Artwork by RCAA artists in ‘Red’ exhibition at Arts Illiana Gallery

Flicker by Todd Stokes

River City Art Association members Eloise Lovell, Todd Stokes and Sheila K. Ter Meer will have artwork in the “Red” exhibition (Aug. 2-Oct. 18) in the Arts Illiana Gallery at Terre Haute.

The “Red” exhibition call was open to artists in North America. Artists from 13 states submitted 159 works of art.

Seventy-two of those submitted works of art from 59 artists were selected for the show by guest curator Michael Ornstein, painter and actor known for his role as Chucky on Sons of Anarchy.

And The Beet Goes On-Eloise Lovell

Lovell, a resident of Rosedale, Indiana, used markers and watercolor to create her mixed media entry titled “And the Beet Goes On.”

Down and Out by Todd Stokes

Stokes, a Terre Haute artist with a studio in Dennison, Illinois, will have two works of art in the “Red” exhibition.

“Flicker,” color-filled etched glass in an oval opening mat, 10 by 20 inches.

Also, Todd’s “Down and Out,” is an acrylic on stretched canvas, 4.75 by 4.75 inches.

Fireworks by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Ornstein also selected “Fireworks,” an 8 by 10 inch photography-based digital abstraction on photo paper by Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana.

Opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. There will be a closing reception with awards from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18.

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RCAA artists honored at Midwest Photography Show in The Link Gallery at Paris, Illinois

Thomas Wright with Reflective Past

First Place in the Annual Midwest Photography Show in The Link Art Gallery at Paris, Illinois went to River City Art Association member Thomas Wright of Clinton, Indiana, for his color entry, “Reflective Past.”

Sheila Ter Meer with Snowcap

Judge Alan Russell of Paris, Illinois, also selected Sycamore “Snowcap” by Sheila Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, for Second Place honors.

Sheila Ter Meer with Sycamore Freeze

In addition, an Honorable Mention went to her entry “Sycamore Freeze.”

Spencer Young with Lion

Also at the July 26 opening reception, Russell awarded an Honorable Mention to Spencer Young of Clinton for his entry, “Lion.”

Todd Stokes with Spring Lineup

RCAA members Todd Stokes of Dennison, Illinois and Marvetta Bee of Greencastle, Indiana also have entries in this show.

The show can be viewed through Aug. 30. The Link Gallery is located in the Bicentennial Art Center and Museum at 132 S. Central Ave. in Paris.

 

 

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RCAA 11th Annual Juried Exhibition opening reception Aug. 2

11th Annual Juried Exhibition promo brochure

River City Art Association will kick off its 11th Annual Juried Exhibition with a reception on Friday, Aug. 2, in First Financial Bank Plaza on Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute.

The First Friday event is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. in the bank lobby, accessible by the west/Sixth Street entrance.

Event sponsor First Financial and marketing officer Sally Whitehurst invite the community to the free reception.

At 6:30 p.m, juror Chester Burton will announce winners in five categories, as well as the Best of Show, sponsored by First Financial Bank.

Burton is senior instructor in the department of art and design at Indiana State University.

The Artists’ Choice Award will be determined from votes by participating artists attending the reception, and the People’s Choice Award from votes by guests at the reception and by bank patrons visiting the exhibition during regular banking hours through Aug. 29.

Winning artwork will be featured again in a September show in First Financial’s Springhill banking center at 4500 S. U.S. 41.

For more information visit RiverCityArt.org or contact RCAA Past President Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.

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RCAA artists take Best of Show, 1st Place honors at Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members’ Show in July

CBAA 2019 Assoc. Member Best of Show and Most Popular winner Eugene Thomas for “Rockville Square.”

Congratulations to Eugene Thomas of Fairview Park near Clinton, Indiana, for his First Place and Best of Show and Most Popular entry “Rockville Square” in the Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members’ Show which opened July 1 in the CBAA Gallery in Rockville, Indiana.

A closing reception is set for 2 to 4 p.m. July 28. (The Most Popular Award is determined by patrons visiting the show.)

Judge Joan Kisner of Danville, Indiana selected Eugene’s  oil painting titled “Rockville Square” for the overall winner.

Patchwork by Edith Acton

In the Mixed Media category, First Place went to Edith Action of Terre Haute, Indiana for her fused glass entry, “Patchwork.”

In the Photography category, First Place went to Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana for her “Sycamore Frost.”

Sycamore Frost by Sheila K. Ter Meer

Earlier this year, “Sycamore Frost” also received First Place in the TREES Inc. “Shades of Winter” Photography Contest in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

Chihuly Glass Ceiling by Sheila Ter Meer

Sheila also received an Honorable Mention at the CBAA Associate Members’ Show for her photography entry, “Chihuly Glass Ceiling.”

In May of this year, this piece also received a First Place in the Photography category at Wabash Valley Art Guild’s 39th Annual Spring Art Show in Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

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RCAA display in July at Vigo library features acrylic works, blackout poetry

“Stay,” blackout poetry and acrylic on canvas by Elise Spaid-Roberts

River City Art Association member Elise Spaid-Roberts will be the featured artist in July at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

Elise earned her degree in art from Indiana State University in 2011. The Terre Haute artist works with a variety of media including charcoal, chalk pastels, graphite, acrylic and watercolors.

Elise’s library exhibit also will highlight her love for creating blackout poetry. It includes “Stay,” a blackout poem with acrylic on canvas.

“Blackout poetry is made by choosing specific words from a page that creates its own message. This requires an intense amount of focus to find what stands out to me. I have to consider the perspective others may have with what they read once the rest of the page is blacked out.

“Recently, I’ve started combined painting with certain blackout poems. Paintings are inspired by certain poems. Sometimes I focus on color and texture alone to let the words complete the image. Other times the poem evokes a specific image for me.

“Last Light,” acrylic by Elise Spaid-Roberts of Terre Haute

“Watercolors are harder to control but that is part of their appeal to me. Often I let the flow of the paint dictate the shapes and shades in the artwork. I enjoy the challenge of blending and layering with acrylics and I am trying to give more attention to textures and brush strokes. I’m most drawn to mountains, oceans and clouds for my subject matter. While I take inspiration from things at a grand scale, I’ve very recently begun to scale my paintings down to miniature, even as small as pennies. Art making is my way of resetting my mind. It allows me to process events in my life. When my anxiety goes up, it is good to spend time bringing my focus into a small corner of my world.”

To The Full, Elise Spaid-Roberts

In May, Elise received Honorable Mentions for her acrylic, “Building Up,” and a blackout poem with acrylic on canvas, “To The Full,” in Wabash Valley Art Guild’s Spring Art Show at Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute.

Two other examples of Elise’s blackout poetry are on display through July 19 in the “Anything Goes” exhibition in Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute.

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RCAA’s new member honored at Covered Bridge Art Association show

Lynne Dunnavant-1st place-CBAA (Facebook photo)

Congrats! to one of River City Art Association’s newest members, Lynne Dunnavant of Rosedale.

“So surprised and honored to receive 1st place at the Covered Bridge Art Gallery for the Wilkins Mill art show,” Lynne recently posted on her Facebook page. “Come view all the new artwork here on display! 😀 — at Covered Bridge Art Gallery.

Lynne creates with watercolor and oil. Visit her creative space at ArtworkByLynne

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RCAA invites Indiana, Illinois artists to enter 11th annual juried exhibition

Juror Chester Burton, senior instructor at ISU dept. of art and design

River City Art Association and host sponsor First Financial Bank invite Wabash Valley artists to enter RCAA’s 11th Annual Juried Exhibition to be featured in the bank’s main branch at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue.

The exhibition opens during First Friday events on Aug. 2 in downtown Terre Haute. A reception is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. in the bank lobby with an awards ceremony at 6:30. Artwork will remain on display for viewing during regular banking hours through Aug. 29. Winning artwork will be featured again in a September show in the bank’s Springhill branch.

The competition is open to Indiana and Illinois artists age 18 and older. Art must be entirely original, completed within the last three years, and not previously entered in a juried RCAA exhibition.

Juror Chester Burton, senior instructor in the department of art and design at Indiana State University, will select winners in five categories as well as the Best of Show.

First-, second- and third-place and honorable mention prizes will be awarded in drawing (includes ink, pencil, pastel, printmaking), painting (includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, encaustic), photography/digital art, ceramics/glass (includes shattered, fused and etched glass) and mixed media (includes wood, metal, fabric/thread and three-dimensional artwork).

The Artists’ Choice Award will be determined from votes by participating artists attending the reception, and the People’s Choice Award, from votes by guests at the reception and bank patrons visiting the exhibition through Aug. 29.

An entry form and a printed prospectus also will be available at The Golden Frame at 509 E. Voorhees St. in Terre Haute.

Entry fees are $20 for RCAA and Wabash Valley Art Guild members, $30 for nonmembers and $15 for students (with valid student ID) for up to three entries per artist.

The nonrefundable fee (and copy of student ID) must accompany an entry form and either mailed to RCAA 11th Annual Exhibition, P.O. Box 3605, Terre Haute, IN 47803 or dropped off at The Golden Frame by July 20.

All two-dimensional artwork must be suitably framed and wired for hanging. Art with “sawtooth hangers” and “clip frames” will not be accepted. Gallery-wrapped canvas paintings or photographs will be accepted.

RCAA reserves the right to reject work that is not suitably framed or is not suitable subject matter for public display.

Entrants are to deliver their artwork between noon and 5 p.m. July 31 using the west entrance to the bank, and bring easels to display their work. Art/artist identification tags must be attached to the back or bottom of each piece.

Artists must pick up their work between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 29.

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