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December Reception for Small Treasures

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Author Readings, Events, Featured, Member Shows | 0 comments

December Reception for Small Treasures Small Treasures December Reception: New Members "Minstrel Streams" : PIcture of musicians Matt and Rebecca Stuart, new members of Art Presence

Musicians Matt and Rebecca Stuart of Minstrel Streams

Art Presence members have filled the gallery with small works of fine art priced for holiday gift giving in our Small Treasures holiday exhibit. See our post for more details!

December reception for Small Treasures

Haven’t had a chance to see our Small Treasures holiday gift show of small artworks? Maybe you missed our November reception and want to meet the artists participating in this show? Come by our December reception for Small Treasures on Saturday, December 3 from noon–3pm! Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, chat with the artists and choose small works of fine art to give to the special ones on your list. All while listening to the beautiful instrumentals of Minstrel Streams, featuring new members Matt and Rebecca Stuart. Matt and Rebecca are lifelong musicians, art enthusiasts and lovely people whom you will also want to meet!

At 1:00 we present a very special author reading by Garris Elkins. Elkins will read from one of his books titled “The Leadership Rock.” This newly published book is a 35 year long collection of stories and experiences that take the reader deeper into the heart of what it means to lead people with integrity.

December Reception for Small Treasures Small Treasures 2016 : House Finch, watercolor painting by Linda Abblett

House Finch, by Linda Abblett

He will read selections from the following chapters:

The Gift of Gladys:”A story of how I learned what loves looks like from an unexpected source.”

The Big Shot Pastor:”A story of how I discovered that my pride had blinded me to the needs of those I love.”

A Hundred Dollar Cry: “A story of how one act of love can touch us at the deepest level of our being.”

Restored Flight:”A story of how a high-profiled, but fallen and broken national leader was loved back to wholeness.”

The Fifty-Year Letter: “A story of how our dreams and hopes for marriage can be realized.”

Recommissioned Lives: “A story of how we will always carry purpose, but in a new context for a new season of life.”

At 2:00, our own talented photographer, board member and tongue-in-cheek comic Tom Glassman reads from his hilarious “Diary of a Reindeer,” a short Christmas story about Cedric the Reindeer created in collaboration with Katharine Gracey.

Come for the Parade, Spend the Day for the Art!

This will be a fun day in Jacksonville for art lovers! First of all, the Jacksonville Christmas Parade takes place December 3 at 10am. Next, Art Presence opens and Art’Clectic’s holiday artisans market at the IOOF begins at 11am. Then, the artists reception for the fourth annual Angels show at GoodBean Coffee begins at noon. Enjoy their reception and then cross town again to join us for Garris Elkins’ author reading! See you next Saturday…

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New Members Minstrel Streams

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Featured, Member Profiles, Members, News | 0 comments

Art Presence Welcomes New Members Minstrel Streams

New Members Minstrel Streams : Picture of musicians Matt and Rebecca Stuart, new members of Art Presence Art Center

New Members Minstrel Streams: Guitarist/Pianist Matt and Flutist Rebecca Stuart

We are happy to welcome new members Minstrel Streams to Art Presence. Husband and wife musical duo Matt and Rebecca Stuart are the talented musicians/composers and recording artists behind the name Minstrel Streams. Matt plays piano/keyboards and acoustic guitar and Rebecca plays flute and Native American flutes. Their inspirational music has been described as a blend of classical, folk, and world music. We met them at our last Board meeting, and what a delight to hear their music for the first time at the Small Treasures reception a few days later! The couple only recently moved to Medford, so we also welcome them as new neighbors.

Art Presence now offers the four CDs they have made together—On Earth As It Is In Heaven, Cradle of the Moon, New Horizon, and the self-titled Minstrel Streams—in the gallery on their behalf. In addition, they have offered to play at our receptions and special events going forward. If you haven’t already fallen in love with their music, we’re sure you will enjoy listening to our new members Minstrel Streams at our next reception.

Props and Accomplishments

Their critically acclaimed CD New Horizon was recorded at Will Ackerman’s legendary Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. It has reached a global audience with radio airplay around the world…being a hit on Pandora and Music Choice “Soundscapes.”  New Horizon was also a GRAMMY contender.

In the words of Bill Binkelman of Zone Music Reporter:
“while listening… I recalled many classic recordings from the days of both Windham Hill and Narada in that the music has that ‘classic’ acoustic sound present on both labels, especially at their outset. There is a sonic richness and an emotional depth present here that goes beyond just ‘good music and well played.’ ”

New Members Minstrel Streams’ mission is To promote peace, love, joy, healing, and mercy through music.

Matt and Rebecca Stuart

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Small Treasures 2016 Nov-Dec Art Exhibit

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Events, Featured, Library Exhibits, Member Shows, Pioneer Village Exhibits | 0 comments

Small Treasures 2016 : Untitled holiday art by Linda AbblettSmall Treasures 2016

As the year draws to a close, Art Presence Art Center asks our members to bring their smaller pieces of art to the gallery for our holiday gift-giving show, Small Treasures 2016. Due to the gift-giving nature of the season, these works are locally created, portable and affordable. Therefore the gallery will be filled with excellent gift choices for those who appreciate art and creativity.

Small Treasures 2016 opens on Friday, November 4 and continues through Sunday, December 25.  Join us for a festive reception on Saturday, November 5 from 1–4pm!

  • Meet the artists and discuss the inspiration behind their small treasures.
  • Visit with fellow art enthusiasts over hors d’oeuvres and a sip of wine.
  • Listen to one of our local authors as they read from their newly published books. We have two author readings this month.
    • Anna Elkins reads at 1:00 from her book of poetry “The Space Between.”
    • Ginna Gordon reads at 2:00 from her brand new novel, “Looking for John Steinbeck.”

Take Your Small Treasures Home As Soon As You Buy Them!

You don’t have to wait until it’s over to pick up your artistic finds—during this show you can take your artwork with you when you purchase it. As a result, these small treasures will begin disappearing as soon as the show opens. Therefore, be sure to purchase anything you love at first sight! Artists will replenish their offerings throughout the show, so be sure to stop by the gallery often through the end of the year to see what’s new.

Art Presence Offsite Exhibits

Don’t miss Art Presence Art center’s off-site exhibits for additional holiday gift-giving opportunities! If you’d rather not give a small piece of art to someone special, these offer larger works to consider.

  • Watercolors by Judith Ghetti Ommen: On display at Pioneer Village on 5th Street in Jacksonville, OR, now through year’s end.
  • Abstract paintings by Patrick Beste: In the Naversen Room of the Jacksonville Public Library through the end of the year. Click here for the library’s hours and location information.
  • Watercolor paintings by Linda Abblett: On display at the Medford Public Library now through December 31, 2016.

 

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Gallerie Carnevale October Creative Challenge

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Events, October Creative Challenge | 0 comments

Gallerie Carnevale

Art Presence Art Center Invites You to Our Fourth Annual October Creative Challenge

Gallerie Carnevale : Make-Up, watercolor painting of a clown puttingon makeup by Anne Brooke

“Make-Up” by Anne Brooke

Gallerie Carnevale, Art Presence Art Center’s Fourth Annual October Creative Challenge, presents artwork in a circus theme with touches of Halloween. We announced our fourth October Creative Challenge earlier this year. As a result, 27 artists from all over the valley contributed amazing works.  Due to their inspiration and creativity, the show includes incredible sculptures as well as 2 dimensional pieces in oil, acrylic, watercolor, fabric and collage. This delightful exhibit opens September 30th and remains on display through the month. So, we thank all the participating artists for their wonderful contributions!

You’re invited to the Gallerie Carnevale artists reception this Saturday, October 1st from 1 to 4 pm at 206 North Fifth Street, next to the Courthouse.  There will be refreshments, a balloon man, and an activity table where you can decorate and make your own pinwheel.  Most of all, you can meet the artists behind the Gallerie Carnevale! The Gallery is open from 11 to 5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We hope you will join us!

 

 

 

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September Art Exhibit “Harvest Time” and more…

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Author Readings, Events, Member Shows, Pioneer Village Exhibits | 0 comments

September Art Exhibit

Our September Art Exhibit Harvest Time is a show of artwork by Art Presence Art Center artist members featuring paintings with a harvest theme…and more. The gallery is filled with fantastic artwork by our talented artist members just waiting to be seen!

Our Harvest Time members show is on display from September 2 through the 25th. Please join us for a reception on Saturday, September 3, from 1–3pm. Our Author Readings resume with this reception, and two of our local authors will share readings from their newly published books!

  • John Sack reads from “Leaving My Broken Home” at 1:00pm
  • Sharon Mehdi reads from “Eleanor Bobbin” at 2:00pm.

More Art Presence Art Exhibits:

September Art Exhibit : Pick Up Sticks, abstract painting by Judy Ommen

Pick Up Sticks, by Judy Ommen

Pioneer Village: Judith Ghetti Ommen

Art Presence member artist Judy Ommen shows watercolor and mixed media paintings from September 10–December 10. Please join her for an opening reception on September 10 from 4–6pm. See more of Judy’s paintings at www.flickr.com/photos/90732738@N08/

Jacksonville Library, Naversen Room: Abstract Paintings by Patrick Beste

September Art Exhibit : image of Trials of Odin, abstract painting by Patrick Beste

Trials of Odin, abstract painting by Patrick Beste

Art Presence member artist Patrick Beste presents a show of abstract acrylic paintings from September through December. Visit the Naverson Room and fill your eyes with Beste’s colorful abstract compositions! See more of Patrick’s work at besteart.net.

Medford Library: Watercolors by Linda Abblett

September Art Exhibit : image of Summer's Bloom, watercolor painting by Linda Abblett

Summer’s Bloom, watercolor by Linda Abblett

Art Presence member artist Linda Abblett shows her watercolors at the Medford Library through the end of the year. Linda’s art is distinguished by strong light and shadows, and she paints a wide variety of subjects. See more of Linda’s work at lindaabblettwatercolors.com.

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Art Presence Art Center is a nonprofit gallery and art center located at 206 North Fifth Street in Jacksonville, Oregon, on the grounds of the historic courthouse. The gallery is open from 11am – 5pm every Friday – Sunday.

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Life Drawing Studio Resumes

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Events, Featured, Life Drawing Sessions | 0 comments

After a break for the summer, the Life Drawing Studio resumes sessions at Art Presence Art Center on Monday, September 19 at 1:00pm. Everything stays the same—session start at 1pm and continue until 3pm every Monday, no registration is necessary, and $10/session covers your participation. Sharpen you pencils and hone your skills… See you there!

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Flowers of Hope

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in Events, Guest Exhibits | 0 comments

Flowers of Hope 2016 Display and Reception : Flowers of Hope Glass Art panelThis year’s Flowers of Hope Reception takes place at Art Presence Art Center. So you can see all of the panels made this year, the gallery will host a display from Sept 23-25th. Join us for the Artist’s Reception on Saturday, September 24th from 1-4pm. We invite everyone to join us! Refreshments will be served, and we invite guests to vote for their favorite panel. The creator of the panel with the most votes wins a $50 gift certificate to LightGarden Glass Art.

About Flowers of Hope

The Flowers of Hope program provides the venue, equipment and supplies for local artists to make 8” x 8” glass panels at a nominal fee of $15. Then LightGarden Glass Art gives these glass panels, decorated with flower art, to women with breast cancer. LightGarden Glass Art collects these panels all year long, puts them on display at an Artist’s Reception, then delivers them to Women’s Imaging at Asante Medical Center. Women with breast cancer have the opportunity to pick a panel of their choice from the panels on display at the Imaging Center before they go into surgery. We hope that creating these panels brings joy and hope to these women who so desperately need some comfort.

Flowers of Hope Display and Reception: Flowers of Hope 2015 display at South Stage Cellars

This is our 11th year and we have collected over 800 panels for this great cause! Learn more about how you can get involved HERE.

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