River City artists participate in Big Read art exhibition at Vigo library

Lost Identities by Jimmie R. Tabor

River City Art Association members Edith Acton, Jimmie Tabor and Sheila Ter Meer are participating in the Vigo County Public Library’s art exhibition in March in celebration of the Big Read: When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka.

A coffee and conversation reception to meet all 8 entrants in the exhibition is scheduled 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 26 in the library conference room at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

Prizes will be awarded to the Best of Show, chosen by a special judge, and People’s Choice, as voted by library customers.

Our House with Rose Bush by Edith Acton

The VCPL received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to host a Big Read program during the months of February, March and April 2018, states the library’s call for artists. A featured program in the Big Read initiative is the 4th Annual Big Read Artist Exhibition. The artwork in this exhibition will be a reflection of Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine which tells the story of a Japanese American family’s experience in an internment camp during World War II.

The library challenged artists of all mediums to illustrate scenes from Otsuka’s powerful novel with prevalent themes of national identity, heritage, the American dream, racial prejudice, imprisonment and alienation.

Jimmie R. Tabor of Center Point, Indiana, entered a watercolor titled “Lost Identities.” “The Japanese Americans went to the camps willingly and were greatly confused,” Tabor said in his artist’s statement for the competition. “The children suffered a great trauma in their formative years.”

Edith Acton of Terre Haute designed a fused glass wall hanging titled “Our House with Rose Bush.” Edith said “The family’s house was in a neighborhood that was filled with colorful trees and was a reasonably nice area. The house was two stories with a porch and gravel path. The woman had planted a rose bush that was remembered when the family returned to the house. It had been stolen from the front of the house.”

Somewhere…Blossoming Madly by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, created a photography-based digital art piece on fine art canvas mounted on bamboo panel titled “Somewhere … Blossoming Madly,” inspired by a line in the book: “we never stopped believing that somewhere out there, in some stranger’s backyard, our mother’s rose bush was blossoming madly…” The rosebush represents the ideal of freedom. In the end, the children imagine the rosebush growing freely and without restraint. In the real world, the rosebush and freedom it represents are stolen from them. It becomes a metaphor for the U.S. stealing the freedom of Japanese Americans.

 

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RCAA member Kari Rajkumar featured artist in March at Clabber Girl

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

River City Art Association member Kari Rajkumar of Paris, Ill., is the featured artist in March at The Gallery in Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

An opening reception to meet Kari is scheduled Friday, March 2, from 6-8:00 p.m.

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

Her work recently was recognized in the 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition in the Visual Arts Center of Punta Gorda in Florida.

Aaronaut by Kari Rajkumar

Her fine art oil portrait titled “Aaronaut” received the Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence.

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

“Aaronaut”  and “Autumn Walk” pictured here are among 3 works Kari has on display through March 20 in Punta Gorda. “Aaronaut” also was recently selected as a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine’s 34th Annual Art Competition — an international competition of five categories. (Last November, “Autumn Walk’ received Best of Show at a juried art competition celebrating Union Hospital’s 125th anniversary in Terre Haute.)

Kari also works in pastels and graphite. Her exhibit at Clabber Girl will feature several of her earlier fine art works.

To view more of Kari’s work,  visit her website at: http://www.karirajkumar.com

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Paintings by RCAA’s Sandy Fisher on exhibit through July at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Native American-themed painting by Sandy Fisher

Several paintings by Sandy Fisher, a new member to River City Art Association, are featured in the Myers Technology Building at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.

Her Native American-themed exhibit can be viewed through July 2018.
SANDY IS A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF TERRE HAUTE. SHE 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. PAT HAS ENCOURAGED HER TO SHARE HER WORK WITH THE PUBLIC.
   

Painting of a Native American dress by Sandy Fisher

SANDY HAS TRAVELED THROUGH MANY STATES FROM ALASKA TO THE CAROLINAS STUDYING OUR NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE.

SANDY HAS SHOWN HER SERIES OF PAINTINGS DEPICTING NATIVE AMERICAN
LIFE, AND OTHER SUBJECTS, IN THE NATIVE AMERICAN MUSEUM IN TERRE HAUTE, THE SHAWNEE THEATRE IN BLOOMFIELD, GASLIGHT ART COLONY
MUSEUM IN MARSHALL, ILL., AND VARIOUS OTHER PLACES.
 
SANDY FEELS DEEPLY THAT THE LORD HAS BEEN WITH HER, GUIDING HER HAND AS SHE PAINTS. SHE IS HUMBLED TO REALIZE THAT WHAT SHE HAS CREATED ON CANVAS IS ENJOYED BY OTHERS, AND SHE HAS REACHED HEIGHTS IN HER ART THAT SHE NEVER IMAGINED.

 

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RCAA’s Kari Rajkumar receives honor at National Art Exhibit

Aaronaut by Kari Rajkumar

River City Art Association congratulates member Kari Rajkumar of Paris, Ill., for her recent recognition in the 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition in the Visual Arts Center of Punta Gorda in Florida.

Kari’s fine art portrait titled “Aaronaut” received the Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence.

The 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition is sponsored by the Mary Ellen Byrd Legacy for the Arts.

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

Kari’s “Aaronaut” is on display through March 20 along with two other fine art entries.

“Aaronaut” also was recently selected as a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine’s 34th Annual Art Competition — an international competition of five categories.

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RCAA members have works selected for Crow Show 2018

Ruckus On A Rail by J. Melanie Cloutier

Congratulations to River City Art Association members J. Melanie Cloutier, Todd Stokes and Sheila K. Ter Meer for having crow-themed artwork featured in Crow Show 2018, which opened Feb. 2 in Arts Illiana Gallery at 23 N. Sixth St. in Terre Haute.

Flocking Crows by Todd Stokes

The opening coincided with Terre Haute’s February First Friday theme, Love Downtown.

“The crows seem to love downtown, and visitors to Crow Show 2018 will love viewing the renderings from artists across North America,” says Arts Illiana in a press release for the Terre Haute Tribune-Star.

Gallery director Michael Tingley said 93 pieces were submitted by 53 artists from 8 states. Guest curator Jeff Scher chose 62 works of 2-D and 3-D art by 41 artists from 7 states.

“Ruckus On A Rail” by J. Melanie Cloutier of Terre Haute is an acrylic on canvas with a float frame presentation.

“Flocking Crows” by Todd Stokes of Terre Haute and Dennison, Ill., is a glass etching and wood sculpture.

Approaching the Drop Zone by Sheila Ter Meer

“Approaching the Drop Zone” by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, is a photography-based digital art abstraction on metal, with an acrylic float mount presentation.

A closing reception with awards ceremony is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the gallery.

“Scher is a painter and experimental filmmaker. His work is in the permanent collection at museums, among them the Museum of Modern Art, and has been screened at film festivals around the world, including opening night at the New York Film Festival,” states the Arts Illiana press release. “He has also created work for The New York Times, The New Yorker Magazine, IFC, HBO, PBS and the Sundance Channel. He also has made music videos for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and others.

“He most recently animated the story of a Holocaust survivor for an HBO original documentary, which had its premier at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan along with an exhibit of the original artwork. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and at N.Y.U. Tisch School of the Arts, and is a guest artist this semester at Parsons School of Design.”

For more details on Crow Show 2018 and other exhibitions, visit artsilliana.com.

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RCAA’s Don Turner celebrates Black History Month at Vigo library

Close-up: “Legal Tender” by Don Turner

River City Art Association’s February Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library is Donald Turner of Terre Haute.

Allen Chapel Underground by Don Turner

Don will be “sharing the cultural aspects of the black experience” in watercolors, graphite and ink.

His Black History Month-themed display includes a watercolor, “Allen Chapel Underground”; “African Tree of Life” in graphite; and “Legal Tender,” a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dollar bill, graphite and ink.

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RCAA artists featured in 2018 Rose-Hulman Spring Art Exhibit

“Butterfly Rhapsody” by Valerie Funk of Terre Haute

Seventeen artists from River City Art Association are exhibiting their work in the 2018 Rose-Hulman Spring Art Exhibit from January 12th to May 30th. 

“You can find their work in Moench Hall on floors 1 and 2,” announced RHIT art curator Christy Brinkman-Robertson. “Most artworks are for sale, and there is a wonderful variety of artistic mediums showcased.”

The following artists have work on display: Edith Acton, Richard Acton, Ruthann Brady, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, Kyma Drake, Rod Funk, Valerie Funk, Neil Garrison, Steve Harrold, Monty Jones, Judith Lynn Smith, Elise Spaid-Roberts, Todd Stokes, Jim Tabor, Sheila K. Ter Meer, Don Turner and Spencer Young.

“Please join us for a reception to honor our artists,” Brinkman-Robertson added.

Thursday, March 22nd, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Moench Hall, 1st and 2nd floors, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute. Refreshments provided. 

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