Jan McVay RCAA’s June Artist of the Month

River City Art Association’s June Artist of the Month is Jan McVay. Six of her works are featured by the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute on its YouTube video website at https://youtu.be/ZPnSTqUQvzs

Artwork by Jan McVayJan is a resident of Parke County, Indiana. She went to
college in Ohio majoring in art and education, taking the opportunity her junior year to study in Switzerland.

For 24 years Jan taught art and photography at Southmont High School near Crawfordsville.

Several years ago she took a watercolor class in Provence, France.

As an active long-standing member of the Covered Bridge Art Association in Rockville, Jan’s main medium is watercolor, but also is a photographer and dabbles in a variety of other art forms.

Recent honors include a second place in mixed media for “Dusty Sings Oh Suzanna” and an honorable mention for “I’m All Torn Up” that she created for the 2021 Abstract April show, CBAA, Rockville.

 

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Eight RCAA members among artists honored at Wabash Valley Art Guild 41st Annual Spring Art Show

2021 WVAG Spring SHOW

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RCAA’s Todd Stokes May Artist of the Month

River City Art Association’s vice president Todd Stokes is the May artist of the month featured by the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute on its YouTube video website at https://youtu.be/FhZ6NBXRdPw

Todd’s primary focus is etched glass in 2D and 3D. He also is an award-winning photographer. He works from his studio in Dennison, Illinois.

Recently, Todd’s 3D etched glass piece received an honorable mention at the Abstract April show in the Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery in Rockville, Indiana.

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RCAA members receive awards at Covered Bridge Art Gallery Abstract April show

Four River City Art Association members received honors April 25 at the closing of Covered Bridge Art Association’s Abstract April open show in the Gallery at Rockville.

Juror Laura Mason awarded Lynne Dunnavant’s watercolor “Safely Colorful” First Place.

Jan McVay’s mixed media piece, “Dusty Sings Oh Suzanna,” received Second Place, and her mixed media entry, “I’m All Torn Up,” an Honorable Mention.

Another Honorable Mention went to “Untitled,” a three-dimensional glass etching by Todd Stokes.

And the “Most Popular” award went to Christel Gutelius for her painting, “Meditation.”

Also participating in the Abstract April show were RCAA members Edith Acton (fused glass), Eloise Lovell (mixed media), Steven Raez (acrylic painting), Sheila Ter Meer (photography-digitally enhanced) and Thomas Wright (photography).

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Richard Acton April Artist of the Month

Each month, River City Art Association selects one of its members to display several items of their work in a virtual show through the Vigo County Public Library. As the April Artist of the Month, Richard’s work will be featured in a YouTube video created by the library.

Richard has always lived in Terre Haute with his family.  He and his wife have three children with numerous  grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He attended a local high school and received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Indiana State University.  Teaching Industrial Arts taught him valuable lessons that he can use in his work with clay. Work you will see in the virtual show:  an angel shaped into the clay,  birds fighting over a tree branch, a bunny hopping through the grass, and a lovely lighthouse at the edge of the water guiding people to safety.

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Paintings by RCAA artist featured in Vigo library’s March virtual exhibition

Leaving the Nest by Mary Mayhew

Six examples of what inspires Mary Mayhew to paint are showcased in the Vigo County Public Library’s March artists exhibition on its YouTube site.

Mayhew, River City Art Association’s artist of the month, is featured in the video presentation due to the coronavirus pandemic prohibiting in-person displays at the library.

The Terre Haute artist said she finds satisfaction in capturing on canvas the beauty she sees in nature, people, and their relationships.

“Drawing and painting help me to more fully see and know a subject,” she explained. “The more I study a subject the more there is to notice about it. A seemingly simple object such as a flower or an eye has so many intricacies and subtleties that are missed with the casual glance. Representing that object in paint makes me stop long enough to appreciate its depth and beauty.”

What’s Up, Duck by Mary Mayhew

Mayhew said she also is inspired by light and color.

“I am fascinated by the effects of light; how it changes colors, reveals forms and directs our view,” she added. “I take pleasure in the beauty of colors; how they mix and merge, how they influence one another and how they influence people.”

Although British by birth, Mayhew has lived in Terre Haute for 21 years. She trained as an optometrist in England, but put that aside to raise and home-educate her eight children. During that time, she referenced books and videos on painting. She currently takes lessons from portrait artist Kari Rajkumar of Paris, Illinois.

“I feel fortunate to be at a stage of life where I am able to spend more time painting,” Mayhew said, adding that her grandchildren are among the beautiful people who inspire her to create.

Artwork by Mary Mayhew

“I thoroughly enjoy the painting process and find it fulfilling to create my own personal record of the world I live in.”

Although Mayhew refers to herself as an amateur artist, she has won awards at RCAA exhibitions, and one of her paintings was selected for Swope Art Museum’s 76th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition in 2020.

For information on purchases or commissions, contact Mayhew through her website at http://www.marymayhewart.com. For membership in the Terre Haute-based artist association, visit RiverCityArt.org.

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RCAA features works by Jan McVay in Regional Hospital Community Outreach Gallery

Jan McVay

Artist Jan McVay recently joined River City Art Association in Terre Haute. Her works are on display now through mid-June in RCAA’s Community Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

Jan is a resident of Parke County, Indiana. She went to
college in Ohio majoring in art and education, taking the opportunity her junior year to study in Switzerland.

For 24 years Jan taught art and photography at Southmont High School near Crawfordsville.

Several years ago she took a watercolor class in Provence, France.

As an active long-standing member of the Covered Bridge Art Association in Rockville, Jan’s main medium is watercolor, but also is a photographer and dabbles in a variety of other art forms.

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