Open Call to Artists: Jacksonville, OR

Art Presence Art Center invites artists of all ages and mediums to participate in our upcoming exhibition celebrating the vibrant and historic Jacksonville, Oregon. Whether you’re an emerging artist or an established creator, we welcome your submissions!

Capture the essence of this historic town nestled in the heart of Southern Oregon. From its charming streets to the scenic landscapes, interpret the theme in your unique artistic voice.

Details

  • Medium: All mediums are welcome.
  • Age: Open to artists of any age.
  • Submission Deadline: April 4th, 2024
  • Submission Email: Send your artwork to [email protected].
  • Notification of Selection: Artists will be notified by April 15th, 2024 if their work has been chosen.
  • Exhibition Dates: The show will run from May 2nd to May 26th, 2024.

Benefits if Selected

  • Free Gallery Space: Chosen artists will have their work displayed in our cozy gallery.
  • Sell your art: Art Presence will offer your art for sale with a 40% commission if you set a price.  
  • Art Opening Party: Join us for a lively opening reception.
  • Social Media Promotion: We’ll feature your art on our social channels.

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Member Artists Selected for WSO Spring Show

We are so excited!

Two of our Member Artists, Deanna St. Martin & Sue Bennett have been juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon Spring Show April 5-7 in Yachats, Oregon!

Out of 322 submitted paintings, only 80 get juried in. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for both of them. The award jurying will be on April 4th.

This is a sample of Deanna’s painting.

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March Member Artist: Brenda Mills Brannan

Member Artist of the Month: Brenda Mills Brannan

If you’ve visited the gallery, you’re familiar with Brenda Mills Brannan’s inspirational work. She manages to artfully combine organic, abstract concepts with meticulous renderings of the real world around her using a variety of liquid media, including alcohol ink, fluid acrylic, or watercolor. She taps into her ongoing romance with the natural world, striving for a spirited interpretation of such things as birds, people, or maybe even an attempt to paint the abstract design of a leaf.

We celebrate Brannan’s continuous process of self-discovery as our Member Artist of the Month.

To see more of her work, visit www.bmillsb.com.

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March Guest Artist: Howard Hunt

Howard Hunt – blending the palettes of art and ecology

Medford artist and wildlife biologist Howard Hunt is sharing his very creative and insightful digital images this month. As he puts it, his background is rooted in two sometimes conflicting disciplines: biological science and art. He spent most of his career as a wildlife biologist in several western states and as a Professor of Ecology at Louisiana Tech University. Hunt’s training in the arts occurred during his early college days and towards the end of his teaching career, when he enrolled as a student in various art classes. 

His process uses photography and image-making to enhance his ability to communicate ecological concepts as a biologist and teacher. After retirement and relocation to Medford in 2011, photography has been the impetus for frequent artistic outings, travel and foreign adventures. Blending his passions, his attraction to the natural sciences was likely the result of his artistic appreciation of nature and nature’s creatures. 

We invite you to meet Howard Hunt and view his amazing work at the opening reception on Saturday, March 2nd from 1 – 4 PM.

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February 2024 Newsletter

We are excited to offer a special showing this month in place of our regular Guest Artist presentation:
Stephen Lyman Print – The Deep Grass Valley

New residents of Jacksonville, Mary & Dick are retired National Park Service Park superintendents who spent their careers supervising countless well-known national parks in the western US such as Olympic, Death Valley, and Yosemite National Parks. Throughout their many travels from Alaska to the National Park Service headquarters office in Washington, DC, their passion for collecting art blossomed, and they filled three houses with an amazing collection of diverse art by several artists.   Now settled into a single residence, downsizing has resulted in more artwork than they could possibly display and they are passionate about sharing their collection with people who have a similar appreciation for nature and art. We are excited that they are showing their collection at Art Presence throughout the month of February, including works by Stephen Lyman, an artist from Idaho who worked in Yosemite and Alaska, and Robert Bateman, a Canadian naturalist and artist, just to name a couple.


Robert Bateman Signed Limited Edition Print – Mule Deer in Aspen

We invite you to explore this remarkable collection.  
The opening reception with Mary & Dick Martin is Saturday, February 3rd from 1 – 4 PM.

Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with
With member artists Walt and Char Wirfs to assist, all ages are invited to Art Presence on Saturday, Februrary 10th to either color Walt’s Dragon’s Eye drawing, or create your own from scratch (all art supplies provided).  This is a family-oriented activity and all are welcome (donations gratefully accepted).

Then browse our Author’s Gallery which will feature “Year of the Dragon” a colorable graphic memoir that pays homage to Chinese New Year, a season that represents new beginnings.  This book by Debbie Chinn with illustrations by Ginna BB Gordon (formerly of Jacksonville) chronicles the life of Debbie, a proud daughter of Chinese immigrants, as she shares her experiences of coming of age in the family’s restaurant.



We are proud to launch a new version of our website (www.art-presence.org) that will help keep you up-to-date on all the events and exhibitions happening at the gallery and art center.  A big THANK YOU to Jacksonville’s Transient Lodging Tax Committee for their generous support which has made this improvement possible.

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February Author Review

Book: “Year of the Dragon”, Debbie Chinn & Ginna BB Gordon

“Year of the Dragon”, a colorful graphic memoir based on “Dancing in Their Light”. Written by Debbie Chinn and illustrated by Ginna BB Gordon

Published by Lucky Valley Press, 2024, www.luckyvalleypress.com Price $19.99

Art Presence Art Center will feature “Year of the Dragon” on the shelves of their Authors’ Gallery in February, 2024. Debbie Chinn’s first publication, “Dancing in Their Light”, 2022, can also be found there. Both books chronicle the life of Debbie Chinn, a proud daughter of Chinese immigrants, growing up in the families’ enterprise of establishing the Mah Jong Restaurant, and later, the Polynesian nightclub, popular culinary destinations during the gilded age of dining from 1960 to 1980. Debbie shares her experiences of coming of age in that family enterprise.

Her latest publication, “Year of the Dragon” is a colorful graphic memoir and pays homage to Chinese New Year, representing new beginnings. Artist and writer, Ginna BB Gordon, created the exquisite colorable illustrations found within the pages of this book.

The creators of “Year of the Dragon” hope it serves as a fun activity to inspire you to learn more about the culture and norms of Chinese New Year and give you an insight into Debbie’s family. Debbie lives in Northern California and Ginna BB Gordon, formally of Jacksonville, lives in Pacific Grove, California.

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January 2024 Newsletter

NAKED ART!
It’s not what you think – it’s better!

“Naked Art is not fully clothed – no mats, no frames, just open to view.”

January is a traditional time to clear out the closets – and when you are an artist, it means taking a second look at those wonderful pieces of art that somehow never got framed or matted or hung.

Our cadre of fine, local member artists are cleaning house and you can benefit by acquiring art that is unframed, unmatted, and, well, naked. These bargains are being made available to you so that you can custom frame the piece as you like, or not. Some artists will also be showing framed pieces that have not found homes previously and so are being offered at a reduced price.

Come join us for our opening reception on Saturday, January 6th from 1pm to 4pm for a glass of wine and a chance to browse through these buried treasures that we are bringing to light this month to brighten your new year.

Also this month a few of our artists continue to show their work at several local wineries:

Susan Nahabedian • Awen Winecraft
Sharon Wesner • Hummingbird Estate
Spence Platt • Dos Mariposas Vineyard & Lavender Farm

Winter gallery hours continue this month: Friday, Saturday and Sunday • Noon to 5pm

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Special February Show: The Mary and Dick Martin Collection

To start, we are excited to offer a special showing this month in place of our regular Guest Artist presentation: The Mary and Dick Martin Collection. New residents of Jacksonville, Mary & Dick are retired National Park Service Park superintendents who spent their careers supervising countless well-known national parks in the western US such as Olympic, Death Valley, and Yosemite National Parks. Throughout their many travels from Alaska to the National Park Service headquarters office in Washington, DC, their passion for collecting art blossomed, and they filled three houses with an amazing collection of diverse art by several artists. 

Now settled into a single residence, downsizing has resulted in more artwork than they could possibly display and they are passionate about sharing their collection with people who have a similar appreciation for nature and art. We are excited that they are showing their collection at Art Presence throughout the month of February, including works by Stephen Lyman, an artist from Idaho who worked in Yosemite and Alaska, and Robert Bateman, a Canadian naturalist and artist, just to name a couple.

We invite you to explore this remarkable collection.

The opening reception with Mary & Dick Martin is Saturday, February 3rd from 1 – 4 PM.

Robert Bateman Signed Limited Edition Print – Mule Deer in Aspen
Stephen Lyman Print – The Deep Grass Valley

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February 2024 at Art Presence Art Center

Art Presence Art Center
Special Collection Showing in February

Special February Show: The Mary and Dick Martin Collection

We are excited to offer a special showing this month in place of our regular Guest Artist presentation: The Mary and Dick Martin Collection. New residents of Jacksonville, Mary & Dick are retired National Park Service Park superintendents who spent their careers supervising countless well-known national parks in the western US such as Olympic, Death Valley, and Yosemite National Parks. Throughout their many travels from Alaska to the National Park Service headquarters office in Washington, DC, their passion for collecting art blossomed, and they filled three houses with an amazing collection of diverse art by several artists.

Now settled into a single residence, downsizing has resulted in more artwork than they could possibly display and they are passionate about sharing their collection with people who have a similar appreciation for nature and art. We are excited that they are showing their collection at Art Presence throughout February, including works by Stephen Lyman, an artist from Idaho who worked in Yosemite and Alaska, and Robert Bateman, a Canadian naturalist and artist, just to name a couple.

We invite you to explore this remarkable collection.
The opening reception with Mary & Dick Martin is Saturday, February 3rd from 1 – 4 PM.

Winery Art

Also this month, three Art Presence artists continue to show their work at several local wineries. Come out and enjoy a glass of wine while checking out more artwork by our member artists.

Caleb Salvadori • Awen Winecraft
Sharon Wesner • Hummingbird Estate
Spence Platt • Dos Mariposas Vineyard & Lavender Farm

Winter gallery hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday • Noon to 5pm

We hope to see you at the Art Presence Art Center and Gallery this month!

December Member Artist: Belinda Moffit

Member Artist of December is Belinda Moffit. Belinda is a portrait artist extraordinaire capturing details
and nuances, mood and manner, that evoke the interior character of the subject. From whimsy to
serious, she has a way of painting the exquisite subtle tension that often goes unnoticed in people’s
expressions. She is available for custom portraits also.

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