7 RCAA members receive honors at 2018 Vigo County Fair

Abstract of Color-Edith Acton

Best of Show, and several other honors were awarded to six River City Art Association members with artwork in the Fine Arts Department of the Open Class competition at the 2018 Vigo County 4-H Fair July 7-14 in Terre Haute. A seventh RCAA member had an impressive showing in the Open Class quilt categories.

Edith Acton of Terre Haute received Champion and Grand Champion ribbons as well as Best of Show for her fused glass entry, “Abstract in Color.” Another entry by Edith, a fused glass kite titled “Up and Away,” was awarded a Second Place ribbon.

Kyma Drake of Shelburn entered four mixed media pieces, each awarded ribbons: Reserve Champion and Reserve Grand Champion for “The Fruit of the Righteous is a Tree of Life,” a First Place for “A Longing Fulfilled is a Tree of Life,” a Third Place for “Serenity” and an Honorable Mention for “Tranquility.”

Steve Harrold of West Terre Haute also won a Champion award for his oil painting “New Flowers,” as well as Reserve Champion for “Red Dress,” and Honorable Mentions for “Roxanne” and “Peek a Boo.”

Eloise Lovell of Rosedale entered in the drawing category and received Reserve Champion for “Exercise in Black and White” and a Second Place for “Gossamer Wings.”

Rod Funk of Terre Haute entered an abstract Intarsia design titled “Triadic Segmentation,” which received an Honorable Mention from the judge.

Richard Acton of Terre Haute received an Honorable Mention for his clay wall hanging, “Blue Streaks.”

Also in Open Class competition, Valerie Funk of Terre Haute won several awards for her quilt artistry: “Urban Bliss” was awarded First Place, Champion and Grand Champion ribbons; “Freeform Abstract,” a Reserve Champion; and First Place went to her quilts “The Peacock and the Pinwheels,” “Curvy Improv,” “Window Toward the West” and “Radiant Rhapsody.”

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Artwork by 5 RCAA members in Associate Members Show at Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery

Girl Time by Marvetta Bee

River City Art Association members Edith Acton, Marvetta Bee, Eloise Lovell, Jim Tabor and Sheila K. Ter Meer have artwork featured in the July Associate Members Show at the Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery in Rockville.

A closing reception is scheduled 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 29, in CBAA’s Gallery at 124 W. Ohio St. on the Parke County Courthouse square.

Edith Acton of Terre Haute has two fused glass entries on display, one of which, “Pretty Little Blue Bird,” received a Third Place from juror and portrait artist Julie Bricker of Brazil, who wrote in her judge’s comments, “Nice color choice – very pleasing.” Edith’s other entry, “Woven Heart,” has “nice layering,” Bricker noted. “I like the change in textures.”

Winding Roads by Marvetta Bee

Marvetta Bee of Greencastle has a photography entry and a jewelry entry on display, both of which, received honors. Her “Girl Time” in black and white was awarded First Place for her “Good eye,” Bricker wrote. “Humorous. Positioned well on frame.”

A Third Place ribbon went to Marvetta’s  necklace titled “Winding Roads,” which Bricker said is “a nice elegant piece. This artist seems to understand how to use the metal with the stone in a unique way.”

Eloise Lovell of Rosedale has a painting and a drawing entry in the show. “Standoff at the Dock of the Bay” in acrylic has a “fun subject,” Bricker wrote. “Like the eye looking off into the distance.”

Bricker’s comments on Eloise’s colored pencil drawing, “Hibiscus and Friends,” include “I like the eggplant & hibiscus colors repeated in the imaginative background.”

Jim Tabor of Center Point entered two watercolors: “Bedford Barn,” which Bricker noted has “a great subject” and “nice greenery”; and “Sassafras Leaf,” awarded Third Place for “nice color, contrast & texture.”

Sheila Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, has two entries in the photography category and both received honors. “Tennessee Whiskey,” a double exposure image on aluminum, was awarded Second Place. Bricker wrote, “A good eye to see this makes a great photo. Fun title. Well framed.”

An Honorable Mention went to Ter Meer’s abstract image titled “Blossoming Madly,” which Bricker noted, “Makes one want to explore more closely. Imaginative.”

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Clay, mixed media artwork by Richard Acton featured in July at Vigo library

Artwork by Richard Acton, July Artist of the Month

The artwork of Richard Acton will be featured as River City Art Association’s next Artist of the Month.

You can find the work displayed at the Vigo County Public Library during the month of July.

“Get Off My Limb” by Richard Acton, 2nd place, May 2018 Wabash Valley Art Guild Spring Show

“Get Off My Limb” by Mr. Acton will be among the artwork featured in the library. The mixed media piece received Second Place in the 39th Annual Wabash Valley Art Guild Spring Show in May.

An education at Indiana Stare University in Industrial Arts Teaching; followed by several years teaching at the high school level and finally working in industry has given him a good background knowledge in building and creating innovative objects for their usefulness and attractiveness.  During his working years he used woodworking as a medium of choice due to the practicality and availability of the materials.

It has been only four years since Mr. Acton started creating artwork from the medium of clay.  Classes at John Campbell’s Folk Art School in North Carolina, classes at Indiana State University and classes at Torner Art  Center in Terre Haute has aided in his capacity to create wall hangings made of clay. The technique developed by Mr. Acton is unique since the clay acts as a backdrop to his designed pictures  that are drawn, painted with underglazes and glazes, fired in a kiln and then hung in a frame.  He does not feel that the only use for clay is bowls, cups, platters, etc. but items to hang on walls and admire.

Even though the clay is relatively easy to manipulate it requires the artist to be thoughtful and exact in whatever he wants to achieve.  One piece will take several weeks to create because of the steps it takes to complete the work.  You must decide what you hope the end result will look like, get the clay ready, design your thought, let it dry, underglaze it with your choice of colors, fire it in kiln and then decide how to display the final piece.

Mr. Acton’s work will be on display at Harrison College during the month of August in the River City Art Association Outreach Gallery.
The River City Art Association meets at 6 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at the Vigo County Public Library.
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Call for Artists: RCAA’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition

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

Entry deadline: July 20

Entry Form (pdf)

Call for Entries Prospectus (pdf)

River City Art Association and host sponsor First Financial Bank invite Wabash Valley artists to enter the 10th Annual RCAA Juried Exhibition to be featured in the bank’s main branch at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue.

The exhibition opens during First Friday events on Aug. 3 in downtown Terre Haute. A reception is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. in the bank lobby with an awards ceremony at 6:30. Artwork will remain on display for viewing during regular banking hours through Aug. 31. Winning artwork will be featured again in a September show in the bank’s Springhill branch.

The competition is open to Wabash Valley artists in Indiana and Illinois age 18 and older. Art must be entirely original, completed within the last three years, and not previously entered in a juried RCAA exhibition.

Juror David Erickson, professor emeritus of art at Indiana State University, will select winners in five categories as well as the Best of Show.

First-, second- and third-place and honorable mention prizes will be awarded in drawing (includes ink, pencil, pastel and printmaking), painting (includes watercolor, oil and acrylic), photography/digital art, ceramics/glass (includes shattered, fused and etched glass) and mixed media (includes wood, metal, fabric/thread and three-dimensional artwork).

People’s Choice and Artists’ Choice awards also will be determined by those attending the reception.

Entry forms and the Call for Entries prospectus also are available at The Golden Frame at 509 E. Voorhees St. in Terre Haute.

Entry fees are $20 for RCAA and Wabash Valley Art Guild members, $30 for nonmembers and $15 for students (with valid student ID) for up to three entries per artist.

The nonrefundable fee (and copy of student ID) must accompany an entry form and either mailed to RCAA 10th Annual Exhibition, P.O. Box 3605, Terre Haute, IN 47803 or dropped off at The Golden Frame by July 20.

All two-dimensional artwork must be suitably framed and wired for hanging. Art with “sawtooth hangers” and “clip frames” will not be accepted. Gallery-wrapped canvas paintings or photographs will be accepted.

RCAA reserves the right to reject work that is not suitably framed or is not suitable subject matter for public display.

Entrants are to deliver their artwork between noon and 5 p.m. July 31 using the west entrance to the bank, and bring easels to display their work. Art/artist identification tags must be attached to the back or bottom of each piece.

Artists must pick up their work between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 31.

For more information contact Past President Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048 or TheGoldenFrame53@gmail.com.

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RCAA co-founder Monty Jones and son Marty Jones featured artists at Gaslight Art Colony

Monty and Marty Jones at Gaslight Art Colony, Marshall, Illinois

Article by Gaslight Art Colony

Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Illinois, is pleased to present Monty Jones and Marty Jones for the June show! The June show opening is on Saturday, June 16th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. CDT.

This father and son pair paint and photograph their passions. Monty Jones had a deep interest in drawing and painting from a very early age and he actually subscribed to a mail-order art course in his younger days. He never quite completed the course due to growing family commitments and working twelve hour days in the printing industry. So his artistic desires were put on hold until retirement at age sixty.

Monty was one of seven original founders of River City Art Association about nine years ago [fall of 2008] has been very involved in all their activities over the years. This has led to being involved in Gaslight and several other art organizations in this area

“Outfoxing the Hounds” by Monty Jones

Monty likes to draw and paint all things that he may be passionate about, which includes a lot of subjects. He is probably best known for his wildlife art, but due to involvement in auto racing and automotive interests he really loves to draw and paint cars. Monty has been in several exhibitions and art shows up and down the Wabash Valley and Indianapolis area.

Monty joined Indiana Wildlife Artists in 2011 and has won several first and second place awards in that time. Monty has also been a member of Covered Bridge Art Association for several years [associate member].

He works out of a studio behind his home in Terre Haute, and has been married to his wife, Phyllis, for over fifty years. They have three adult children, Marty, Robert, and Barbara.

Owl by Marty Jones

Marty is a 53 year old photographer living near Terre Haute, Indiana. “My father, Monty “Indiana” Jones, has always been the real artist in the family!” By studying his paintings at an early age, Marty became interested in art and photography. To this day he likes to study famous paintings to be inspired, gain ideas, and improve photography skills. He has been taking photos since his parents gave him his first Kodak camera at age eight.

Marty’s occupation is working as a Regulatory and Safety Consultant in the Electric Utility Industry. He learned to operate a camera through practice or trial and error. Today, he continues to learn photography and software by watching some of the widely available video tutorials and blogs. During the day Marty photographs nature and wildlife. In the blue hour and afterwards he likes to photograph by light painting street scenes, abandoned buildings, and old cars.

Many of the photos subjects he will have on display at the Gaslight Art Colony are of birds. There have been times he have sat in a blind all day to photograph a single bird. To date, he has photographed 334 different bird species within the state of Indiana. Many of the birds photographed are extremely rare for our area. He likes photography that challenging and obtaining bird photography perfection meets that challenge.

Photographing birds opened a lot of doors for him. For example, Marty met his wife Stephanie thanks to a photo he once took of a Blue Grosbeak. It also has allowed him to develop many connections and friendships with birders and bird photographers from around the world. Marty also very involved with our local and national land trusts. He does everything he can to help protect our native birds and the habitats they depend upon to survive. His ultimate bird photography goal is to encourage the viewer to become more aware of what is often so easily overlooked and under-appreciated.

Many of his bird photographs have been printed and distributed in state, national and international publications. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, The Philadelphia Zoo, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and many different Land Trusts use his photos for advertising and educational purposes. Marty has always donated bird photos to any non-profit organization that uses photos for the good of our native birds.

Be sure to register for a chance to win a free children’s class at the opening reception. An adult may register for a child’s class to be given away in the form of a drawing. A coupon to the supper club is also given to everyone who comes to the opening.

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Dian Der Ohanian Phillips is June Artist of the Month at Vigo County Public Library

Dian Der Ohanian Phillips with her photography exhibit at Vigo County Public Library – June 2018

River City Art Association member Dian Der Ohanian Phillips of Terre Haute will display her black and white photographic works throughout June in RCAA’s Artist of the Month gallery space at the Vigo County Public Library.

Day Lily by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

The display includes “Day Lily,” which received First Place in the Photography category at RCAA’s Ninth Annual Juried Exhibition in August 2017.

Dian Der Ohanian Phillips has always been a visual 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. Her foundation courses included fine art and photography (where
she learned darkroom skills). 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. Her
career began when layouts were created on a drawing board using the tools of the trade:
x-acto knives, rubber cement, ruling pens and acetate overlays. Twenty years later, she
transitioned from drawing board to Macintosh computers. Her photography also
transitioned from film/darkrooms to digital cameras. 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.
Dian works primarily in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. Her paintings and her black
and white photos are strongly influenced by nature and rural scenes. Her art is in private
collections throughout the United States.

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RCAA’s Brady, Stokes place at Olney Arts Council Fine Art Showcase

Congratulations to River City Art Association co-founding member Ruthann Brady and vice president Todd Stokes on their honors received at the 13th annual Olney Arts Council Fine Art Showcase April 10-13 in The Holiday at Olney, Illinois.

Ruthann received a first place in mixed media for an encaustic painting.
Todd was awarded second place in 3D for “Fleeting Time, Faded Memories,” etched glass with photograph.

For more information on the OAC and its Fine Arts Showcase, visit the OAC website.

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