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Jacksonville Art Walk

Anne Brooke will be demonstrating “negative painting” in watercolor during the Jacksonville Art Walk, the Second Saturday of June from 5 to 7 at Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. 5th Street.  Look for the neon green pennant at the front door and join her.

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Southern Oregon Plein Air Coming 6/19 – 6/22/19!

Read On For The Inside Scoop On All Things SOPA, Coming 6/19 – 6/22/19!
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JUNE 19 – JUNE 22 2019, $85 registration fee


Southern Oregon Plein Air (SOPA) invites artists of all levels to participate in 4 days of plein air painting!


Artists can customize their SOPA experience by participating in a vendor fair, attending FREE plein air presentations, joining guest artists for on-location demonstrations, entering art into a juried show, participating in a “quick draw” event, and taking advantage of social events.


Paintings entered into the competition will be juried for over $1000 in cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and four honorable mentions. This year’s juror is Cody Bustamante, Professor of Art at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR.


Wednesday June 19th will begin check-in and registration at Central Art in Downtown Medford. During this time, there will be a vendor fair in which artists will have the opportunity to visit with various art supply vendors and take advantage of incredible savings on plein air painting supplies!


After registration and vendor fair, SOPA participants will head to Art Presence Art Center in beautiful Jacksonville, OR for an artist talk and a delicious catered dinner.


Thursday and Friday, June 20th & 21st, will be paint outs. Artists may paint at any location of their choice in a 50 mile radius of Medford, OR. However, we encourage artists to join guest artists at specific prime locations to paint the beautiful landscapes and urban designs in Southern Oregon.


Guest Artists Include:

Phil Juttlestad – Portland Artist

Stefan Baumann – Artist / Instructional Coach / PBS Show “The Grand View”

Gabriel Lipper – Local Artist and Instructor

Willo Balfrey – Local Artist and Instructor

Jeanne LaRae – Local Artist and Instructor


SOPA will conclude on Saturday June 22nd at Art Presence Art Center. Start this busy day early with a nice breakfast hosted by Central Art. Activities this day include announcing winners of the plein air competition, displayed artwork for public viewing, a quick-paint competition, exhibition painting by local artist, gallery walk with juror Cody Bustamante, and an opening reception. Events will conclude by 3pm.


“En Plein Air” competition paintings will be on exhibit June 22-30.


Thank you for your interest in SOPA 2019 – we hope that you enjoy your experience!


*You can PRE-REGISTER NOW by calling 541-773-1444, or by stopping in-store at Central Art and signing up. Payment is required at time of registration to secure a spot.

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May Exhibit and Reception: Peaceful Garden

May Exhibit and Reception: Peaceful Garden

Peaceful Garden, our May members’ spring exhibition, and A Season of Kimono, a guest exhibit of handcrafted kimonos by Diana Rasmussen, open on Friday, May 3 at 11:00 am. The shows are open for viewing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through May 26.

Don’t miss “View from the Cemetery” and more works by new member Desmond Serratore in this show!

Join us for an artist reception on Saturday, May 4 from 1–3 pm.

Front Yard Gate, oil painting by Bill Stanton
Garden Blooms, watercolor by Anne Brooke
View from the Cemetery, painting by Desmond Serratore
Midnight in the Garden, painting by Joyce Feigner
Lithia Park, painting by Sue Bennett
Fog Bloom, by Tom Glassman
Wine Garden, image by Vivian McAleavey
Vineyard, painting by Walt Wirfs
Red Kimono by Diana Rasmussen
Blue Kimono by Diana Rasmussen

May Author Reading with Peggy Dover

Come to the gallery for a special author reading! Peggy Dover, writer for the Medford Mail-Tribune, Jacksonville Review and Southern Oregon Wine Scene, reads from her book, “Trips and Tangents: 101 Favorite Southern Oregon Journal Columns for the Mail Tribune,” on May 10 at 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

More Announcements

The overwhelming response to Anne Brooke’s Basic Drawing for Adults classes prompted us to add a third session from June 17 through July 22. Adult classes will take place on Mondays from 3:00–4:30 pm. The fee to participate is at your discretion. Moreover, it’s time for children age 6–12 to register for our FREE Drawing for Youth class. Youth classes take place on Tuesdays from 5:30–7:00 pm. Session 1 runs June 11– July 16 and Session 2 runs July 30–September 3. Taught by the talented Brooke Nuckles, former Education Director for Rogue Gallery and Art Center, the class and provided materials are made possible by a grant from the Haines and Friends Foundation. Join those who have already joined our adult and youth drawing classes for safe, fun and effective classes with experienced art teachers! Stop by the gallery or call Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 to sign up. Add this to your calendar!

Art Presence Art Center, Miner’s Bazaar, and more are working toward an Art Amble revival! We still have details to work out, but most California Street business owners are on board. We expect the new Jacksonville art walk to take place from 5–7 pm on the second Saturday of each month.

Remember to mark your calendars for a show of works from the 2019 Southern Oregon Plein Air event in mid to late June. Our July Guest Artist is Ken Gregg, who presents “Life in Jacksonville, a Story in Photography,” his recently published book of photography. Details coming soon.

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Peggy Dover Author Reading May 10!

Peggy Dover Author Reading May 10!

Peggy Dover author reading May 10, 2019 at 5pm
Peggy Dover author reading May 10, 2019
Author Peggy Dover writes weekly for the Mail Tribune and monthly for the Jacksonville Review. On the second Friday in May, the 10th at 5:00 pm, she reads from her book, “Trips and Tangents,” at Art Presence Art Center.  Peggy penned this eclectic mix of bite-sized stories which serve up a slice of real life in Southern Oregon. Join her for a few trips and tangents from a visit to the wild and rugged coast to discovering the Bigfoot Brownie near Prospect, and being hopelessly lost in a corn maze to confronting a giant nutcracker.
Refreshments available.  For more information call 541-941-7057.

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Poets on the Loose – Saturday April 13, 2019

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Come to Jacksonville for Poets on the Loose 2019 on Saturday, April 13

Poets on the Loose in Jacksonville! Anne Brooke reads a poemt to two ladies taking a break from shopping on California Street

Anne Brooke reads a poem to two ladies taking a break from shopping on California Street during the 2018 event.

Poets on the Loose 2019 takes place on Saturday, April 13 in downtown Jacksonville, Oregon. People had so much fun during our first event last year that we’re bringing it back to celebrate National Poetry Month!

On Saturday, April 13, expect to see poets and poetry enthusiasts offering to read poems to random people on the street in downtown Jacksonville. When a poetry reader asks you, be ready to say Yes! Take a break, enjoy a free poetry reading, and take a copy of the poem home with you.

And have fun!!

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So You’ve Written a Book…

So You’ve Written a Book…What Now?

Lucky Valley Press is here to help!

So You've Written A Book...What Now? Meet David and Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press in Jacksonville, Oregon at 5pm on Friday, April to find out!

David and Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press

So you’ve written a book. What now? Meet David and Ginna Gordon at Art Presence Art Center at 5pm on Friday, April 12 to find out! Owners of Lucky Valley Press, a Jacksonville-based publishing company, David & Ginna can help you polish your work and successfully navigate every phase of publishing your book.

Lucky Valley has helped many authors bring their books to the public, including novels, cookbooks, inspirational and self-help books, memoirs, books about history, books for children, and gift books. The breadth of their repertoire assures you that whatever type of project you’re working on, they can bring their professional experience to the table and help you make your dream come true..

David and Ginna plan to discuss their pre-press checklist for creating a book, digital publishing, and more important information indie authors need to know. Their brochure for the talk gives us some hints.

  • Keeping your writing process organized
  • Sharing your work-in-progress with trusted individuals
  • Proofreading for spelling and grammar
  • Choosing an editor
  • Designing your book
  • Publishing and Distribution choices – their pros and cons

The Lucky Valley Pre-Press Checklist

  • Create digital files from hardcopy manuscript if necessary
  • Proofread manuscript multiple time by eye and with automated spell and grammar check
  • Edit text for continuity and flow
  • Choose and work with an iluustrator
  • Manage the design, layout and typography of the book’s contents
  • Edit photos and illustrations for high-res printing as needed
  • Design front and back covers
  • Acquire the ISBN and set up the book for retail distribution if desired
  • Preflight all documents for image resolution and fonts
  • Output final digital files for printing
  • Choose an online or local printer with quality book printing technology
  • Preparation of print or digital marketing materials if desired

And if you need help, after this meeting you’ll know local publishers you can turn to for experienced and caring assistance. So … You’ve written a book. Now What? Meet David & Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press and pick their brains for the information you need on Friday, April 12 at 5pm.

“The Success is in the Details”

You can add the event to your calendar here.

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Art Presence March- April 2019 Newsletter

March – April   2 0 1 9
A R T    E N H A N C I N G    C O M M U N I T Y
Shining Mountains
Andre Satie
Balloons Over Began
Susan Quinn
Sundial Courtyard
Katharine Gracey
Hand Woven Basket
John Campbell

Tom Glassman
Air Mail
Nancy Bardos
Bill Stanton
Brenda Mills Branan
California Dreaming
Patrick Beste
Wooden Bowl
Bruce Millbank
Anne Brooke
Landscape Platter
Debra Earley
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Class: Basic Drawing for Adults

“There is a notion that artists are born with the ability to draw. No one arrives in this world with that gift! Drawing is a skill that must be learned. It is not hard, but requires mental discipline.

“Drawing will develop a cooperative process between your mind and your eyes. The mind must relinquish the role of know-it-all and allow the eye to be the teacher. The mind makes a lot of assumptions. Most of the time these assumptions are close enough to reality that we can get along in the world. In drawing, however, the less you assume, the more you will SEE. Please join me on a journey to develop this skill.“

-Anne Brooke, Director

Basic Drawing For Adults with Anne Brooke

Anne Brooke, who has taught drawing and watercolor for over 25 years and helped to cultivate the skills of many award-winning artists, leads our first Basic Drawing Class. Anne holds degrees in Art and Nursing and was trained in the classical method of drawing. Her classes are fun and safe—you will enjoy learning this skill! All supplies will be provided, cost is at your discretion.

First Session: March 11th through April 15th, Mondays from 3–4:30pm
Second Session: April 29th through June 3rd, Mondays from 3–4:30pm

Both classes take place at Art Presence Art Center, 206 North 5th Street in Jacksonville. Pick up an application at the gallery or call 541-941-7057 to sign up.

FREE art classes for elementary school age children, taught by Brooke Nuckles, begin in June. Please note that this is a month earlier than we mentioned in last month’s issue. More details to come.

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Up, Up and Away! March-April Members Show

Up, Up and Away! Our March-April members’ show of art with an uplifting theme opens on Friday, March 1 and continues through Sunday, April 28.

Up, Up and Away! March-April 2019 Members show - Shining Mountains, painting by Andre Satie
Up, Up and Away! March-April 2019 Members show -Rising from the Thicket, image by Vivian MacAleavey
Up, Up and Away! March-April 2019 Members show -California Dreaming, abstract painting by Patrick Beste
Up, Up and Away! March-April 2019 Members show -Air Mail, painting by Nancy Bardos
Up, Up and Away! March-April 2019 Members show -Unraveled, by Brenda Mills Brannan

Alongside our main show, a guest exhibit of works by returning member Zoe West hangs on the back wall.

March-April 2019 Guest Exhibit - Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave, painting by Zoe West
March-April 2019 Guest Exhibit - Never Give Up, painting by Zoe West
March-April 2019 Guest Exhibit - Greeting the Dawn, by Zoe West

Join us for a reception and meet the artists on Saturday, March 2, from 1–3 pm!

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Naked Art 2019 ~ No Mats, No Frames, Big Savings!

Naked Art 2018 : Naked Art 2017: No Mats, No Frames ~ Great Deals! at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon. Image by Tom Glassman

Naked Art: No Mats, No Frames ~ Great Deals! at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon. Image by Tom Glassman

Naked Art 2019

Naked Art 2019 marks our fifth annual show exhibition of unmounted, unframed works of fine art by Art Presence members at affordable prices. Need to give a gift? Anxious to add new work to your collection or decorate for a special occasion? You can also take your art finds home when you purchase them. As a result, you can use the money you’ve saved to frame your new art your way. Please note that the show opens Friday, January 4, at 11 am and the gallery is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm.


This year the Calligraphers’ Guild presents beautifully rendered haiku. Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Moreover, traditional Haiku must evoke images of the natural world.

You can identify Haiku by looking for these three qualities:

  • First, the essence of haiku is “cutting” (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them,[2] a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • Next, traditional haiku often consist of 17 on (also known as morae though often loosely translated as “syllables”), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on, respectively.[3] However, some authors are critical of the distribution of syllables, such as Vicente Haya or Jaime Lorente.[4]
  • Finally, a kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such terms.

Modern Japanese haiku (現代俳句 gendai-haiku) are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of 17 on or to take nature as their subject. Importantly, the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku.[5] There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.[6]

Japanese traditionally print haiku in a single vertical line. However, haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.


This month’s artist reception takes place Saturday, January 4, from 1-3 pm. Join us to meet the artists of Art Presence and the Calligrapher’s Guild and enjoy their works!

Both shows continue through Sunday, Feb. 24.

Welcome, Year of the Pig!

2019 year of the pig, designed by freepik

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Art Presence Art Center hosts special activities, talks, and an artist demonstration on the art of Chinese brush painting as part of the City of Jacksonville’s Chinese New Year Celebration next month! Visit again for more details.


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