Richard Acton April Artist of the Month

Each month, River City Art Association selects one of its members to display several items of their work in a virtual show through the Vigo County Public Library. As the April Artist of the Month, Richard’s work will be featured in a YouTube video created by the library.

Richard has always lived in Terre Haute with his family.  He and his wife have three children with numerous  grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He attended a local high school and received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Indiana State University.  Teaching Industrial Arts taught him valuable lessons that he can use in his work with clay. Work you will see in the virtual show:  an angel shaped into the clay,  birds fighting over a tree branch, a bunny hopping through the grass, and a lovely lighthouse at the edge of the water guiding people to safety.

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Paintings by RCAA artist featured in Vigo library’s March virtual exhibition

Leaving the Nest by Mary Mayhew

Six examples of what inspires Mary Mayhew to paint are showcased in the Vigo County Public Library’s March artists exhibition on its YouTube site.

Mayhew, River City Art Association’s artist of the month, is featured in the video presentation due to the coronavirus pandemic prohibiting in-person displays at the library.

The Terre Haute artist said she finds satisfaction in capturing on canvas the beauty she sees in nature, people, and their relationships.

“Drawing and painting help me to more fully see and know a subject,” she explained. “The more I study a subject the more there is to notice about it. A seemingly simple object such as a flower or an eye has so many intricacies and subtleties that are missed with the casual glance. Representing that object in paint makes me stop long enough to appreciate its depth and beauty.”

What’s Up, Duck by Mary Mayhew

Mayhew said she also is inspired by light and color.

“I am fascinated by the effects of light; how it changes colors, reveals forms and directs our view,” she added. “I take pleasure in the beauty of colors; how they mix and merge, how they influence one another and how they influence people.”

Although British by birth, Mayhew has lived in Terre Haute for 21 years. She trained as an optometrist in England, but put that aside to raise and home-educate her eight children. During that time, she referenced books and videos on painting. She currently takes lessons from portrait artist Kari Rajkumar of Paris, Illinois.

“I feel fortunate to be at a stage of life where I am able to spend more time painting,” Mayhew said, adding that her grandchildren are among the beautiful people who inspire her to create.

Artwork by Mary Mayhew

“I thoroughly enjoy the painting process and find it fulfilling to create my own personal record of the world I live in.”

Although Mayhew refers to herself as an amateur artist, she has won awards at RCAA exhibitions, and one of her paintings was selected for Swope Art Museum’s 76th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition in 2020.

For information on purchases or commissions, contact Mayhew through her website at For membership in the Terre Haute-based artist association, visit

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RCAA features works by Jan McVay in Regional Hospital Community Outreach Gallery

Jan McVay

Artist Jan McVay recently joined River City Art Association in Terre Haute. Her works are on display now through mid-June in RCAA’s Community Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

Jan is a resident of Parke County, Indiana. She went to
college in Ohio majoring in art and education, taking the opportunity her junior year to study in Switzerland.

For 24 years Jan taught art and photography at Southmont High School near Crawfordsville.

Several years ago she took a watercolor class in Provence, France.

As an active long-standing member of the Covered Bridge Art Association in Rockville, Jan’s main medium is watercolor, but also is a photographer and dabbles in a variety of other art forms.

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Works by Mary Mayhew featured in RCAA’s Community Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital

Artwork by Mary Mayhew

Artwork by River City Art Association member Mary Mayhew of Terre Haute has been featured in recent months in RCAA’s Community Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

More of Mary’s paintings will be in the Vigo County Public Library’s YouTube presentation of RCAA’s March Artist of the Month … so watch for that March 1!

Artwork by Mary Mayhew

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RCAA’s Don Turner February Artist of the Month featured in Vigo library’s virtual exhibition

Donald E. Turner at 2017 Art in the Park event

River City Art Association’s February Artist of the Month featured by the Vigo County Public Library is Donald Turner of Terre Haute.

In a virtual exhibition on the library’s YouTube channel, Turner celebrates his heritage and Black History Month.

The six works featured in the library video include Turner’s portrait of Billie Holiday, a pastel drawing titled “Lady Day,” and an oil painting, “Rainbow.” Turner also is a master of watercolor, charcoal, as well as graphite and ink drawings.

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

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 and organizations in Terre Haute and the surrounding area including Clabber Girl, Williams/Randall Marketing and Communications, and Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute.

Turner is well known in the art community for the drawings and paintings he has created for area art shows and juried exhibitions. 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 exhibition; Best of Show in 2017 for his “Lady Day” entry in the VCPL’s Big Read Art Competition; People’s Choice award in 2019 for his “Iron Mike” graphite drawing of former heavy weight boxing champion Mike Tyson in the VCPL’s Big Read “The Big Smoke” Art Competition.


In addition to being recognized as an exceptionally talented artist, Turner was recognized in 2017 for his contributions to his community. He was among 4 honorees feted by the city of Terre Haute Human Relations Commission at its 8th Annual Human Rights Awards Banquet.

Turner is a past president and past vice president of RCAA. For RCAA membership information click here.

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Time to join or renew RCAA membership

Artists from Indiana and Illinois age 18 and older can become a River City Art Association member.

Membership fee is only $20 and due in January each year. Click here to download a form. Also check out this flyer of what RCAA offers to its members.

In 2020, RCAA had more than 30 members!! Join or renew soon to take advantage of upcoming opportunities with this well established artists collective in the Wabash Valley.

RCAA meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. On Jan. 12, the group meets at 6 p.m. in a temporary meeting place: The Golden Frame, 509 E. Voorhees St., Terre Haute, Indiana. Follow our Facebook posts for future meeting locations.


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Vigo library features Edith Acton in virtual Artist of the Month presentation on YouTube

1st Place Ceramics-Glass, Edith Acton, Always Spring, at RCAA 12th Annual

The January 2021 virtual art exhibit by the Vigo County Public Library will highlight Terre Haute, Indiana, artist Edith Acton. 

Edith is starting River City Art Association’s new year by showing six pieces of her artwork as the Artist of the Month. 

Due to the pandemic it is difficult for people to visit the library, so rather than hang the artwork of RCAA’s area artists on their walls they have chosen to put a virtual show on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.  

“While we can’t gather in person right now — we can enjoy this video highlighting Edith Acton’s fused glass artwork,” the VCPL says on its YouTube presentation.

Edith has been working in the medium of glass for over 15 years.  During this time she has shown her work at most of the local events such as juried shows with RCAA, Wabash Valley Art Guild, Arts Illiana and numerous festivals such as Miracle on 7th Street. 

“Always Spring,” one of the six works featured in the library’s AOTM video, received first place in its category at RCAA’s 12th Annual Juried Exhibition in August 2020.

There are many wall hangings made from the fused glass but in addition to wall art there are many creations of small art turned into jewelry.  She explains that the jewelry is a fun way to make art that is available to anyone. Her artwork shows an interesting way of using colored glass and turning it into appealing works of art for an office or home decor. 

Each piece is one of a kind!  Edith said of her wall hangings and wearable art. It is very hard to make two pieces exactly alike due to the way the glass is heated, shrinks, and morphs itself into one lovely, colorful piece of work. 

Inspiration for each work comes from her surroundings.  Sometimes it is as simple as looking out of a window or walking along a beach to get an idea for a new piece. 

It is Edith’s sincere hope that you enjoy her work. 

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