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Gallerie Carnevale October Creative Challenge

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Events, Featured, 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.


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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October Creative Challenge Artist Deadline Extended!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in October Creative Challenge, Opportunities | 0 comments

October Creative Challenge Artist Deadline Extended : art presence call to artists 2016 october creative challengeArt Presence Art Center has extended the deadline for artist applications to enter “Gallerie Carnevale” Our Fourth Annual October Creative Challenge!

Our new deadline for artist entries is August 1, 2016.

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Events, Member Shows | 0 comments

Celebrate Life, Summer and Art with Art Presence!

Celebrate Member art show at Art PResence ARt Center, June 2016, Jacksonville, Oregon

Please join the artist members of Art Presence to enjoy the Britt Music & Art Festival’s opening celebration “Taste of Summer.” Get your tickets for Taste of Summer wine tasting and enjoy a wine pairing event by Platt Anderson Cellars at the gallery starting at 11am on Saturday, June 4, 2016. We’re located at 206 North Fifth St, Jacksonville, OR 97530.

Our artist reception takes place on Saturday, June 11 from 12-3pm this month.

Our Celebrate! art exhibition is a really special one~the gallery is loaded with fantastic art! We hope that if you can’t find the time to visit the gallery during the Taste of Summer that you will find a way to come to the gallery and view this fabulous show before it ends on July 31, 2016.

Additional Art Presence Exhibits to Celebrate!

Elaine Witteveen, jacksonville, oregon artist and founder of the Artists Workshop

Pioneer Village: “A Retrospective”

Final exhibition of watercolor paintings by Elaine Witteveen at Pioneer Village continues through August 19, 2016.

Right: Elaine Witteveen with one of her intriguing watercolors.

nancy-bardos_RollerRabbit-in-HavanaJacksonville Library, Naversen Room: “Photos and Sketches and Apps” Nancy Bardos

Exhibit of works by Nancy Bardos at the Jacksonville Library continues through August 10. Nancy’s inspiring images reveal a unique and colorful way of seeing the world around us.

Right: RollerRabbit in Havana, iPhoneograph by Nancy Bardos

Medford Library: “Egyptian Mythology” by Zoe West

Zoe West’s exhibit of painting in a modernized ancient Egyptian style continues through the end of August. Zoe’s colorful interpretations are the vehicle for visual commentary on modern life. A dose of humor help us to laugh at ourselves despite the sometimes uncomfortable truths she reveals.

Egyptian Mythology, painting by Zoe West

Egyptian Mythology, by Zoe West

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Taste of Summer FREE Wine Pairing Class

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Britt Festival Opening, Events, News | 0 comments

Taste of Summer FREE Wine Pairing Class : Britt Music & Art Festival 2016 Taste of Summer 2016
Taste of Summer FREE Wine Pairing Class

“I want my wines to take a person back to some special moment in time, to a special location or an event that lingers in their memory. Wine is meant to be savored and enjoyed. May you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy creating them.” – Platt Anderson Cellars

Taste of Summer is an annual celebration in Jacksonville, Oregon benefitting the Britt Music & Arts Festival, presented by Britt Music & Arts Festival and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. The event includes a Taste of Summer free wine pairing class, wine walk, live music, food booths, artisans, classic cars and more. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Wine walk tickets will be sold at Art Presence beginning at 11AM.

Stay tuned for details on music, participating wineries and more: http://www.brittfest.org/performances/tasteofsummer16

To start off the wine walk and begin your day of wine tasting with some inspiring information, head to Art Presence Art Center for a Free Wine Pairing Class taught by local wine and culinary experts. The class, presented by Platt Anderson Cellars, begins at 11 AM and features:

»Toasted Onion Crisps and Spanish Tapas Flatbread with Goat Cheese and a Dollop of Pesto paired with Albarino
»Cilantro Lime Shrimp paired with Sauvignon Blanc
»Meatballs with Dollop of Tomato Sauce paired with Dolcetto
»Brats with Sauce paired with Dolcetto
»Proscuitto Wrapped Melo paired with Vermentino
»Rogue Blue Cheese Popcorn paired with Vermentino

Find out more about Platt Anderson Cellars: ashlandwine.net

No admission charge for the class.
MUSIC, SIGHTS & SOUNDS: Free and open to the public
WINE WALK TICKETS: $30 per person (glass/tastings included) | Limited to 450 participants
PURCHASE: Day of @ Wine Booth, corner of California/N. 3rd | @ Art Presence Art Center, 206 North 5th Street

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