for you in these paintings,” she added.

Sandy’s artwork also has been featured in shows at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Sullivan Area Art Guild gallery in Sullivan, Ind., and Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Ill.

In August, Sandy’s acrylic painting, “The Dress,” won the People’s Choice Award at RCAA’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition.

Sandy also currently has a Native American exhibit in the Carnegie Heritage Art Center of Greene County at Linton, Ind.; florals and still life paintings in RCAA’s new Community Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital; and “The Dress” is one of two works in RCAA’s “Fall for Vigo County” membership show also this month in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

Sandy is a lifelong member of the Terre Haute community. She attended Thornton, Woodrow Wilson and Wiley High schools. She also owned and operated a beauty salon for 42 years.

Everything she does she gives credit to The Lord for giving her the opportunity to share her life with others through her paintings.

Membership in River City Art Association is open to Indiana and Illinois artists age 18 and older. For more details, visit RiverCityArt.org or call past president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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Fall show in Clabber Girl gallery to celebrate Vigo County’s Bicentennial

River City Art Association invites the community to “Fall for Vigo County” at its Bicentennial-themed fall show in October in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana.

The First Friday opening reception with light refreshments is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. in the museum at 900 Wabash Ave.

Some of the works will highlight Vigo County’s 200-year history in Indiana.

Other artwork will showcase the vibrant colors of fall that enhance the Vigo County landscape.

Media include acrylic, oil, watercolor and encaustic paintings; photography and digital art; pyrography; ceramics-clay; fabric-threads; fused and etched glass; and mixed media.

The fall show can be viewed during regular museum hours through Oct. 27.

RCAA’s next monthly meeting will be a pitch-in dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Oberlandler Shelter in Deming Park. Meat will be furnished; members and guests are to bring their own table service, a covered dish or dessert, and preferred beverage.

For membership details, visit RiverCityArt.org or contact RCAA Past President Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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RCAA’s Michael Elmore to exhibit at Mayflower Arts Center in Troy, Ohio

“Selfie as a Fayum Portrait” by Michael Elmore

Artwork by River City Art Association member Michael Elmore has been accepted for an exhibit in The Lobby Gallery at the Mayflower Arts Center in Troy, Ohio, Oct. 12 to 27.

The national exhibition is Mystical People, Places & Creatures An exhibition of art worthy of display in any notable School of Magic.

Mike’s  painting is an encaustic on hardboard titled “Selfie as a Fayum Portrait.”

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday 10:00-6:00 p.m.
For more information, visit mayflowerartscenter.com.

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