Photographer Thomas Wright January Artist of the Month at Vigo library

For God and Country-Thomas Wright

Photographic works by Thomas Wright of Clinton, Indiana, will be featured throughout January in River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month gallery space in the Vigo County Public Library at Terre Haute.

“Life is too short, preserve its memories in a photo as tomorrow is never promised,” Wright said in his artist’s statement for the January display, which includes “Reflective Past” and “For God and Country,” and a couple of his award-winning pieces.

“Reflective Past” was taken in the Kennikuk Cove Co. Park in Danville, Ill., Wright said. It is from one of the old buildings in the Bunkerhill Historic Area. “To me it represents a bit of history and past into the ‘reflections’ of today.”

Wright’s image of “The Cross” near Interstate 70 in Effingham, Ill., “shows the importance of what America means to me.”

It took quite some time and several shots to get the right composition and the wave of the flag to show and represent his vision “For God and Country.”

Wright, born and raised in Terre Haute, had a fascination for photography and art at a young age. He was always drawing or taking photographs. After saving enough of his hard-earned money, he bought his first “real” camera from Galloway Photo Shops.

While attending Terre Haute South Vigo High School, he became the lead photographer for the yearbook. He also continued to sharpen his skills behind the camera and became a sales associate at Galloway Photo.

After working at Galloway Photo for awhile, Wright was promoted to run the black and white photo finishing and copy lab. He continued to work for Galloway Photo for close to six years before taking a job at Sony DADC, where he was a printer for almost 32 years.

Wright left factory work for health reasons and now concentrates on his photography, which he prints himself at home whether for an art exhibit or everyday use. He uses high quality professional papers and specializes in metallic and pearl-based papers which give his images a truly realistic look compared to a normal matte or semigloss print.

Wright has received several placement awards through the years entering his artwork in photography contests by TREES Inc. and by the Fine Arts Department at the Vigo County Fair. In 2018, joined River City Art Association and Wabash Valley Art Guild, and has entered many juried exhibitions and art shows promoted by the two groups.

2nd Place-photography-Blue to Chrome-Thomas Wright

His “Vertical Limits,” received a First Place award in the photography category at the WVAG’s annual Spring Show in May at Clabber Girl in Terre Haute. Over Labor Day weekend, the same black and white landscape also received a Second Place award at the Little Italy Festival Art Show in Clinton.

Color image “Blue to Chrome,” also in Wright’s January display, received a Second Place award in August at RCAA’s 10th annual juried exhibition in First Financial Bank.

Wright hopes to continue perfecting his photography and printing skills and be a part of the local art community. He will continue to exhibit his work to grow his recognition in the community as an artist.

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RCAA creates ‘River City Express’ for Christmas in the Park 2018

River City Express 2018

Members of River City Art Association created the “River City Express” for the 2018 Christmas in the Park shelter decorating contest in Deming Park at Terre Haute.

Several shelters are decorated each year on the first weekend after Thanksgiving and are lighted each night through Christmas day.

River City Express 2018 at night

More photos and a short video are posted on RCAA’s Facebook page.


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A few of artist’s favorite things featured in RCAA December Artist of the Month display in Vigo library

My Christmas Treasures by Eloise Lovell

A young Andrew’s donkey, and a snowman from Florida. A cute little puppy, and a big fluffy Santa.

Simple holiday treasures all dangling from strings. These are a few of Eloise Lovell’s favorite things.

December’s exhibit in River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month gallery space at the Vigo County Public Library “is personal,” the Parke County artist said. “Because of the season, I’ve attempted to show some of my own holiday experiences.”

“My Christmas Treasures,” is the centerpiece Lovell created for her display. She used her own ornaments and decorations to make the piece. Each of the accessories has special meaning, she said.

As an example, little Andrew, her first grandson, gave her the tiny donkey when he was 7 – he’s a grown man today! Another ornament with special meaning is a colorful snowman hand made by a girlfriend in Florida. Other mementos are a Christmas photo of her daughter, a horse ornament from another daughter in memory of a fall horseback ride, and her mother’s soft, green Christmas tree.

Big fluffy Santa comes out every Christmas, too, to greet all who visit the Lovell home, she added. This year, a cute little pup from another horse lover is the newest member of the Christmas family. Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be complete in the Lovell household without the nativity cross – ’tis the reason for the season.

Other artwork in Lovell’s display also express the holiday spirit.

Eloise Lovell December 2018 AOTM

Lovell said she has had a lifelong interest in art, and in 2010, she started experimenting with different media and techniques. One of those techniques is tangles. She used her drawings as meditation and later decided to teach classes to introduce others to the enjoyable hobby.

A more recent technique has been “plein air,” which means painting on location rather than in a studio, Lovell said, adding that the Impressionists were plein air artists.

In 2010, when she began painting, she participated in several plein air shows in Arizona, including one at Bisbee on the Mexican border. “That experience was awesome!” she added.

In addition to her paintings and drawings, Lovell enjoys designing and sending greeting cards. “I feel as if it is a vocation,” she said. “Someone always has a birthday, is feeling under the weather, needs a pat on their back, or just a friendly hello. I try to be particularly conscientious when talking with family and friends or even new acquaintances, and, if I feel a need, I make them a little card. It’s simple.”

Lovell also is a member of Wabash Valley Art Guild and an associate member of Covered Bridge Art Association in Rockville. In addition to her library exhibit, she has a painting in the smallart2018 show in Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute.

For more information on Lovell’s artwork or to schedule a tangles class, email

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New artwork by two RCAA artists on display Nov. 30-Dec. 9 at Community Theatre of Terre Haute

“Stand Tall” by Ruthann Brady, 1st Place, 2018 Wabash Valley Art Guild Spring Show

An invitational art show in Community Theatre of Terre Haute debuts mixed media and photographic works never shown in Terre Haute, or Indiana.

Ruthann Brady of Terre Haute and Sheila Ter Meer of Brazil are the featured artists in the Carolyn Toops Gallery during CT’s performances of “The 1940’s Radio Hour.”

Both artists will attend CT’s opening night performance and reception on Friday, Nov. 30, and their artwork will remain on display through the matinee performance on Dec. 9.

Brady is an established artist well known for her award-winning works in the bi-state area and her longtime affiliation with Wabash Valley Art Guild, River City Art Association and Arts Illiana in Terre Haute.

She began painting as a realistic artist and evolved to a mixed media abstract impressionistic style. She paints mostly on heavy watercolor paper, clay board and hard board panels. Her first works were watercolor. Now she uses acrylic, encaustic, resins, oil and cold wax.

“My art is always in transition,” Brady said. “It evolves, as I do, through experiences and exploration. I often begin a painting without any preconceived plan.

“I flow with the rhythm of the process, pouring, manipulating and allowing the visual magic to take me on a journey. I choose the colors, medium, substrate, size and amounts and direction of flow. Beautiful colors, patterns and forms emerge.

“This is my favorite way to create as I feel my real spirit is imparted to the painting and hopefully will resonate, allowing the viewers a spiritual journey of their own.”

“Stand Tall” is one of several encaustic/collage pieces in the art show.

Self Portrait: “Middle Child Born on the Libra-Scorpio Cusp” by Sheila Ter Meer 2nd place, 2018 WVAG Spring Show

Ter Meer is an emerging self-taught artist honored for her nature photography, as well as expressionistic digital art at local, regional and national juried exhibitions.

“I draw inspiration from the beauty of the world around me and life experiences as a Hoosier woman, mother, and child of God,” the Clay County native said.

Many of the representational works on her blog, Sheila T Illustrated, tell her life story: faith, family, friends, pets, Indiana wildlife and plant life, rustic barns and pastoral scenes, sunrises and sunsets, and tourist attractions. She also likes to capture examples of pareidolia – faces, animals or other images in water, clouds, rock formations and other surfaces where no such objects exist.

To further satisfy her childlike enthusiasm for fantasy and whimsies – anything playful or fanciful, as an artistic creation – Ter Meer takes artistic license with many of her traditional images to design one-of-a-kind abstractions using photo editing software. One example is her self portrait, “Middle Child Born on the Libra-Scorpio Cusp.”

Ter Meer also is a member of River City Art Association, and an associate member of Covered Bridge Art Association in Parke County.

For more details on the artists and examples of their work, visit and Questions about artwork in their CT show, call Brady at 812-235-5759 and Ter Meer at 812-442-0834.

For tickets to CT’s performances, visit

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Works by RCAA’s Eugene Thomas featured in November at Vigo library

Old Glory-Eugene Thomas

Eugene A. Thomas of Vermillion County, Indiana, is River City Art Association’s November Artist of the Month in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

Eugene’s exhibit includes a couple of original oil paintings mixed with a few prints of works he has created in his home at Fairview Park, west of Clinton, Indiana.

“I can’t remember back far enough when I haven’t worked at some kind of art, ” said Thomas, 76. “I am mostly self-taught. I like most kinds of art, but tend toward realist forms.”

Eugene Thomas

Thomas exhibits original oil paintings as well as prints of his original artwork on paper and canvas.

A total of nine pieces are in Gene’s exhibit at the library. One of his prints on canvas, titled “Festival Morning,” is a view of downtown Rockville, Indiana, and the courthouse square during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in 1990. “Old Glory” and “River Traffic” featured here also are on display.

Eugene also is the featured artist through mid-February in Arts Illiana’s Community Outreach Gallery in the Country Club of Terre Haute, curated by RCAA.

River Traffic-Eugene Thomas

Gene’s recent honors include a Merit Award at the annual Fall Show Juried Exhibition in the Bicentennial Art Center and Museum at Paris, Illinois, in 2017, and Best of Show at the 2017 Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members Show, which awarded him a one-man show in August 2018 in the CBAA gallery at Rockville.

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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Paintings by Sandy Fisher on display in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum

Sandy Fisher at Clabber Girl Nov 2018

Acrylic paintings by Terre Haute artist Sandy Fisher is the featured exhibit in November in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

If you missed the River City Art Association Artist of the Month exhibit in October at the Vigo County Public Library, now is your opportunity to see some of Sandy’s floral and still life pieces with a fall theme. Two featured then and now are “Calla Lily” and “Silver Dollar Plant.”

Other paintings in Clabber Girl are fanciful yet elegant, including “The Dress,” which received the People’s Choice Award at RCAA’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition in August in First Financial Bank Plaza in Terre Haute.

Everything she does, Sandy said, she gives credit to The Lord for giving her the opportunity to share her life’s work with others.

A lifelong member of the Terre Haute community, Sandy attended Thornton, Woodrow Wilson and Wiley High schools. She also owned and operated a beauty salon for 42 years. She also is a member of the Wabash Valley Art Guild.



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Open House Nov. 8 to meet artists featured in Arts Illiana Community Outreach Gallery in Corporate Square

SAVE THE DATE: Nov. 8, 4 to 7 p.m.

Corporate Square Outreach Gallery reception

Corporate Square in Terre Haute, Indiana, is Arts Illiana’s largest of three community outreach galleries, curated by River City Art Association, that showcases works by RCAA members as well as established and/or emerging artists in the Wabash Valley.

Please save the date for this special open house/reception for the current featured artists on Nov. 8, sponsored by Ragle & Company at 2901 Ohio Boulevard (former home of Terre Haute’s Schulte High School bears.)

Exhibiting artists include Valerie and Rod Funk of Terre Haute, and Illinois artists Elizabeth “Lisa” Petrulis and Todd Stokes. Artwork by John Ragle also is on display.

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