Save the Date: RCAA Bicentennial Exhibition Sept. 2 Reception

Clabber Girl PosterSave the Date: Sept. 2 opening reception 5:30 to 7 p.m.

River City Art Association’s “Indiana Heritage Art Exhibition” is Sept. 1-30 in The Art Gallery in Clabber Girl Museum in Hulman and Co., 900 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute.

RCAA members will exhibit artwork celebrating Terre Haute and Indiana’s bicentennial year, as well as Indiana State Parks centennial year.

The exhibition is RCAA’s Bicentennial Legacy Project, the last of 3 endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

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Fractal Flames collection by Spencer Young at Rose-Hulman

Fractal Flame titled Holyman by Spencer Young

Fractal Flame titled Holyman by Spencer Young

15 fractal flame images by Spencer Young are now featured in the Math Department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute. The digital art collection includes “Holyman.”

SAVE THE DATE: Young will attend Rose-Hulman’s Fall Exhibition artists’ reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 Oct. 20 in Moench Hall. His work will remain on display in the Math Department at least through the end of the year.

Young is a resident of Clinton, Indiana, and a member of River City Art Association in Terre Haute. His photography has won several awards at juried competitions in Indiana and Illinois.

According to Wikipedia: “Fractal flames are a member of the iterated function system class[1] of fractals created by Scott Draves in 1992.[2] Draves’ open-source code was later ported into Adobe After Effects graphics software[3] and translated into the Apophysis fractal flame editor.[2]

Fractal flames differ from ordinary iterated function systems in three ways:

  • Nonlinear functions are iterated in addition to affine transforms.
  • Log-density display instead of linear or binary (a form of tone mapping)
  • Color by structure (i.e. by the recursive path taken) instead of monochrome or by density.

The tone mapping and coloring are designed to display as much of the detail of the fractal as possible, which generally results in a more aesthetically pleasing image.”

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Award winning image by RCAA member on Tribune-Star ‘BASH cover

"Heartland Sunrise" by Debbie Goodin of Terre Haute

“Heartland Sunrise,” award winning image by Debbie Goodin of Terre Haute

This image titled “Heartland Sunrise” by River City Art Association member Debbie Goodin of Terre Haute is featured on the Aug. 18, 2016, cover of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star ‘BASH entertainment guide.

A presentation of this award winning image on giclee canvas is featured through Aug. 26 in RCAA’s 8th Annual Juried Exhibition in First Financial Bank in downtown Terre Haute.

Visit Goodin’s website

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RCAA members juried into Indiana Wildlife Artists’ Exhibition

American Crow, oil painting by Judith Lynn Smith

American Crow by Judith Lynn Smith

River City Art Association members Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland, Deborah Anderson of Carbon, and Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute will be among the award-winning artists whose work will be presented at the 33rd Annual Indiana Wildlife Artists’ Exhibition Aug. 27 through Sept. 29 in Indianapolis.

A reception and awards ceremony will be 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday,  Aug. 27, in the exhibition host venue Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St.

The Predawn Snowfall, acrylic on Masonite by Monty Jones

The Predawn Snowfall by Monty Jones

The exhibit will include two- and three-dimensional artwork in a variety of media and styles depicting a wide range of wildlife, both flora and fauna.

The exhibit is judged by expert representatives of the Fine Arts and Wildlife Naturalist profession.

Smith’s medium is oil paintings and includes an “American Crow.”

Jones’ acrylic on Masonite features a buck in “The Predawn Snowfall.”

Anderson’s is inlaid wood with acrylic. Her piece is titled “Song Birds.”

Song Birds by Deborah Anderson

Song Birds by Deborah Anderson

This annual exhibit draws from amateur as well as professional wildlife artists, photographers and sculptors in Indiana, as well as attracting artists from across the country.

It is an excellent concentration of artistic talent dedicated to the preservation, understanding and promotion of wildlife and wildlife fine art.

For more information call 317-255-6461.

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Pyrography by RCAA’s Monty Jones places at Indiana State Fair

Luke's Chipmunk by Monty Jones, Second Place at Indiana State Fair

Second Place at Indiana State Fair: Luke’s Chipmunk by Monty Jones of Terre Haute

Through the encouragement of the Circle City Woodcarvers, Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute entered two examples of his pyrography in the 2016 Indiana State Fair at Indianapolis.

Jones, a founding member of River City Art Association, received a Second Place for his “Luke’s Chipmunk” entry and a Fourth Place for his “Morel Hunter’s Dream.”

Congrats! Monty!

The fair runs through Aug. 21.

Morel Hunter's Dream by Monty Jones, Fourth Place at Indiana State Fair

Fourth Place at Indiana State Fair: Morel Hunter’s Dream by Monty Jones of Terre Haute

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Paris Bridge Club Award goes to RCAA photographer Spencer Young

Upper Cataract Falls by Spencer Young

Upper Cataract Falls by Spencer Young of Clinton

Congratulations to River City Art Association member Spencer Young of Clinton.

His photograph of “Upper Cataract Falls”  received the Paris Bridge Club Award at the annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition in the Bicentennial Art Center at 132 S. Central Ave. in Paris, Illinois.

For hours to view this exhibition through Aug. 26, call 217-466-8130.

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Winners in RCAA’s 8th Annual Juried Exhibition

Best of Show: Poplar, Sycamore, Falling by Todd Stokes

Best of Show: Poplar, Sycamore, Falling by Todd Stokes

Fifty-seven entries by 22 Wabash Valley artists are featured in the River City Art Association Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition in First Financial Bank at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue.

First Financial and FFB vice president of marketing Terry Tevlin hosted the Aug. 5 opening reception and awards ceremony with 18 of the 22 exhibiting artists attending the Downtown Terre Haute First Friday event. Harpist Amy Auset Rohn of Boone County, Indiana, provided entertainment.

Artwork will remain on display for viewing during regular banking hours through Aug. 26. Bank patrons are encouraged to participate in selecting the People’s Choice Award winner.

Juror Cynthia Phillips-Sabla, assistant professor of art at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, selected winners in four categories as well as Best of Show.

Best of Show winnings, sponsored by First Financial, went to RCAA vice president Todd Stokes of Terre Haute for his etched glass and photography mixed media entry, “Poplar, Sycamore Falling.”

First-place medallions were awarded to Todd Stokes for his 3-D etched glass and photography mixed media entry, “Tulip Poplar in Bloom”; RCAA founding member Ruthann Brady of Terre Haute for her resin painting, “Poppy Fusion”; former Vigo County art educator Don Turner of Terre Haute for his drawing/watercolor, “The Legend of Satchmo”; and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil for her abstract digital photography, “Angry Peacock.”

Second-place honors went to Ruthann Brady for her encaustic/ink mixed media piece, “Siena”; Steve Harrold of Terre Haute for his painting, “Strong Medicine”; RCAA president Mike Bender of Terre Haute for his graphite/pen/ink entry, “Birds and the Bees”; and Sheila Ter Meer for her digital photography, “The Woods Enchanted.”

Third-place recognition went to Valerie Funk of Terre Haute for her mixed media fabric and threads, “Someone I Once Knew, Self Portrait of an Artist”; RCAA founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute for his acrylic painting, “Big Mouth”; Elise Spaid-Roberts of Terre Haute for her chalk/pastel drawing, “The Golden Hour”; and Debbie Goodin for her photography on giclee, “Heartland Sunrise.”

Phillips-Sabla also awarded an honorable mention to Janae Holland of Clinton for her mixed media entry, “Fruit Stand”; Eugene Thomas of Fairview Park for his oil on canvas, “Cascades”; Kathy Matlock of Sullivan for her pencil and ink drawing, “Zebra X2”; and Debbie Goodin for her photography on aluminum, “Falls of Spring” at McCormick’s Creek State Park.

Sheila Ter Meer received a special award for her dedicated service as a member and secretary for River City Art Association. Monty Jones and Todd Stokes presented her 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 presentation to RCAA treasurer Edith Acton of Terre Haute for her fused glass wall hanging, “Sunset.”

The exhibition also features ceramics/clay wall art by Richard Acton of Terre Haute, inlaid wood with acrylic by retired Lost Creek Elementary teacher Deborah Anderson of Carbon, photographs and painting by Deanna Swearingen of Brazil, and paintings by Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland, and Terre Haute artists Jenny Bai, Julia London-Meddles, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips and Michael R. Elmore.

RCAA meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute. For more information visit RiverCityArt.org or contact RCAA vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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