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...Read More
in Jacksonville, Oregon
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.
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.
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…Read More
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.
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 Stuart grew up in Chicago and began playing the piano at the age of four. Shortly thereafter he began taking formal (classical) lessons at Northwestern University’s Conservatory of Music. As a child, Matt’s passion for music was most easily recognized in one particular way. His parents were big movie fans, so they treated Matt and his younger brother to weekly trips to the cinema. Upon returning home, Matt would frequently plop down in front of the piano and immediately begin working out the movie’s soundtrack’s themes. Miklos Rozsa’s “Ben Hur,” Maurice Jarre’s “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago” made huge impressions on him. In high school, he added folk guitar to his musical repertoire, inspired by luminary artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, Peter, Paul and Mary, and John Denver. College followed with formal studies at UCLA, including courses in film scoring and ethno-musicology.
Rebecca grew up in southern California and started her musical voyage playing flute in the fourth grade in Ventura County. She took individual lessons from two members of the Ventura County Symphony Orchestra, including its principal flutist, Bertie Atkinson. Winning awards for her playing in high school in both band and orchestra, Rebecca followed with a career in a number of bands as well as playing at numerous bookings for weddings, retreats, and as co-worship leader in the Porterville, California chapter of Aglow, Int’l. Rebecca counts the renowned James Galway as one of her most prominent influences in her music.
There are numerous examples of serendipity coming into play when musicians collaborate, but sometimes the stars align in such perfect fashion that not only is a new musical entity formed but something much deeper, more personal and intense, also grows from the encounter. In the case of Matt and Rebecca Stuart, the chance circumstances of their meeting led to not just the two forming a musical duo, but also becoming life partners…and such was born Art Presence new members Minstrel Streams.
Now the story gets really interesting. In Rebecca’s own words. “I had started to compose a song, but needed some help with it. I played my piece for my apartment manager. About one month later she approached me and said, ‘Rebecca, a composer came by looking for an apartment. I think I’m supposed to give you his card.’ I decided to call Matt Stuart. He seemed interested in composing my song and wanted to meet me that same night. A Jack In The Box® restaurant was between our apartments…we met there. We exchanged our [solo] CDs and talked about the song, our day jobs, learned that we were both in the field of social work and taught independent living skills to the disabled. In fact, we both knew many of the same people! Matt looked at me and commented, ‘You have hazel eyes like I do!’ I wondered if he was single. After going home, Matt called to ask if I had a boyfriend, or if I was married. I told him no, and then yes to our first date. We married 6 months later and have composed many wonderful pieces of music since then!”
The duo got their name through an equally serendipitous event. As Matt recalls, “We were looking for a word to pair with Minstrel. We played at a church service in Squaw Valley, CA. A week later the Pastor called and said he had a word to describe our music, which was ‘confluence’—a place where streams flow together to form a river. He said we did this with our different instruments.” The duo began playing together in 2008 and released the first of four recordings (to date) in 2009, On Earth As It Is In Heaven, followed by Minstrel Streams (2010), and Winterpeace (2012).
An obvious turning point in the duo’s career came about recently when Rebecca began a Facebook correspondence with noted producer and artist Will Ackerman (helped along by mutual friend, pianist and GRAMMY winner Laura Sullivan). Ackerman considered Matt and Rebecca proficient and talented enough that he turned the production of their new album over to the pair, leaving them in the hands of ace engineer Tom Eaton. Recording their latest album, New Horizon, at Imaginary Road Studios and working with such notable accompanists as cellist Eugene Friesen, English horn player Jill Haley, and vocalist Noah Wilding (among others) was, in their own words, “…magical and inspired.” New Horizon was officially released in February of 2014.
Rebecca and Matt currently reside in Southern Oregon. Here they continue to play live in a variety of diverse venues including concert halls, wineries, art galleries and churches. When not playing or composing, Rebecca whips up delicious healthy, gourmet vegan dishes while Matt indulges his love for the detective mysteries of Tony Hillerman.
And Art Presence Art Center proudly announces our musically talented new members, Minstrel Streams!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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/
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.
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.
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.Read More
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!Read More
This 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.
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.
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.Read More