RCAA’s Steve Harrold receives Indiana State Fair honor

The Red Dress-Steve Harrold

River City Art Association member Steve Harrold of West Terre Haute received an Honorable Mention for one of three paintings he entered in the Indiana State Fair at Indianapolis.

He estimates there 71 pieces in the Professional Painting (oil and acrylic) category.

Steve’s artwork titled “The Red Dress” received one of six honorable mentions given.

The Red Dress previously was awarded Reserve Champion at the 2018 Vigo County Fair in Terre Haute.
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Congratulations to artists in RCAA’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition

Best of Show: Oil painting titled Wyatt with Oars by Bill Wolfe.

River City Art Association celebrated its 10th anniversary during the RCAA 10th Annual Juried Exhibition opening reception on Aug. 3 in First Financial Bank in downtown Terre Haute.

First Financial and assistant vice president of marketing Sally Whitehurst hosted the reception and awards ceremony with many of the 29 exhibiting artists from the Wabash Valley attending the First Friday event.

Best of Show winnings, sponsored by First Financial, went to Bill Wolfe for his oil painting titled “Wyatt with Oars.”

A commemorative cake and special displays recognized RCAA’s seven charter members Ruthann Brady, Kit Fisher, Adrianus Fraza, Monty “Indiana” Jones, Debi Martinez, the late Marty Martinez and the late Rob Robbins, who founded the art association in August 2008 in the Martinezes’ Raven Art Gallery in Terre Haute.

To further mark RCAA’s 10-year milestone, co-founders Brady and Jones and past president Donald E. Turner, a member since early 2009, were honored with the Rob Robbins Memorial Award for Excellence in the Arts for their personal achievements as well as lasting contributions to RCAA and the arts community.

Past president Todd Stokes paid tribute to Robbins, an award-winning photographer and dedicated charter member who died just a few months after RCAA observed its five-year anniversary. Stokes also presented Robbins’ sons Patrick and Tom with their father’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Another special award went to Dian Der Ohanian Phillips for her dedicated service as president this year and as graphic designer since joining River City Art Association.

Dian Der Ohanian Phillips with Todd Stokes

Past president Todd Stokes presented Phillips with the Marty Martinez Contributory Award, in memory of the late founding president.

Juror and professional artist David Erickson also attended the reception to announce winners in five categories as well as Best of Show.

Juror -artist David Erickson, second from right.

Erickson, a professor emeritus of art at Indiana State University, taught printmaking, papermaking and drawing for more than three decades. In addition, he exhibits his work locally, nationally and internationally, and is active within the community with theater set designs as well as large-scale murals and tile mosaics. He is acknowledged as a major contributor to the growth of handmade papermaking in America.

More than 80 entries are on display through Aug. 30 in the First Financial Bank during regular banking hours.

First-place medallions were awarded to Steve Harrold for his oil painting, “Oh It’s You”; Sheila K. Ter Meer for a photography-based digital abstraction, “Party Girl”; Valerie Funk for a mixed media entry in fabric, “Radiant Rhapsody”; Monty Jones for his work in colored pencil, “Horned Owl,” in the drawing category; and Edith Acton for a fused glass wall hanging in the ceramics/glass category for “Pretty in Red & Blue.”

Second-place honors went to Jim Rhodes for his acrylic painting, “Leaving the Queen City”; Todd Stokes for a mixed media entry in etched glass and photography, “Fall Cycle 2”; Rhodes for a graphite drawing, “Sweet Load”; Thomas Wright for his “Blue to Chrome” on metallic paper in the photography category; and Marcia Norman for her shattered glass piece titled “Summer Beauty.”

Third-place recognition went to Elise Spaid-Roberts for her chalk pastel drawing, “Growing”; Dian Der Ohanian Phillips for her acrylic painting, “Inferno”; Kyma Drake for a mixed media piece in brass and steel nails, “A Longing Fulfilled is a Tree of Life”; Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo for a photography entry, a platinum palladium print titled “Waiting to be Raided by American Soldiers at Camp from Standing Rock”; and Edith Acton for a wall hanging in fused glass titled “Lovely Squares.”

Artists’ Choice Award: Mary M. Wilson of Indianapolis for “Synchronicity 227”

The reception ended with the Artists’ Choice Award going to Mary M. Wilson of Indianapolis for an acrylic painting, “Synchronicity 227.”

Voting for the recipient of the People’s Choice Award will end Aug. 30.

Since the first fall juried exhibition in 2009, the open competition has featured artwork by an impressive number of emerging as well as professional Indiana and Illinois artists.

This year’s exhibition also features artwork by Richard Acton, Marvetta Bee, Ruthann Brady, Robert DeFrance, Michael R. Elmore, Sandy Fisher, David V. Gill, Christel Gutelius, Eloise Lovell, Brian Miller, Leigh Ann Perkins, Judith Lynn Smith, Marsha Stewart, John Thompson and Spencer Young.

RCAA is open to any Indiana and Illinois artist age 18 and older. Artists meet the second Tuesday of each month in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute. For more information contact past president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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Abstract artwork by RCAA’s Todd Stokes, Sheila Ter Meer and Spencer Young in August exhibit at Sullivan gallery

Waterfall (top) and other Fractal Flames by Spencer Young

River City Art Association members Todd Stokes, Sheila K. Ter Meer and Spencer Young have artwork in the “Abstract, Multi-Media, and Collage” exhibit featured in August in the Sullivan Area Art Guild Gallery at 16 S. Court St. in Sullivan, Indiana.

The show opened Aug. 2 and will close on Aug. 25. A reception is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 with a 2 p.m. program on abstract art by Edie Dyer-Wilson.

Young, a resident of Clinton, Indiana, has entered three abstractions he created using fractal flame software. One of digital art pieces is titled, “Waterfall.”

Several of Young’s fractal flames were featured in a 2016 exhibit in the math department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.

Ter Meer, a resident of Brazil, Indiana, has entered “Apache,” a photography based digital art abstraction. The lustre image face-mounted to acrylic was selected in 2016 for the Second Annual Juried Exhibition at Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute. She has two other abstract pieces in the exhibit.

Stokes, of Terre Haute and Dennison, Ill., has three etched glass pieces in the exhibit, including “Status Quo,” which was on display in Juried Exhibition 2018 in Arts Illiana Gallery.

Admission to the Sullivan gallery is free. Many of the art items are for sale.

The guild opened the gallery in March 2013 to show works by members as well as regional guest artists. The gallery also offers art classes for children and adults.

For more details, contact Kat at 812-236-9773.

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RCAA’s Sandy Fisher next featured artist at Gaslight Art Colony

Native American-themed painting by Sandy Fisher

Paintings by River City Art Association member Sandy Fisher will be featured in the next exhibit at Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Illinois.

An opening reception is scheduled 5 to 8 p.m. CDT Saturday, Aug. 18, in the GAC gallery at 516 Archer Ave.

Sandy, a lifelong resident of Terre Haute, Indiana, 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, who has encouraged Sandy to share her work with the public.  More about Sandy …

Sandy also has paintings in RCAA’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition on display through Aug. 30 in First Financial Bank in downtown Terre Haute.

 

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RCAA to open 10th Annual Juried Exhibition with an Aug. 3 reception

RCAA 2018 10th Annual

River City Art Association will kick off its 10th Annual Juried Exhibition with a celebration today, Aug. 3, in First Financial Bank Plaza on Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute.

The First Friday opening reception is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. in the bank lobby, accessible by the west/Sixth Street entrance.

A commemorative cake and special presentations will recognize RCAA’s seven charter members Ruthann Brady, Kit Fisher, Adrianus Fraza, Monty “Indiana” Jones, Debi Martinez, the late Marty Martinez and the late Rob Robbins, who founded the art association in August 2008 in the Martinezes’ Raven Art Gallery in Terre Haute.

Since the first juried exhibition in 2009, the open competition has featured artwork by an impressive number of emerging as well as professional Indiana and Illinois artists.

David Erickson, artist and professor emeritus of art at Indiana State University

At 6:30 juror David Erickson, professor emeritus of art at Indiana State University, will announce winners in five categories as well as the Best of Show.

Erickson taught printmaking, papermaking and drawing for more than three decades. In addition, he exhibits his work locally, nationally and internationally, and is active within the community with theater set designs as well as large-scale murals and tile mosaics. He is acknowledged as a major contributor to the growth of handmade papermaking in America.

The Artists’ Choice Award will be determined from votes by participating artists attending the reception, and the People’s Choice Award from votes by guests at the reception and bank patrons visiting the exhibition throughout August.

“Merom Sycamore” by Indiana watercolor artist D. Omer “Salty” Seamon

Proceeds from a silent auction of a lithographic print by Indiana watercolor artist D. Omer “Salty” Seamon will be used to further RCAA’s mission to promote, support and enhance an appreciation of the visual arts in the Wabash Valley.

All works in the exhibition can be viewed during regular banking hours through Aug. 30. Winning artwork will be featured again in a September show in First Financial’s Springhill banking center at 4500 S. U.S. 41.

Event sponsor First Financial and vice president of marketing Terry Tevlin invite the public to the free reception.

For more information contact RCAA Past President Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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Works by RCAA members featured in The Road Show at Arts Illiana Gallery

Prairie Thunderstorm by David Gill

River City Art Association members Neil Garrison, David Gill, Monty and Marty Jones, and Todd Stokes have artwork in The Road Show at the Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute.

The opening reception is scheduled 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.

The call for entries for this show was open to artists in North America. Artist-photographer Mary Ann Michna of New Harmony and formerly Terre Haute, was the guest curator.

The Road Show will close on Oct. 19 with a reception and awards presentation.

I Guess My Feet Know… by David Gill

“Prairie Thunderstorm,” an oil on canvas by David Gill of Clay City, and his oil on canvas board, “I Guess My Feet Know…,” are among the 56 works by 36 artists from 6 states featured in The Road Show.

“Ford Roadster, 1934” by Monty Jones

RCAA co-founder Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute has a colored pencil drawing titled “Ford Roadster, 1934” in the show.

His son, Marty Jones, has a photography entry titled “Rust Rebel” on display.

“Fleeting Time, Faded Memories” by Todd Stokes of Terre Haute and Dennison, Ill., also was chosen for The Road Show.

Fleeting Time, Faded Memories by Todd Stokes

It is a mixed media artwork incorporating freestyle hand-cut etched glass ribbons floating over an experimental “fast-pan” photograph.

Neil Garrison of Terre Haute has two acrylic on canvas pieces on display titled “Concrete Blues” and “Concrete Lanes.”

Neil Garrison’s “Concrete Blues”

Neil Garrison-Concrete Lanes

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Photographer Spencer Young August artist of the month at Vigo library

Gobi Desert Dune by Spencer Young

Photographic works by Spencer Young of Clinton, Indiana, will be featured throughout August in River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month gallery space in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

The subject of Young’s display is his trip to China in 2008, including this image titled “Gobi Desert Dune.”

Young also has award-winning artwork this month in the Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition in the Paris Bicentennial Art Center and Museum in Paris, Illinois. There he received a Second Place, an Honorable Mention, and the coveted Paris Bridge Club Choice Award.

RCAA membership is open to Indiana and Illinois artists age 18 and older. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted. For more details, call past president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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