Meet RCAA’s Rajkumar at Rose-Hulman Fall Art Exhibit reception

Kari Rajkumar putting the final touches on “Steadfast” (formerly titled Autumn Walk)

The 2018 Rose-Hulman Fall Art Exhibit is underway!  This year “Through Her Eyes,” a 4-woman invitational show, was selected – with Kari Rajkumar being one of the artists chosen.  

A “Meet the Artists” reception is scheduled Thursday, October 18, from 4:30-6:30 pm (Eastern Time) on the 1st and 2nd floors of Moench Hall.  Admission is free.

Rajkumar, a primarily self-taught representational artist from Paris, Illinois, in the Wabash Valley, works in a number of media – oil, pastel, graphite and watercolor.

Several of Rajkumar’s works, in both pastel and oil, can be seen on the 1st and 2nd floors of Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) until December 20.  RHIT is located at 5500 Wabash, Terre Haute, IN.

Aaronaut by Kari Rajkumar

Rajkumar’s painting “Aaronaut”, a 24 x 24 inch oil portrait, recently won the Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence at the 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition at the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. You may wish to see for yourself why the judge for that show, the prestigious Steven J. Levin, noted, “An unusual work that with a few simple touches adds a layer of meaning that transforms the piece.”

Or, perhaps Ms. Rajkumar’s “Steadfast” (formerly titled “Autumn Walk”) will prove to be the high point of your visit to the RHIT show.

Kari Rajkumar exhibit at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

This large 3 x 5 foot oil, done in a more classical style, was also well-received in the Punta Gorda show. Nanette Crist, the Chair of the 11th Biennial NAE, chose this piece to open and feature in a video produced by Charlotte County Florida Weekly. In it, Crist remarks, “. . . he really looks like he, and the horse, could just walk right out of that painting! . . .”  To view the video, and to hear what else she has to say about this particular piece, go to

Also, feel free to visit Ms. Rajkumar’s website,  – or find her on Facebook!

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Fall theme in paintings by RCAA’s October Artist of the Month at Vigo library

Still life in acrylic by Sandy Fisher

Acrylic paintings by River City Art Association member Sandy Fisher are featured throughout October in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Fall flowers and the fruits of the harvest are the theme for Sandy’s Artist of the Month display.

This can be a sad time, Sandy said, to see summer coming to an end. But she likes to think of it as another awakening of God’s gift in the form of a burst of color.

During the summer, we’re surrounded by many forms of green – in our grass and trees, she said. When fall comes we experience so many more colors – reds, yellows, oranges, tan, etc.

“I have tried to capture some of these colors for you in these paintings,” she added.

Sandy’s artwork also has been featured in shows at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Sullivan Area Art Guild gallery in Sullivan, Ind., and Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Ill.

In August, Sandy’s acrylic painting, “The Dress,” won the People’s Choice Award at RCAA’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition.

Sandy also currently has a Native American exhibit in the Carnegie Heritage Art Center of Greene County at Linton, Ind.; florals and still life paintings in RCAA’s new Community Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital; and “The Dress” is one of two works in RCAA’s “Fall for Vigo County” membership show also this month in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

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.

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

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Fall show in Clabber Girl gallery to celebrate Vigo County’s Bicentennial

River City Art Association invites the community to “Fall for Vigo County” at its Bicentennial-themed fall show in October in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana.

The First Friday opening reception with light refreshments is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. in the museum at 900 Wabash Ave.

Some of the works will highlight Vigo County’s 200-year history in Indiana.

Other artwork will showcase the vibrant colors of fall that enhance the Vigo County landscape.

Media include acrylic, oil, watercolor and encaustic paintings; photography and digital art; pyrography; ceramics-clay; fabric-threads; fused and etched glass; and mixed media.

The fall show can be viewed during regular museum hours through Oct. 27.

RCAA’s next monthly meeting will be a pitch-in dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Oberlandler Shelter in Deming Park. Meat will be furnished; members and guests are to bring their own table service, a covered dish or dessert, and preferred beverage.

For membership details, visit or contact RCAA Past President Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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RCAA’s Michael Elmore to exhibit at Mayflower Arts Center in Troy, Ohio

“Selfie as a Fayum Portrait” by Michael Elmore

Artwork by River City Art Association member Michael Elmore has been accepted for an exhibit in The Lobby Gallery at the Mayflower Arts Center in Troy, Ohio, Oct. 12 to 27.

The national exhibition is Mystical People, Places & Creatures An exhibition of art worthy of display in any notable School of Magic.

Mike’s  painting is an encaustic on hardboard titled “Selfie as a Fayum Portrait.”

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday 10:00-6:00 p.m.
For more information, visit

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RCAA’s Elise Spaid-Roberts invited to OVATION pop-up exhibition

RAW-The Leaf Pile. Credits: and Elise-Spaid Roberts

Congratulations to River City Art Association member Elise Spaid-Roberts of Terre Haute for being invited to the OVATION pop-up exhibition.

This event is hosted by an international arts group called RAW. They collaborate and feature performance, fashion and visual artists.
The show will be a one night only event on October 11 at 7 p.m. in the Old National Centre at Indianapolis.
As no fees or commissions are taken, sponsorship tickets help Elise get into the show. A minimum of 20 tickets by October 4th will finalize her entry.
Tickets are refundable if the required amount is not met.
Sponsorship tickets may be purchased at
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RCAA opens new community outreach gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital

Sandy Fisher-TH Regional Hospital Outreach Gallery.

Paintings by River City Art Association member Sandy Fisher of Terre Haute are featured in RCAA’s newest community outreach gallery in the new cafeteria seating area at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

Fisher’s work will be on display through mid-February 2019, with a new artist featured in the gallery space thereafter every four months.

Works by RCAA artists will no longer be featured in the community outreach gallery in Harrison College.

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Todd Stokes takes First Place at Little Italy Festival Art Show

Todd Stokes of Terre Haute with studio in Dennison, Ill.

Congratulations!! to River City Art Association member Todd Stokes of Terre Haute and Dennison, Ill.

“Conceptual Staging” by Stokes received a First Place in 3-D Media in the 2018 Little Italy Festival Art Show at the annual Labor Day weekend festival in Clinton.

Other RCAA members participating in the Little Italy Festival Art Show were Eugene Thomas of Fairview Park, near Clinton (Honorable Mention); Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute; and Thomas Wright of Clinton, formerly Terre Haute (Second Place in Photography).

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