Valerie, Rod Funk February artists in RCAA Outreach Gallery at Harrison College

Armonye by Valerie Funk

Armonye by Valerie Funk

Works by two River City Art Association members are on display throughout February at RCAA’s Outreach Gallery in Harrison College at Indiana 46 and Hulman Street in Terre Haute.

The exhibit marries the creative textiles and woodworking skills of  Valerie and Rod Funk of Terre Haute.

Valerie’s unique quilting style speaks to her love of artistic greats such as MC Escher, Kandinsky, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Intarsia art titled "Lion" by Rod Funk

Intarsia art titled “Lion” by Rod Funk

Rod works exclusively with native woods such as walnut, oak, maple, birch, red cedar, ash, hickory and pine to create intarsia works of art.

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Don Turner, RCAA’s February Artist of the Month, celebrates Black History Month

"Brother's Keeper" a print of an original oil painting by Don Turner

“Brother’s Keeper” a print of an original oil painting by Don Turner

River City Art Association and the Vigo County Public Library will feature artwork by Don Turner throughout February in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

In his Artist of the Month exhibit, Turner celebrates his heritage and Black History Month.

Turner was born and raised in Terre Haute. His 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 Turner attended Butler University and Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, where he studied with renowned Indiana artist Harry Davis.

Baptism in the Wabash, a watercolor by Don Turner of Terre Haute

Baptism in the Wabash, a pastel drawing by Don Turner of Terre Haute

Turner 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, Turner studied watercolor painting in spring 2008 with internationally known painter Joseph Fettingis NWS at Turkey Run State Park.

Turner 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.

Turner’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.

First Place Drawing: Detailed close-up of The Legend of Satchmo by Don Turner

First Place Drawing: Detailed close-up of The Legend of Satchmo by Don Turner

Turner 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 first place in 2016 for his pastel drawing, “The Legend of Satchmo,” 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 vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

 

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Artwork by RCAA members in Arts Illiana ‘Black & White’ exhibition

Oil on canvas, "Moonscape," by Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland, Indiana

Oil on canvas, “Moonscape,” by Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland, Indiana

River City Art Association members Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana are among artists to be featured in the “Black & White” exhibition at Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute.

An opening reception is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in the gallery at 23 N. Sixth St. Artwork can be viewed through April 21.

Toward the Light, photography by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Toward the Light, photography by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Guest curator Rita Spalding of Indianapolis chose Smith’s “Moonscape,” and Ter Meer’s “Toward the Light” from entries in the nationwide call for artists.

Smith’s oil on canvas is part of her current sunrise/sunset/moonscape series.

Ter Meer’s image is part of her abstract photography collection.

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RCAA art show during ‘Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth’ at Community Theatre

14 pieces by 8 RCAA artists in Community Theatre of Terre Haute

14 pieces by 8 RCAA artists in Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Artwork by members of River City Art Association will be featured during presentations of “Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth” Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-5 in Community Theatre of Terre Haute at 1431 S. 25th St.

More than 12 works will be showcased.

Commanding, clay by Richard Acton of Terre Haute

Participating artists include Edith and Richard Acton, Mike Bender, founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones, Todd Stokes and Don Turner, all of Terre Haute; Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil; and Spencer Young of Clinton.

Mediums include fused glass, etched glass, clay, pen and ink, pastel pencil, acrylic, and photography.

The art show also can be viewed weekdays between performance dates.

Fused Glass Wall Hanging by Edith Acton

Points of Blue, fused glass by Edith Acton of Terre Haute

For hours call the CT ticket office at 812-232-7172 or 232-7173; or visit ctth.org.

RCAA is open to Indiana and Illinois residents age 18 and older.

The membership meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

Apache by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Apache, abstract photography by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil

For more information call vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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Fused glass by Edith Acton featured in RCAA outreach gallery at Westminster Village

"Sunset" by Edith Acton

“Sunset” by Edith Acton

River City Art Association member Edith Acton of Terre Haute is the featured artist in January and February in RCAA’s Outreach Gallery at Westminster Village in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Edith is known throughout the Wabash Valley for her fused glass wall hangings and jewelry. She has received several awards at juried competitions in the bi-state area.

In August 2016, Edith received the Artists’ Choice Award for her “Sunset” entry in RCAA’s Annual Juried Exhibition. Also in fall 2016, “Sunset” was juried into the Arts Illiana annual exhibition.

Bear's Paw Quilt Block by Edith Acton

Bear’s Paw Quilt Block by Edith Acton

Works by Edith at Westminster include “Sunset” and “Bear’s Paw Quilt Block,” a piece she created for RCAA’s Bicentennial Legacy Project endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission in 2016. Another wall hanging  by Edith, titled “Fireworks,” is part of the display in Westminster.

Life as a wife, mother, grandmother and teacher kept Acton very busy; however, in retirement she found time to pursue other interests. Art classes in high school and college provided a basic knowledge of the key elements to create and construct any artwork of choice. After pottery, ceramics, woodworking, painting and many more mediums, she discovered fused glass.

Example of Fused Glass artwork by Edith Acton of Terre Haute

Example of fused glass by Edith Acton

For the past 11 years Acton has actively pursued her artwork with the medium of fused glass. There are numerous wall hangings that reveal an ability to use color in new and innovative ways to make decorative, eye-appealing artwork for office or home decor. An interesting sideline to having the many colors of glass used to make the wall hangings is that there are numerous pieces left that are just the right size to make jewelry. Countless women in the Terre Haute area are wearing the small pieces of artwork on their ears, necks and arms. Acton can usually be found at just about any festival that will allow her to display and possibly sell her work.

In her travels, Acton has met and talked with artists who use fused glass as their medium of choice. No two pieces alike. This amazing medium allows creativity that has no end. Each new piece, big or small, is an adventure that ends as it is removed from the kiln that morphed the individual pieces of glass into one. Any artist will tell their listener that the end result is the reason for their continual work toward their idea of perfection.

In addition to RCAA, Acton is an active member of Wabash Valley Art Guild, Rivers and Roads Artisan Trail, and Arts Illiana.

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RCAA’s January Artist of the Month Gallery in Vigo library showcases marriage of textiles, intarsia

Intarsia art titled "Hummingbird" by Rod Funk

Intarsia art titled “Hummingbird” by Rod Funk

Artwork featured in January in the River City Art Association Artist of the Month Gallery at the Vigo County Public Library marries the creative textiles and woodworking skills of Valerie and Rod Funk of Terre Haute.

Valerie’s unique quilting style speaks to her love of artistic greats such as MC Escher, Kandinsky, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Rod works exclusively with native woods such as walnut, oak, maple, birch, red cedar, ash, hickory and pine to create intarsia works of art.

Third Place Mixed Media: Someone I Once Knew, Self Portrait of an Artist by Valerie Funk

Third Place Mixed Media, RCAA 2016 Juried Exhibition: “Someone I Once Knew, Self Portrait of an Artist” by Valerie Funk

Valerie was born in Shirley, Mass., and moved to the Terre Haute area in the late-70s where she grew up and went to school at both Terre Haute North and then Terre Haute South Vigo high schools. After completing high school Valerie enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard where she served for 10 years while simultaneously serving as an officer for the state of Indiana.
In 1998 Valerie was accidentally shot in the line of duty which caused her to reconsider her career options. After a long recovery, Valerie decided to further her education by enrolling in an associate’s degree program at Ivy Tech Community College where in 2008 she earned her degree in photography and graphic design.
Upon graduation Valerie moved to Iowa where she met her husband Rod Funk, and married in 2011. Shortly after moving to Iowa, Valerie was introduced to quilting where she learned to sew and make quilts. It didn’t take her long to take her quilting in an entirely new direction in an effort to merge her love of art and design with textiles. Valerie designs each piece individually, many starting as a mere sketch on a scrap of paper. She specializes in graphic style modern abstracts and one of a kind portraits.

Transcendent by Valerie Funk

“Transcendent” by Valerie Funk

Since learning to quilt in 2010 Valerie has designed and created over 150 original quilts and has been juried into three international quilt shows and competitions. In 2012 Valerie was commissioned by the Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs to create a quilt for a raffle that would raise money to help meet the needs of veterans. The quilt raffled and earned a grand total of $11,500. The raffle quilt had such a moving story and was such a success that in 2014 the Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs asked Valerie to create a replica of the raffle quilt to hang in the Veteran’s museum in Van Meter, Iowa.
In 2015 Valerie and her husband Rod relocated back to the Terre Haute area to be close to her family. In spring 2016 Valerie joined River City Art Association where she has been displaying her quilts as works of art for the first time.
Valerie currently has a studio in her home where she quilts, creates, and accepts orders for specially commissioned pieces.

Rod was born and raised in Lucas County, Iowa. Later he moved to Osceola, Iowa where he met his wife, Valerie. He has enjoyed woodworking and woodcrafts since high school and has continued to hone his skills as a hobbyist ever since, working on a variety of projects such as cabinet makings, furniture refinishing and repurposing, using reclaimed woods, making tables, desks and other such household items before moving on to smaller more artistic inlaid wood pieces.
In December of 2015 Rod and his wife relocated to Terre Haute to be close to her family. Since settling on Terre Haute’s south side Rod picked up intarsia art to pass the time. Intarsia is sometimes described as the art of creating decorative designs and pictures by skillfully utilizing the grain, figure and colors of woods to create patterns, pictures, and dimensional objects.

Intarsia art titled "Lion" by Rod Funk

Intarsia art titled “Lion” by Rod Funk

After previously working on large furniture projects Rod thought the smaller, more artistic pieces would be more challenging. Rod prefers using natural woods and rarely uses stains or paints. He enjoys the process of choosing which woods he will use in certain spots of projects carefully selecting a particular variety of wood for its grain characteristics, rich dark color, or contrast of light.
Each of these “small art” projects takes about 20 to 60 hours of work from design concept to completion. The process of completing a project usually starts with either a hand drawn sketch or print, the wood is carefully selected, each piece is then cut by hand, shaped, sanded, and laid into place. Once each individual piece is finished it is then glued together and placed on a solid backing board. After the glue has set and dried it is treated with a special protective spray coat that gives it the luster finish.
Rod’s wood-crafting skills are completely self-taught and his artistic style is still evolving as he learns more about his craft. He also accepts orders for specially commissioned pieces. Rod joined River City Art Association in December.

The couple’s artwork will again be featured in February in RCAA’s outreach gallery in Harrison College in Terre Haute.

RCAA membership is open to artists age 18 and older living in Indiana and Illinois. The membership meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

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Photography by RCAA members featured in ‘Indiana, Naturally’ at Indianapolis airport

Falls of Spring by Debbie Goodin

Falls of Spring by Debbie Goodin

River City Art Association members Debbie Goodin of Terre Haute and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana have photographic works featured in the second “Indiana, Naturally” exhibition at the Indianapolis International Airport.

The exhibition of 43 works by 23 artists, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy of Indiana and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, will be on display through March 19.

Goodin has three entries in the exhibit, including “Falls of Spring,” captured at McCormick’s Creek State Park, Indiana’s first state park near Spencer. This landscape entry is displayed in the exhibit case on Concourse B, next to the popcorn store.

Goodin’s wildlife entries feature a hummingbird and juvenile great horned owl. They are displayed in the exhibit case in Ticket Hall North near the elevators.

Dogwood Forest by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Dogwood Forest by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Ter Meer has two entries in the exhibit.

Her plant life entry, “Dogwood Forest,” highlights the canopy of several Dogwood trees in the woods on her acreage in rural Clay County. Ter Meer’s wildlife entry features a black rat snake that lives in her barn.

Both are displayed in the exhibit case in Ticket Hall North near the elevators.

See all the exhibit photos at http://bit.ly/2icK524

Goodin and Ter Meer had photographic works featured in the first “Indiana, Naturally” exhibition at the airport in 2014.

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