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December 2022 Main Gallery Exhibit

The closing exhibition of 2022 is a particularly beautiful collection of works by our member artists. The show opens Friday, December 2, and closes Sunday, January 1, with a reception on Saturday, December 3, from 1–3 pm. Enjoy this sneek peek at a few of the works in this show and plan to visit the gallery and bring one home any Thursday (until 12/22), Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in December!

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December Guest Artist: The 10th Annual Angels Show

We are delighted to host the Angels Show in our gallery for the 5th year and tremendously happy with this year’s collection of angel art. The show opened on December 2 and continues through Sunday, January 1. Please joins us for a reception where you can meet many of this year’s angel artists on Saturday, December 3, from 1–3 pm.

The Angels Show had its inaugural exhibition at the GoodBean Cafe on Oregon Street in 2012. Co-Owner Mary Kell longed to be surrounded with angels that holiday season, and she asked Hannah West, curator of the GoodBean’s art displays at the time, to put together a show of angels for the shop. Despite the last-minute calls to artists, the show was a success for artists and patrons alike. As a result, they continued the show each year until 2018. Nonetheless, Mary felt strongly that the Angels Show should continue every holiday season in Jacksonville. By this time, Hannah was serving on the Board of Art Presence, and she brought the idea to then-Director, Anne Brooke. Anne loved the idea and the angels found a new home in a real gallery!

We have had the distinct pleasure of hanging angels created in just about every medium and style known to art! The move to Art Presence made it possible to display freestanding 3D works, therefore we began to see more sculpture, assemblage, and special creations such as hand-crafted dolls.

Our focus is on the artist’s interpretation of the angel concept—we like to see the angels that live in the imagination of artists. Every one of our calls to artists has yielded incredibly creative work. Earth angels, guardian angels, peace angels, angels of hope, rescue angels, everyday angels, angels working in the midst of chaos, exhausted angels, classical, traditional, abstract, painted, sculpted, assembled, digitally created, and drawn, these and more spring forth from their inexhaustible imaginations with color, movement, emotional depth, and message.

This year’s collection of angel art builds upon the diversity and intent of the artists in previous shows. We are delighted with the quality of the work, originality of approach, and depth of interpretation across the entries from this year’s artists. Additionally, we are excited to welcome new angel artists as well as returning artists. Here is a peek at this year’s show. We will add images of individual angels as the show continues.

Join us at the reception on Saturday, December 3 from 1–3 pm to see all the angels and meet their artists!

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Member Artist of the Month, Chris Anderson

Member Artist of the Month, Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson

Meet our December 2022 Member Artist of the Month, Chris Anderson! A newer member of the Art Center, Anderson moved to Jacksonville in August 2020. Having grown up in Ashland and after living in San Francisco, Seattle, and Beijing, he once again calls southern Oregon home.

Anderson’s work is most easily defined as sculptural pieces that include bowls, platters, and art pieces for display. These heirloom quality pieces are created to bring out the best balance of shape and color that the individual piece of wood has to offer. He often uses wood he’s gathered from firewood piles, on walks, from felled and fallen trees, and from the Jacksonville cemetery.

The attention to detail and keen eye that Chris has honed through his woodwork also serve him well in his photography, which captures scenes and moments from his global travels.

On December 15 from 6–7:30 pm, Anderson presents a demonstration of his process of crafting a wooden bowl as he discusses his work. Please join Member Artist of the Month, Chris Anderson, for an informative and fun artist talk!

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Brilli’s flat foreshortening

Jessica Brilli, Morning of the Camping Trip, acrylic and oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″

This new painting, from earlier this year, has the amazing quality Jessica Brilli often achieves with her vintage cars. The forms are utterly flat and abstracted, a geometric puzzle, and yet her handling of values makes the trunk of the car jut into view. That effect is supported by the one area of analog gradation from dark to light on the wall of the garage behind the car. The colors viewed individually are flat and muted, almost dull–that blue sky looks lusterless in a disciplined way, but arrange them in relation to one another the way she has and what comes to life is the heat and light and expectant silence of a summer morning, just before a longed-for getaway. The canoe is a wonderful touch, also given a sense of three-dimensional depth with the smooth shift in values along its curve. The whole painting comes alive around those two red tail lights, like a pair of opossum’s eyes, their little U-shaped highlights underneath the crimson irises echoing the slim arch of shine over the rear window. The car looks sentient but fast asleep, eyes wide shut, waiting. The restraint of the subtle hues, and the combination of uncommon tones, the rigor of her reduction of everything to the simplest possible terms, everything works inexplicably to create the aura of an eerie moment both commonplace and alluringly mysterious, everything charged with somnolent but vigilant awareness.

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Ashland First Friday ArtWalk

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December Spotlight Galleries and Artists Ashland First Friday Art Walk: December 2, 2022, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Doremus Scudder, Leaning Hut and Snow, Photography Art & Soul AshlandThe American West, Photography by Doremus Scudder

This month’s exhibition at Art & Soul Ashland features black and white photography by Doremus Scudder. With each composition being its own best description, creative expression is presented both powerfully and eloquently. Ultimately for Doremus, the purpose of his work is to enrich and uplift the human spirit through both excellence and beauty.

Hours:Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Address and Contact Information:247 East Main Street StreetAshland, OR 97520

Gabriel Mark Lipper, Untitled, Acrylic on Panel Enclave StudiosWinter’s Welcome

Currently featured at Enclave Studios are new paintings by Gabriel Mark Lipper, Jay Gordon, Nicole Wasgatt, and Corey Kahn. With each providing a unique process

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Paint the elephant

A painter’s impossible challenge, as well as the essence of painting, from The Little Prince. And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery “The narrator becomes an aircraft pilot, and one […]

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Mixed Media Magic in Scotland!

Wandering craft retreatsFeaturing Roxanne evans stoutI am ecstatic to join the artfully curated retreats of Wandering Craft! We will enjoy sightseeing and creative immersion in Edinburgh, The Highlands, and Skye. There will be mixed media lessons in th…

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Happy start of the holiday season!!! Most orders to retail stores are out the door, I didn’t cook this year (which is a crazy unexpected luxury of time and energy…I LOVE cooking and doing the whole shebang but wow does it free you up and when you’re a guest!!) and I’m settling into a busy […]

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Phyllis Bryce Ely

Phyllis Bryce Ely has been doing en plein air paintings of the nearby Finger Lakes, one of which is on view in Spellbound: The Art of Mystery at Oxford Gallery. I keep coming back to this image she sent me, at my request, a while ago. It’s less abstracted than much of her work, […]

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At Oxford Gallery many of the participating artists responded to the theme of the new group show—Spellbound, the Art of Mystery—with compelling work. When I first walked through the gallery, I passed a welded steel raven from Wayne Williams with a cursory glance at the bird, but then on a second tour of the show, […]

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