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

Through the syc - a-mores by Sheila K. Ter MeerThis show includes my third Dresser’s Legacy photograph, “Through the syc – a-mores …” and my abstract digital art piece, “(Lavender Blue) Dilly Dilly.”

My entry “Through the syc – a-mores …” was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2016 TREES Inc. photography contest, “Bicentennial TREES: Celebrating Terre Haute’s Canopy,” also the Vigo County Public Library’s Bicentennial Legacy Project sanctioned by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.
The image features the sycamore trees in the sculpture “A Song For Indiana” by Teresa Clark and a nearby sycamore in Fairbanks Park at Terre Haute framed by the sheet music to the official Indiana state song, “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” by Indiana composer and Terre Haute native son Paul Dresser.

(Lavender Blue) Dilly Dilly I created using a photograph of wildflowers I had captured in May near my rural Indiana home.

Abstract of wildflowers in May

River City Art Association

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.”

Autumn Beech by Todd Stokes

Digital art on display will include “Bubbles,” one of many fractal…

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Lavender blue … Lavender green

I titled this whimsy Dilly, Dilly because the colors reminded me of a song by Burl Ives, one of my Dad’s favorite American folk singers.

Also because a dilly, by definition, is something unusual, extraordinary, remarkable, similar to the abstracts I like to create from a photograph I have taken. This whimsy, or dilly, I created from an image of lavender wildflowers in May in a luscious green woods nearby.

According to Wikipedia, Ives’ version of the 17th-century English song “Lavender Blue” became his first hit and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for its use in the 1949 Walt Disney film, So Dear to My Heart.

After listening to Lavender Blue (and other Ives ballads) in my impressionable years, the Snowman in the holiday TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his songs became so dear to my heart!

This photo abstract pulls warm and fuzzy memories from the deep recesses of my mind!

Thank you, Daddy … and “Big Daddy”!

Abstract of wild flowers in May
Dilly, Dilly: Abstract of wild flowers in May