Winners in RCAA’s 13th Annual Juried Exhibition

Best of Show: Mystic Melody by RCAA member Jan McVay of Tangier.

River City Art Association recognized the talent of 22 Indiana and Illinois artists during its 13th Annual Juried Exhibition opening reception on Aug. 6 in the lobby of First Financial Bank Plaza in downtown Terre Haute.

The late Monty “Indiana” Jones was posthumously honored for his lifetime dedication to the visual arts and the nonprofit art group he loyally served as founding member since 2008. Three of his works are showcased alongside the 63 entries on display through Aug. 31.

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Exhibition juror Michael Tingley, former graphic designer for New York City magazines, art handler and fabricator for NYC museums, and presently a full-time artist and retiring gallery director for Arts Illiana Inc., announced winners in six categories.

Best of Show, announced by Sally Whitehurst on behalf of event sponsor First Financial, went to “Mystic Melody” by Jan McVay of Tangier in Parke County. McVay also received a first place for her photography entry, “Dancing in Venice.”

Other first-place medallions were awarded to Jo Rich-Vadas of Marshall, Illinois, for her drawing, “Todd’s Path”; Dian Der Ohanian Phillips of Terre Haute for her painting, “Get to the Point”; “Cathie Laska of Terre Haute for a mixed media entry titled “Aurora”; Edith Acton of Terre Haute for a fused glass wall hanging, “Stitched Together”; and Bob DeFrance of Terre Haute for a 3-D wood carving, “Sycamore Freshman.”

Second-place honors went to DeFrance for another 3-D wood carving, “Sycamore Emeriti”; Todd Stokes of Dennison, Illinois, for an etched glass entry, “Subtle Rhythm”; Mary G. Mayhew of Terre Haute for her painting, “Happy”; Bryan Bromstrup of Terre Haute for his photography entry, “Vicksburg Graveyard Road”; and Sharon Hawk of Terre Haute for a mixed media entry, “Full Moon Phenomenon.”

Another special presentation, the Marty Martinez Contributory Award, went to Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, RCAA’s president.

Other participating artists are Debra Butler, Lynne Dunnavant, Josie Ellis, Shayla Fish, Christel Gutelius, Jean Kristeller, Rebecca McFadden, Steven Raez, Sandy Ridge-Fisher, Elise Spaid-Roberts, Sheila K. Ter Meer and Thomas Wright.

All entries in RCAA’s exhibition can be viewed during regular banking hours through Aug. 31, when the Artists’ and People’s Choice awards will be announced and join winners in a September display in the lobby of First Financial’s Springhill bank.

For more exhibition highlights and membership meeting updates, revisit RiverCityArt.org and River City Art Association on Facebook.

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Call for Artists for RCAA’s 13th Annual Juried Exhibition

River City Art Association will bring its 2021 juried exhibition back to downtown Terre Haute, returning to the spacious lobby of First Financial Bank Plaza on Aug. 6.

The annual Downtown Terre Haute First Friday event, hosted by First Financial and assistant vice president of marketing Sally Whitehurst, will begin with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and a brief awards ceremony at 6:30.

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Winners in six categories, as well as the Best of Show, will be selected by Michael Tingley, former graphic designer for New York City magazines, art handler and fabricator for NYC museums, former art professor for Oakland City University, and presently a full-time artist and gallery director for Arts Illiana Inc.

First- and second-place entries will receive monetary awards. First Financial will sponsor the Best of Show monetary award.

The Artists’ Choice and People’s Choice awards will be determined from votes by participating artists and guests attending the exhibition.

A special honor will be awarded posthumously to RCAA’s co-founder Monty “Indiana” Jones, award-winning Terre Haute artist who shared his love of automobilia, wildlife and the great outdoors in his paintings, drawings and pyrography.

Artists who place in the exhibition will have the option of displaying their artwork in a “Winner’s Circle” in FFB’s Springhill lobby Sept. 1 through 30.

Admission is free during the First Friday event and regular banking hours through Aug. 31.

Exhibition entry deadline is July 23. Deliver artwork to the bank (Sixth Street entrance) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 3.

For more information click on the links below and/or contact RCAA vice president Todd Stokes at 812-870-8252.

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RCAA’s July Artist of the Month spotlight pays tribute to the late founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones

River City Art Association’s July Artist of the Month, featured in a YouTube exhibition by the Vigo County Public Library, is in memorium of Monty “Indiana” Jones, 79, of Terre Haute, who passed on April 13, 2021.

After Monty retired from the printing industry at age 60, he became a well-known artist in Vigo County and several nearby art communities. He created countless paintings, drawings and pyrography works that reflected his passion for nature and automobilia, in particular sprint car racing.

Monty was one of seven founding members of the River City Art Association and also enjoyed being involved in the Wabash Valley Art Guild, the Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Illinois, the Covered Bridge Art Gallery in Rockville, and the The Link art gallery in the Bicentennial Art Center in Paris, Illinois.

He joined Indiana Wildlife Artists in 2011 and won several first- and second-place awards in that time. In addition to awards in RCAA, WVAG and area shows, Monty’s work was selected for juried exhibitions in Arts Illiana Gallery.

Watch the tribute to Monty at https://youtu.be/7EIJTA4y2as

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The Old Crow Shooter by Monty “Indiana” Jones at Arts Illiana Crow Show

First place for “Homeward Bound” at show in The Link Gallery, Paris, Illinois
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Monty’s painting of a photograph by his son, Marty, at Gaslight Art Colony gallery, Marshall, Illinois.
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First Place: “Outfoxing the Hounds” at Indiana Wildlife Artists show.

Third Place Painting: Big Mouth by Monty “Indiana” Jones
The Pumpkinseed, Most Popular Award, Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members Show, by Monty Jones
King of the Oak by Monty Jones at Covered Bridge Art Association, Rockville.
Monty Jones First Place in Mixed Media & Other category at Indiana Wildlife Artists show.

Watch the tribute to Monty at https://youtu.be/7EIJTA4y2as

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RCAA Membership Show in July at Sullivan Area Art Guild Gallery

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A reception for River City Art Association’s membership show in the Sullivan Area Art Guild Gallery in Sullivan, Indiana, is scheduled 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 11.

Mediums on display through July 30 include photography, paintings and wall art in clay, mixed media, etched glass and fused glass.

The show features 17 works by 7 artists: Edith and Richard Acton, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips and Mary Mayhew, all of Terre Haute; Jan McVay of Tangier; Todd Stokes of Dennison, Illinois; and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana.

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Jan McVay RCAA’s June Artist of the Month

River City Art Association’s June Artist of the Month is Jan McVay. Six of her works are featured by the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute on its YouTube video website at https://youtu.be/ZPnSTqUQvzs

Artwork by Jan McVayJan is a resident of Parke County, Indiana. She went to
college in Ohio majoring in art and education, taking the opportunity her junior year to study in Switzerland.

For 24 years Jan taught art and photography at Southmont High School near Crawfordsville.

Several years ago she took a watercolor class in Provence, France.

As an active long-standing member of the Covered Bridge Art Association in Rockville, Jan’s main medium is watercolor, but also is a photographer and dabbles in a variety of other art forms.

Recent honors include a second place in mixed media for “Dusty Sings Oh Suzanna” and an honorable mention for “I’m All Torn Up” that she created for the 2021 Abstract April show, CBAA, Rockville.

 

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Eight RCAA members among artists honored at Wabash Valley Art Guild 41st Annual Spring Art Show

2021 WVAG Spring SHOW

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RCAA’s Todd Stokes May Artist of the Month

River City Art Association’s vice president Todd Stokes is the May artist of the month featured by the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute on its YouTube video website at https://youtu.be/FhZ6NBXRdPw

Todd’s primary focus is etched glass in 2D and 3D. He also is an award-winning photographer. He works from his studio in Dennison, Illinois.

Recently, Todd’s 3D etched glass piece received an honorable mention at the Abstract April show in the Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery in Rockville, Indiana.

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