Artwork by Todd Stokes featured in RCAA’s September exhibit at Vigo library

Ephemeral Forest-Todd Stokes

Using components of nature, whether in photographs or etched glass, Todd Stokes expresses “ideals  of preservation and the endless underlying powers and rhythms of nature. The budding leaves in spring growing to summers full canopy changing into the beautiful splendor of autumn then falling to the ground, becoming the fuel that helps this cycle happen all over again in the spring.

“While we’re waiting for spring the bare trees offer us the shadows of their limbs that stretch across the gently rolling landscape.”
Stokes also enjoys working in the abstract. Using photographically produced imagery for the background, “Rhythmic Moves” symbolizes nature’s rhythm over the constantly moving background of time.

2nd place-mixed media-Fall Cycle 2-Todd Stokes

“Ephemeral Forest” is a panoramic photograph that expresses the need to preserve one of our greatest resources, our forests. Experimenting with different capture methods this photograph is the result of camera movement experiments conducted by Stokes.
“Rhythmic Moves” and “Ephemeral Forest” by Stokes will be featured throughout September in River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month exhibit in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.
An active member of the Indiana-Illinois arts community,  still finds time to create interesting and compelling 2-D and 3-D works in The Golden Frame at Terre Haute and in his studio at Dennison, Ill.
“Fall Cycle 2” is Stokes’ interpretation of autumn’s necessary role in nature. The leaves hàve just fallen  and the bare trees stand in stark surprise in front of their once lively canopy. This piece, also on display throughout September in First Financial Bank, Springhill branch lobby, is among 18 winning works of art in RCAA’s recent 10th annual Juried Exhibition.
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Artwork by RCAA member Eloise Lovell in Clabber Girl gallery in September

Trotter Tangle by Eloise Lovell

Artwork by River City Art Association member Eloise (Marietta) Lovell will be featured in an exhibit titled “Two Chicks From The Sticks Named Eloise” set for Sept. 1-30 in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Lovell, a resident of Rosedale, has collaborated with her friend – the other chick from the sticks, Delores Eloise Collings, also a Parke County resident – to present this fun-themed exhibit to the community.

A “First Friday” reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 coincides with Chef’s Night at Clabber Girl Bake Shop and Museum at 900 Wabash Ave.

An additional attraction to this event will be a special musical component provided by Dr. Tracy Richardson, a Wabash Valley singer-songwriter and keyboard player as well as Music Hall of Fame honoree, professor of music therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and daughter of Delores Collings.

It was in 1968 when Lovell moved to God’s country, otherwise known as Parke County, from her birthplace in Brownsburg, Indiana. Her home was just down the dusty road from the Collings farm.  When they learned of her interest in art, Collings and her friend, another artist, Lois Sciotto, invited Lovell to join their art group. Their encouragement meant so much that she soon became a member.

On several occasions the artists would meet and paint, one of the first being at a lookout point at Turkey Run State Park near Marshall, Indiana. Their children rode the bus together. Later when the children were teens, Collings’ daughter Tracy and Lovell’s son, David Marietta, would join together with a couple of friends to form a musical group they called Arizona! Collings and Lovell have remained friends throughout the years. So this exhibit is more than just a joint art exhibit, it’s a joint family affair!

Lovell’s favorite art form is drawing, whether colored pencil, marker, ink pen, or #2 pencil…all are fair game. Although, if the spirit moves her, she will pick acrylic or watercolor to complete her picture. She says, “I just can’t help it!”

Lovell has chosen some of her latest artworks for the Clabber Girl display. You will find an acrylic painting of an Iguana (one actually invaded their dock!), a colorful Hibiscus and her granddog Stella (both colored pencil), as well as a quick marker sketch of a bunch of fresh beets called “And the beet goes on.”

Lovell’s art background, though not formal training, has been diverse with lessons, workshops, live drawing, Plein Air and just plain drawing and studying for the enjoyment. She finds drawing tangles a favorite challenge and has included one in this exhibit.

“The “Trotter Tangle” was so different that it was hard to wrap my mind around this confusing concept,” Lovell said, “but when I finished it, I was pleased. Then, when I entered it in the fair and in a local show, I received a couple of nice ribbons.”

Lovell also is a member of the Wabash Valley Art Guild and an Associate of the Covered Bridge Art Association in Rockville, Indiana. On occasion she gives tangles and calligraphy lessons in Arts Illiana Inc. in Terre Haute. She can be contacted at

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Paintings by RCAA member Kari Rajkumar in Rose-Hulman fall exhibit

The paintings of Kari Rajkumar of Paris, Ill., will be on display Aug. 30 through Dec. 20 in Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.

RHIT’s 2018 Fall Art Exhibit includes a “Meet the Artist” reception scheduled 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Oct. 18.

Kari, a member of River City Art Association, received Best of Show for this fine art oil portrait, “Autumn Walk,” in the Union Health/RCAA “Celebration of Care” Juried Exhibition celebrating Union Hospital’s 125th anniversary in November 2017.

Kari Rajkumar, Best of Show, Autumn Walk. Photo courtesy of Union Health.

Kari is a professional portrait artist recognized regionally, nationally and internationally in exhibitions and competitions.

“Autumn Walk” was also featured in March this year in the 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition at the Visual Arts Center of Punta Gorda in Florida.

The National Art Exhibit (NAE) is one of the nation’s most prestigious juried exhibitions of two-dimensional media.

Kari also works in pastels and graphite. For more information, visit

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RCAA’s Steve Harrold receives Indiana State Fair honor

The Red Dress-Steve Harrold

River City Art Association member Steve Harrold of West Terre Haute received an Honorable Mention for one of three paintings he entered in the Indiana State Fair at Indianapolis.

He estimates 171 pieces in the Professional Painting (oil and acrylic) category.

Steve’s artwork titled “The Red Dress” received one of six honorable mentions given.

The Red Dress previously was awarded Reserve Champion at the 2018 Vigo County Fair in Terre Haute.
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Congratulations to artists in RCAA’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition

Best of Show: Oil painting titled Wyatt with Oars by Bill Wolfe.

River City Art Association celebrated its 10th anniversary during the RCAA 10th Annual Juried Exhibition opening reception on Aug. 3 in First Financial Bank in downtown Terre Haute.

First Financial and assistant vice president of marketing Sally Whitehurst hosted the reception and awards ceremony with many of the 29 exhibiting artists from the Wabash Valley attending the First Friday event.

Best of Show winnings, sponsored by First Financial, went to Bill Wolfe for his oil painting titled “Wyatt with Oars.”

A commemorative cake and special displays recognized RCAA’s seven charter members Ruthann Brady, Kit Fisher, Adrianus Fraza, Monty “Indiana” Jones, Debi Martinez, the late Marty Martinez and the late Rob Robbins, who founded the art association in August 2008 in the Martinezes’ Raven Art Gallery in Terre Haute.

To further mark RCAA’s 10-year milestone, co-founders Brady and Jones and past president Donald E. Turner, a member since early 2009, were honored with the Rob Robbins Memorial Award for Excellence in the Arts for their personal achievements as well as lasting contributions to RCAA and the arts community.

Past president Todd Stokes paid tribute to Robbins, an award-winning photographer and dedicated charter member who died just a few months after RCAA observed its five-year anniversary. Stokes also presented Robbins’ sons Patrick and Tom with their father’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Another special award went to Dian Der Ohanian Phillips for her dedicated service as president this year and as graphic designer since joining River City Art Association.

Dian Der Ohanian Phillips with Todd Stokes

Past president Todd Stokes presented Phillips with the Marty Martinez Contributory Award, in memory of the late founding president.

Juror and professional artist David Erickson also attended the reception to announce winners in five categories as well as Best of Show.

Juror -artist David Erickson, second from right.

Erickson, a professor emeritus of art at Indiana State University, taught printmaking, papermaking and drawing for more than three decades. In addition, he exhibits his work locally, nationally and internationally, and is active within the community with theater set designs as well as large-scale murals and tile mosaics. He is acknowledged as a major contributor to the growth of handmade papermaking in America.

More than 80 entries are on display through Aug. 30 in the First Financial Bank during regular banking hours.

First-place medallions were awarded to Steve Harrold for his oil painting, “Oh It’s You”; Sheila K. Ter Meer for a photography-based digital abstraction, “Party Girl”; Valerie Funk for a mixed media entry in fabric, “Radiant Rhapsody”; Monty Jones for his work in colored pencil, “Horned Owl,” in the drawing category; and Edith Acton for a fused glass wall hanging in the ceramics/glass category for “Pretty in Red & Blue.”

Second-place honors went to Jim Rhodes for his acrylic painting, “Leaving the Queen City”; Todd Stokes for a mixed media entry in etched glass and photography, “Fall Cycle 2”; Rhodes for a graphite drawing, “Sweet Load”; Thomas Wright for his “Blue to Chrome” on metallic paper in the photography category; and Marcia Norman for her shattered glass piece titled “Summer Beauty.”

Third-place recognition went to Elise Spaid-Roberts for her chalk pastel drawing, “Growing”; Dian Der Ohanian Phillips for her acrylic painting, “Inferno”; Kyma Drake for a mixed media piece in brass and steel nails, “A Longing Fulfilled is a Tree of Life”; Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo for a photography entry, a platinum palladium print titled “Waiting to be Raided by American Soldiers at Camp from Standing Rock”; and Edith Acton for a wall hanging in fused glass titled “Lovely Squares.”

Artists’ Choice Award: Mary M. Wilson of Indianapolis for “Synchronicity 227”

The reception ended with the Artists’ Choice Award going to Mary M. Wilson of Indianapolis for an acrylic painting, “Synchronicity 227.”

Voting for the recipient of the People’s Choice Award will end Aug. 30.

Since the first fall juried exhibition in 2009, the open competition has featured artwork by an impressive number of emerging as well as professional Indiana and Illinois artists.

This year’s exhibition also features artwork by Richard Acton, Marvetta Bee, Ruthann Brady, Robert DeFrance, Michael R. Elmore, Sandy Fisher, David V. Gill, Christel Gutelius, Eloise Lovell, Brian Miller, Leigh Ann Perkins, Judith Lynn Smith, Marsha Stewart, John Thompson and Spencer Young.

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 contact past president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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Abstract artwork by RCAA’s Todd Stokes, Sheila Ter Meer and Spencer Young in August exhibit at Sullivan gallery

Waterfall (top) and other Fractal Flames by Spencer Young

River City Art Association members Todd Stokes, Sheila K. Ter Meer and Spencer Young have artwork in the “Abstract, Multi-Media, and Collage” exhibit featured in August in the Sullivan Area Art Guild Gallery at 16 S. Court St. in Sullivan, Indiana.

The show opened Aug. 2 and will close on Aug. 25. A reception is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 with a 2 p.m. program on abstract art by Edie Dyer-Wilson.

Young, a resident of Clinton, Indiana, has entered three abstractions he created using fractal flame software. One of digital art pieces is titled, “Waterfall.”

Several of Young’s fractal flames were featured in a 2016 exhibit in the math department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.

Ter Meer, a resident of Brazil, Indiana, has entered “Apache,” a photography based digital art abstraction. The lustre image face-mounted to acrylic was selected in 2016 for the Second Annual Juried Exhibition at Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute. She has two other abstract pieces in the exhibit.

Stokes, of Terre Haute and Dennison, Ill., has three etched glass pieces in the exhibit, including “Status Quo,” which was on display in Juried Exhibition 2018 in Arts Illiana Gallery.

Admission to the Sullivan gallery is free. Many of the art items are for sale.

The guild opened the gallery in March 2013 to show works by members as well as regional guest artists. The gallery also offers art classes for children and adults.

For more details, contact Kat at 812-236-9773.

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RCAA’s Sandy Fisher next featured artist at Gaslight Art Colony

Native American-themed painting by Sandy Fisher

Paintings by River City Art Association member Sandy Fisher will be featured in the next exhibit at Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Illinois.

An opening reception is scheduled 5 to 8 p.m. CDT Saturday, Aug. 18, in the GAC gallery at 516 Archer Ave.

Sandy, a lifelong resident of Terre Haute, Indiana, has been painting since she was very young. She is mostly self-taught, but in recent years she has been mentored by local artist Pat Grigg, who has encouraged Sandy to share her work with the public.  More about Sandy …

Sandy also has paintings in RCAA’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition on display through Aug. 30 in First Financial Bank in downtown Terre Haute.


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