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May 8, 2014

View award-winning works from Guild’s Spring Art Show at Clabber Girl gallery

TERRE HAUTE — The Wabash Valley Art Guild’s mission to bring public awareness to work by local artists was showcased last weekend during its 37th Annual Spring Art Show in Clabber Girl Museum and Art Gallery at Ninth Street and Wabash Avenue. Award-winning artwork was highlighted at a reception in the museum on Friday evening, the guild’s first time to participate in First Friday events in downtown Terre Haute.

The exhibition included 99 original works of art in five different categories by 36 of the very best area artists, which included guild members and nonmembers. David Erickson, retired Indiana State University professor of art, served as juror and selected the best of the best from among the works exhibited.

The show was made possible by sponsors Clabber Girl, Terre Haute Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, Riddell National Bank, Arts Illiana, Arlene Manwaring of Coldwell Bankers Realtors, First Financial Bank and Terre Haute Savings Bank.

Award-winning works from the show can be viewed throughout May in the Clabber Girl Art Gallery.

Winners include:

Best of Show was awarded to guild member Ruthann Brady for her Mixed Media piece titled East Portal.

In the Drawing category, Neil Garrison’s work titled Ellie Vom Prairie Haus took home the First Place award.  Second Place was awarded to artist Amy Campbell for her colored pencil drawing, Struttin’, and Third Place was awarded to Tom Poynter for his ink drawing, Narrows Bridge. Julie Bricker received an Honorable Mention for her colored pencil rendering, Night Stalker, and Julia London-Meddles received an Honorable Mention for her drawing, Criss Cross.

In the Painting category, Steve Harrold received First Place for his oil painting, Gorilla #1. Second Place was awarded to Kit Fisher’s oil painting, Mixed Bell Peppers. Third Place went to Bobbi Parvin’s oil painting, Island Market. Parvin also received an Honorable Mention for her painting, The Swamp. Roger King received an Honorable Mention for his watercolor, Here They Come.

The top award in Photography went to first-time participant Mike Roe for his photograph, Porch. Second Place was given to Todd Stokes for Front and Center. Third Place went to Randy Parker for Aces and Eights. Honorable Mentions were given to Jim McMullen for Reliving the History on the Wabash, and Randy Parker for Predator.

Mixed Media category First Place was won by Debbie Anderson for her inlaid wood creation of Pleasure Through the Pane I, and Ruthann Brady received Second Place for her work titled Diversity. Third Place went to Edith Acton for her fused glass piece, Simply Squares. Brady also received an Honorable Mention for her work, Dog and Pony Show.

The First Place award in 3-Dimensional category went to Bruce Fiscus for Fleur Tremmie (Flower Hopper). Todd Stokes received Second for his work, Freedom, and John Hemminghouse received Third Place for his wood carving of Maple Grapes. Fiscus also received two Honorable Mentions for his works, Oiseau de Fer (Iron Bird) and Quelle Est La Question (What Is the Question). Honorable Mentions also went to Tom Makosky for Miller’s Dream and Kara Jeffers for Blue Swirl.

Two additional awards were given at the close of the show. On Friday night, the artists selected a piece to receive the Artists’ Choice award, and that went to Neil Garrison for Demolition by Hand. During the show, patrons were encouraged to vote for their favorite, and the Doreen Follett People’s Choice Award went to Kara Jeffers for Blue Swirl.


The Guild’s next event is Art in the Park set for Aug. 16 in Fairbanks Park.

For more information about the Wabash Valley Art Guild visit or email

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