Richard Acton RCAA’s featured artist in August at Vigo County Public Library

Cluster of Leaves by Richard Acton

Richard Acton is River City Art Association’s August Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Richard works with clay, wood and other media to construct his wall hangings.

A favorite past-time activity of Richard’s is to go to his home studio to work and create pieces of clay into art.  A relative newcomer to the creative process he has made a numerous amount of wall hangings to display around the Terre Haute area.

A background of teaching Industrial Arts to high school students plus working in industry has given Richard the knowledge of building and creating objects for their usefulness and beauty.  He began working with wood because of the practicality and availability of the materials but eventually decided that was not enough to satisfy the need to make things that reflected the happenings around him. 
After studying at John Campbell’s Folk Art School, Indiana State University and Torner Community Center in Deming Park — and lots of experimenting — within five years he was able to make wall hangings from the medium of clay. 

Spring Fern by Richard Acton

The technique that Richard developed is unique because the clay is actually a backdrop for his designs and pictures.  The clay is flattened into a size that will hold his vision and then drawn, painted with under glazes and glazes, fired in a kiln and then framed for presentation.  He says that each piece will take up to two weeks to complete because of drying the clay and getting it prepared for the kiln. Each of the pieces turn into a learning process due to the fact that there is  a lot of trial and error to get exactly the piece you intend to create.                   

Clay is a medium that does not always have to be shaped into a bowl, plate, vase or cup; there is an endless amount of creative items to make from this medium that has been used throughout time. 
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Call for Entries: RCAA’s 12th Annual Juried Exhibition

River City Art Association invites Wabash Valley artists to enter it’s 12th Annual Juried Exhibition to be displayed Aug. 7 and 8 in the Fine Arts Building at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds in Terre Haute.

Exhibition hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 with a reception at 6 p.m. and awards ceremony at 6:30.

The competition is open to Indiana and Illinois artists 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 will be Christy Brinkman-Robertson, art curator at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. An award-winning artist, her resume includes commissioned paintings, an outdoor mural, jewelry design, and illustrations for the Terre Haute Living magazine.

Brinkman-Robertson 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, printmaking), painting (includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, encaustic), photography/digital art, ceramics/glass (includes shattered, fused and etched glass) and mixed media (includes wood, metal, fabric/thread and three-dimensional artwork).

A special award in memory of RCAA past president and award-winning artist Mike Bender will be selected from entries in the drawing category. The Artists’ Choice and the People’s Choice awards will be determined from votes by participating artists and guests viewing the exhibition.

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.

Entry deadline is July 29. Entry forms with non-refundable fee (and copy of student ID) can be mailed to RCAA 12th Annual Exhibition, P.O. Box 3605, Terre Haute, IN 47803; or, emailed to ToddBstokes@gmail.com and payment made at time of dropoff.

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 qualify. 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 9 a.m. and noon Aug. 7 and bring easels to display their work. Art/artist identification tags must be attached to the back or bottom of each piece. Artists can pick up their entries when the show ends Aug. 8; or, between 9 a.m. and noon Aug. 9.

2020 RCAA Call For Entries Prospectus (Front)

2020 RCAA CallForEntriesProspectus (Back)

The Call for Entries prospectus and an entry form also are available on RCAA’s Facebook page. For more information contact RCAA vice president Todd Stokes at 812-870-8252.

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New RCAA logo and email, and sneak peak at artists’ portfolio on Amazon

Design © 2020/Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

River City Art Association in Terre Haute, Indiana, would like to announce its new logo, email, and portfolio available on Amazon.

The new logo: Design © 2020/Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, RCAA President
“The updated mark incorporates elements that represent a partial Terre Haute skyline, a winding Wabash River (which is so much a part of this Wabash Valley), and the green elements that represent the beautiful green spaces in our city,” says Dian. “The contemporary font is clean and easy to read. I’m proud to be a part of this group (currently president) and am equally proud that they allowed me to redesign their logo. I am honored.”
In addition, Dian also added her artistic flair to RCAA’s banner on this website, as well as RCAA’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social media sites.

RCAA’s email is now RiverCityArtAssociation@gmail.com

RCAA portfolio available now on Amazon!!

River City Art Association now has a portfolio that features artwork and biographies of 20 artist members and the wide variety of art styles River City Art Association’s members contribute to the Wabash Valley.

“This collection of paintings, drawings, photographic images and other media promotes the accomplishments of River City Art Association award-winning artists. The biographies give insight into the inspiration driving the creativity of 20 Indiana and Illinois artists, focusing on their talent and individual contributions to the arts community beyond the reach of the Wabash Valley,” states the book’s introduction/forward by RCAA’s Sheila K. Ter Meer.

To purchase the book and support local art:
https://www.amazon.com/River-City-Association…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

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In Memorium: Mike Bender, award-winning artist and River City Art Association past president

Click on the link to read about our friend, dedicated River City Art Association past president, and award-winning pen and ink artist.

Mike L. Bender, 62, of Terre Haute passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Signature Healthcare. He was born July 27, 1957 in Brazil, Indiana to Claude and Della (Brown) Bender.
Mike is survived by his mother, Della Bender of Terre Haute; son, Brandon Bender (Brooke) of Terre Haute; grandchildren, Makayla Bender, Drake Bender, and Aiden Bender; great-grandson, Dominic Bracken; and life partner Sandy Whitcomb.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Mike was past president of the River City Art Association.
Per Mike’s request no services are scheduled and cremation has been chosen. Samaritan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at http://www.samaritanfunerals.com

Obituary published March 17, 2020/Terre Haute Tribune-Star
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Elise Spaid-Roberts featured in Community Outreach Gallery at Regional Hospital

Elise Spaid-Roberts at Regional Hospital COG

Elise Spaid-Roberts of Terre Haute is featured in the River City Art Association Community Outreach Gallery at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

Her mixed media paintings featured here are examples of blackout poetry.

Elise’s works can be viewed until mid-June.

Elise also uses coins, acrylic and spray paint to create miniature landscapes.

See more creative works by Elise in her Etsy shop.

Read more about Elise.

 

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RCAA portfolio featuring works by 20 artist members available on Amazon

RCAA portfolio on Amazon

Available now on Amazon!!

River City Art Association now has a portfolio that features artwork and biographies of 20 artist members and the wide variety of art styles River City Art Association’s members contribute to the Wabash Valley.

“This collection of paintings, drawings, photographic images and other media promotes the accomplishments of River City Art Association award-winning artists. The biographies give insight into the inspiration driving the creativity of 20 Indiana and Illinois artists, focusing on their talent and individual contributions to the arts community beyond the reach of the Wabash Valley,” states the book’s introduction on Amazon.

To purchase the book and support local art:
https://www.amazon.com/River-City-Association…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

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RCAA’s Donald Turner celebrates Black History Month with library exhibit

Charcoal drawing of Harriet Tubman by Donald Turner

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

Each year the Terre Haute artist celebrates Black History Month with his exhibit. On display throughout February are his six portraits of African-American women, past and present, he chose to recognize for their significant contributions to black history and black culture.

Turner’s tribute wall of charcoal drawings includes Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Madam C.J. Walker, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Harriet Tubman featured here.

Don’s artistic skills emerged while attending McClean Junior and Garfield High schools, where he learned the fundamentals of art from Frida Terhorst and Jessie Martin.

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

Don 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, Don studied watercolor painting in spring 2008 with internationally known painter Joseph Fettingis NWS at Turkey Run State Park.

Don is well known in Vigo County for his work in the community. 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.

Don’s company, Turner Graphique Designs, has created work for several well-known companies in Terre Haute and the surrounding area including Clabber Girl, Williams/Randall Marketing and Communications, and Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute.

Don also is well known in the art community for the drawings and watercolor paintings he has created for area art shows. His many honors and awards include a Best of Show pastel drawing in the library’s Big Read Art Competition in 2017, and a first place pastel drawing in 2016 at RCAA’s eighth annual juried competition.

Turner is a past president and past vice president of RCAA. In addition to the art business, he also is active in the Vigo County Retired Teacher’s Association and Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute.

Contact Turner at Turner Graphique Designs, 2129 Spruce St., Terre Haute, IN 47807; or dtugraf007@aol.com.

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