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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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The Soup Kit Book Night

Ginna BB Gordon The Soup Kit Book Night

Art Presence Book Night
Friday February 14 5pm
Ginna B B Gordon, author of The Soup Kit

Friday, February 14 is Book Night at Art Presence in Jacksonville. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Ginna B B Gordon will be talking about soup and serving “hearty” samples from her new release, The Soup Kit, everything you need to know to make awesome soup.

 “Soup Shooters” of Heart Throb Bisque with Heart Croutons will warm your tummies – little appetizers before you take your sweetie out to a Jacksonville restaurant for further romance.

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On the Same Page

Art Presence Art Center invites you to come to the gallery during February 2020 to view our newest members exhibit, On the Same Page. The show opens on Friday, January 31, and closes on Sunday, March 1.

Please note that our long-running annual Naked Art exhibit has been discontinued.

Join us to welcome our guest artists and meet the member artists participating in this month’s show at a reception on Saturday, February 1.

Here are a few of the fantastic pieces of art you can expect to find in the main gallery. Remember that you can click on each image to view a larger version of the piece:

Andre Satie, untitled oil painting
Watercolor by Walt Wirfs
Genesis, fine art photography by Vivian McAleavey
Oil painting by Jeanne LaRae
Oregon Coast, watercolor by Desmond Serratore
acrylic painting by Denali Grace
Charlotte Wirfs, Stepping Up

 

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Calligraphers’ Guild, “Wit and Wisdom”

Art Presence Art Center will feature the Calligraphers’ Guild as the Guest Artists for February.  The exhibit opens on January 30th and runs through March 1st.  The gallery is open from 11 to 5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Don’t miss sayings that are beautifully calligraphed and meet the writers in person.  The exhibit in the main gallery’s theme is “On the Same Page”  The Reception is on Saturday, February 1st from 1 to 3.  The Gallery is located at 206 5th  St.

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Loss to Legacy Book Event this Friday!

Loss to Legacy - iamge of book cover. Book by Lily Myers Kaplan

A word from the author:

I’m looking forward to sharing stories and discussing my recently published book with you at Art Presence in Jacksonville this Friday evening, December 13. It’s a meaningful time of year to share this path, as the holiday season brings bittersweet memories of loved ones who are no longer here. I promise that it will be a heartfelt evening. I hope you can come! And please bring friends or share this post with others. Thanks so much for spreading the word…

We’ll discuss the healing path outlined in my recently published book, Loss to Legacy. It’s a map for conscious living born of conscious grieving. Join me to discover a new relationship with death, loss, grief, and legacy while learning what the stepping-stone path offers to you or someone you love. Whether you are grieving the death of a loved one or lamenting cultural and planetary upheaval, this book is a guide for navigating the journey. The evening will be a time of storytelling, remembrance, and offer a taste of the stepping stone path.

Here’s what one reader recently shared with us:

As I read your book I was able to find peace and comfort regarding the deaths of my mother and brother. In addition to being a valuable guidebook for navigating grief, I’m also finding it to be a tremendous guide for living a transformational life. The stepping stones you’ve outlined can be used in so many different ways to create a deeper understanding of life. I recommend this book to all my friends, those who are grieving and those who are drawn to living their lives as a transformational process.”

~P. Britt

And another:

I have been reading the Loss to Legacy book and enjoying it very much. It is bringing to mind the work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross of the last century which I read with great interest. But the very personal record of your story fleshes out the technical work of Kubler-Ross. It is engaging, and comforting. Thanks.”

~D.Olena

Here’s the skinny:

A FREE STORYTELLING & DISCUSSION OPEN HOUSE:

Loss to Legacy: A Stepping Stone Path to Healing and Transformation

Friday, December 13

5:00-6:30

Art Presence Art Center

206 N. 5th St.

Jacksonville, Oregon

More details on the attached flier or at www.reshfoundation.org/loss-to-legacy

Hope to see you there!

Lily

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Seventh Annual Angels Show

postcard for the 2019 Angels Show with details

Seventh Annual Angels Show

Now comfortably settled into its new home at Art Presence Art Center, the Angels Show celebrates its seventh exhibition!

Come to a festive Angels reception on Saturday, December 7 from 1–3 pm after enjoying the Jacksonville Christmas Parade! See dozens of unique artistic interpretations of angels covering the back wall of the gallery! Freestanding angels as well as paintings! Meet the special artists participating in this show!

To get the first look at the show and first opportunity to make one of this year’s angels your own (or give to a friend), come on Friday, December 6, when the show opens at 11 am.

What to Expect

We have seen a wide variety of angels in each past Angels show – impressionist, realist, and abstract, mystical and cute, fierce and gentle, earthy and celestial, imploring, serving and helping. The artists who participate range from small children to experienced professional artists. We see nearly every medium represented in every show, from oils, watercolors and acrylics to ceramics, bronze, glass and assemblage with natural and/or man made materials. This kind of diversity is present in this year’s show as well.

The angels you see in this post are wonderful examples of abstract angels. Katherine Bird created the golden angel in the 2019 show poster above. Art Presence member Brenda Mills Brannan created the angel below for this year’s show.

A Brief History of the Angels Show

Southern Oregon Artists Resource, an online directory of the southern Oregon art community created by Hannah West Design, sponsored the Angels Show from its inception. Hannah curated the art displays at the GoodBean Cafe in Jacksonville for 7 years. In 2012, Mary Kell, GoodBean co-owner, asked Hannah if she could have angels on the wall for Christmas. Fortunately she asked with enough time for Hannah to send out a call to artists! Mary got her angels and a new Christmas tradition in Jacksonville was born.

When the cafe updated its art policy, the angels lost their nest, so Hannah and Mary asked the executive director of Art Presence if the show might find a new home at the gallery. The angels were received with open arms! Its first time in a true gallery setting, the 2018 Angels show was an amazing exhibition, with 70 pieces of angelic art created by over 40 artists. It won a terrific audience reception and many angels found new homes with Art Presence patrons.

Give an Angel a Home!

The 2019 Angels show will continue on display until Sunday, December 29. The angels are on display concurrently with Art Presence’s annual Holiday Treasures show. Holiday Treasures let you take your art finds home upon purchase for giving during the holiday season. However, the angels must remain on display through the end of the show. We believe that our artist’s angels make perfect holiday gifts, so we encourage you to consider giving an angel to that special person on your gift-giving list.

Mercy Flight, painting of an angel for the Angels Show 2019 by Brenda Mills Brannan

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Angel Show

Art Presence Art Center will present its annual Angel Show opening on December 6th, Friday, with a Reception of December 7th from 1 to 3 P.M.  At least 40 artists will share their artistic version of angels.  What a wonderful way to start the Christmas Season.  The gallery is open from 11 to 5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the 29th.  Lots of wonderful gift ideas throughout the main gallery and the Galleria as our theme is Holiday Treasures.

Art Presence Art Center is located at 206 North 5th Street, next to the Courthouse in Jacksonville Oregon.  Call 541-941-7057 with questions.

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