Paintings by David V. Gill featured in May at Vigo library

“Bobby” by David V. Gill

Themes of time and places remembered recur in acrylic paintings by David V. Gill, River City Art Association’s May artist of the month featured in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in Terre Haute.

David has lived in the Midwest his entire life. The Danville, Illinois, native studied painting and art education at the University of Illinois before teaching art in three Illinois public schools. He later attended Northern Illinois University where he earned a Doctorate in art education.

David said his interests in computer-generated images, 3D modeling and animation, and video game creation shaped his research into what students learn about art using computer graphics technology. He taught student teachers of art for eight years at a regional university in Ohio before returning to K-12 teaching in Indiana.

In returning to painting after years studying computer art, David said he has rediscovered an interest in American Realist art, and the work of artists such as Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, and the Tonalist painters of the 19th century.

He also is inspired by the amateur photography of his grandfather, Paul B Hendrickson of Danville, done in the 1930s and ’40s, and seeks to find ways to incorporate those photographs into his paintings.

David’s library exhibit includes “Bobby,” a painting where part of the image takes place at a time in the past.

“Grandpa’s Negatives: Oil Station, Greenridge, 1938,” by David V. Gill

“I used one of my grandfather’s negatives as a reference for the middle section,” he said, “and one of my contemporary photographs of the same site for the full palette parts on the left and right.”

In his painting, “Grandpa’s Negatives: Oil Station, Greenridge, 1938,” David said he was trying to experiment with muted colors using a black and white photograph for reference.

Obviously, you have to guess about colors in the black and white scene, he added, “but there were some elements where I intuitively knew what those colors were, like the little flags hanging over the Dodge on the left.”

David currently resides in Clay City, Indiana, with his wife Susan, five hens, and their dog, Dug. He has been an RCAA member since fall 2016.

RCAA membership is open to any Indiana or Illinois artist age 18 and older. Members meet at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the library. For more information, visit RiverCityArt.org or call vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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And the People’s Choice award goes to … RCAA’s Steve Harrold

People’s Choice: “Pursuit” by Steve Harrold of Terre Haute

Congrats to River City Art Association member Steve Harrold of Terre Haute.

His painting, “Pursuit,” received the People’s Choice award determined by patrons viewing RCAA’s Spring Membership Show April 7-28 at The Gallery in Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

 

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RCAA spring show opening reception highlights

Ten of the 15 artists featured in River City Art Association’s spring show April 7 through 28 in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute. Stop by The Gallery and vote for the People’s Choice. The show can be viewed until noon April 28. Artists not featured below include Ruthann Brady, David Gill, Julia London-Meddles, Donald Turner and Spencer Young.

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RCAA spring membership show in April at Clabber Girl Museum, reception April 7

B.K.'s Doe by Monty Jones

B.K.’s Doe by Monty Jones

A spring show by River City Art Association will be featured April 7-28 in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum, 900 Wabash Ave., in Terre Haute.

An opening reception to meet many of the artists is set for 6 to 8 p.m. April 7.

More than 25 works will showcase the diverse talents of the art group, including a 24- by 36-inch acrylic on Masonite by RCAA founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute.

Jones said friend and photographer Brendan Kearns of Terre Haute provided the image for him to use as reference for his painting, thus the title “B.K.’s Doe.”

RCAA vice president Todd Stokes often captures the bold statement of the trees in his Dennison, Illinois, woods. This show will feature his photographic work, “Autumn Beech.”

Digital art on display will include “Bubbles,” one of many fractal flame images created by Spencer Young of Clinton using algorithm software.

The show also will feature artwork by Edith and Richard Acton, founding member Ruthann Brady, Michael Elmore, Rod and Valerie Funk, David Gill, Debbie Goodin, Steve Harrold, Julia London-Meddles, Sheila K. Ter Meer, Eugene Thomas and Donald E. Turner.

Other active RCAA members include Mike Bender, JoAnne and Bruce Fiscus, Marty Jones, Larry Miller, Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, Jan Skipo and Judith Lynn Smith.

Mediums represented by the art group include fused glass; etched glass; pottery/clay; pen and ink, graphite, pastels; oil, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic; fabric and threads/quilt artistry; intarsia/inlaid wood, pyrography; mixed media; sculpture; photography and digital art.

The membership show can be viewed 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays until April 28.

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RCAA members will participate in a second art event, the “Wabashiki Artisan Faire,” set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 at the Dewey Point trailhead to the Wabashiki Trail at Wabashiki State Fish & Wildlife Area in West Terre Haute.

Hosted by Wabash Valley Art Guild, the faire will feature art displays and demonstrations by members of both art groups under a tent at the Bill Wolfe Art Studio at 110 E. National Ave., next to the trailhead parking lot.

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RCAA membership is open to any Indiana or Illinois artist age 18 and older.

The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. April 11 in The Golden Frame at 509 E. Voorhees St.

Regularly scheduled meetings will resume on the second Tuesday of the month in the Vigo County Public Library in May.

For more information call vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048 or visit RiverCityArt.org.

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Donald Turner awarded Best of Show at Vigo library Big Read event

Janie Crawford Through the Eyes of ‘Lady Day’ by Donald E. Turner

Congratulations to River City Art Association member Donald E. Turner of Terre Haute for his Best of Show artwork in the Vigo County Public Library’s Big Read Art Competition.

“Janie Crawford Through the Eyes of ‘Lady Day,'” pastel on paper, was chosen from several works by area artists asked to submit entries inspired by the 2017 book selection, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” by Zora Neale Hurston.

“The novel explores traditional gender roles and the relationship between man and woman,” Turner said of his interpretation. “There is a parallel in the expectations in the lives of Janie Crawford and Billie Holiday.”

View the library’s presentation of all entries in the exhibit

Don Turner awarded Big Read Best of Show 2017

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RCAA’s Rod Funk among artists in April exhibit at Sullivan gallery

Eagle by Rod Funk

Intarsia art by River City Art Association member Rod Funk of Terre Haute will be on display in the April exhibit at Sullivan Area Art Guild Gallery in Sullivan, Indiana.

The exhibit showcases several area artists specializing in intarsia, inlaid wood, woodcarvings and other wood mediums.

The Gallery is at 16 S. Court St. on the west side of the square.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

To arrange a group tour, call Sharon Hawk at 812-243-1039.

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RCAA membership is open to any Indiana or Illinois artist age 18 and older.

The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. April 11 in The Golden Frame at 509 E. Voorhees St. Regularly scheduled meetings will resume on the second Tuesday of the month in the Vigo County Public Library in May.

For more information call vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048 or visit RiverCityArt.org.

 

 

 

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Richard Acton RCAA’s April Artist of the Month at Vigo library

“Reflection,” by Richard Acton

Creations made of clay will be on display throughout April in the Vigo County Public Library at Terre Haute.  The wall hangings have been handcrafted by Richard Acton, River City Art Association’s featured Artist of the Month.

Three children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and a career kept the Terre Haute native very busy; therefore, with little time to pursue artistic interests. 
During the past three years he has started to have an interest in pottery.  To gain knowledge in pottery there were three classes at John Campbell’s Folk Art School in North Carolina and a class at Indiana State University.  A master’s degree in Industrial Arts Education aided in the ability to create and construct the artwork of choice.
 

“Evergreen,” by Richard Acton

Artist’s statement: Pottery is one of the oldest continuously practiced art forms known to man.  It has been found in every civilization, all over the world, in one form or another.  It has numerous functional  purposes but an artist is able to find innovative ways to make decorative, eye-appealing art work for office or home décor.  Inspiration for ideas can be found just about anywhere in the world.  Whether you are traveling, going to an art museum, looking through books, or simply going through day-to-day activities there is a multitude of ideas for creating your art.  Good and bad designs are methods of learning what to continue or what to stop incorporating into your designs.  A major lesson to learn is that working with clay is to accept that you will always be a beginner.  Remember it is only clay, a plentiful and recyclable medium to work with as you continue to experiment and learn.

Richard’s artwork will be featured again in May in River City Art Association’s Outreach Gallery in Harrison College at Terre Haute.

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RCAA membership is open to any Indiana or Illinois artist age 18 and older.

The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. April 11 in The Golden Frame at 509 E. Voorhees St. Regularly scheduled meetings will resume on the second Tuesday of the month in the Vigo County Public Library in May.

For more information call vice president Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048 or visit RiverCityArt.org.

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