RCAA artists top 3 winners in 2019 TREES Inc. Photography Contest

From right: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place TREES Inc. winners; followed by one of 2 honorable mention photographs by RCAA members.

River City Art Association members Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, Marty Jones of Terre Haute, and Thomas Wright of Clinton (formerly Terre Haute) received top honors in the 2019 TREES Inc. “Shades of Winter” Photography Contest.

An awards reception is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

TREES 2019-Thomas Wright Honorable Mention

In the Adult Professional Division, judges awarded First Place to Sheila’s color glossy “Sycamore Frost” and an Honorable Mention for another color glossy, “Sycamore Freeze.”  Thomas received a Second Place for his landscape of the upper falls at Cataract Falls State Park in Owen County, Indiana. Another landscape, captured by Thomas at the park, received Honorable Mention.

TREES 2019 3rd place and Joy Sacopulos Award-Marty Jones

Marty received Third Place for his winter landscape. He also is the recipient of the inaugural “Joy Sacopulos Award” honoring the legacy of the late TREES Inc. founding member and creator of TREES Inc. Photography Contest.

The exhibit can be viewed through Feb. 28 in the lower level of the Vigo County Public Library.

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Works by RCAA’s Todd Stokes, David Gill in ‘The American Dream’ exhibition

Rootbound-Todd Stokes

River City Art Association members Todd Stokes of Terre Haute and David V. Gill of Clay City have artwork in “The American Dream” exhibition in Arts Illiana Gallery at Terre Haute.

The exhibition opened Feb. 1 and closes April 19 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gallery at 23 N. Sixth St.

The exhibition was open to artists in North America.

Guest curator Sascha Windolph of Hannover, Germany, selected 59 works of art from 32 artists, including Todd’s etched glass and wood sculpture titled “Rootbound” and a painting by David.

“Rootbound is a color-filled glass etching where above ground, black trees and white trees are growing together,” Todd said, “and under the surface, all the roots are grey, showing we’re all the same inside.”

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Paintings, drawings by RCAA’s Don Turner featured during Black History Month at Vigo library

Oil paintings “Motherhood” and “Raindow” and drawings by Donald Turner of Terre Haute.

Terre Haute artist Donald E. Turner celebrates Black History Month by sharing his artwork throughout February in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Two of Don’s recent oil paintings, “Motherhood” and “Rainbow,” as well as several drawings are featured in the River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month gallery space in the library through Feb. 28.

Don’s artistic skills emerged while attending McClean Junior and Garfield High schools, where he learned the fundamentals of art from Frida Terhorst and Jessie Martin.

After high school he attended Butler University and Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, where he studied with renowned Indiana artist Harry Davis.

Don later studied art with Charles Reddington, Whitney Engeran Jr., Monty Montgomery and Dick Hay at Indiana State University.

After earning several degrees in art education, a master of arts and a master of science degrees, Don studied watercolor painting in spring 2008 with internationally known painter Joseph Fettingis NWS at Turkey Run State Park.

Don is well known in Vigo County for his work in the community. After many years of teaching art in the public schools and at ISU, he retired in 2008 to start his own art business as an illustrator.

Don’s company, Turner Graphique Designs, has created work for several well-known companies in Terre Haute and the surrounding area including Clabber Girl, Williams/Randall Marketing and Communications, and Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute.

Don also is well known in the art community for the drawings and watercolor paintings he has created for area art shows. His many honors and awards include a Best of Show pastel drawing in the library’s Big Read Art Competition in 2017, and a first place pastel drawing in 2016 at RCAA’s eighth annual juried competition.

Turner is a past president and past vice president of RCAA. In addition to the art business, he also is active in the Vigo County Retired Teacher’s Association and Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute.

Contact Turner at Turner Graphique Designs, 2129 Spruce St., Terre Haute, IN 47807; or dtugraf007@aol.com.

For RCAA membership information visit RiverCityArt.org or contact RCAA past president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.




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Art show during ‘Mamma Mia!’ and film festival at Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Mixed Media: “Beach Heart” by Marcia Norman

An invitational art show during performances of “Mamma Mia!” in Community Theatre of Terre Haute will showcase works by members of River City Art Association.

Some of the artists will attend CT’s opening night performance and reception on Friday, Feb. 8, in the Carolyn Toops Gallery.

Shells and sea glass were used to create “Beach Heart,” the mixed media wall art featured here by Marcia Norman, one of RCAA’s newest members.

Paintings, drawings, quilt artistry, intarsia, photography, digital art, clay, fused glass and other media will be represented in this show.

Artwork will remain on display for theater-goers attending performances Feb. 15 through 17, and until the Indiana Community Theater Association Film Festival hosted by CT on Feb. 22 and 23.

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Photographer Thomas Wright January Artist of the Month at Vigo library

For God and Country-Thomas Wright

Photographic works by Thomas Wright of Clinton, Indiana, will be featured throughout January in River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month gallery space in the Vigo County Public Library at Terre Haute.

“Life is too short, preserve its memories in a photo as tomorrow is never promised,” Wright said in his artist’s statement for the January display, which includes “Reflective Past” and “For God and Country,” and a couple of his award-winning pieces.

“Reflective Past” was taken in the Kennikuk Cove Co. Park in Danville, Ill., Wright said. It is from one of the old buildings in the Bunkerhill Historic Area. “To me it represents a bit of history and past into the ‘reflections’ of today.”

Wright’s image of “The Cross” near Interstate 70 in Effingham, Ill., “shows the importance of what America means to me.”

It took quite some time and several shots to get the right composition and the wave of the flag to show and represent his vision “For God and Country.”

Wright, born and raised in Terre Haute, had a fascination for photography and art at a young age. He was always drawing or taking photographs. After saving enough of his hard-earned money, he bought his first “real” camera from Galloway Photo Shops.

While attending Terre Haute South Vigo High School, he became the lead photographer for the yearbook. He also continued to sharpen his skills behind the camera and became a sales associate at Galloway Photo.

After working at Galloway Photo for awhile, Wright was promoted to run the black and white photo finishing and copy lab. He continued to work for Galloway Photo for close to six years before taking a job at Sony DADC, where he was a printer for almost 32 years.

Wright left factory work for health reasons and now concentrates on his photography, which he prints himself at home whether for an art exhibit or everyday use. He uses high quality professional papers and specializes in metallic and pearl-based papers which give his images a truly realistic look compared to a normal matte or semigloss print.

Wright has received several placement awards through the years entering his artwork in photography contests by TREES Inc. and by the Fine Arts Department at the Vigo County Fair. In 2018, joined River City Art Association and Wabash Valley Art Guild, and has entered many juried exhibitions and art shows promoted by the two groups.

2nd Place-photography-Blue to Chrome-Thomas Wright

His “Vertical Limits,” received a First Place award in the photography category at the WVAG’s annual Spring Show in May at Clabber Girl in Terre Haute. Over Labor Day weekend, the same black and white landscape also received a Second Place award at the Little Italy Festival Art Show in Clinton.

Color image “Blue to Chrome,” also in Wright’s January display, received a Second Place award in August at RCAA’s 10th annual juried exhibition in First Financial Bank.

Wright hopes to continue perfecting his photography and printing skills and be a part of the local art community. He will continue to exhibit his work to grow his recognition in the community as an artist.

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RCAA creates ‘River City Express’ for Christmas in the Park 2018

River City Express 2018

Members of River City Art Association created the “River City Express” for the 2018 Christmas in the Park shelter decorating contest in Deming Park at Terre Haute.

Several shelters are decorated each year on the first weekend after Thanksgiving and are lighted each night through Christmas day.

River City Express 2018 at night

More photos and a short video are posted on RCAA’s Facebook page.


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A few of artist’s favorite things featured in RCAA December Artist of the Month display in Vigo library

My Christmas Treasures by Eloise Lovell

A young Andrew’s donkey, and a snowman from Florida. A cute little puppy, and a big fluffy Santa.

Simple holiday treasures all dangling from strings. These are a few of Eloise Lovell’s favorite things.

December’s exhibit in River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month gallery space at the Vigo County Public Library “is personal,” the Parke County artist said. “Because of the season, I’ve attempted to show some of my own holiday experiences.”

“My Christmas Treasures,” is the centerpiece Lovell created for her display. She used her own ornaments and decorations to make the piece. Each of the accessories has special meaning, she said.

As an example, little Andrew, her first grandson, gave her the tiny donkey when he was 7 – he’s a grown man today! Another ornament with special meaning is a colorful snowman hand made by a girlfriend in Florida. Other mementos are a Christmas photo of her daughter, a horse ornament from another daughter in memory of a fall horseback ride, and her mother’s soft, green Christmas tree.

Big fluffy Santa comes out every Christmas, too, to greet all who visit the Lovell home, she added. This year, a cute little pup from another horse lover is the newest member of the Christmas family. Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be complete in the Lovell household without the nativity cross – ’tis the reason for the season.

Other artwork in Lovell’s display also express the holiday spirit.

Eloise Lovell December 2018 AOTM

Lovell said she has had a lifelong interest in art, and in 2010, she started experimenting with different media and techniques. One of those techniques is tangles. She used her drawings as meditation and later decided to teach classes to introduce others to the enjoyable hobby.

A more recent technique has been “plein air,” which means painting on location rather than in a studio, Lovell said, adding that the Impressionists were plein air artists.

In 2010, when she began painting, she participated in several plein air shows in Arizona, including one at Bisbee on the Mexican border. “That experience was awesome!” she added.

In addition to her paintings and drawings, Lovell enjoys designing and sending greeting cards. “I feel as if it is a vocation,” she said. “Someone always has a birthday, is feeling under the weather, needs a pat on their back, or just a friendly hello. I try to be particularly conscientious when talking with family and friends or even new acquaintances, and, if I feel a need, I make them a little card. It’s simple.”

Lovell also is a member of Wabash Valley Art Guild and an associate member of Covered Bridge Art Association in Rockville. In addition to her library exhibit, she has a painting in the smallart2018 show in Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute.

For more information on Lovell’s artwork or to schedule a tangles class, email eelovell@gmail.com.

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