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Fluid Art with 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 […]

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Painting “Cappuccino For Two” At Emerald Art Center (May)

Greetings! I am happy to say that my painting “Cappuccino for Two” was accepted into the Emerald Art Center‘s 16th Annual Emerald Spring Exhibition. To elaborate, this is a national juried painting exhibition held in Springfield, Or…

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The humming air

On a quick visit to Bill Santelli’s studio last week, I saw a recent painting that knocked me out. In my Instagram post about it, I touched on some of the things that really work and give it a sense of natural depth, as if I’m seeing an actual scene in nature, with a slightly […]

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The Heart That Took Flight

Happy Book Birthday!I was rummaging around in my old blogs looking for something this morning when I made a happy discovery: my first little book, The Heart Takes Flight, just turned 10, almost to the day!This illustrated vignette was a labor of love. …

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March 2022 Virtual Tour

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March 2022 Art Exhibits

Art Presence March 2022 art exhibits open Friday, March 4, with a reception for our Guest Artist, Jerrold Simon, on Saturday, March 5, from 1–3 pm.

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Blessing of Endurance

Deep in the umpteenth revision of my book, I feel like toddler-me knew exactly how I feel.I’m saving my writing juice for the Big Project, so this month’s post is a little encouragement to press on & press through. And maybe remember the determinat…

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