Don Turner, RCAA’s February Artist of the Month, celebrates Black History Month

"Brother's Keeper" a print of an original oil painting by Don Turner

“Brother’s Keeper” a print of an original oil painting by Don Turner

River City Art Association and the Vigo County Public Library will feature artwork by Don Turner throughout February in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

In his Artist of the Month exhibit, Turner celebrates his heritage and Black History Month.

Turner was born and raised in Terre Haute. His 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 Turner attended Butler University and Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, where he studied with renowned Indiana artist Harry Davis.

Baptism in the Wabash, a watercolor by Don Turner of Terre Haute

Baptism in the Wabash, a pastel drawing by Don Turner of Terre Haute

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

Turner 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.

Turner’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.

First Place Drawing: Detailed close-up of The Legend of Satchmo by Don Turner

First Place Drawing: Detailed close-up of The Legend of Satchmo by Don Turner

Turner 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 first place in 2016 for his pastel drawing, “The Legend of Satchmo,” 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.

For RCAA membership information visit RiverCityArt.org or contact RCAA vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

 

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