First Thursdays Presented by the Museum Art Source

The Evansville Museum & the Museum Art Source present our quarterly First Thursdays series. First Thursdays are a meet and greet with an artist during Happy Hour. Artwork will be on display and for sale in the Evansville Museum’s Eykamp Pavilion.

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14sepallday01novalldayFirst Thursday with Rosalie Waranius Vass(All Day) Evansville Museum


September 14 (Thursday) - November 1 (Wednesday)


Evansville Museum

411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098

Event Details

First Thursdays with Rosalie Waranius Vass will be on September 14, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.  

First Thursdays are open to the public for free with an opportunity to meet the artist and converse with him/her about their artwork and inspirations.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. 

Artist Bio

Rosalie Waranius Vass spent her youth in the Kettle Moraine area of Wisconsin, in the small town of Dundee. Growing up in this region provided Waranius Vass with a vast play ground to observe and explore. A place where livestock grazed and seasons changed; a place where life embraced many colors and textures. This is where the diversified landscape and rural setting lent her many subjects for her artwork. She was always passionate about art and drawing. By the age of 13, she knew she wanted to be an artist. But, in order to get an early start with her art education, she had to attend a private high school in Fond du Lac. She then went onto Alverno College to get a degree in Fine Art and Teaching. She taught art for 14 years until opening Thistle Hill Farm Studio and she now paints full-time.

The paintings by Rosalie Waranius Vass are narratives worked in brilliant color, grand visual texture, careful composition and vivid imagination. The non-traditional paintings are fun and light hearted. Some of the imagery has sheep with birds standing on their backs, horses prancing around a hilly landscape with a rainbow in the background or a little island upon which is a grouping of houses with little puffs of smoke above their chimneys. Her imagery may appear as a child has drawn them but the way she incorporates the elements of design attest to her artistic craftsmanship.

Waranius Vass is very apt at controlling the viewer’s eye with her use of color and the composition if the picture plane. In the painting “Light Changes Everything”, the moon is emitting a spotlight illuminating a pie shaped sliver of a forest where a mass of birds have congregated. This causes the viewer to stop and ponder the meaning of it. “Looking Down Reaching Up”, pictured here, is an image where the sun is asserting its own gravitational pull on the mountain and trees pulling them closer to its warmth. The yellows in the upper right corner balance with the warm green tones in the lower left allowing the cooler hues to incorporate rather than compete.

Rosalie Waranius Vass paintings are multimedia creations. She works with watercolor and acrylic paint on watercolor paper with an overlay of Prisma color pencils. Her work will be on exhibition from September 7, 2017 to November 1, 2017 in the Art Sales Gallery of the Museum Gift Shop. For more information about Rosalie Waranius Vass and her work, contact Joycelyn Todisco at 812 425-2406 ext. 238 or

19oct(oct 19)6:00 pm03jan(jan 3)6:00 pmFirst Thursdays with Annette Poitau6:00 pm - (january 3) 8:00 pm


October 19 (Thursday) 6:00 pm - January 3 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm

Event Details

First Thursdays with Annette Poitau will be on October 19, 2017 from 6:00–8:00 PM. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.  

First Thursdays are open to the public for free with an opportunity to meet the artist and converse with him/her about their artwork and inspirations.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. 

Artist Bio

The impressive results of Annette Poitau’s painting process are the organic qualities of the paint and reflections of nature in the pigment. Suspending the oil paint in varnish and turpentine, she pours the paint on a canvas that has a base composition painted as a wash or an impasto. She allows the pigmented mediums to flow and blend under their own viscosity by gently rolling the canvas to direct the paint and then redirecting it. Each layer is allowed to dry before another layer is added. Some of the layers are translucent enough to allow the layers below to be seen and some areas of thicker paint applications will cause some paint to pool. The method and pigmentation of her paintings is reminiscent of the formation and appearance of earth.

Of her work Poitau writes: “Every painting is a sort of intimate dance with matter and primordial gestures, a dialogue between my will and the chemical reaction of the colors, their disappearance and their reemergence in new incarnations. The paintings reveals itself with time. It makes its own sense, discovers its soul.”

Annette Poitau was born in Saint-pol-sur-Ternoise, France. Her art education began in Belgium at the Institut Saint Luc, Tournai were she earned her Bachelor of Arts. She then went on to Lycée Technique d’Etat Textiles et Arts Appliquée, Roubaix and Ecole Nationale Supérieure es Arts Décoratifs, Paris where she received her Master of Fine Arts. She also studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York.

Throughout her artistic career, Poitau has received many awards and recognitions. Her MFA was presented as Awarded with Distinction in 1989 and following she gained a 2 year residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. 1993-1994, she had a solo exhibition traveled to 7 cities sponsored by the General Council of the Department of Pas-de-Calais, France, and a 1994 residency with L’EPAC. By 2004 in Pacifica, California, she had an art studio at the Sanchez Art Center for the next four years. Currently, Poitau has settled in Oberlin, Ohio. She has continued to earn many various awards for her artwork. As quite the established artist, she has had many solo exhibitions and her work is in many public and private collections.

26oct(oct 26)5:00 pm(oct 26)5:00 pmThursdays After Rush Hour5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Details

Every Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm the Museum offers Thursdays After Rush Hour! This program delivers not only free admission to the Museum but also to lectures, family activities, workshops and other fun activities to the general public! This program is made possible with a generous grant from the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana.



The Thursdays After Rush Hour do not include admission into opening receptions. However, if there is another activity occurring at that time, guests can attend the activity for free just not the reception. If a guest would like to attend the opening reception, there is $10 charge per guest.