And the People’s Choice goes to … RCAA’s Donald Turner

Don Turner-Iron Mike-Big Read 2019

Congratulations to River City Art Association member Donald Turner  of Terre Haute for taking People’s Choice honors at the 2019 Big Read Art Competition in late-March at the Vigo County Public Library.

The Big Smoke-Big Read 2019

“Iron Mike” by Don received the most votes by VCPL patrons viewing all artwork inspired by or fitting the theme for the Big Read book selection, “The Big Smoke,” by Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka.

“Iron Mike” is a graphite drawing of former heavy weight boxing champion Mike Tyson.

Don Turner-Iron Mike-Big Read comments

Comments by voters include:

“Talented pencil work.”

“Relates to the book’s theme and fine pencil work.”

“Directly ties to ‘The Big Smoke'”

“Detailed image of the boxer.”

“Vivid detail and artistry.”

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Solo show by RCAA’s Jimmie Tabor in April at Clabber Girl gallery

Watercolor “Carolina Wren” by Jimmie Tabor

Watercolors by Clay County artist Jimmie Tabor will be featured in a solo exhibit in April in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Jimmie has worked in several mediums, but has come to love watercolor because of “the pleasant surprises as the paints/colors change while drying.” His work primarily involves nature (birds, flowers, animals), landscapes and some portraits.

Jimmie grew up in Brazil, Indiana and studied art with professor Elmer Porter at Indiana State University. He also  was mentored by local artist Roy Muncie, a talented sign painter. His career included 35 years with Sherwin-Williams, working with color blending on a daily basis. Jimmy now resides in Center Point with his wife, Suzanne, and their golden retriever, Sandy.

Through the years, Jimmie’s artwork has been shown in Swope Art Museum and in exhibitions at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Covered Bridge Art Association’s Gallery in Rockville, where he was honored with Best of Show.

Jimmie Tabor with Lost Identities

In March 2018, Jimmie’s watercolor “Lost Identities” received the People’s Choice Award in the Vigo County Public Library’s fourth annual Big Read Art Exhibition in celebration of the Big Read book selection, “When the Emperor Was Divine”  by Julie Otsuka.

“The Japanese Americans went to the camps willingly and were greatly confused,” Tabor said in his artist’s statement for the competition. “The children suffered a great trauma in their formative years.”

In addition to River City Art Association, Jimmie’s memberships include Wabash Valley Art Guild and Indiana Wildlife Artists.

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Sandy Fisher is RCAA’s April Artist of the Month at Vigo County Public Library

Daisies, acrylic by Sandy Fisher

Acrylic works by River City Art Association member Sandy Fisher will be featured next month in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute, Indiana.

In the RCAA Artist of the Month display in April, Sandy will shower her audience with May flowers and other paintings with a spring theme.

“We’re awaiting spring here in Indiana,” Sandy said. “Even though the calendar says it is time, we’re waiting. I am hoping my flowers will put you more in the mood. I wish you a happy spring.”

Sandy is a lifelong member of the Terre Haute community. She attended Thornton, Woodrow Wilson and Wiley High schools. She also owned and operated a beauty salon for 42 years.

Everything she does she gives credit to The Lord for giving her the opportunity to share her life with others through her paintings.

Sandy’s artwork also has been featured in shows at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Sullivan Area Art Guild gallery in Sullivan, Indiana, Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Illinois, and The Gallery in Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

In August 2018, Sandy’s acrylic painting, “The Dress,” won the People’s Choice Award at RCAA’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition.  Also last fall, Sandy’s Native American paintings were showcased in the Carnegie Heritage Art Center of Greene County at Linton, Ind.

Most recent, Sandy’s paintings were on display in RCAA’s Community Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

Membership in River City Art Association is open to Indiana and Illinois artists age 18 and older. For more details, call past president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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RCAA opens ‘March ARTmania’ in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum on March 1

Trumpeter Swan by Judith Lynn Smith

River City Art Association trumpets the coming of spring with an art show inspired by Mardi Gras, March madness, famous artists, kites aloft on March winds, the color green — and all things artfully mastered in between.

“March ARTmania” will open with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum, 900 Wabash Ave.

Sunset Road, quilt artistry by Valerie Funk

Downtown Terre Haute’s First Friday theme salutes Dr. Seuss, children’s author/illustrator, political cartoonist and animator born Theodor Seuss Geise on March 2.

During “March ARTmania,” RCAA also celebrates other notable artists born in March: painter Sandro Botticelli (March 1), sculptor/painter Michelangelo (March 6), photographer Edward Weston (March 24), and painter Vincent van Gogh (March 30).

Returning Green by Elise Spaid-Roberts

Forty-three works by 16 RCAA artists includes paintings, mixed media, clay, intarsia, pyrography, quilt artistry, photography, digital art, black-out poetry, and works made with glass.

“March ARTmania” will remain on display through noon March 29.

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Kari Rajkumar’s work chosen for international competition

Molly – Thought and Memory by Kari Rajkumar

Congratulations to River City Art Association member Kari Rajkumar of Paris, Ill.

Kari’s oil painting, “Molly Thought & Memory,” is one of 150 works selected to be a finalist in  the 2018 Fall International Online Exhibition conducted by the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS).  The finalists were chosen from more than 1,000 entries from nearly every state in the U.S., as well as other countries, such as Canada, Mexico, Poland, Malaysia and China, to name a few.

A self-taught artist, Kari specializes primarily in portraiture.  She works in oil, pastel, and graphite, and has garnered national and international recognition in all three media.  Also in fall 2018, she exhibited 10 of her works as part of a four-woman show at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.

The online exhibition is viewable on the NOAPS website until Dec 16, 2019.  More about the artist can be viewed on Kari’s website,  Or, find her on Facebook.

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Photography by Thomas Wright featured in RCAA’s Community Outreach Gallery

Thomas Wright-Terre Haute Regional Hospital Outreach Gallery

Several award-winning photographs by Thomas Wright of Clinton, and formerly of Terre Haute, are featured through mid-June in River City Art Association’s Community Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

The gallery space is located in the cafeteria area of the hospital.

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RCAA artists top 3 winners in 2018-19 TREES Inc. Photography Contest

From right: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place TREES Inc. winners; followed by one of 2 honorable mention photographs by RCAA members.

River City Art Association members Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, Marty Jones of Terre Haute, and Thomas Wright of Clinton (formerly Terre Haute) received top honors in the 2018-19 TREES Inc. “Shades of Winter” Photography Contest.

Judges selected several other winners from the nearly 60 photographs entered in the competition.

An awards reception is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

TREES 2018-19, Winter Solitude-Thomas Wright-Honorable Mention

In the Adult Professional Division, judges awarded First Place to Sheila’s color glossy “Sycamore Frost” and an Honorable Mention for another color glossy, “Sycamore Freeze.”  Thomas received a Second Place for “Winter Rush,” a color landscape of the upper falls at Cataract Falls State Park in Owen County, Indiana. “Winter Solitude,” another color landscape, captured by Thomas at the park, received Honorable Mention.

TREES 2018-19, 3rd place and Joy Sacopulos Award-Other side of the fence-by Marty Jones

Marty received Third Place for “Other side of the fence,” a black and white winter landscape. He also is the recipient of the inaugural “Joy Sacopulos Award” honoring the legacy of the late TREES Inc. founding member and creator of TREES Inc. Photography Contest.

The exhibit can be viewed through Feb. 28 in the lower level of the Vigo County Public Library.

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