RCAA’s Valerie Funk has art quilts juried into traveling show

Symposium of Peace by Valerie Funk

Congrats again!!! to River City Art Association member Valerie Funk of Terre Haute, recently named one of 28 women to have art quilts featured in the Studio Art Quilt Associates traveling art show.

Valerie entered her abstract art quilts “Reflections” and “Symposium of Peace” into the SAQA’s “Declaration of Sentiments 1848 – The Struggle Continues” juried exhibition open to women in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Reflections by Valerie Funk

“The Declaration of Sentiments 1848 — The Struggle Continues” will debut Sept. 13 through 16 at the American Quilter’s Society quilt show in Paducah, Ky., then move on to the AQS Show Oct. 4 through 7 in Des Moines, Iowa, before traveling to several other venues until Aug. 31, 2020.

“Women’s Issues” was the theme for this competition and entrants were to consider the show’s concept when entering their quilts:

“The Declaration of Sentiments is the foundational document for women’s rights drafted in Seneca Falls, New York, July 1848 at our nation’s first women’s rights convention. Some of the women’s concerns at that time were employment, educational opportunities, voting and property rights, and social and religious degradation. Chilling declarations were included such as married women, in the eye of the law, were civilly dead. Much progress has been made in these areas, yet women still do not have full equality, empowerment, or justice with all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of these United States.

“This exhibition celebrates women’s accomplishments and honors their struggles throughout American history. Whether abstract, graphic, or representational your voice illustrating the passion, anger, hope, perseverance, or celebration of women’s rights is relevant and important.”

For more information on Studio Art Quilt Associates visit http://www.saqa.com.

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RCAA members Acton, Stokes earn top awards at Vigo County Fair

Clay wall hanging, “Reflection,” by Richard Acton

Congratulations to River City Art Association members Richard Acton and RCAA vice president Todd Stokes for earning honors at the 2017 Vigo County Fair continuing through this weekend in Terre Haute.

Richard, a Terre Haute artisan, was awarded a Reserve Champion in the Open Class division Mixed Media for his clay and mirror creation, “Reflection.”

Autumn Beech by Todd Stokes

Todd, a professional framer at The Golden Frame in Terre Haute and an etched glass artisan from Dennison, Illinois, received a Champion award for his “Autumn Beech” in the Open Class Digital Photography division.

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RCAA artists take Best of Show, several other honors at Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members Show

Best of Show “The Anna Kristina” by Eugene Thomas

Two paintings by River City Art Association member Eugene Thomas of Fairview Park, Indiana, earned him Best of Show, First Place and Third Place honors in the Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members Show featured in July in the CBAA Art Gallery at Rockville.

A closing reception is set for 2 to 4 p.m. July 30.

Eugene received his Best of Show and First Place in the oil/acrylic category for “The Anna Kristina,” and a Third Place for his “Norton Creek.” As Best of Show winner, Gene will be featured in a one-man show in August 2018 in the CBAA Art Gallery.

Other RCAA members receiving honors in this show include Monty “Indiana” Jones and Edith Acton, both of Terre Haute, and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana.

Monty’s oil/acrylic entry, “The Rolling Stone Bridge,” (in Putnam County) received an Honorable Mention.

In the mixed media category, Edith’s “Garden Gate” was awarded a Third Place and her “Basket of Flowers’ received an Honorable Mention.

Sheila was honored with a Third Place ribbon for her entry, “Squire Boone’s Keep,” in the Photography category.


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RCAA’s Valerie Funk awarded Grand Champion, other honors at Vigo County Fair

Grand Champion: Moonlit by Valerie Funk

Congratulatons to River City Art Association member Valerie Funk of Terre Haute for receiving 5 Blue Ribbons, Champion and Grand Champion honors for her quilt entries in the Open Class at the Vigo County Fair in Terre Haute.

Blue Ribbon winner: Valerie made this quilt as a gift for an upcoming wedding.

The fair runs through next weekend so check our her “Moonlit,” which received a Blue Ribbon and Champion in its category and Grand Champion over all the needle craft projects.

A quilt Valerie made for a wedding gift received a Blue Ribbon as did the three other quilts in the photo below.

The quilt in the center, “Reverence,” is a piece Valerie said she designed in Adobe Illustrator several years back while she was still in college. Since then she returned to this piece several times and continued to utilize her design.

Blue Ribbon winners by Valerie Funk



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RCAA’s 9th Annual Juried Exhibition Call for Artists

2017 RCAA Call For Entries

2017 RCAA Entry Form

River City Art Association and host sponsor First Financial Bank invite Wabash Valley artists to enter RCAA’s 9th Annual Juried Exhibition to be featured in the bank’s main branch at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue.

The exhibition opens during First Friday events on Aug. 4 in downtown Terre Haute. A reception is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. in the bank lobby with an awards ceremony at 6:30. Artwork will remain on display for viewing during regular banking hours through Aug. 31.

The competition is open to Indiana and Illinois artists age 18 and older. Art must be entirely original, completed within the last three years and not previously exhibited at a juried RCAA show.

First-, second- and third-place and honorable mention prizes will be awarded in four categories. Drawing includes ink, pencil and pastel; painting includes watercolor, oil and acrylic; photography includes digital art; and mixed media, wood, ceramics and three-dimensional artwork make up the fourth category.

Juror T. Edward Holloman, art teacher at Terre Haute North Vigo High School, will select winners in each category as well as the Best of Show. People’s Choice and Artists’ Choice also will be awarded.

All two-dimensional artwork must be suitably framed and wired for hanging. Art with “sawtooth hangers” and “clip frames” will not be accepted. Gallery-wrapped canvas paintings or photographs will be accepted.

RCAA reserves the right to reject work that is not suitably framed or is not suitable subject matter for public display.

Entry fees are $20 for RCAA and Wabash Valley Art Guild members and $30 for nonmembers, for up to three entries per artist. The entry fee must accompany an entry form and is nonrefundable.

Entry forms and the Call for Entries prospectus will be available at The Golden Frame at 509 E. Voorhees St. and at RiverCityArt.org. The entry form can be mailed to RCAA 9th Annual Show, P.O. Box 3605, Terre Haute, IN 47803 or dropped off at The Golden Frame. Forms must be received by July 21.

Artists are to deliver entries between noon and 5 p.m. Aug. 2, and bring easels to display their art. Art/artist identification tags must be attached to the back of each entry.

Artwork must be picked up between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 31.

For more information contact RCAA vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048 or TheGoldenFrame53@gmail.com.

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RCAA’s Valerie Funk receives honors at international competition

Judges Choice: Industrial Abstraction by Valerie Funk

Congrats to River City Art Association’s Valerie Funk of Terre Haute. Valerie recently returned from Kansas City where she received four awards for her quilt artistry at the SUGAR International Quilt Show.

“SUGAR stands for Statler User Group And Representatives,” says Valerie, RCAA’s most prolific fabric and threads artist. “Gammill Statler is the brand of machine I use and the show is geared around what we can do with and how we use our machines.
“People from across the globe traveled to Kansas City for the quilt show and training. It was amazing.”
AMAZING is the artwork Valerie is known for in the Midwest and now internationally!

Valerie’s awards include:

1st place Art Quilt category for “Reflections”
Judges Choice for her Modern Art category entry titled “Industrial Abstraction”
3rd place in the pieced category for her quilt  titled “Modern Malka”
3rd place in the I DID IT MY WAY challenge quilt pieced by Sharon Lee of Terre Haute and quilted by Valerie for the quilt titled SUGAR CANDY!
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Digital art by River City’s Sheila Ter Meer featured in June at Vigo library

Digital art by River City Art Association member Sheila K. Ter Meer will be featured throughout June in the Artist of the Month gallery space at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

The Brazil, Indiana, native is a self-taught artist honored for her nature photography and expressionistic style at local, regional and national juried exhibitions.

Orbs Kaleid by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Her photographic images have been featured in two “Indiana, Naturally” exhibitions in the Indianapolis International Airport. And her digital art abstractions were selected for Arts Illiana’s national “Black & White” exhibition earlier this year, as well as the current exhibition, “Self Portraits: The Original Selfie.”
Ter Meer draws inspiration from the beauty of the world around her and life experiences as a Hoosier woman, mother, and child of God.
Her photographic works illustrate her life story: family, friends, pets, Indiana wildlife and plant life, rustic barns and pastoral scenes, sunrises and sunsets and tourist attractions. She has a special interest in pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon of seeing faces, figures or animals in clouds, tree bark, wood grain, rock, sand, shadows, water, or any natural area or manmade object where they do not actually exist.
Her first photographic experience with pareidolia – an image of a dog in water, created by happy accident while practicing camera settings – received Best of Show at the 2014 Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members Show, awarding her the opportunity to be featured in a one-woman show in 2015 in CBAA’s Gallery at Rockville.
To satisfy her childlike enthusiasm for fantasy and whimsies – anything playful or fanciful, as an artistic creation – Ter Meer takes creative license with many of her traditional images to design one-of-a-kind abstractions for emotive or expressive purposes.
The computer literally and figuratively created “The Spark” that ignited her imagination. That first abstract ball of fire kindled a desire to express herself through digital art abstractions.
Ter Meer combines digital processes with traditional photography techniques to
intensify the colors and contort the form. Brilliant designs on a black background liken some of her artistic expressions to blacklight and scratchboard art.
Once an abstract design is complete, Ter Meer interprets the first image or emotion evoked by her mind’s eye and titles the artwork accordingly.
To make many of her art pieces command even more attention, she tries to think outside the frame. Stripping away conventional parameters and exposing the image on canvas, leather, Masonite, acrylic and aluminum, she believes, creates a unique presentation and dramatic viewing experience.
Ter Meer tells her life story through her photographic works and digital art on Sheila T Illustrated, her website at SheilaTphotography.WordPress.com.

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