Artistic creations made of fused glass will be on display in the Vigo County Public Library throughout November. The wall hangings were made by Edith Acton of Terre Haute, a member of River City Art Association.
Life as a wife, mother, grandmother and teacher kept Acton very busy; however, in retirement she found time to pursue other interests. Art classes in high school and college provided a basic knowledge of the key elements to create and construct any artwork of choice. After pottery, ceramics, woodworking, painting and many more mediums, she discovered fused glass.
For the past 10 years Acton has actively pursued her artwork with the medium of fused glass. There are numerous wall hangings that reveal an ability to use color in new and innovative ways to make decorative, eye-appealing artwork for office or home decor. An interesting sideline to having the many colors of glass used to make the wall hangings is that there are numerous pieces left that are just the right size to make jewelry. Countless women in the Terre Haute area are wearing the small pieces of artwork on their ears, necks and arms. Acton can usually be found at just about any festival that will allow her to display and possibly sell her work.
In her travels, Acton has met and talked with artists who use fused glass as their medium of choice. No two pieces alike. This amazing medium allows creativity that has no end. Each new piece, big or small, is an adventure that ends as it is removed from the kiln that morphed the individual pieces of glass into one. Any artist will tell their listener that the end result is the reason for their continual work toward their idea of perfection.
In addition to RCAA, Acton is an active member of Wabash Valley Art Guild, Rivers and Roads Artisan Trail, and Arts Illiana.
Acton’s display will be featured again in December in the RCAA Artist of the Month Gallery at Harrison College. More examples of her work may be viewed in the Arts Illiana Art Gallery through Nov. 25 and in the RCAA Fall Exhibition in Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology through Dec. 18.
RCAA meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL at Seventh and Poplar streets. For more information contact RCAA president Mike Bender at 812-251-7724 or visit RiverCityArt.org.