12 artists participate in Wabash Valley Art Guild’s 15th annual Art in the Park in Fairbanks Park

Wood carver John David Hemminghouse

Wood carver John David Hemminghouse

Wabash Valley Art Guild partnered with River City Art Association to return the WVAG’s traditional fall event to “the banks of the Wabash” in Terre Haute.

The 15th annual Art in the Park on Sept. 17 at the Blumberg Shelter in Fairbanks Park featured two and three-dimensional work by 12 Wabash Valley artists.

Four artists brought along the tools of their trade to demonstrate their medium throughout the afternoon: Thomas Makosky of Clinton, designer and creator of original chip carvings; John David Hemminghouse, wood carvings; Valerie Funk of Terre Haute, longarm quilting, digital quilting; and Todd Stokes of Terre Haute, etched glass.

Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland displayed her oil paintings; Pria Rahmouni of Terre Haute, acrylic and oil paintings; Gloria Schopper of Terre Haute, soft and oil pastels; Willa Barksdale, watercolors; and Jeanne Rewa, equine art in pencil, ink and watercolor.

Marcia Norman displayed her shattered glass creations; Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, digital art on acrylic and metal; and guest artist Rod Funk of Terre Haute, glass etchings and Intarsia art.

The Wabash Valley Art Guild was founded in 1980 by Florence & Norman Ratliff to bring together those in the community interested in the creation and appreciation of art, and to encourage fellowship through discussion and the sharing of knowledge.

In addition to the annual Art in the Park, WVAG hosts exhibits and other activities in the community to display members’ art and to promote cultural interests throughout the year.

River City Art Association was founded in August 2008 by a group of seven artists with a common vision: To establish an art association open to the general public to promote, support, and enhance an appreciation of the visual arts in the Wabash Valley through art exhibits, demonstrations, seminars, study groups, and any and all other appropriate means.

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Quilts by RCAA member Valerie Funk featured at Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Quilts by Valerie Funk in Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Quilts by Valerie Funk in Community Theatre of Terre Haute

Two of Valerie Funk’s favorite quilts are hanging in the Community Theatre of Terre Haute at 1431 S. 25th St.

It is a rare event when these quilts are hung and displayed due to their size.

See these quilts during “It’s Only A Play” – Fridays and Saturdays, September 23, 24, 30, and October 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays, September 25, and October 2, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.

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Painting by Steve Harrold to tour with 92nd Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition

Sin City Slick Spot by Steve Harrold

Sin City Slick Spot by Steve Harrold

Sporting dog artist Steve Harrold of Terre Haute recently was notified that his oil painting on canvas, “Sin City Slick Spot,” will accompany the 92nd Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition to the Carnegie Museum at Crawfordsville where the exhibition will run for a month.

“Sin City Slick Spot” was selected by jurors in June for the annual exhibition that opened July 28 and ends Sept. 24 in the Indiana Historical Society’s Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. 

Harrold has been involved with sporting dogs, mostly bird dogs, since he was 10 years old. He has field trialed German Shorthairs since about 1980 and is fortunate to have a dog in both the GSPCA and NGSPA Hall of Fame.

Harrold won the National Futurity and placed Third in the National Championship with the live model for “Sin City Slick Spot.”

“She produced three National Champions,” Harrold said. “I owned her sire who won the Futurity and two National Championships and is in the Hall of Fame.”

Harrold has a master’s degree in art and serves on the planning committee for the new German Shorthair wing at the National Bird Dog Museum. He has painted a lot of dog portraits, six of which are hanging in that museum at Grand Junction, Tenn.

Another oil painting by Harrold, “Old and at the Summit,” of an old wolf, is currently featured in the Hoosier Salon gallery at 22 N. Rangeline Road in Carmel, Indiana. It is just one of several wildlife and Native American paintings Harrold also is known for in the Wabash Valley, as well as in Indiana and surrounding states.

Harrold is a member of River City Art Association and the Wabash Valley Art Guild in Terre Haute. To see more of his artwork visit SteveHarrold.net.

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WVAG partners with RCAA to present Art in the Park Sept. 17

WVAG and RCAA CollageWabash Valley Art Guild has partnered with River City Art Association to return the WVAG’s traditional fall event to “the banks of the Wabash” in Terre Haute.

The 15th annual Art in the Park is set for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at Blumberg Shelter and nearby tents in Fairbanks Park at First and Oak streets.

Several Wabash Valley artists will display or demonstrate their two- and three-dimensional work throughout the afternoon.

Children can visit the arts activity tent while adults browse the paintings, drawings, photographic works and other mediums for sale.

Admission is free. For more information visit WabashValleyArtGuild.org and RiverCityArt.org.

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Artists featured Sept.-Oct. in RCAA’s Westminster Village Outreach Gallery

dsc_3824forwebRiver City Art Association members Sheila K. Ter Meer and Eugene A. Thomas are the featured artists in September and October in RCAA’s Outreach Gallery at Westminster Village in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Thomas, of Fairview Park, west of Clinton, in Vermillion County, Indiana, exhibits original oil paintings as well as prints of his original artwork on paper and canvas.

“I am mostly self-taught,” Thomas said. “I like most kinds of art, but tend toward realist forms.”

dsc_3820forwebTer Meer, a native of Brazil, in Clay County, Indiana, fancies abstract digital art.

Three of her four original designs featured in the Westminster gallery have received awards in juried exhibitions in Terre Haute.

Other photographic works by Ter Meer have received honors in local, regional and state competitions in Indiana and Illinois.

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Highlights of RCAA’s Bicentennial Legacy Project at Clabber Girl

The Gallery at Clabber Girl

Several artists and members of the community attended the Sept. 2 opening reception for RCAA’s Bicentennial Legacy Project, “Indiana Heritage Art Exhibition,” on view throughout September in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Hulman & Company in Terre Haute.

The project was endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

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Dian Der Ohanian Phillips September Artist of the Month at Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute

The Dunes by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

The Dunes, acrylic on canvas, by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

Artwork by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips will be featured throughout September in River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month gallery in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

Der Ohanian Phillips has always been an artist. Growing up in New Albany, Indiana, she took every elective art class in middle and high school, and took Saturday morning art classes at the University of Louisville. Also during that time (and long before online courses), she began correspondence course work with Art Instruction Schools. That foundation course in drawing, painting and commercial art gave her the skills to be hired in an art department immediately after high school graduation.

A scholarship student at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Dian received a B.F.A. in visual communications. She completed a masters program at Indiana University, and did additional post-graduate work at Boston University. While at Herron, she studied painting with professors Harry A. Davis, Edmund Brucker, Robert Berkshire and Sarah Burns.

Dian was a graphic designer/art director for the majority of her professional life. She continued her fine art pursuits during those years by taking drawing and painting classes. After retiring, she began painting again full time and has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Indiana and Illinois.

She works primarily in watercolor and acrylic, and creates images that are strongly influenced by nature and rural scenes. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the United States.

Dian’s artwork will be featured again in October in the RCAA Outreach Gallery in Harrison College.

River City Art Association meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL. For membership information, visit RiverCityArt.org or call officers Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048 or Mike Bender at 812-251-7724. 

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