River City Art Association recognized the talent of 25 Indiana and Illinois artists during its 14th Annual Juried Exhibition opening reception on Aug. 5 in the lobby of host sponsor First Financial Bank in downtown Terre Haute.
Exhibition juror Rhonda Yochum, a retired Vigo County School Corp. art educator with degrees in photography and fine arts from Indiana State University and Indiana University, announced winners from 73 entries in six categories.
Best of Show went to an acrylic painting, “Yellow Tree” by Donna Pomfret.
First-place medallions were awarded to Jo Rich-Vadas of Marshall, Illinois, for her gouache painting, “Ojai Poppies; “Faithful and True,” a pastel drawing by Lisa Methany; Cathie Laska of Terre Haute for a mixed media entry titled “Santa Fe Red Peppers”; Marcia Norman of Terre Haute for her glass wall hanging, “Dancing Jellies”; Todd Stokes of Dennison, Illinois, for a 3-D etched glass and wood entry, “Sunrise, Sunset”; and in photography, “Mura Indigenous Community Protecting the Rain Forest, Brazil” by Alex McNichols-Torreledo of Terre Haute.
Stokes also received second place in 3-D for “Rain Dance,” and third place for “Straight Line Breeze,” both created with etched glass and wood.
Five more second-place honors went to Laska for her soft pastel drawing, “Early Morning Hawthorn Park”; Lynne Dunnavant of Rosedale, for her oil painting “Queen Anne’s Lace; “Crystal Forest,” a glass entry by Edith Acton of Terre Haute; “Evening Sunset,” a mixed media piece by Richard Acton of Terre Haute; and Clinton artist Thomas Wright for his photograph, “Sliver of Light.”
In addition to Stokes, four more third-place awards went to Clay City artist David V. Gill’s oil painting, “The Fitch House – Sunset”; “Study of Triangles” in glass by Edith Acton; “Turtles All The Way Down,” a mixed media entry by Jan McVay of Tangier; and “Approaching Fear Head-On,” a photography triptych by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana.
Other participating artists include Willa Barksdale, Debra Butler, Kara Cress, Steve Harrold, Jean Kristeller, Mary Mayhew, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, Sandy Ridge-Fisher, Elise Spaid-Roberts, Susan Thiemann Wynne and Regan Zerwig.
All entries in RCAA’s exhibition can be viewed during regular banking hours through Aug. 31, when the Artists’ and People’s Choice awards will be announced and join winners in a September display in the lobby of First Financial’s Springhill bank.