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Solo show ‘The Naked Print’ in Terre Haute gallery


The Naked Print: A solo show in Clabber Girl Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana

I am excited to share this press release about my solo show published Oct. 23 in The Brazil Times and on Oct. 31 in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star ‘BASH Entertainment Guild. (Full release below.)

“The Naked Print,” a solo show by Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil, Indiana, will be featured in November at The Gallery in Clabber Girl Museum at 900 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute.

A First Friday opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1.

Ter Meer’s theme celebrates the physicality of the image itself – dressed down with minimal or no boundaries to detract the viewer’s eye from the subject matter.

She will display a few photographic works and many of her photography-based abstractions, purposefully exposing the colors and form without glazing to reduce or eliminate reflections.

Each piece will reveal the physical qualities of ink or emulsion on paper, canvas and wood, as well as dye sublimation on aluminum, without hiding surface, texture and material under glass or acrylic.

Nature and life experiences as a native Hoosier have inspired Ter Meer’s works created in camera. Her abstractions are born from her desire to express herself through subjective imagery, and from her penchant for whimsies – anything playful or fanciful, as an artistic creation.

She combines digital processes with traditional photography techniques to intensify the colors and contort the form of her representational images. “Brilliant designs in black negative space liken some of my artistic expressions to black light and scratch board art,” she added.

To make her one-of-a-kind abstractions command even more attention, Ter Meer tries to “think outside the frame.” She believes “stripping away conventional parameters and exposing the image on contemporary materials creates a unique presentation and dramatic visual experience.”

Abstract works in Ter Meer’s show also will be stripped of their original titles.

“Much like the Rorschach test, the imagery in each ‘inkblot’ is subjective,” she said, challenging viewers to explore each design and assign their own meaning before peeking under the information card provided at the show.

“I like to keep them guessing,” Ter Meer added, “and experience their reaction when I reveal the original image used to create each abstraction.”

Since 2013, Ter Meer has received awards at juried exhibitions in Indiana and Illinois, including two Best of Show. She has been honored for her nature photography but finds recognition of her abstract designs most rewarding.

Her works have been accepted into regional, national and international juried exhibitions, including Swope Art Museum and Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute, Indianapolis International Airport, Indiana University at Richmond, and the Artsy website by Specto Art Space, Harrisonburg, Virginia. In addition, she has artwork in the Permanent Art Collection at Indiana State University and at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.

August Artist of the Month in Vigo County Public Library, Terre Haute, Indiana


Reprinted from River City Art Association website at RiverCityArt.org and Terre Haute Tribune-Star ‘BASH Entertainment Guide, 8-8-2019

A mix of representational and abstract photographic works by River City Art Association member Sheila K. Ter Meer will be featured throughout August in RCAA’s Artist of the Month gallery space at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

The Brazil, Indiana, native is a self-taught artist honored for her nature photography and expressionistic designs at regional, national and international juried exhibitions.

She has artwork in the Permanent Art Collection at Indiana State University and at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, an abstract in the “Red” exhibition currently in Arts Illiana Gallery, and an abstract in Swope Art Museum’s 75th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition opening in September.

To satisfy her childlike enthusiasm for fantasy and whimsies – anything playful or fanciful, as an artistic creation – Sheila takes creative license with many of her traditional images to design one-of-a-kind photography-based digital art abstractions for emotive or expressive purposes.

Sheila combines digital processes with traditional photography techniques to intensify the colors and contort the form. Brilliant designs in black negative space liken some of her artistic expressions to blacklight and scratchboard art.

Once an abstract design is complete, the first image or emotion evoked by her mind’s eye often determines its title. Much like the Rorschach test, the subjectivity of her “inkblots” is open to interpretation by the viewer.

To make many of her unique art pieces command even more attention, she tries to think outside the frame. Stripping away conventional parameters and exposing the image on canvas, leather, Masonite, acrylic and aluminum, she believes, creates a unique presentation and dramatic viewing experience.

Sheila’s display in the library will include digital abstract “Middle Child Born on the Libra-Scorpio Cusp,” recently invited to be in the “Self Portrait 2019” international juried exhibition set for October at Specto Art Space gallery in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

She also will show “Chihuly Glass Ceiling,” a photograph that received a First Place in May at the Wabash Valley Art Guild Spring Art Show in Clabber Girl Museum at Terre Haute; and “Tennessee Whiskey,” a double exposure image awarded Second Place in the Covered Bridge Art Association Associate Members’ Show in July 2018 in the CBAA Gallery at Rockville.

Also at the library will be abstract “Party Girl,” awarded First Place in RCAA’s 10th annual juried exhibition in  August 2018.

In addition to her display at the library, Sheila has two award-winning photographic works in the current show at the Link Art Gallery in Bicentennial Art Center at Paris, Illinois; two new abstracts in RCAA’s 11th Annual Juried Exhibition this month in First Financial Bank Plaza in Terre Haute; and several award-winning abstractions in a solo exhibit in RCAA’s Community Outreach Gallery in Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

In November, she will be the solo artist in The Gallery at Clabber Girl Museum.