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Artists Workshop Plein Air Event Show and Sale

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Artist's Workshop annual Show, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Artists Workshop Plein Air Event Show and Sale

Coming July 1, 2017

On the front lawn at Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, Oregon!Artists Workshop July 2017 Plein Air Event Show and Sale


The Artists Workshop holds this year’s Plein Air Event from June 28–July 1, 2017. Participating artists paint on location for three days. On July 1, they present their work for a show, sale and awards on the front lawn of the Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, Oregon.

Awards day begins with an exciting quick-paint competition from 10 am to noon. Then the awards ceremony takes place at 2:30 pm. Over 30 artists participate in this year’s plein air event, therefore a wide range of plein air painting styles will be available to interested collectors. Jurors are Willo Balfrey and Richard McKinley, so awards are decided by two of the Valley’s most highly respected artists!

The event takes place alongside the July reception for our new art exhibit, so be sure to come inside and view the art works in the gallery too!

About the Artists Workshop of Southern Oregon

The Artist’s Workshop was founded in the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon in 1979 by Jacksonville artist Elaine Witteveen. Now the Artists’ Workshop of Southern Oregon, the group has grown to an organization with over 40 artists working in a wide range of mediums.

Artist’s Workshop of Southern Oregon members interested in plein-air painting meet weekly at “paint-outs” at locations throughout the Rogue Valley. Indoor drawing and painting sessions, often featuring a live model, are available during inclement weather.

Each August, Artist’s Workshop of Southern Oregon holds its annual art show and sale. The show is open to all members.

Membership is open to artists of all levels of artistic ability/development. Click here to download the membership application form.

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Summer at Last!

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Featured, Member Shows | 0 comments

Summer At Last!

Come to Art Presence Art Center’s gallery to view and celebrate the end of a long, wet winter with us!  Summer At Last!, our June-July member show of summer themed artworks, opens on Friday, June 2 and continues through Sunday, July 30. Meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, June 3 from 1–3 pm. Tomorrow’s reception features wine tasting by Cliff Creek Winery, Sharon Mehdi’s author reading from her book, “A Curious Quest for Absolute Truth,” refreshments, and live music by Minstrel Streams.

Sharon Mehdi reads from her book, “A Curious Quest for Absolute Truth.” at 1:00 pm on Saturday June 3, 2017
Visit Our Offsite Exhibits

  • Medford Library: Photography by Tom Ommen
  • Pioneer Village: Watercolor paintings by Anne Brooke on display through the end of June; Abstract acrylics by Patrick Beste beginning June 29.
  • Naversen Room at the Jacksonville Library: Textile art by Charlotte Wirfs on display through August.

Don’t Miss These Events at Art Presence Art Center!

• Saturday, June 17 from 1– 3 pm: Wine tasting by Valley View Winery
• July 1: Come by Art Presence Art Center to see the juried results of the Artists Workshop’s 2017 Southern Oregon Plein Air Event on display on the Courthouse grounds in front of our gallery…one day only!

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October Imaginarium Call to Artists & Application

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in October Creative Challenge | 0 comments

October Imaginarium Call to Artists

Each year Art Presence Art Center hosts the artistic results of a creative challenge in October.  You are invited to participate in our 5th October Creative Challenge, THE OCTOBER IMAGINARIUM: HATS AND MASKS, An Artfully Twisted Halloween Exhibit.
We are very excited about this year’s show and hope you will consider joining us.  Below is the October Imaginarium Call to Artists and Application for the show.  Please read through it carefully, as it includes ALL THE INFO you will need to know about the show including dates, ideas, suggestions, and guidelines for your artwork.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of us and we will do our best to answer your questions.  Please print this application so you can fill it out and have the info on the show, where to mail it, etc.  If you do not have a printer, we have applications at the gallery to pick up behind the counter.
There will be a general meeting sometime at the end of August for participating artists, and some reminders that we would love to have you send the applications back to us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so we have an idea of how many will be in the show.  Here’s to a great Exhibit!
The Imaginarium Curators:
Katharine Gracey:   kmgracey@charter.net
Margery Mercer:     mmercerart@gmail.com
Leona Sewitsky:     leonakeene@gmail.com
October Imaginarium Call to Artists
October Imaginarium Call to Artists
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ART’Clectic Garden Party Group Exhibition

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Events, Guest Exhibits | 0 comments

ART’Clectic Garden Party Group Exhibition

Art'Clectic Garden Party group exhibition: Quilts by Charlotte Wirfs, garden Furniture by Lisa StArnold, Oils by Walt Wirfs

Quilts by Charlotte Wirfs, garden furniture by Lisa St Arnold, Oils by Walt Wirfs

ART’Clectic takes over the gallery at Art Presence with a Garden Party group exhibition for May 2017! The group offers original pieces created by sixteen of the group’s artist and artisan members, an eclectic mix of framed fine art, giclée prints, home and garden decor items and furniture, photography, pine needle baskets, textile art, jewelry, and pottery. The show opens at 11:00 am on Friday, May 5, continuing every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am–5:00 pm through May 28.

Art'Clectic Garden Party group exhibition: : Glass art by Sheri Croy

Glass Art by ART’Clectic member Sheri Croy

Featured in the Garden Party group exhibition is the glass art of Sheri Croy. Sheri combines color and movement into intricate original designs which express her love of the ocean. She achieves her art by layering cut or torn tissue and novelty papers onto three-dimensional glass. Sheri describes herself as a “land-locked hula dancer,” deriving her inspiration from land, sea, nature, and sky. Sheri’s art adorns jewelry, votive candle holders, ornaments, and larger glass pieces designed to be illuminated from within. She also works with watercolors, acrylics, colored pencils, and inks to create two-dimensional art works. To speak with Sheri and learn more about her technique, come to Art Presence on Saturday, May 6th, from noon–3:00 pm. She will be at the gallery again on Saturday, May 20th at the same time.

Created in the summer of 2014, ART’Clectic is a group of southern Oregon artists and artisans who meet monthly to discuss marketing their creations. Holding pop­up events was one idea that intrigued the group and they have since held several events in Jacksonville. Meet the artists and artisans of ART’Clectic at an Artisans’ Reception from 1:00–3:00 pm on Saturday, May 6, 2017, with refreshments and live music by Matt and Rebecca Stuart of Minstrel Streams.

When visiting the gallery, be sure to share your email address for a chance to win ART’Clectic’s raffle basket, which they will give to one lucky winner on May 28.

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Pocket Sketching Workshop with Kath Macauley

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Events, Featured, Workshops | 0 comments

We are SO excited about Kath Macauley’s Pocket Sketching workshop, the first art workshop to be offered in our upstairs classroom!  No more lugging an easel and paints to a location to capture your plein air impressions, missing opportunities or working from photographs because you were traveling and couldn’t bring art supplies. Perfect for hiking, biking, sitting in a cafe or standing in line—take it anywhere, whip it out in a minute, preserve a memory in 25 minutes or less and put away with no clean-up. Ideal for travel.

Please save the date and plan to attend this program that will make creating art more accessible and convenient for anyone.  You will find all the information you need to register and be prepared for the Pocket Sketching workshop in the PDF below. Just click to enlarge to see the entire brochure or download it to your computer.

Kath Macauley’s artist statement:

As an artist, I enjoy capturing the moment. There is always a reason to paint something that catches the eye and the mind. Most of my paintings are designed to give the viewer a feeling of serenity, and of having visited the same location. As an instructor, I delight in teaching my easy, totally portable, no-clean-up technique for beginners and professionals alike.
The workshops are well organized, fast, loaded with information.

Motto: Learn enough to play for a lifetime.


CURRENT: full time using/teaching Pocket Sketching workshops nationally. Recent locations include Sedona Art Center, Tucson Botanical Garden, Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Have competed successfully with oils and watercolors in national shows and taught oil and watercolor workshops in the Southwest. Previous Artist Agent for 11 artists, establishing gallery relationships from San Diego, CA to Taos, NM while studying art marketing at NMSU.

Learn more at www.pocketsketching.com. Supplies and DVDs available on her website.



  1. Minimal equipment.
  2. Totally portable.
  3. A quick personal way of recording what’s immediately in front of you.
  4. Meditation.
  5. No fear of being “watched” because you’re in your personal space.
  6. Ease of carrying.
  7. Always ready.
  8. No clean-up.
  9. Easy to learn for absolute beginners and advanced artists.
  10. Use anywhere.
  11. Capture your impression.








kath@pocketsketching.com 520-318-9291,

800-399-3218 520-870-9990 (CELL)


Contact and Reservation: Anne Brooke
P.O. Box 185

Jacksonville, OR 97530


Art Presence Art Center

206 North 5th Street

Jacksonville Oregon, 97530

When: June 16th, 17th and 18th

Hours: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm each day

Price: $225.

Deposit: $100, $125 the first day of class.

Supplies: $42.00 at the workshop for paint set, paper, water soluble pen and water container, instructor brings extra things such as custom fanny pack, not essential.

Download (PDF, Unknown)

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New Beginnings April Update

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Member Shows | 0 comments

New Beginnings

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.


Second Reception – Bring the Kids!

New Beginnings, our show of spring-related artwork, enters its second month with a second reception. Join us this Saturday, April 1 from 1–3pm, and bring the kids!

  • At 1:00 pm, Susan Richie will read from her book, Ebbé Finds His Heart, the story of a young troll who sets off on a journey to find his future.
  • Denette Fretz will read from Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door at 2:00 pm. Her book tells about Conrad, who, equipped with his mega extreme ultimate first aid kit, learns the rules of being a cowboy.
  • Enjoy live music by Matt and Rebecca Stuart of Minstrel Streams, wine, and hors d’oeuvres while viewing this beautiful show of member artwork and getting to know the artists.

Below is a sampling of the paintings, photography, and additional art forms on display for the New Beginnings exhibition. Several images have been added since our first announcement of this lovely show. Enjoy!

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April Art Presence Offsite Exhibits

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Events, Library Exhibits, Pioneer Village Exhibits | 0 comments

April Art Presence Offsite Exhibits

To help our artists reach out to more viewers and to provide more art in more places for Rogue Valley residents and visitors to our area, we have several April Art Presence Offsite Exhibits to announce:

Pioneer Village: Anne Brooke

Anne Brooke’s exhibit of watercolor paintings. See more of Anne’s work at www.brookewatercolor.com

Jacksonville Library, Naversen Room: Photography by Kathleen Hoevet

Hoevet’s show of stunning photography. See more of Kathy’s work at kathleenhoevetphotography.com

Medford Library: Photography by Tom Ommen

Ommen’s show of photography continues at the Medford Public Library.

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