River City Art Association was founded in August 2008 by a group of seven artists with a common vision, promoting art in the Wabash Valley.
Founding members: Debi Martinez and her late husband Marty, Ruthann Brady, Kit Fisher, Adrianus Fraza, Monty Jones, and the late Rob Robbins. The RCAA logo features a photo of the Wabash River in Fairbanks Park at Terre Haute, Indiana, by Rob Robbins.
History: The first year in existence the RCAA implemented a major project (Art on the Bash) to place members’ artwork in empty store front windows along Wabash Avenue! That same year they founded a youth mentoring program, conducted a free seminar for artists getting their art into galleries and began an educational program “Encouragement and Exposure” at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where they interacted with students through talks, demonstrations and Fine Art exhibitions.
Mission statement: To establish an art association open to the general public to promote, support, and enhance an appreciation of the visual arts in the Wabash Valley through art exhibits, demonstrations, seminars, study groups, and any and all other appropriate means.
Meetings: The second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Vigo County Public Library, Seventh and Poplar streets, in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Officers through 2017: President Mike Bender, Vice President Todd Stokes, Secretary Sheila K. Ter Meer and Treasurer Edith Acton
Cover photo “Fog’s Sycamore Frame” by RCAA member Debbie Goodin. Visit her professional website.