News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 13, 2014

‘Convergence: Two Groups, One Vision’ at the Halcyon


Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Halcyon Art Gallery is presenting a compelling overview of visually arresting art movements of Terre Haute area artists. The exhibition, “Convergence: Two Groups, One Vision,” on display through Feb. 28, features more than 36 vivid paintings, prints, watercolors, drawings, glass, photography, wood, encaustic and sculpture by members of River City Art Association and Wabash Valley Art Guild. It is curated by Jo Anne Perigo Fiscus, past president of the Art Guild and Todd Stokes, River City president.

“Convergence: Two Groups, One Vision” is expressing a personal vocabulary through engaging art materials to its limit, says Ray Chen, executive director of the Halcyon. Both groups explore increasingly subjective forms of representation. They also share a vital sense of celebration and an eagerness for inspiration.

In addition to Perigo Fiscus and Stokes, participating artists include Amy Campbell Stineger, Bill Wolfe, Bob Riseling, Bruce Fiscus, Chuck Waggoner, Dave Gahimer, Debbie Anderson, Debbie Goodin, Deborah Hickman, Don Turner, Edith Acton, Jean Kristeller, Jim McMullen, Josh Spidel, Judith Lynn Smith, Julia London-Meddles, Kathy Matlock, Korinne Lee, Laura Mason, Michael Elmore, Mike Bender, Monty Jones, Roger King, Ruth Ann Brady, Scott Hinton, Sheila K. Ter Meer, Spencer Young, Thomas Dagley and Tom Makosky.

The Wabash Valley Art Guild and the River City Art Association are very pleased to bring the first-ever joint art exhibit in the Terre Haute Community, Perigo Fiscus said. This exhibit features a variety of work from West Central Indiana and East Central Illinois' finest artists.

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In addition to the exhibition, the Halcyon will present the second Halcyon Council on Education for the Arts Annual Conference, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday (in case of snow, the event will take place Feb. 22).

HCEA is to provide a response to the professional needs and interests of the State of Indiana community, and to strengthen communications between local and the nation. It also offers a unique educational experience for students who have an intellectual enthusiasm and the willingness to participate in an unusual and challenging curriculum. Through art materials and making process enable us to communicate the breadth of intellectual and creative endeavor that characterizes our artistic and regional community from the arts and humanities to fine arts and the professions. The conference is free and open to the public.

Related events at the conference include a keynote speaker and lecture, as well as presentations, panel discussions, workshops and demonstrations, round table discussion, a closing lecture, and a gathering dinner for the local and regional artists and community members. Workshops and demonstrations include Fused Glass by Edith Acton, Oil Painting by Judith Lynn Smith, Encaustic Painting by Michael Elmore and Chip Carving by Tom Makosky. Presentations and a panel discussion will be on the mutual influence from a personal esthetic approach to contemporary point of view to discuss arts in today.

“Convergence: Two Groups, One Vision” exhibition in our endeavors share our abiding commitment to the arts of authenticity and meaning that make positive differences in the lives of individuals and in the life of our arts communities, Chen says. The conference is destined to be a catalytic mark in which a continuing commitment to artists, education, community involvement and organizational responsibility will take on new meaning and redefinition as we are moving forward with enthusiasm, art and energy into our Indiana communities.

Halcyon Art Gallery is at 25 S. Seventh St., beside the Swope Art Museum, at 7th and Ohio streets. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the exhibition and conference details visit halcyonartgallery.com, email raychenhalcyon@gmail.com or call 207-807-8799 for more detailed information. All events are free.