The Palestine Art Center is featuring the work of area artists Ruthann Brady and Edith Acton through July.
Their work can be seen at the art center's main gallery Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit is free to the public.
Brady and Acton, both from Terre Haute, are members of the Wabash Valley Art Guild and River City Art Association.
Brady became interested in art in 2000 after retiring from Verizon. Her interest in visual expression became apparent when accompanying her husband to Europe when his work presented the opportunity. Living in Brussels, Belgium, and traveling on the continent and England, they visited the major museums and there were always sidewalk exhibitions. Vacationing in Wales, Brady and her husband stayed at a farm bed and breakfast. Their host was a retired art teacher who said, "Anyone can learn to paint." Brady has been learning ever since.
"My work is always in transition. It evolves as I do through experience and exploration," she said. "I often begin a painting without any preconceived plan. I flow with the rhythm of the process, pouring, manipulating and allowing the visual magic to take me on a journey.
"I feel my real spirit is imparted to the art and hopefully will resonate, allowing the viewer a spiritual journey too," she said.
Brady has received many awards in the past few years. She has received best of show and first place in mixed media in the WVAG 2013 show and third in the 2008 show. She earned first place in the RCAA 2009, 2010, and 2011 spring shows, best of show in the 2009 CCA Show and first place in the 2010 CCA Show, as well as other awards at individual galleries.
Acton is a glass artist. Although she has traveled extensively, she has always lived in Terre Haute, attending local high schools and Indiana State University. After receiving a master of science in education she taught home economics for several years, married and had three children.
"I have always been a crafter, but after retiring I have found more time to develop artistic work," she said. "I find that the closer I get to creating art from my own creative abilities the more satisfied I am with the final product."
For the past several years she has settled on fused glass as her medium to work with.
"It can be the easiest and the most complex of mediums," she said. "It involves taking a piece of glass and some smaller cut pieces and designing a pleasing, visual form. It is then transformed by placing the arrangement in a kiln, applying intense heat, allowing it to soften, take a new shape and transition, finally to morph into a new object entirely."