Spencer Young will rock the Vigo County Public Library in June

Dodo Head by Spencer Young

Spencer Young will rock the Vigo County Public Library in June.

The Clinton, Indiana resident will display his photographic works in River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month gallery space in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

His theme — rocks, including this one titled “Dodo Head.”

Now look again at the image and you’ll understand the title. As a former geologist, Spencer is intrigued by (pareidolia) faces and other images created naturally in the layers and colors in rock formations.

Spencer is one of RCAA’s most prolific photographers and has been honored many times at exhibitions in Indiana and Illinois. In August 2018 he received a Second Place, an Honorable Mention, and the coveted Paris Bridge Club Choice Award at the Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition in the Paris Bicentennial Art Center and Museum in Paris, Illinois. In August 2016, his fractal flame abstracts that he created using algorithm software were featured in the Math Department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Spencer, born in the late-1940s, grew up in LaGrange, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, where photography was his main hobby and first job. He was a photographer for his high school yearbook for four years and worked part time as darkroom assistant for a local press photographer.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from Iowa State. “I worked summers for several local photographers,” he said.

“By the early 70’s, it became obvious that no jobs were to be had in astronomy, so I fell back on my only marketable skill, working several years for a portrait and wedding studio. Not wanting to make a career of this, I taught myself geology in my spare time, with the intention of entering the coal business.”

Until 2000, he worked as a geologist for small coal mining companies and a stone quarry, in which he became a stockholder.

After retiring that year, Spencer became, he said, “a full-time amateur landscape photographer, printing digitally. In 2014 I started making digital art (CAD drawings and fractal flames). My artistic hero is Ansel Adams.”

Spencer also is an astronomy aficionado and has traveled to view and photograph nine total solar eclipses in countries such as Australia, Turkey and China. He also has viewed two Transits of Venus and Aurora Borealis twice.

RCAA membership is open to any artist age 18 and older. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted in the Vigo County Public Library. For more details, call past president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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Monty ‘Indiana’ Jones receives Merit Award at ‘Painting the Prairie’ exhibit at Illinois gallery

Monty Jones with Homeward Bound (Image courtesy/Stephanie Photography)

Congratulations to River City Art Association’s founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute, Indiana, on his winning artwork in the first “Painting the Prairie” exhibit at the Bicentennial Art Center in Paris, Illinois.

Juror Christy Brinkman-Robertson chose Monty’s acrylic “Homeward Bound” for a Merit Award.

An awards reception will begin at 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 17.  The juror will critique the exhibit and hand out the awards at about 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact director Susan A. Stafford at the art center, 132 S. Central Ave. or 217-466-8130.

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RCAA members receive awards at Wabash Valley Art Guild’s 39th Annual Spring Art Show

Congratulations to River City Art Association members Edith Acton, Ruthann Brady, Elise Spaid-Roberts, Todd Stokes, Sheila K. Ter Meer and Thomas Wright, who all received honors May 3 at the Wabash Valley Art Guild 39th annual Spring Art Show in Clabber Girl Museum and Gallery in Terre Haute.

First Place awards went to  Todd for his 3-dimentional wood and etched glass sculpture, “Flocking Crows”; and Sheila for a photography on aluminum entry titled “Chihuly Glass Ceiling.”

Edith was awarded Second Place for her fused glass wall hanging “Colorful Squares.”

Honorable Mention in Photography went to Thomas for “Golden Reflections” and Elise was honored with two Honorable Mentions for her drawing, “Building Up,” and a mixed media entry titled “To The Full.”

Ruthann received an Honorable Mention for her mixed media work titled “Yuugen Cove.”

All award winning art in the show will be on display throughout May in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum.


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RCAA members’ works curated into ‘Anything Goes’ exhibition in Terre Haute

Southside Chicago-based artist Michael Roberts recently selected works by River City Art Association members Elise Spaid-Roberts of Terre Haute and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, for the “Anything Goes” exhibition in Arts Illiana Gallery at Terre Haute.

Roberts chose two blackout poetry entries by Elise, “Spring within,” an ink/acrylic/altered book/canvas piece, and “Say Hello-Blackout Book,” using ink/watercolor/acrylic/altered book as materials.

Sheila’s photography-based digital abstraction on aluminum panel titled “Vegas Elvis 1977” also was selected by Roberts. Her entry is float mounted off an acrylic background for presentation.

The “Anything Goes” exhibition call was open to artists from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan. Arts Illiana Gallery announced that 145 works of art were submitted by 55 artists. Sixty-nine of those submitted works of art from 35 artists were selected for the show, which opened May 3.

Roberts, also a musician and lawyer, began drawing at an early age and started live figure drawing in grammar school. Art and drawing was his focus throughout his childhood and he eventually majored in Art in college. Changing gears, he graduated from law school and after years of absence from the art world, he has returned to his roots in the form of portrait and abstract paintings. Inspired by urban street art and the abstracts of contemporary artists like Richter and the pop art of Warhol, Roberts creates multi-layered works which he describes as “Organic Street Art.”

Roberts’ artwork is on view in Arts Illiana’s North Gallery during the run of the “Anything Goes” exhibition through July 19.

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RCAA artists paint Coke bottle sculpture for Terre Haute Children’s Museum

Photo courtesy Susan Sweeney

Kudos to River City Art Association members Kari Rajkumar of Paris, Illinois, and David Gill of Clay City, Indiana, on creating a contoured mural that visitors to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will spend hours exploring.

Kari and Dave’s Coke bottle sculpture design was unveiled April 30 along with nine others at the Root Family Public Art Project preview party at Scott’s Custom Colors in Terre Haute.

“This is going to be a fun ‘I spy’ game for all the kids (big and small) visiting the Terre Haute Children’s Museum,” said Susan Sweeney on her Facebook post.

“Beautiful and love that it is interactive!” a Facebook friend replied.

Like the 27 Coke bottle sculptures in the first round of the art project, the 10 new bottles will be positioned throughout the community and added to a locator map available at the Vigo County Historical Society History Center in downtown Terre Haute.

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RCAA’s Marcia Norman May artist of the month at Vigo library

Flip Flop Beach by Marcia Norman

Marcia Norman is River City Art Association’s May Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The Terre Haute artist has always had a love of art as an expression of self.

Early on, Marcia did some oil painting but then drifted away from it as she pursued a degree in business from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College  near West Terre Haute in Vigo County.

While in Florida, she came across artists using broken or shattered glass as a medium. She became increasingly fascinated with this style of art and was able to take a workshop to learn more about it.

“Beach Heart” by Marcia Norman

After returning to Indiana, she continued and actually perfected her own style through trial and error.

Her membership in RCAA, Wabash Valley Art Guild and Sullivan Area Art Guild has allowed her work to be seen at the library, as well as Clabber Girl Museum, SAAG’s Gallery, First Financial Bank, Community Theatre of Terre Haute, the Vigo County Fair, and at WVAG’s Art in the Park events.

Second-Place winner-shattered glass-Summer Beauty by Marcia Norman

Marcia’s mixed media piece titled “Beach Heart” was featured in RCAA’s February show in Community Theatre, and she has received numerous awards and ribbons, including a Second Place for her work titled “Summer Beauty” at RCAA’s 10th annual juried exhibition in August 2018 at First Financial Bank. In 2017 Marcia’s work was awarded First and Second place honors in Union Hospital’s 125th Anniversary “Celebration of Care” juried exhibition.

To purchase a piece of artwork, contact Marcia at marciaann43@aol.com

For more RCAA information and membership, visit the links on this website or call Todd Stokes at The Golden Frame in Terre Haute, 812-232-0048.

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Painting by RCAA’s David Gill in [untitled] exhibition at Crawfordsville

David Gill with artwork in [untitled] exhibition, Athens Art Gallery, Crawfordsville

River City Art Association member David Gill of Clay City attended the recent opening of the [untitled] exhibition in Athens Arts Gallery at Crawfordsville, Indiana.

David’s oil painting, “Reaching,” (top artwork) is in the juried exhibition of less than 100 works selected from 400 entries.

[untitled] is on display through May 4.

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