Oil by RCAA’s Steve Harrold in Swope Art Museum annual exhibition

oil on canvas, Northside a.m., Steve Harrold

River City Art Association member Steve Harrold is on a roll! Another cityscape in a juried exhibition … and another artwork sold!

The West Terre Haute artist’s “Northside a.m.” is featured in the 73rd annual Wabash Valley Exhibition that opened Sept. 1 in Swope Art Museum at 25 S. Seventh St. in Terre Haute.

Harrold’s oil on canvas was selected for the exhibition by juror Graeme Reid, director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. From about 300 entries by 100 artists, Reid chose 46 works by 32 artists.

Harrold’s entry will be on display through Oct. 29. So don’t miss the chance to see this one in person before it is gone.

The exhibition in the Haslem and Hodge galleries on the second floor of the Swope can be viewed noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (open until 8 p.m. on Fridays).


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Artwork by winners in RCAA’s annual exhibition featured in First Financial Springhill branch

First Place in Photography: Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

Eight winning entries in River City Art Association’s 9th annual juried exhibition in August are featured throughout September in First Financial Bank’s Springhill branch in Terre Haute.

The exhibit includes:

Best of Show, sponsored by First Financial Bank: Mixed Media, an altered book titled “Blackout Poetry: Life” by Elise Spaid-Roberts

First Place in Photography: “Day Lily 1” by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips

Second Place in Mixed Media: fused glass, “Field of Flowers” by Edith Acton

Second Place in Drawing: pastel, “Baptism on the Wabash” by Donald Turner

Second Place in Photography: “Badlands Vista” by Spencer Young

Third Place in Painting: “Cliff TK-12188” by Steve Harrold

Honorable Mention in Mixed Media: encaustic/collage, “The Ginko,” by Ruthann Brady

Honorable Mention in Drawing: “Brown Family” by Eloise Lovell

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Todd Stokes featured RCAA artist in September in Vigo library

Constructed View by Todd Stokes

Todd Stokes, a Blue Ribbon winner in River City Art Association’s ninth annual juried exhibition, is RCAA’s September Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library.

The Evansville native grew up in Terre Haute where he became an honor graduate of Indiana State University’s School of Fine Arts in 1983 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in fine art photography and a minor emphasis in plexiglas sculpture.

First Place in Mixed Media: “Strata”

Stokes not only finds an expressive outlet with photography, he also enjoys creating interesting two- and three-dimensional etched glass art incorporating basic geometric shapes as key elements in his designs. Working with glass is an extension of his experience in plexiglas with a constructionist twist as he continues to explore three-dimensional works combining hand cut glass with unique etched design work.

By day, Stokes is co-manager and design artist at The Golden Frame in Terre Haute. By night, he works in his art studio in Dennison, Ill., where he reimagines the rural landscape – specifically trees – to feature in his award-winning photographic images, glass etchings and sculptures.

“As I walk around the yard and trek through the woods around the house, I become extremely aware of subtle details; the draping shadows of a limb across the trunk of a tree, a brightly lit spot of leaves in an otherwise darkly shaded area, or an interesting leaf that catches my attention out of the corner of my eye,” Stokes said. “Some of these I attempt to capture through ‘the lens.’ Some of them I study with wonder, internalizing the essence of why it has stopped me in my tracks demanding my attention.”

“These are the moments that spark the creative process,” he added. “Thoughts, ideas, feelings registered and filed away into the murky master file of an artist’s mind. Constantly swirling, churning, simmering until they coalesce into a clarified tangible concept which leads the artist to a finished piece of art.”

“Constructed View,” one of the art pieces featured in Stokes’ library exhibit, is a prime example of his creative thought process on an even grander scale. “It’s four gallery wrapped canvas photos displayed together to give the illusion of looking out a window,” Stokes said. “It measures 9 feet wide by 3 feet tall.”

Prior to taking first place honors for his 3-D etched glass mixed media entry, “Strata,” in RCAA’s August exhibition, Stokes’ “Autumn Beech” received an honorable mention in the Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition in the Bicentennnial Art Center at Paris, Ill., and a Champion award in the Open Class Digital Photography division at this year’s Vigo County 4-H Fair. At the Wabash Valley Art Guild spring show, Stokes was awarded an honorable mention in the 3D category for his glass etching titled “Family.”

In addition to RCAA, Stokes’ memberships include Terre Haute South Rotary, Watermark Artist Collective, Arts Illiana, Wabash Valley Art Guild, Southwest Indiana Arts Council in Evansville, Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Ill., and the Bicentennial Art Center. He also is vice president of RCAA and director of the Carolyn Toops Gallery in Community Theatre of Terre Haute.

Stokes’ artwork in the library will be featured in October in RCAA’s outreach gallery in Harrison College.

Membership in RCAA is open to any Indiana or Illinois artist age 18 and older. Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets. For more details, call Stokes at 812-232-0048 or visit RiverCityArt.org.

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RCAA’s Monty Jones takes First Place at Indiana Wildlife Artists exhibition

River City Art Association congratulates founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute on his recent honor at the Indiana Wildlife Artists 34th Annual Fine Art Exhibition in Indianapolis.

First Place: “Outfoxing the Hounds”

On Saturday, Aug. 26, Monty’s painting “Outfoxing the Hounds” was awarded First Place.

“A mounted fox at Clifty Falls State Park was my model for this painting,” Monty said.

The show is free to the public through Sept. 28 in the Second Presbyterian Church at 7700 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis.

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Cityscape by RCAA member Steve Harrold in 93rd Hoosier Salon

Going Uptown by Steve Harrold

Congratulations to River City Art Association member Steve Harrold of West Terre Haute.
His oil on canvas “Going Uptown” is among artwork featured in the 93rd annual Hoosier Salon exhibition in the Indiana State Museum at Indianapolis.
Also great news, his cityscape recently was purchased.
The exhibition opened July 27 and can be viewed through Oct. 8 in the museum’s Lincoln Financial Foundation Gallery.
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Winners in RCAA 9th Annual Juried Exhibition

Best of Show: Elise Spaid-Roberts

An impressive 80 entries by 28 Wabash Valley artists are featured in the River City Art Association 9th Annual Juried Exhibition in First Financial Bank at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue.

First Financial and vice president of marketing Terry Tevlin hosted the Aug. 4 opening reception and awards ceremony with many of the exhibiting artists attending the First Friday event.

Artwork will remain on display for viewing during regular banking hours through Aug. 31.

Juror T. Edward Holloman attended the reception to announce winners in four categories as well as Best of Show.

Juror T. Edward Holloman with mural

Holloman holds an associate’s degree in visual communications from Ivy Tech Community College and a bachelor’s degree in art education from Indiana State University.

His recent mural, “African American Trailblazers of Terre Haute,” is located inside Terre Haute North Vigo High School where he teaches art.

Best of Show winnings, sponsored by First Financial Bank, went to River City member Elise Spaid-Roberts for her mixed media entry, an altered book titled “Blackout Poetry: Life.”

First-place medallions were awarded to Jo Rich-Vadas for her acrylic painting, “Sugar Creek”; Dian Der Ohanian Phillips for her photography entry, “Day Lily 1″; Todd Stokes for his 3-D etched glass mixed media entry, “Strata”; and Jim Rhodes for his work in pencil, “West Texas Winter,” in the drawing category.

Second-place honors went to Jo Rich-Vadas for her acrylic painting, “Chicago”; Edith Acton for her fused glass mixed media entry, “Field of Flowers”; Donald Turner for his pastel drawing, “Baptism on the Wabash”; and Spencer Young for his “Badlands Vista” in the photography category.

Third-place recognition went to Eloise Lovell for her drawing, “Trotter Tangle”; Steve Harrold for his painting, “Cliff TK-12188”; Jo Rich-Vadas for her mixed media piece, “Here’s Looking At You”; and Alexandra McNichols for her photography entry, “Oglala-Lakota Water Protector,” taken at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Holloman also awarded an honorable mention to Ruthann Brady for her encaustic/collage mixed media entry, “The Ginko”; David Gill for his acrylic painting, “The Last Perfect Day”; Eloise Lovell for her drawing, “Brown Family”; and Barb Mickelson for her photography entry, “A Leg Up.”

Marty Martinez Contributory Award: Ruthann Brady

Ruthann Brady received a special award for her dedicated service as a founding member of River City Art Association. RCAA vice president Todd Stokes presented Brady with the Marty Martinez Contributory Award, in memory of the late founding member and owner of the Raven Art Gallery in Terre Haute.

The reception ended with the Artists’ Choice Award going to Jo Rich-Vadas for her mixed media entry, “Here’s Looking At You.” Also, People’s Choice award honors went to Barb Mickelson for her photography entry, “A Leg Up.”

The exhibition also features entries by Richard Acton, Willa Barksdale, Debbie Hadley, Stephen Hauser, Deborah Hickman, Christine AB Johnson, founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones, Jennifer Kirk, Mary Mayhew, Gloria Schopper, Judith Lynn Smith, Sheila K. Ter Meer, Jamie Oberste-Vorth and Thomas Wright.

RCAA is open to any Indiana and Illinois artist age 18 and older. Artists meet the second Tuesday of each month in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute. For more information visit RiverCityArt.org or contact vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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August exhibit by RCAA women in Clabber Girl gallery

“The World We Live In” exhibit

Artwork by six ladies of River City Art Association is showcased this month in “The World We Live In” in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum, Hulman & Company, 900 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute.

An artists’ reception is set for noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 26. 

The multimedia exhibit features fused glass, acrylic, watercolor, fiber art, quilts, oil, collage, photography and digital art. It is open to the public during the museum’s regular hours now through Aug. 28.

The popular and award-winning artists include Edith Acton, Ruthann Brady, Valerie Funk, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, all of Terre Haute; Judith Lynn Smith, Waveland; and Sheila K. Ter Meer, Brazil.

For more information about RCAA and the featured artists, visit RiverCityArt.org.
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