RCAA members place at Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition

Zig Zag Sunset by Todd Stokes

Zig Zag Sunset by Todd Stokes

River City Art Association’s vice president Todd Stokes, secretary Sheila K. Ter Meer and one of RCAA’s most prolific photographers Spencer Young are among the award-winning photographers to be honored Friday, July 22, in the Bicentennial Art Center and Museum at Paris, Ill.

Ed Gillum, the judge for the Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition, awarded the RCAA members Honorable Mention ribbons in the Adult Division.

Crusty Condo by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Crusty Condo by Sheila K. Ter Meer

These winning photographs are among the 60 entries by 21 Indiana and Illinois artists in this year’s show:

Todd Stokes, Terre Haute, IN and Dennison, IL, “Zig Zag Sunset”

Sheila K. Ter Meer, Brazil, IN, “Crusty Condo”

Spencer Young, Clinton, IN, “Upper Cataract Falls”

Upper Cataract Falls Spencer Young

Upper Cataract Falls by Spencer Young

The opening reception will begin at 5 p.m. CDT Friday, July 22.  Mr. Gillum will give a critique of the exhibit and hand out the awards at approximately 5:30.

The exhibition can be viewed through Aug. 26 in the Paris Art Center at 132 S. Central Ave. in Paris, Illinois.

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RCAA artists place in Fine Arts, Open Class competition at Vigo County Fair

Sarah Grace by Steve HarroldFour River City Art Association members received honors in Open Class competition at the 2016 Vigo County Fair at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds in Terre Haute.

In the Fine Arts Department, Steve Harrold of Terre Haute was the big winner taking home Best of Show and Champion ribbons for a painting of his granddaughter titled “Sarah Grace.”Busted by Steve Harrold

Harrold also received a Second Place for a painting of a fox titled “Busted” and a Third Place for painting of an American Indian titled “Strong Medicine.”


Dian Der Ohanian Phillips of Terre Haute was awarded First Place blue ribbons for her acrylic painting “Still Standing” and a watercolor painting titled “Autumn Dreamscape.”

Still Standing by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

Autumn Dreamscape by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

Angry Peacock by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Angry Peacock by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Also in the Fine Arts Department, Sheila K. Ter Meer received a First Place for her Digital Art entry, “Angry Peacock.”


Tranquil Valley by Valerie Funk

Valerie Funk of Terre Haute was a big winner in the Open Class Quilt and Photography competitions.

In the Art Quilt category Funk received a First Place, Champion and Grand Champion for her entry titled “Tranquil Valley.”

Funk’s five other First Place honors include “Someone I Once Knew” in the Quilt-Other-Smaller Than 36×36 category; “La Grande Chevron” in the Machine Pieced Machine Quilted category; “Rise of The Phoenix” in the Quilt-Other-Larger Than 36×36 category; “American Tribute” in the Quilt-Other-Larger Than 18 Inches category; and “Butterfly Blessings” in the Wholecloth Baby Quilt category.

Old Truck, Photography by Valerie Funk

Funk’s Photography entry “Old Truck” received an Honorable Mention in the Color Photography-Transportation cateory and “The Red Door” was awarded a Second Place in the Photography-Still Life category.

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RCAA members in Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members’ Show

The Pumpkinseed by Monty Jones, Third Place in 2016 Wabash Valley Art Guild Annual Spring Exhibition

Detailed section of The Pumpkinseed, acrylic by Monty Jones

SAVE THE DATE: Artists’ reception is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31.

River City Art Association members Edith Acton and Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute, Deborah Anderson of Carbon and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil have artwork in the 2016 Covered Bridge Art Association’s Associate Members’ Show throughout July in CBAA Gallery in Rockville, Indiana.


Acton has two fused glass wall hangings in the show and Jones has two acrylic paintings on display. Jones’ “The Pumpkinseed” received a Third Place in May at the 2016 Wabash Valley Art Guild Annual Spring Show in Terre Haute.

When I'm 64, intarsia by Deborah Anderson

When I’m 64, intarsia art by Deborah Anderson

Ter Meer has two digital photo art pieces in the juried Associate Members’ Show. Anderson is showing two of her most recent intarsia art designs.

“When I’m 64,” is one of Anderson’s two entries in the CBAA Associates’ Show. This same Beatles-themed piece won an Honorable Mention in the May 2016 Wabash Valley Art Guild Annual Spring Show.

Anderson won Best of Show in the 2015 CBAA Associate Members’ Show, which awards her the honor of a special exhibition of her work throughout August in the CBAA Gallery.

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Call for Artists: RCAA’s 8th Annual Juried Exhibition

Entry deadline July 28

River City Art Association and host sponsor First Financial Bank invite Wabash Valley artists to enter RCAA’s Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition to be featured in the bank’s main branch at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue.
The exhibition coincides with Downtown Terre Haute Inc. First Friday events on Aug. 5. An opening 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. 26.
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 exhibited at a juried RCAA show.
First-, second- and third-place and honorable mention prizes will be awarded in four categories. Drawing includes ink, pencil and pastel; painting includes watercolor, oil and acrylic; photography includes digital art; and mixed media, wood and three-dimensional artwork make up the fourth category.
Juror Cynthia Phillips-Sabla, assistant professor of art at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, will select winners in each category as well as the Best of Show. People’s Choice and Artists’ Choice also will be awarded.
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.

Entry fees are $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers, for up to three entries per artist. The entry fee must accompany an entry form and is nonrefundable.
Entry forms will be available at bank locations, The Golden Frame at 509 E. Voorhees St. and at RiverCityArt.org. They can be mailed to RCAA 8th Annual Show, P.O. Box 3605, Terre Haute, IN 47803 or dropped off at The Golden Frame. Forms must be received by July 28.
Artists are to deliver entries between noon and 5 p.m. Aug. 3, and bring easels to display their art. Art tags must be attached to the back of each entry.
Artwork must be picked up between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 29.
Click on the Call for Entries prospectus and entry form to download.
For more information contact RCAA vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048 or TheGoldenFrame53@gmail.com.

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Artwork by Todd Stokes featured July, August in RCAA’s Outreach Gallery

River City Art Association vice president Todd Stokes of Terre Haute is the featured artist in July and August in RCAA’s Outreach Gallery at Westminster Village in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Stokes is manager and resident artist at The Golden Frame in Terre Haute. He also is a member of Wabash Valley Art Guild and the artist collective Watermark in Terre Haute.

More about the artist: Todd Stokes not only finds an expressive outlet with photography, he also enjoys creating interesting two- and three-dimensional etched glass art incorporating basic geometric shapes as key elements in his designs. Working with glass is an extension of his experience in Plexiglas with a constructionist twist as he continues to explore three-dimensional works combining hand-cut glass with unique etched design work.


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RCAA member Spencer Young featured artist at Gaslight Art Colony

Tourist Boats, Santorini, Greece, taken in 2004 by Spencer Young

Tourist Boats, Santorini, Greece, taken in 2004 by Spencer Young

River City Art Association member Spencer Young of Clinton, Indiana, will be the featured artist at Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Ill., July 16-Aug. 11.

An artist’s reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. CDT July 16 in the Gaslight gallery at 516 Archer Ave.

1947-1965 … I grew up in LaGrange, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. In high school, photography was my main hobby and first job. I was a photographer for my high school yearbook for four years and worked part time as darkroom assistant for a local press photographer.

1965-1978 … In college I studied astronomy, earning a B.A. from Northwestern and an M.S. from Iowa State. I worked summers for several local photographers. By the early 70’s it became obvious that no jobs were to be had in astronomy, so I fell back on my only marketable skill, working several years for a portrait and wedding studio. Not wanting to make a career of this, I taught myself geology in my spare time, with the intention of entering the coal business.
1978-2000 … For 22 years I worked as a geologist for a series of small coal mining companies, and one stone quarry. I was able to become a stockholder in the last one. During this time I had no access to a darkroom and my creative output was mostly limited to travel slides.
2000-present … When our coal company was sold, I found myself comfortably retired. Since retiring, I have become a full-time amateur landscape photographer, printing digitally. In 2014 I started making digital art (CAD drawings and fractal flames).

My artistic hero is Ansel Adams.

I have also indulged my twin interests in astronomy and travel by going on group tours to view astronomical events. My trips include:
Total solar eclipses: Indonesia 1983, Caribbean Sea 1998, Turkey 1999 and 2006, West China 2008, Tahiti 2010, Australia 2012, Faroe Islands 2015, and Indonesia 2016.
Transits of Venus: Greek Islands 2004, Central Asia 2012.
Aurora Borealis: Iceland 2007 and 2015.

For more gallery information call 217-293-1050 or visit gaslightartcolony.com

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Vigo library hosts July 1 opening reception for RCAA bicentennial exhibition

DSC_3185EforwebThe July 1 opening for River City Art Association’s second of three Indiana and Terre Haute bicentennial exhibitions was a huge success, with 16 of the 21 artists featured in the Bicentennial Legacy Project, “Indiana Heritage Art Exhibition,” in attendance!

RCAA members thank the host venue, Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, for  hosting the opening reception as well as the exhibition on view during library hours through July 31.

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