Paintings by Ruthann Brady, January Artist of the Month at Vigo library

Keep on Turning, encaustic/collage by Ruthann Brady of Terre Haute

River City Art Association’s founding member Ruthann Brady is the January Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

“Keep on Turning,” an encaustic/collage embedded with watch gears, is one of Ruthann’s mixed media pieces featured in the library as well as on the cover of today’s Tribune-Star ‘BASH entertainment guide and inside feature article.

Artist statement: I became interested in painting after I retired from my career in communications to accompany my husband to Europe when his work presented the opportunity in 1997. With time for reflection and meditation I realized my real life journey had just begun.

“Keep on Turning” on ‘BASH cover Jan. 4, 2018

I searched for ways of self- expression, exploration. After countless beginnings to write how I felt, I realized I express myself in a visual way. It was after a vacation in Wales that I bought the first paints and brushes. We stayed at a Farm Bed and Breakfast. Our
host was a retired art teacher. She told me that anyone can learn to paint. I have been learning ever since.

I have over 25 works professionally framed and available for showing. I began painting as a realistic artist and evolved to a mixed media abstract impressionistic style. I paint mostly on heavy watercolor paper, Clay board, and hard board panels. My first works were watercolor. Now I use Acrylic, encaustic and oil and cold wax.

My art is always in transition. It evolves as I do through experiences and explorations. 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.

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Kudos to RCAA’s Debbie Goodin, winner in TREES Inc. Photography Contest

River Wake by Debbie Goodin

Congratulations to River City Art Association member Debbie Goodin of Terre Haute for receiving honors in the 2017 TREES Inc. Photography Contest themed “TreeScapes on the Wabash.”

A group of local experts in photography and art awarded First Place in the Adult Professional division to Debbie for her entry “River Wake.”

Calm Sunset by Debbie Goodin

Debbie also received an Honorable Mention for her entry “Calm Sunset.”

All award winning photos are on display throughout December in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

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RCAA’s Christmas in the Park shelter design in Deming Park

RCAA 2017 Shelter Design

Stop by the River City Art Association’s shelter display during Christmas in the Park at Deming Park in Terre Haute.

Winners will be selected Monday (Dec. 11) night.

Thanks to member J. Melanie Cloutier, for coming up with our theme title – May the Spirit of the Season Reflect in Our Giving. She also created the centerpiece for the display.

Thanks also goes to RCAA vice president Todd Stokes, Joe Cloutier, Monty Jones, Edith and Richard Acton, David Gill, and all others who helped work on the display.

Stop by to view it all lit up in the dark to experience the full effect.

Most shelter displays will be up through the end  of the year.

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Union Health, RCAA ‘Celebration of Care’ exhibition winners featured in Tribune-Star’s Valley Viewer

Union Health/RCAA “Celebration of Care” juried exhibition winners

Thirteen artists received honors in this exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of Union Hospital in Terre Haute.

Mary Mayhew, Second Place, and Richard Action, Third Place, were unable to attend the awards ceremony on Nov. 14 at Union Hospital.

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RCAA member JoAnne Perigo Fiscus shares Santa art in Clabber Girl exhibit

Santa artwork by JoAnne Perigo Fiscus

Santa flying over the Collett Park Pavilion in Terre Haute is just one of many Santa-themed works of art created this year by River City Art Association member JoAnne Perigo Fiscus.

JoAnne’s talent is showcased in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum, Hulman & Company, 900 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute.

Visit JoAnne and her exhibit during the Clabber Girl Country Christmas event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Dec. 9.

The artwork can be viewed through the first week in January.

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RCAA’s Monty “Indiana” Jones featured in library exhibit, Tribune-Star entertainment guide

First Place, 2017 Indiana Wildlife Artists Inc. exhibition: “Outfoxing the Hounds”

Wildlife art by Monty “Indiana” Jones will be featured throughout December in River City Art Association’s Artist of the Month gallery space in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Jones’ exhibit will include works he created over the last few years for the Indiana Wildlife Artists Inc.’s juried exhibitions and for Bass Unlimited.

“I want to thank Wil Newlin of Bass Unlimited for letting me show my original acrylic paintings that they purchased to make framed and unframed copies to use as fundraisers for their nonprofit organization,” Jones said. “They do a lot of great things for sport fishing everywhere.”

Read more in Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Jones’ original paintings featured in the library include “Outfoxing the Hounds” which took First Place in the 2017 Indiana Wildlife Artists Inc. juried exhibition in Indianapolis, and “The Pumpkinseed,” winner of the Most Popular Award at a Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members show in the CBAA Art Gallery in Rockville.

“The Pumpkinseed,” Most Popular Award, Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members Show


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RCAA members among 13 honorees at Union Hospital 125th anniversary art exhibition

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

Best of Show update: Kari Rajkumar of Paris, Ill, is the recipient of the Best of Show award as voted on by Union Health employees for Union Hospital’s 125th Anniversary “Celebration of Care” Juried Art Exhibition Nov. 12-21. The exhibit, in collaboration with River City Art Association, included works from nearly 30 Wabash Valley artists with more than 60 pieces entered in the show. Special thanks goes to exhibition judge, Kathy Gotshall, for selecting First, Second and Third Place winners in five categories.

Kari Rajkumar‘s prize-winning painting, “Autumn Walk,” is only her third official oil portrait since launching into the medium in early 2014. At 5ft x 3ft, it is also her largest painting to date. Kari’s work has received top honors in regional, national and international competitions and has been included in such notable publications as The Artist Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, and Pastel Journal Magazine. More of her work can be viewed on her website (

Morning Light by Jo Rich-Vadas

Eight River City Art Association members are among the 13 Wabash Valley artists to have award-winning works in the “Celebration of Care” juried art exhibition Nov. 12-21 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute.

Union Health, in collaboration with RCAA, hosted the exhibition as part of Union Hospital’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Awards were presented Nov. 14 by juror Kathy Gotshall, assistant professor of art therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Gotshall selected artwork that best interpret the serene, uplifting and inspirational theme for the exhibition.

Oconaluftee (By the River) by Debbie Goodin

First Place honors went to Jo Rich-Vadas of Marshall, Ill., for her painting “Morning Light” and to Debbie Goodin of Terre Haute for her photography entry, “Oconaluftee (By the River)”.

“A Longing Fulfilled is a Tree of Life by Kyma Drake

Kyma Drake of Shelburn received First and Second Place in mixed media for her entries “A Longing Fulfilled is a Tree of Life” and “The Fruit of the Righteous is a Tree of Life” respectively.

Second Place in the drawing category went to J. Melanie Cloutier of Terre Haute for her entry, “New Friends.”

Sheila Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, received a Second Place ribbon for her photography entry, “Dr. Scully,” a personal tribute to the late Dr. William Scully, a beloved Terre Haute pediatrician and former Chief of Medical and Dental Staff at Union Hospital. Sheila also was awarded a Third Place for her digital art abstraction, “Jazz.”

Third Place honors also went to Donald Turner of Terre Haute for his drawing, “Baptism on the Wabash”; Richard Acton of Terre Haute for his ceramic wall hanging, “Nature”; and Ruthann Brady of Terre Haute for her mixed media piece, “Kinship.”

Nonmembers also winners in the exhibition include Marcia Norman, First and Second Place in ceramics/glass for her entries “Serenity” and “The Cross” respectively; Michaela Gomez, First Place in drawing for “Pelusa”; Mary Mayhew, Second Place in painting, for “Dancing For Joy”; and Laura Mason, Third Place in painting, for “Sympathy.”

Other RCAA artists with works in the exhibition include Edith Acton, Marvetta Bee, Rod Funk, Valerie Funk, Steve Harrold, Monty “Indiana” Jones, Marty Jones, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, Elise Spaid-Roberts, Todd Stokes, Eugene Thomas and Spencer Young.

Other participating artists include Alila Buchanan and George Pfister.


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