Winners in RCAA 9th Annual Juried Exhibition

Best of Show: Elise Spaid-Roberts

An impressive 80 entries by 28 Wabash Valley artists are featured in the River City Art Association 9th Annual Juried Exhibition in First Financial Bank at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue.

First Financial and vice president of marketing Terry Tevlin hosted the Aug. 4 opening reception and awards ceremony with many of the exhibiting artists attending the First Friday event.

Artwork will remain on display for viewing during regular banking hours through Aug. 31.

Juror T. Edward Holloman attended the reception to announce winners in four categories as well as Best of Show.

Juror T. Edward Holloman with mural

Holloman holds an associate’s degree in visual communications from Ivy Tech Community College and a bachelor’s degree in art education from Indiana State University.

His recent mural, “African American Trailblazers of Terre Haute,” is located inside Terre Haute North Vigo High School where he teaches art.

Best of Show winnings, sponsored by First Financial Bank, went to River City member Elise Spaid-Roberts for her mixed media entry, an altered book titled “Blackout Poetry: Life.”

First-place medallions were awarded to Jo Rich-Vadas for her acrylic painting, “Sugar Creek”; Dian Der Ohanian Phillips for her photography entry, “Day Lily 1″; Todd Stokes for his 3-D etched glass mixed media entry, “Strata”; and Jim Rhodes for his work in pencil, “West Texas Winter,” in the drawing category.

Second-place honors went to Jo Rich-Vadas for her acrylic painting, “Chicago”; Edith Acton for her fused glass mixed media entry, “Field of Flowers”; Donald Turner for his pastel drawing, “Baptism on the Wabash”; and Spencer Young for his “Badlands Vista” in the photography category.

Third-place recognition went to Eloise Lovell for her drawing, “Trotter Tangle”; Steve Harrold for his painting, “Cliff TK-12188”; Jo Rich-Vadas for her mixed media piece, “Here’s Looking At You”; and Alexandra McNichols for her photography entry, “Oglala-Lakota Water Protector,” taken at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Holloman also awarded an honorable mention to Ruthann Brady for her encaustic/collage mixed media entry, “The Ginko”; David Gill for his acrylic painting, “The Last Perfect Day”; Eloise Lovell for her drawing, “Brown Family”; and Barb Mickelson for her photography entry, “A Leg Up.”

Marty Martinez Contributory Award: Ruthann Brady

Ruthann Brady received a special award for her dedicated service as a founding member of River City Art Association. RCAA vice president Todd Stokes presented Brady with the Marty Martinez Contributory Award, in memory of the late founding member and owner of the Raven Art Gallery in Terre Haute.

The reception ended with the Artists’ Choice Award going to Jo Rich-Vadas for her mixed media entry, “Here’s Looking At You.” Also, People’s Choice award honors went to Barb Mickelson for her photography entry, “A Leg Up.”

The exhibition also features entries by Richard Acton, Willa Barksdale, Debbie Hadley, Stephen Hauser, Deborah Hickman, Christine AB Johnson, founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones, Jennifer Kirk, Mary Mayhew, Gloria Schopper, Judith Lynn Smith, Sheila K. Ter Meer, Jamie Oberste-Vorth and Thomas Wright.

RCAA is open to any Indiana and Illinois artist age 18 and older. Artists meet the second Tuesday of each month in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute. For more information visit RiverCityArt.org or contact vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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August exhibit by RCAA women in Clabber Girl gallery

“The World We Live In” exhibit

Artwork by six ladies of River City Art Association is showcased this month in “The World We Live In” in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum, Hulman & Company, 900 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute.

An artists’ reception is set for noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 26. 

The multimedia exhibit features fused glass, acrylic, watercolor, fiber art, quilts, oil, collage, photography and digital art. It is open to the public during the museum’s regular hours now through Aug. 28.

The popular and award-winning artists include Edith Acton, Ruthann Brady, Valerie Funk, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, all of Terre Haute; Judith Lynn Smith, Waveland; and Sheila K. Ter Meer, Brazil.

For more information about RCAA and the featured artists, visit RiverCityArt.org.
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Winners in RCAA juried exhibition to be announced at Aug. 4 opening reception

Juror T. Edward Holloman

River City Art Association and host sponsor First Financial Bank will present RCAA’s 9th Annual Juried Exhibition on Friday, Aug. 4, in the bank’s plaza at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute.

An opening reception is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. in the lobby, accessible by the the west entrance.

The exhibition features 80 entries by 28 artists from Vigo and surrounding counties in Indiana and Illinois.

Juror T. Edward Holloman, art teacher at Terre Haute North Vigo High School, will select winners in four categories as well as the Best of Show. Those awards will be announced at 6:30.

The Artists’ Choice award will be presented at the close of the reception.

The People’s Choice award winner will be determined by guests attending the First Friday opening reception as well as bank patrons viewing the exhibition during regular banking hours through Aug. 31.

For more information visit RiverCityArt.org or contact RCAA vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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RCAA’s Valerie Funk winner of Vigo library’s Build a Better World art show

Rumi Symposium of Peace by Valerie Funk

Honors just keep coming for River City Art Association’s Valerie Funk of Terre Haute.

Valerie was named winner of the Vigo County Public Library’s Summer Reading program art competition for her abstract art quilt, “Rumi Symposium of Peace.”

“Her quilts perfectly encompass our theme of ‘Build a Better World,'” the library said in a post on it’s Facebook page after tonight’s closing reception.

 

 

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RCAA’s Steve Harrold wins another Best of Show

Sin City Slick Spot by Steve Harrold

River City Art Association just recently learned that Steve Harrold received top honors in the Fine Arts Department competition at the Vigo County Fair in July.

Steve was awarded Best of Show for  a painting of one of his dogs, “Sin City Slick Spot.”

Congratulations – better late than never – to Steve Harrold of Terre Haute!

Steve specializes in sporting dog portraits and wildlife art. Visit his website at steveharrold.net.

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Dian Der Ohanian Phillips is RCAA’s August Artist of the Month at Vigo library

Autumn Dreamscape by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

Dian Der Ohanian Phillips of Terre Haute is River City Art Association’s featured artist in August at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

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 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.

River City Art Association is open to any Indiana or Illinois artist age 18 and older. For membership details contact RCAA vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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‘Autumn Beech’ by RCAA member Todd Stokes receives second honor

Autumn Beech by Todd Stokes

“Autumn Beech” by River City Art Association’s vice president Todd Stokes has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the Adult Division of the Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition at the Bicentennial Art Center in Paris, Ill.

Juror Les Woodrum attended tonight’s opening reception and awards ceremony.

The exhibition can be viewed through Aug. 25. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT Tuesday through Friday; closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Free admission.

Stokes is a professional framer at The Golden Frame in Terre Haute and an artisan from Dennison, Ill., also specializing in 2-D and 3-D glass etchings.

Earlier this month, Todd’s “Autumn Beech” received a Champion award in the Open Class Digital Photography division at the Vigo County 4-H Fair in Terre Haute.

 

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