Also published 6-26-2014 in Terre Haute Tribune-Star
Each month River City Art Association of Terre Haute selects one of its members to display their work in the Vigo County Public Library. During the month of July that display will be several of Edith Acton’s fused glass wall hangings.
For the past nine years the Terre Haute resident has been an active member of RCAA and other local art organizations, including Wabash Valley Art Guild, Arts Illiana, and Rivers and Roads Artisan Trail. Throughout the year you will find her work at the various galleries in the surrounding communities and in local art centers. Most of her work is composed of wall hangings; however, making jewelry is a favorite sideline.
Edith Acton has a broad assortment of interests that keep her constantly active. One favorite interest is traveling all over the United States and the world. Countless ideas come back with her from each trip. A new interesting color combination, an architectural structure, and a view of a beautiful countryside are examples of things that will inspire an idea for a particular wall hanging. A wall hanging titled “Lonely Tree” was a result of seeing a single tree in a field that seemed to need to be reproduced into something everyone could enjoy. A visit to the Church of the Savior in St. Petersburg, Russia, led to the work “Belief.” The ideas for two recent hangings came from watching her grandchildren play with blocks of squares and triangles. Although most of the glass designs seem to be abstract there is always a basic idea from something that was seen or felt that has created the need to attempt to transfer it into artwork.
Throughout Edith’s life there has always been an interest in art. While earning her degree at Indiana State University she enrolled in many art classes. Those classes gave her the basic knowledge of the key elements for constructing any artwork of choice. After attempting countless media, fused glass became her favorite. Even after nine years Edith says there is still so much to learn!
Edith also will be the featured artist in July at the County Club of Terre Haute. More of her artwork is featured on the Rivers & Roads Artisan Trail website at riversandroadstrail.com.