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January Virtual Exhibition

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Getting the Words Right…

Posted by on Jan 13, 2022 in Arts & Letters Zoom Chats, Events | 0 comments


Our next Arts & Letters Zoom chat, “Getting the Words Right,” takes place at 5pm on January 28. Ginna BB Gordon hosts local authors, E.A. Luetkemeyer and Dr. Frank De Luca, to discuss their writing processes.

“Each of us has a story within the story—how we do what we’re doing, with whom, and why we do it, “ Ginna says.

This will be an interesting discussion with rarely-heard insights into the writing process.

Go to art-presence.eventbrite.com to register.

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Naked Art 2022!

Posted by on Jan 6, 2022 in Events, Featured, Member Shows, Naked Art | 0 comments

Join us for Naked Art 2022! Our annual show of unframed, unmatted ORIGINAL art at tempting prices opens Friday, January 7, at 12 am. Art Presence Art Center is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 5pm.
Naked Art 2022, our annual show of unframed, unmatted ORIGINAL art at tempting prices, opens Friday, January 7, at 12 am. Art Presence Art Center is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Come find the art you love, then take it home and frame yourself or have it framed to your own tastes!
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Angel Makes Cover of Jacksonville Review

Posted by on Dec 9, 2021 in Angels Show, Guest Exhibits, Open Shows | 0 comments

Have you have seen the cover of the December-January issue of the Jacksonville Review? Then you’ve seen the angel entered in this year’s Angels Show by Denali Rose Grace!

Denali Rose Grace - Blackbirds and Me, 13 x 11 acrylic painting
“Blackbirds and Me,” 13 x 11 acrylic painting $250

It’s always an honor for an artist to see their work on the cover of this local publication. Firstly, publisher Whit Parker is all about art and is committed to promoting local artists through his publication. Further, he is a very discriminating art enthusiast with a large collection of carefully curated works by local artists. And finally, not every artist can submit an image large enough to look its best at the required print size. So you can see why this is a very special opportunity for Denali and her very appealing angel.

Denali Rose Grace lives in Southern Oregon, surrounded by woods and wildlife. She holds a B.F.A., B.S., and Masters in Education. An artist, teacher, and Way Shower, she works with her intuition in many broad and varied ways. Grace teaches Intuitive Painting to individuals who are serious about going deep into finding their own souls’ art techniques. She finds great JOY in being of service…much like an angel! Learn more about Denali and see more of her art at https://www.soulmedicinearts.com/

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Angel Artist Makes News

Posted by on Dec 8, 2021 in Angels Show, Guest Exhibits, Members | 0 comments

Angel Artist Katherine Bird Makes News in Grants Pass!

Check out this article written by Tricia Drevets for the Grants Pass Daily Courier. In it, angel artist Katherine Bird and her art for this year’s Angels Show gets a beautiful writeup. Moreover, SOARs 9th Annual Angels Show got some great coverage as well. With so much bad news in front of us from day to day, it feels good to see angels—and the artists who make them visible to us—make the news for once!

Please read the pdf file below to learn more about Katherine and her art. And don’t miss her angel painting when you stop in the gallery!

Angel Artist Katherine Bird Makes News in Grants Pass!

If you would like to read this offline, need larger print to read, or want to print it out, please download the pdf file below:

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9th Annual Angels Show, Galleria Gifts & Virtual Tour

Posted by on Dec 6, 2021 in Angels Show, Events, Guest Exhibits, Open Shows, Virtual Tours | 0 comments

For 2021, Art Presence December Exhibits include a continuation of our November members show and the 9th Annual Angels Show, as well as holiday-themed artisan treasures in our Galleria—perfect for holiday gift-giving! Both exhibitions are on the walls and ready for your visit.

A Thought From Our Founder:

December at Art Presence brings the 9th Annual Angels Show. Why, for the ninth year, are we showing such a lively interest in the invisible world? Some of the greatest among the saints and men of God have found a place for Angels. Many of the most difficult questions about their nature, their grace, their intellect, and their love have been addressed masterfully. Their mission has always been to look after each of us here on earth in the pursuit of our salvation. Regardless of our question “why,” we invite you to join our artists as they present their unique perspectives on these winged, haloed beings.
~ Anne Brooke

A Little Angel Art History

Angel-like beings have appeared in art for millennia. However, the earliest artistic interpretation of an angel was found in the catacomb of Priscilla in the 3rd century…with no wings! Though there is some dispute about this, the angel is generally believed to be Gabriel, delivering the Annunciation to Mary.

9th Annual Angels Show : First known angel art from the catacomb of Priscilla, c. 3rd century BCE

Winged angels first emerged in 4th century Anatolia—on the Prince’s Sarcophagus, found at Sarigüzel, near Istanbul (c. 379–395)—the first of many found in Byzantine art. Check out this interesting piece on angels and their wings here, and another on the history of angels in art here.

Meanwhile, humanity’s ancient fascination with these celestial creatures continues to this day. Many artists return year after year with fresh artistic interpretations painted especially for the Angels Show with imagination and inspiration. Here’s “The Guardian,” a small yet powerful impressionistic piece in oil by Katy Cauker:

9th Annual Angels Show : The Guardian, 9 x 7 oil on panel by Katy Cauker
“The Guardian,” by Katy Cauker. 9″ x 7″ oil.

9th Annual Angels Show

Come view the Angels Show from 11am–5pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. At least 2 angels had sold by the time we hung them on the wall, so if you find one that speaks to you, make that purchase before someone else does! Really? You have enough angels in your own home? Why not consider giving one to someone who needs a beautiful guardian in theirs! Note: angel art needs to remain in the gallery until the show is over. You might be able to discuss a special angel certificate with the artist if you plan to give one as a gift.

The Angels Show is on display at Art Presence Art Center at 206 N. Fifth Street in Jacksonville, Oregon. It runs from Friday, December 3, through Sunday, January 2. Moreover, the gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12–5 pm. Watch our Facebook page for featured angels throughout the month! Meanwhile, here is a virtual tour of the December members show and the 9th Annual Angels Show to get you started.

Wine and Watercolor — Give an Experience!

In addition to our exhibitions of fine art, the artisan treasures in the Galleria, and books written by local authors, there’s another way to give the gift of art for the holidays at Art Presence. You can drink wine with friends and family while you learn how to paint with watercolors together in Anne Brooke’s “Wine and Watercolor” workshop! All art supplies are provided, just bring your favorite wine and hors d’oeuvres and enjoy painting in festive company. Give the gift of a wonderful experience that will last a lifetime for Christmas! Call today and reserve a Thursday evening with up to 7 friends & family. $25 per person, vaccination required. Make your reservation today!

To ask questions about the art you see in the Angels Show or to reserve a date for Wine & Watercolor, contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or anne@brookewatercolor.com

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10 Most Givable Books by Local Authors – Updated

Posted by on Nov 18, 2021 in Arts & Letters Zoom Chats, Author Readings | 0 comments

Wouldn’t you love to know the 10 most givable books by local authors while shopping for holiday gifts this year? Check out our Holly Days Book Showcase, a special version of our monthly Arts & Letters Zoom chats, on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 5 pm. Lucky Valley Press publisher Ginna BB Gordon will present her list of the 10 most givable books available at Art Presence Art Center. These books are all written by local authors, so you can #shopsmall, #shoplocal, and benefit local authors and your local art nonprofit art center with your purchases!

Books on Ginna’s Holly Days Book Showcase list include:

  • A Year in Jacksonville, by Ken Gregg
  • Color Historic Jacksonville, by Anne Brooke
  • The Little Bach Book, by David Gordon
  • The Soup Kit, by Ginna BB Gordon
  • Grandma, Tell Me a Story…About Bears, by Lynn Ransford…who also joins Ginna in this special edition of Arts & Letters to launch her newly published bear book!
  • and more!

Our Arts & Letters Zoom Chats invite you into the homes and studios of local artists and authors.

Art Presence Holly Days Book Showcase

Giftable books on the Art Presence shelves by local authors

December is the time to think about gifts from the heart. On December 10, Ginna BB Gordon spends an hour with Lynn Ransford, author of the newly released hit, Grandma, Tell Me a Story…About Bears (info). Lynn’s grandchildren loved her stories and over the years they begged her to write them down. In response, Lynn has written and illustrated a delightful book that has sold hundreds of copies in its first few weeks. Lynn shares a few of the stories with us; some scary, some funny, some perplexing, all true.

Lynn and Ginna will also discuss the Ten Most Giftable Books by Local Authors on the Art Presence shelves. Here’s your opportunity to shop local. And everyone loves books. Ken Gregg’s A Year in Jacksonville; Anne Brooke’s Jacksonville Coloring Book, Ginna BB Gordon’s The Soup Kit, and Barbara Tricario’s photo displays of Oregon are just a few of the beautiful books we will be discussing.

Join us online! Friday December 10 at 5:00pm Pacific

Give the gift of books for the Holly Days.

A banner graphic for the event.

Lynn Ransford was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up on a farm in the San Fernando Valley. Now a retired teacher after 50 years in pre-school through University/Graduate level classrooms, Lynn has a Master’s degree in Education, three lifetime credentials, and is an Early Childhood Specialist. She recently earned her Naturalist Certificate from Siskiyou Field Institute in Selma, Oregon.

Lynn recently published a collection of the favorite bear stories, the first book in a series of her true tales. Lynn also co-authors the scripts for her docent work at the Historic Beekman House in Jacksonville, Oregon, and for Living History programs offered at historic cemeteries in both Ashland and Jacksonville.

Ginna BB Gordon’s nine published titles now include five cookbooks: The Soup Kit, her fifth and latest, was published in 2019. Other cookbooks include: Bonnebrook and The Gingerbread Farm, glimpses of Ginna’s early years in the kitchen; and First You Grow the Pumpkin, favorite tricks for growing, preserving, and creating things in the kitchen. She is also the author of The Lavandula Series, the fictional saga of the Wyman family of Carmel Valley, California.

Arts & Letters events are free but advance registration is required.


View our upcoming online events at art-presence.eventbrite.com

Below are a few of the book covers of the 10 most givable books on our shelves. This isn’t the full catalog of books by local authors available at Art Presence! Come browse our bookshelves for more wonderful titles that will delight your gift recipients this holiday season.

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