Digital art by River City’s Sheila Ter Meer featured in June at Vigo library

Digital art by River City Art Association member Sheila K. Ter Meer will be featured throughout June in the Artist of the Month gallery space at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

The Brazil, Indiana, native is a self-taught artist honored for her nature photography and expressionistic style at local, regional and national juried exhibitions.

Orbs Kaleid by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Her photographic images have been featured in two “Indiana, Naturally” exhibitions in the Indianapolis International Airport. And her digital art abstractions were selected for Arts Illiana’s national “Black & White” exhibition earlier this year, as well as the current exhibition, “Self Portraits: The Original Selfie.”
Ter Meer draws inspiration from the beauty of the world around her and life experiences as a Hoosier woman, mother, and child of God.
Her photographic works illustrate her life story: family, friends, pets, Indiana wildlife and plant life, rustic barns and pastoral scenes, sunrises and sunsets and tourist attractions. She has a special interest in pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon of seeing faces, figures or animals in clouds, tree bark, wood grain, rock, sand, shadows, water, or any natural area or manmade object where they do not actually exist.
Her first photographic experience with pareidolia – an image of a dog in water, created by happy accident while practicing camera settings – received Best of Show at the 2014 Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members Show, awarding her the opportunity to be featured in a one-woman show in 2015 in CBAA’s Gallery at Rockville.
To satisfy her childlike enthusiasm for fantasy and whimsies – anything playful or fanciful, as an artistic creation – Ter Meer takes creative license with many of her traditional images to design one-of-a-kind abstractions for emotive or expressive purposes.
The computer literally and figuratively created “The Spark” that ignited her imagination. That first abstract ball of fire kindled a desire to express herself through digital art abstractions.
Ter Meer combines digital processes with traditional photography techniques to
intensify the colors and contort the form. Brilliant designs on a black background liken some of her artistic expressions to blacklight and scratchboard art.
Once an abstract design is complete, Ter Meer interprets the first image or emotion evoked by her mind’s eye and titles the artwork accordingly.
To make many of her art pieces command even more attention, she tries to think outside the frame. Stripping away conventional parameters and exposing the image on canvas, leather, Masonite, acrylic and aluminum, she believes, creates a unique presentation and dramatic viewing experience.
Ter Meer tells her life story through her photographic works and digital art on Sheila T Illustrated, her website at

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Photography by Spencer Young on display in June at Clabber Girl Museum

Chess Piece by Spencer Young

Landscapes and rock formations of Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio is the theme of Spencer Young’s exhibit June 2 through 28 in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

“Chess Piece” is the opening to a cave in the state park called The Rock House. Young’s exhibit also features “Rock House Interior,” which took first place in River City Art Association’s 7th Annual Juried Exhibition in 2015.

The Clinton, Indiana, resident is one of RCAA’s most prolific artists. He has traveled extensively to capture solar eclipses and the Northern Lights. His other interests include computer assisted drawings and fractal flame imagery.

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River City’s Marty Jones honored by Wabash Valley Audubon Society

Owl by Marty Jones

Congrats to River City Art Association’s Marty Jones of Terre Haute, recipient of the James Mason Service Award presented at the Wabash Valley Audubon Society’ recent annual meeting.

The award is given to a person or group who has done something outstanding for bird conservation or environmental education in Indiana.

As of January 2016, Jones has photographed 329 species of birds in Indiana and maintains a Birds of Indiana flicker site with over 1,100 photos, the WVAS noted in announcing the award. He also has taught bird photography and ID classes in the community, and has guided several field trips for the Aububon Society.

Jones often shares his photographs in gallery exhibits throughout state, individually as well as with River City Art Association.

The local society recognized Jones for several other accomplishments and contributions. Read more on




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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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