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New Beginnings

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Featured, Member Shows | 1 comment

New Beginnings is a two-month exhibition showcasing works of art depicting artist’s interpretations of the theme in the gallery. The show opens Friday, March 3 and continues through Sunday, April 30. Join us for a reception on Saturday, March 4 from 1–3pm. Our faithful friends Matt and Rebecca Stuart of Minstrel Streams will play live music, and as always we will have wine and hors d’oeuvres for you to enjoy while getting to know the artists.

At this month’s reception you will also have an opportunity to hear author Diana Google, Ph. D., read from her new book of essays, entitled “Wisdom of the Heart.” This is a previously scheduled author reading that was preempted by Winter Storm Helena. As before, Diana’s reading will be accompanied by paintings by Barbara Kostal. Working hand-in-hand as inspiration and illustration, each of Coogle’s essays was inspired by one of Kostal’s paintings, which also appear in the book. There will not be an extended exhibition of the paintings as originally planned, so come and see them while you can! Diana and Barbara begin their presentation at 2:00 pm.

We will have another reception on Saturday, April 1, from 1–3pm. Details and author readings to be announced when they are confirmed.

Below is a sampling of the paintings, photography, and additional art forms we will have on exhibit for the New Beginnings exhibition. Enjoy!

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Wisdom of the Heart Author Reading

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Author Readings, Featured | 1 comment

Wisdom of the Heart Author Reading : Diana Coogle Author Reading with Paintings by Barbara Kostel, a reading and exhibit of paintings from Diana Coogle and Barbara Kostal’s new book Wisdom of the Heart. Diana Coogle author reading from Wisdom of the Heart and exhibit of paintings from the book by Barbara Kostal takes place in conjunction with the artist reception for Art Presence Art Center's Poetry of Spring show on March 4, 2017, at 2:00 pm. In this coffee-table book, artist Barbara Kostal depicts a metaphysical journey through life in forty-four abstract, nature-inspired paintings. For each painting writer Diana Coogle, Ph.D., responds with a one- page personal essay—meditative, narrative or poetic—based on a life lived closely with nature.

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Introduction to Chinese Characters

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Chinese New Year, Events | 0 comments

Introduction to Chinese Characters: Traditional Chinese characters for Rooster

Traditional Chinese character for Rooster

Art Presence Art Center welcomes the Year of the Rooster by hosting Introduction to Chinese Characters, an audio-visual presentation by Sarah Svinth. Originally from China and now a Medford resident, Sarah’s presentation will introduce us to 20-25 traditional Chinese characters at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Join us for this free, fun and informative event! Add it to your own online calendar – visit our event entry HERE!

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Naked Art 2017 ~ No Mats, No Frames, Great Deals!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Featured, Member Shows, Naked Art | 0 comments


No Mats – No Frames – Great Deals!

January 13–February 26, 2017

Informal Reception Saturday, January 14 from noon–3pm


Naked Art: 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


Well, this year’s record-breaking winter storm Helena sure did put a stick in our spokes for January! We hope you all made it through safely, and want you to know that you didn’t miss our reception for the Naked Art 2017 exhibition. Rather than ask anyone to brave the snow and ice, we will have an informal reception on January 14 from noon to 3pm with live music by Minstrel Streams. Minstrel Streams returns for a regular reception on February 4 from noon–3pm.

Add to your art collection for less or buy the art you love without paying for a frame you intend to replace! Naked Art, a collection of unframed fine art by Art Presence members, lets you take home your naked art finds right away. The bonus for collectors is that new works will replace those that have sold, so there will be more art to consider as it is added throughout the show.

Art Presence Art Center first presented our Naked Art: No Mats, No Frames, Great Deals exhibition in February 2015. It was such a success we decided to bring it back for 2016, and with our Naked Art 2017 show we’re making it an annual event. This year’s show will extend for two months, giving you more time to make your decisions. Unlike most art shows where buyers must wait for the show’s end to take their purchases home, Naked Art 2017 purchases can be taken home immediately and framed to your own taste and interior decor needs.

More Art Presence News and Announcements

Art Presence Art Center will have a second reception for the Naked Art show on Saturday, February 4. Jacksonville author Christin Lore Weber has just published a new book, “The Root of Beauty: A Spiritual Memoir.” She will read an excerpt from her book at 1:00pm. Don’t miss it!

Jacksonville’s Chinese New Year celebration takes place on February 18 this year. Art Presence Art Center will participate with special art activities, which we will announce when the details are all settled. please check back for more information!

Art Presence Off-site Art Exhibits:

Pioneer Village

January 19–April 19: Please come and enjoy lively and colorful watercolor paintings by Anne Brooke! Please join Anne for an informal reception from 4:30–6:00pm on January 19.

Jacksonville Public Library

January 19–April 19: Heartwarming and visually stunning photography by Kathleen Hoevet ~ A must-see show!


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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Christin Lore Weber to Read at Feb 4 Reception

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Flyer for The Root of Beauty Author Reading by Christin Lore Weber on Feb 4, 2017

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Author Reading by Diana Coogle

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Author Readings, Events, Guest Exhibits | 0 comments

Author Reading by Diana Coogle  with Exhibit of Paintings by Barbara Kostal

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December Reception for Small Treasures

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Author Readings, Events, 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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