Union Hospital celebrates 125 years of caring with a community art exhibit

Hospitals and healthcare facilities have found that fine art can help patients, families and visitors in the healing process during their time of care. Physicians, nurses and supporting healthcare professionals also benefit from the calming aspect that art can bring.

As Union Health continues to celebrate 125 years of caring, Union Hospital, in conjunction with River City Art Association, will host a juried art exhibition titled “Celebration of Care” that will include fine art from Wabash Valley artists.

Area artists 18 and older were invited to submit their original images with a serene, uplifting or inspirational theme.

Kathy Gotshall

The judge for this event is Kathy Gotshall, assistant professor of art therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

The exhibit will be held at Union Hospital East in the lower level atrium and will be open to the public from Nov. 12 to 21.

Awards will be presented Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. A Best of Show award will be voted on by Union Health employees.

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Star trails by Spencer Young in RCAA Artist of the Month exhibit

Cassiopeia and the North Pole

“Cassiopeia and the North Pole” by Spencer Young

Photographic works by Spencer Young of Clinton, Indiana, will be featured throughout November in River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month gallery space in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

The central theme in Young’s exhibit is star trails — photographs that utilize long-exposure times to capture the motion of stars in the night sky due to the rotation of the Earth.

Young said most of the star trails in his exhibit were created in New Mexico, “where the night sky doesn’t have the light pollution we have in the Midwest.”

The constellation of Cassiopeia in the northern sky is the subject of one of his star trails.

Visit the library to see “Cassiopeia and the North Pole” and other star trails he captured in New Mexico, as well as a star trail he made by moonlight at the Lower Cataract Falls in Owen County, Indiana, titled “Lower Cataract Falls With Jupiter Rising.”

RCAA membership is open to Indiana and Illinois artists age 18 and older. The regularly scheduled second Tuesday of the month meeting in the Vigo liberary has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 21. For more details, visit RiverCityArt.org or call vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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Closing reception Oct. 29 at Sullivan Area Art Guild Gallery

RCAA at Sullivan Area Art Guild Gallery Oct. 5-29

River City Art Association’s group show in Sullivan Area Art Guild Gallery will close Sunday, Oct. 29, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. and a presentation by RCAA member and quilt artist Valerie Funk of Terre Haute.

At 2:30, Funk’s talk on “Promoting Your Artwork” will include self-publishing — printed materials and online sales — and the importance of watermarking and copyrighting your artwork. Other artists will share their experiences with personal blogs or websites, social media and online art stores.

Other participating artists in the show include Edith and Richard Acton, Rod Funk, David Gill, Steve Harrold, Monty “Indiana” Jones, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, Pria Rahmouni, Elise Spaid-Roberts, Todd Stokes, Sheila Ter Meer, Donald Turner and Spencer Young.

The gallery is at 16 S. Court St. in Sullivan, Indiana. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

For more details, call Sharon Hawk, at 812-243-1039.

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RCAA’s Sheila Ter Meer has artwork in Whitewater Valley Art Exhibition

Angry Peacock by Sheila K. Ter Meer

River City Art Association member Sheila K. Ter Meer was notified Oct. 2 by Indiana University East campus art director Ed Thornburg that her abstract digital art entry, “Angry Peacock,” was chosen for the 39th Annual Whitewater Valley Art Exhibition at IU East in Richmond.

The competition, juried September 29, included 70 artists and 184 art pieces.

Of the number of submissions, 58 works by 43 artists were selected by a three-judge panel for the exhibition in the Tom Thomas Gallery and Meijer Artway in Whitewater Hall.

The exhibit opened with an artist/donor reception on the evening of October 20 in Whitewater Hall. The artists were invited to that event, and one First Place, three Second Place, and four Third Place awards, and five Honorable Mention awards were announced.

The exhibition can be viewed through Dec. 8.

Ter Meer is a resident of Brazil, Indiana, honored in regional, state and national competitions for her nature photography and digital art abstractions.

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RCAA group show Oct. 15 during Sinfonietta concert at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

RCAA at Sinfonietta 2016

The Terre Haute Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra will begin its 2017-18 concert season on Oct. 15 with “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” and another exhibit by River City Art Association at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

This is the second season for RCAA artists to exhibit their works from noon until 4:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Cecilian Auditorium in the Conservatory of Music. Their exhibit will include a variety of art forms including mixed media, pastels, oils and photography. Some of the exhibiting artists will be on hand to discuss their works, some available for purchase.

The concert begins at 2 p.m.

“Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” will musically describe the gaiety and even the rowdiness of a Saturday night on the town followed by the serenity and reflection of a Sunday morning.

Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children under age 10 are admitted free. Tickets will be available at the door; there will be no reserved seats.

There is no cost to attend the art exhibit in the lobby.

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RCAA artists honored at Paris Art Center Fall Show Juried Exhibition

Third Place, Drawing, RCAA 9th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2017: Trotter Tangle by Eloise Lovell

Congratulations to River City Art Association members Eloise Lovell of Rosedale, Ind., and Eugene Thomas of Fairview Park, Ind., for their winning entries in the Annual Fall Show Juried Exhibition in the Bicentennial Art Center and Museum at Paris, Illinois.

Eugene Thomas

An opening reception is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. CDT Friday, Oct. 13, in the Paris Art Center at 132 S. Central Ave.

Judge Shane Lutzk chose Eugene’s oil painting, “Bowling Green East,” for one of the five monetary Merit Awards.

Eloise received an Honorable Mention ribbon for her pencil drawing, “Trotter Tangle,” artwork that also received a Third Place in RCAA’s 9th Annual Juried Exhibition in August.

The judge will attend the reception to briefly critique the exhibit and hand out the awards.

The exhibition runs through November 10.

For more details or viewing hours, contact Susan A. Stafford, director at the Paris Art Center, at 217-466-8130.

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Call for Artists: Union Health-RCAA ‘Celebration of Care’ juried exhibition

Union Health
River City Art Association
“Celebration of Care”
Call For Artists – Nov. 1 deadline

Union Health and River City Art Association invite Wabash Valley artists to enter a juried exhibition in celebration of Union Hospital’s 125th anniversary.

Indiana and Illinois artists age 18 and older are encouraged to submit artwork that is serene, uplifting, inspirational or any theme that exemplifies the hospital’s role in providing compassionate care and continued education in health and wellness.

The “Celebration of Care” exhibition opens Nov. 12 in the lower level of the hospital’s atrium. An artists’ reception and awards ceremony are set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. Artwork will remain on display through Nov. 21.

First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded in five categories. Drawing includes ink, pencil and pastel; painting includes watercolor, oil and acrylic; photography includes digital art; mixed media includes wood, metal and fabric/threads; and ceramics and shattered/fused/etched glass make up the fifth category.

Kathy Gotshall

Juror Kathy Gotshall, assistant professor of art therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, will select winners in each category. Best of Show will be determined by votes from Union Health employees viewing the exhibition.

All two-dimensional artwork must be entirely original and suitably framed/mounted and wired for hanging. Gallery-wrapped canvas paintings or photographs will be accepted. Three-dimensional works will not be accepted as well as 2-D with “sawtooth hangers” and “clip frames.”

Union Hospital and RCAA reserve the right to reject work that is not suitable subject matter for public display.

Entry fees are $10 for the first entry and $5 each for an optional second and third entry. The entry fee must accompany an entry form and is nonrefundable.


Entry Form

Entry forms and the Call for Entries prospectus are available at the links above and at The Golden Frame at 509 E. Voorhees St. The entry form can be mailed to RCAA, P.O. Box 3605, Terre Haute, IN 47803; or dropped off at The Golden Frame. Forms must be received by Nov. 1.

Artists are to deliver entries between noon and 4 p.m. Nov. 8 or Nov. 9 to the lower level lobby area of the hospital’s atrium, and bring easels to display their art. Tags matching entry form information must be attached to the back of each entry.

Artwork can be picked up from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

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

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