Best of Show, and several other honors were awarded to six River City Art Association members with artwork in the Fine Arts Department of the Open Class competition at the 2018 Vigo County 4-H Fair July 7-14 in Terre Haute. A seventh RCAA member had an impressive showing in the Open Class quilt categories.
Edith Acton of Terre Haute received Champion and Grand Champion ribbons as well as Best of Show for her fused glass entry, “Abstract in Color.” Another entry by Edith, a fused glass kite titled “Up and Away,” was awarded a Second Place ribbon.
Kyma Drake of Shelburn entered four mixed media pieces, each awarded ribbons: Reserve Champion and Reserve Grand Champion for “The Fruit of the Righteous is a Tree of Life,” a First Place for “A Longing Fulfilled is a Tree of Life,” a Third Place for “Serenity” and an Honorable Mention for “Tranquility.”
Steve Harrold of West Terre Haute also won a Champion award for his oil painting “New Flowers,” as well as Reserve Champion for “Red Dress,” and Honorable Mentions for “Roxanne” and “Peek a Boo.”
Eloise Lovell of Rosedale entered in the drawing category and received Reserve Champion for “Exercise in Black and White” and a Second Place for “Gossamer Wings.”
Rod Funk of Terre Haute entered an abstract Intarsia design titled “Triadic Segmentation,” which received an Honorable Mention from the judge.
Richard Acton of Terre Haute received an Honorable Mention for his clay wall hanging, “Blue Streaks.”
Also in Open Class competition, Valerie Funk of Terre Haute won several awards for her quilt artistry: “Urban Bliss” was awarded First Place, Champion and Grand Champion ribbons; “Freeform Abstract,” a Reserve Champion; and First Place went to her quilts “The Peacock and the Pinwheels,” “Curvy Improv,” “Window Toward the West” and “Radiant Rhapsody.”