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Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan Rescheduled

February 2022 Exhibits: Members Show - Summer Heat, by Brenda Mills Brannan
Summer Heat, by Brenda Mills Brannan

Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan Rescheduled:

Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan has been rescheduled for June 2022. In this class, you can enjoy learning about the techniques artists use to produce Fluid Art with plenty of time to practice them yourself! Art Presence member artist Brenda Mills Brannan wants to share her experiences, inspire you, and let you, too, experience the challenge and fun of fluid art. Join her on four Wednesdays—June 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd—from 1:00 to 3:30. All skill levels of painters are welcome. Visit Brenda’s website to see gorgeous paintings created with these fluid art techniques.

Cost: $100
Minimum 6 students, maximum of 8.
Supplies: Some supplies are provided; upon registration, a list of additional supplies you’ll need for this class will be sent to you.

June 1st, 1-3:30 pm:  Fluid Art Technique: Alcohol Ink. One-hour demonstration. A small hands-on project for the last 1 1/2 hours.
June 8th, 1-3:30 pm:  Fluid Art Technique: Acrylic Pour. One-hour demonstration. A small hands-on project for the last 1 1/2 hours.
June 15th, 1-3:30 pm:  Fluid Art Technique: Resin Painting. One-hour demonstration. A small hands-on project for the last 1 1/2 hours.
June 22nd, 1-3:30 pm:  Q&A session on Fluid Art Techniques, plus time to catch up on your projects.

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Guest Artist: Pastel Artists of Oregon

We are excited to welcome the Pastel Artists of Oregon (PAO) as our Guest Artists this month. Founded in October 2019, PAO is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), a prestigious organization that promotes the fine art of pastel worldwide. PAO’s mission is to provide its members with opportunities to show their work through exhibitions, learn new skills in workshops and events, network with other pastellists, and enjoy the camaraderie that membership brings. Their membership includes Signature and Master pastelists from Oregon and beyond.

View a collection of their paintings on the back wall of the gallery from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 29, with a reception from 1–3 pm on Saturday, May 7. Below is a mouthwatering preview of what you can expect to find when you come to the gallery.

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May 2022 Main Gallery Show

Our talented member artists have a beautiful new exhibition of their work on exhibit for our May 2022 Main Gallery show. Come to the gallery and see them all in person from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 29. We’ll also have a reception for our guest artists, the Pastel Artists of Oregon, on Saturday, May 7, from 1–3 pm.

Here is a sneak peek of some of the wonderful art you can expect to find in our Main Gallery exhibition this month.

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Jacksonville is for the Birds!

Friday, May 6 through Sunday, June 26, we welcome the birds back to Jacksonville with a special show, “Jacksonville is for the Birds,” in our popular Galleria. Yard birds, snow birds, jail birds, bird houses…you never know what our artists will do when they spread their creative wings!

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Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan

Oasis, fluid art in acrylic by Brenda Mills Brannan.

In this Fluid Art Techniques class, you can enjoy learning about the methods artists use to produce Fluid Art with plenty of time to practice them yourself! Join Arts Presence member artist Brenda Mills Brannan on four Wednesdays—May 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th—from 1:00 to 3:30.  Visit Brenda’s website to see a few gorgeous paintings created with one of these techniques.

Cost: $100
Minimum 6 students, maximum of 8.
Supplies: Upon registration, a supply list will be sent to you.

May 4th:  Fluid Art Technique: Alcohol Ink. One-hour demonstration. A small hands-on project for the last 1 1/2 hours.
May 11th:  Fluid Art Technique: Acrylic Pour. One-hour demonstration. A small hands-on project for the last 1 1/2 hours.
May 18th:  Fluid Art Technique: Resin Painting. One-hour demonstration. A small hands-on project for the last 1 1/2 hours.
May 25th:  Q&A session on Fluid Art Techniques, plus time to catch up on your projects.

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April 2022 Main Gallery Show

New month…new season…new art by our member artists on the walls at Art Presence! This month’s art exhibition opens Friday, April 8, at noon, and continues through Sunday, May 1, at 5 pm. Come to the reception on Saturday, April 9, from 1–3 pm. See a tantalizing sampling of the works you can expect to see in the gallery below!

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April Guest Artist Ilene Gienger

“Painting Outside”

Ilene Gienger-Stanfield

Ilene Gienger-Stanfield became a consummate figurative pastel painter during her career as an artist, yet in recent years her experimentations have led her to enjoy the challenges of painting outside. Light and shadow, bright colors, confident brushwork, and strong compositions give her plein air paintings a universal appeal. Ilene’s show opens Friday, April 8, at noon, and continues through Sunday, May 1, at 5 pm. Come to a reception to welcome our guest on Saturday, April 9 from 1–3 pm.

Masonry, 8 x 8 oil by Ilene Gienger

Artist Exhibit Statement

My first intensive art studies were in the portraiture and figurative realm. Painting from a live model is a close-up and personal subject. As I broadened my subjects, Plein air was a new but familiar format in that I am still working from life with the exception of painting outside. The difference is rapidly changing shadows, not trespassing to get a good view of the old barn, getting paint on the inside and outside of your car, insects, and the very worst…wind. Oh, and a bathroom is not readily available. There is, however, the same underlying challenge. Capturing your intention in a limited amount of time.

Artists will vary in their approach to Plein air painting from executing a study to reference later in the studio or finishing on site. I prefer to finish on-site, often returning the next day, or two, at the same time to complete the painting.

Strong colors and shadows always catch my attention which is more likely going to be a nearby subject. In nearby subjects, the shadows change fast, but I can’t resist the attraction. A fellow painter once told me “we come all the way out here and you paint the mailboxes.”

Melissa Taylor Cottage, 8 x 8 oil by Ilene Gienger

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Art Presence Gallery’s 10th Anniversary!

This April, Art Presence Art Center celebrates its 10th Anniversary as a Fine Art Gallery in Jacksonville. This is a time to reflect on where we have been and what we anticipate for our next ten years. Our initial Mission Statement spoke to our relationship with our community in Jacksonville. Our new Statement is more global, recognizing our impact on the Rogue Valley and beyond, with an emphasis on fine art, crafts, education, and authors. We are committed to the very best of all of these components. It seems impossible that we have survived as an art organization, but our patrons continue to remind us of our importance with their generous support.

Art Presence exterior - Spring

We are eager to provide regular classes—taught by our professional artists, proficient in their fields—Life Drawing with professional models and useful, fun crafts for all ages. Of course, we’re open to suggestions from patrons about more that we can offer.

Art Presence Art Center can only get better. We think of ourselves as adolescents moving into adulthood with more wisdom and more tools at our disposal to succeed. Please continue to be with us on this journey.
–Anne Brooke

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March 2022 Virtual Tour

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March 2022 Art Exhibits

Our Members’ show continues this month with fresh works added! Check out these fine works, available in the gallery starting this Friday:

Our Guest Exhibit for this month, Painting Outside the Box, falls in the Don’t Miss column. Since the rectangular format for paintings leaves so much for the viewer to imagine, artist Jerrold Simon made the decision to add canvas to his works…to show the top of a mountain, the bend of a river, an exploding star, etc. Not only that, he adds physical depth to his works, which draws you out of the viewing area and into the painting. His style is unique, exciting, and awe-inspiring. Now you have the opportunity to see and experience Simon’s paintings!

Here is a preview of Simon’s works. You will see many of these in his March 2022 Guest Exhibit, and more that are not pictured here.

With the expertise of videographer Arlis Duncan, we have produced an experience of artwork by Jerrold Simon. For the video, go to https://youtu.be/MIFh4cAuCsQ to be amazed.

To see them in person, come to the gallery! Jerry’s exhibit opens Friday, March 4, at noon, with an Arts & Letters conversation the same day at 5 pm and a reception on Saturday, March 5, from 1–3 pm. Come meet the artist, view the video, and enjoy our members’ work in the Main gallery. You will have an opportunity to see Jerry’s process of beginning a painting.

Both our Members’ show in the main gallery and Painting Outside the Box continue on display through Sunday, March 27.

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