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October Imaginarium 2020

“Light Up the Dark,” our October Imaginarium 2020 exhibition, opened Friday, September 18 and continues through Sunday, November 1. This year the exhibition is an illuminating display of fun and out-of-the-mainstream art featuring unique paintings, 3D assemblages, sculpture, textile art, ceramics, lamps, woodworking, and glass works from over 26 talented local artists.  Visitors can expect to see a range of one-of-a-kind, thought-provoking, elegant and whimsical pieces in this exhibit.

We’ve added two weeks to give viewers more time to enjoy this popular show.  Due to COVID-19 safety issues we will not host an opening reception this year. Please remember that the gallery is again closed on Thursdays through the Fall/Winter season. Our current hours are 11 am – 5 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come “Light Up the Dark” with us…it’s been a tough year. The show is aptly themed and the works are, too.

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2020 Angels Show CALL TO ARTISTS!

2020 Angels Show CALL TO ARTISTS!

2020 Angels show call to artists

Many thanks to 2019 Angel Artist Katherine Bird for permission to use her angel from the show!

It’s that time again! Time to find your angel art or create something new and submit it in response to the Southern Oregon Artists Resource 8th annual 2020 Angels Show call to artists. Here’s the application form with rules and procedures that you can download and complete, then submit with your angel art at the gallery. Please include  titles, dimensions and medium for each piece.

We don’t ask for traditional representations of angels, though they are welcome. What we’re looking for is unique artistic interpretations of angels. We have seen some amazing interpretations over the years and look forward to seeing yours!

This year we’re changing things up a little for the Angels Show. First, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not plan to have a reception. However, the gallery will produce a virtual tour video that we will post widely across our websites and social networks. Second, to keep the works on display to the level that the gallery’s patrons have come to expect, the show is now juried. Finally, due to space limitations and our mutual desire to display every artist’s art without crowding, each artist will have a maximum of two pieces accepted. There is also a size limit of 48″ in any direction for all pieces. And we have to say this…all angels must be your own original artwork – no giclees, please! As always, all angels must remain on display until the show ends.

Here’s how to submit your angels for jurying and a timeline of important phases between now and the show’s opening:

  1. Visit this link to download the form, print and complete.
  2. Include a summary of information about your art with titles, dimensions and medium for each piece.
  3. Bring your angel art to the gallery with your form and summary on November 23, 24 or 25. **Be sure to wear your mask and be prepared to observe social distancing measures while in the gallery. Hand sanitizer is available at the front desk.
  4. Jurying takes place the week following Thanksgiving. Artists are then notified of the status of their work’s acceptance.
  5. Pick up artwork that is not accepted at the gallery on December 4, 5 or 6.
  6. We hang the angels on the back wall of the gallery on December 2.
  7. The show opens Friday, December 4 and continues through Sunday, December 27.
  8. Pick up unsold angels on Monday, December 28.

All angel art must be for sale, and Art Presence realizes 35% of sales. There is no additional fee for submitting your art or participation in the show.

**IMPORTANT! Please note that the gallery observes mandatory masking and social distancing guidelines. When you come to the gallery to drop off and pick up artwork, you must wear a mask and observe physical distancing of at least 6 feet. Artists manning the gallery are keeping everything clean and safe, and hand sanitizer is available at the front counter.

We are so excited to see the angels that this year’s artists submit! In light of the difficulties this year has presented for all of us, angels are just the thing to wrap up the year. We hope you find comfort and inspiration in creating your angels for this year’s show. Let’s make this is best angels show yet! Thank you so much for answering the 2020 Angels Show Call to Artists!

If you have any trouble at all with the pdf file below, please visit the call to artists at Southern Oregon Artists Resource or our Facebook page.

Download (PDF, 171KB)

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Lucy Warnick Guest Exhibit

Lucy Warnick Guest Exhibit

Lucy Warnick was born in the Chicago area. She began her art education at the University of Illinois before moving to the northwest. Then, she studied at Oregon State University under Nelson Sandgren. Sandgren, introduced Lucy to painting outdoors, which is still the foundation of her work.

Lucy received a BFA in painting from the University of Oregon in 1974. She has worked as a teacher and arts administrator in Southern Oregon and Houston, Texas, as well as exhibiting her work throughout the country.

A Tribute to the Applegate and the Rogue by Lucy Warnick guest exhibit

“A Tribute to the Applegate and the Rogue,” by Lucy Warnick

Artist Statement

About her work, Lucy tells us, “I love painting the natural world. My focus is light, movement and color whether my subject is landscape, still life, the figure, or abstraction. Long days spent in new or familiar places fuel my imagination. In my studio I begin new paintings or re-work images by adding texture and layers. The energy and struggle of my exploration is essential to my process.

“The pleasure of painting on location is enhanced by joining like-minded painters who are also ecstatic at the prospect of painting in remarkable landscapes, watching nature change all around us. Each year I join a group of painters at the coast. I first painted with many of them when I joined Nelson Sandgren’s painting class at Oregon State University in 1971. We brave the elements, engage in conversation about each other’s work and laugh with the joy and mess of it all. Nelson’s son Erik Sandgren now heads up the group. Erik provides structure by sending out the itinerary of sites where we meet. This yearly adventure at the central Oregon coast has been a big factor in my development as a painter.

“I am often drawn to rivers in Oregon for subject matter. There are magical places that I have returned to in all seasons over many years. I am happy to include some of these paintings as a tribute to the Applegate and Rogue Rivers at Art Presence Art Center.”

View our Lucy Warnick Guest Exhibit on the back wall of the gallery every Thursday–Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm from August 2 through September 13.

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July 2020 Virtual Exhibition

Art Presence invites you to its July 2020 Virtual Exhibition, our first virtual tour of the gallery. We hope that all art lovers who cannot make it into the gallery to see this month’s show in person will enjoy viewing it online. If you spot a work you’d like more closely or would like more information about it, please contact gallery director Anne Brooke at anne@brookewatercolors.com

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Gallery Reopening Tomorrow!

Art Presence is delighted to announce our gallery reopening tomorrow!

Attend our gallery reopening tomorrow, Thursday, July 1! We’re keeping the Four “C’s”—Close Contact, Confined Spaces, Crowds and Choices—in mind. As a result, we will use CDC guidelines to welcome patrons for an art experience extraordinaire. We’re eager to return to the gallery and share the creative delights our members offer!

When you come to the gallery, please remember your mask. The Governor of Oregon has announced that all people 12 and older must wear masks in public indoor spaces, and this includes art galleries. Face coverings are required for indoor public spaces in every county effective July 1st. Children under 12 years of age, as well as people with a disability or a medical condition that prevent them from wearing a face covering, are not required to wear one.

Members Exhibit, Summer Daze

A new collection of sun-drenched art by Art Presence members awaits your consideration! Here’s a sampling of what you can expect to find in the Main Gallery this month:

andre satie - hot country road - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
Watercolor painting by Anne Brooke - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
Jeanne LaRae - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
Easter Calla Lillies - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
At the Beach, image by Tom Glassman - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
Image of a vineyard by Vivian McAleavey - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
Painting by Zoe West - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit

Guest Exhibit – The Artists Workshop

The Artists Workshop began over 35 years ago by a few artists desiring the camaraderie of others while painting at locations around the Rogue Valley and an annual show of their work. Our guest artists for the month of July, the group presents works by 22 Artists Workshop members. Check out this gallery with some of the fabulous works of art that Artists Workshop members offer here.:

Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Mixed Media painting by Bruce Barnes - Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Painting of a beer delivery guy - Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Winter, painting by Desmond Serratore - Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Flower Pot Ant - Artists Workshop 2020 show

Summer Hours

Please note that we have extended our opening days to four through September. Consequently, we are now open Thursday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm each day.

Looking forward:

  • Our first Wine and Watercolor session with Anne Brooke is on September 16!
  • Lucy Warnick will be our guest artist for August and part of September.

 

 

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Gallery Reopening Tomorrow!

Art Presence is delighted to announce our gallery reopening tomorrow!

Attend our gallery reopening tomorrow, Thursday, July 1! We’re keeping the Four “C’s”—Close Contact, Confined Spaces, Crowds and Choices—in mind. As a result, we will use CDC guidelines to welcome patrons for an art experience extraordinaire. We’re eager to return to the gallery and share the creative delights our members offer!

When you come to the gallery, please remember your mask. The Governor of Oregon has announced that all people 12 and older must wear masks in public indoor spaces, and this includes art galleries. Face coverings are required for indoor public spaces in every county effective July 1st. Children under 12 years of age, as well as people with a disability or a medical condition that prevent them from wearing a face covering, are not required to wear one.

Members Exhibit, Summer Daze

A new collection of sun-drenched art by Art Presence members awaits your consideration! Here’s a sampling of what you can expect to find in the Main Gallery this month:

andre satie - hot country road - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
Watercolor painting by Anne Brooke - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
Jeanne LaRae - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
Easter Calla Lillies - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
At the Beach, image by Tom Glassman - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
Image of a vineyard by Vivian McAleavey - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit
Painting by Zoe West - Summer Daze July 2020 members exhibit

Guest Exhibit – The Artists Workshop

The Artists Workshop began over 35 years ago by a few artists desiring the camaraderie of others while painting at locations around the Rogue Valley and an annual show of their work. Our guest artists for the month of July, the group presents works by 22 Artists Workshop members. Check out this gallery with some of the fabulous works of art that Artists Workshop members offer here.:

Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Mixed Media painting by Bruce Barnes - Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Painting of a beer delivery guy - Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Winter, painting by Desmond Serratore - Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Artists Workshop 2020 show
Flower Pot Ant - Artists Workshop 2020 show

Summer Hours

Please note that we have extended our opening days to four through September. Consequently, we are now open Thursday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm each day.

Looking forward:

  • Our first Wine and Watercolor session with Anne Brooke is on September 16!
  • Lucy Warnick will be our guest artist for August and part of September.

 

 

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Gallery Closure

After listening to members who are self-quarantining due to the coronovirus and those who are following instructions from the CDC and WHO, we have decided to close the gallery until further notice. Signs on both doors say “Because of recommendations by the CDC and WHO, Art Presence Art Center is Closed. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.”
We will continue to pay attention to what is going on in our community. And we’ll be sure to let you know when the gallery reopens.
 
This is sad for all of the artists participating in this exhibit but we hope everyone will understand.
 
Let’s all stay home and, if you are so inclined, “Do Art!”
Anne Brooke

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March 2020 Main Exhibit

Art Presence March 2020 Main Exhibit

Off the Beaten Path

March 6 – April 26, 11am–5pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Reception Saturday, March 7, from 1–3 pm

For March 2020, Art Presence presents Off the Beaten Path, a themed exhibit of member artworks. The show opens on Friday, March 6, and closes on Sunday, April 26.

Art Presence Art Center also displays fine art and art objects at the Jacksonville Public Library throughout the month of March.

Meet the artists and fine woodcrafters participating in our March shows at a reception on Saturday, March 7, from 1–3 pm.

Here is a sneak peek of the fine art you can expect to find in our March exhibit!

Perfect Moments, painting by Joan Brown
Fused Glass TEalight holders by Debbie Earley
Journey, iPhoneograph by Nancy Bardos
Sand Sepulchre, image by Vivian McAleavey
Dune Figures, painting by Andre Satie
Untitled painting by Denali Grace

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March 2020 Guest Exhibit

Wooden Bowl by Siskiyou Woodcrafters Guild member John Harden

Wooden Bowl by Siskiyou Woodcrafters Guild member John Harden

Our guest exhibit for March 2020 is an exhibition of works by the Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild, running from March 6–29. The Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild — co-founded in 1980 by Tom Phillips, at that time a recent transplant from the Bay Area — has about 60 members, who present their works in a highly anticipated annual show on the Shakespeare Festival grounds. Their 41st show takes place this coming November on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving. Guild members also present woodcrafting workshops — learn more at their website, siskiyouwoodcraftguild.org.

Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild members include John Harden, Devin Klarer, Jens Sehm, and Russell Beebe, Art Presence member Bruce Millbank and many more.

John began working with wood as a child and studied woodcrafting in middle and high school. He moonlighted making small furniture projects alongside his construction day job, and has created one-of-a-kind handcrafted furniture and woodturning full time since 2015.

Cutting Board by Siskiyou Woodcrafters Guild member Devon Klarer

Cutting Board by Siskiyou Woodcrafters Guild member Devon Klarer

Devin creates precise geometric patterns and optical illusions with wood to make wall hangings, cutting boards, small tables and more. He moved to Ashland in 2014 after a tour in the U.S. Peace Corps. Dev grew up in Kentucky learning woodcraft from a master woodworker who happened to be his dad. He has dabbled in many areas of woodwork, including bows and arrows, custom beehives, small furniture, and boxes. Currently his obsession in the wood world is with intricate geometric shapes and patterns and optical illusions (what you might label a form of parquetry). His aim is to make some of the most visually stunning cutting boards and wood wall hangings you will ever see!

Jens, a native of East Germany, left before the fall of the Berlin Wall and came to the US in 1989. After earning his degree in Construction Management from Cal Poly and working in that field for four years, he decided to focus on woodwork full time. He now works from his shop in Ashland.
Russell trained in Chinese furniture building with master Jeng Yee in Bangkok, Thailand. His work includes building fine furniture, repairs and restoration, and teaching wood carving. He’s also created several large wood sculptures installed in Ashland and at Southern Oregon University. In the summer of 2003, Russell Beebe was commissioned by Lloyd Matthew Haines to create a 20 foot sculpture from a standing dead white oak tree. “At first glance, the big tree gave me an indication of how my design would evolve, from the juncture of the first large branch down to the base. The very uniform trunk offered freedom to create while the divergence of the branch above would dictate form. This and Mr. Haines’ desire that the sculpture honor the Tree, our Wildlife and the Native Peoples who once lived in the area gave me the spectrum to create.” Russell also builds fine furniture, does repair/restoration and teaches wood carving.

Bruce was born in the Rogue Valley and has lived in Medford for the last 50 years. He developed a passion for wood and woodworking at a young age, working in his father’s workshop and taking woodshop in high school. Over the years he has done many projects, including small furniture, tables and bookshelves, and display shelves inset into the wall.

Currently, Bruce’s passion is making keepsake boxes and turning vessels on the lathe. He has a nice inventory of amazing wood and has the resources to get a special piece for you.

 

Meet the fine woodcrafters participating in our March shows at a reception on Saturday, March 7, from 1–3 pm.

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March 13 Book Night Change

Unfortunately, our scheduled author for book night on March 13, Anna Elkins, has cancelled.

David and Ginna Gordon will fill in with a talk about Indie Publishing. They will also introduce the first mention of an in-depth look at the Indie author’s world, presented at Art Presence, in the fall, with a three part workshop.

On Friday night, March 13, the Gordons discuss the check list for indie authors, a few tips on marketing and where to look for help. Once the writing is complete, the next step begins.

For more information about March 13 or the Indie Authors’ Workshop in the Fall, email Ginna.

 

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