"Art Enhancing Community"

in Jacksonville, Oregon

Class: Basic Drawing for Adults

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Classes, Featured | 0 comments

“There is a notion that artists are born with the ability to draw. No one arrives in this world with that gift! Drawing is a skill that must be learned. It is not hard, but requires mental discipline.

“Drawing will develop a cooperative process between your mind and your eyes. The mind must relinquish the role of know-it-all and allow the eye to be the teacher. The mind makes a lot of assumptions. Most of the time these assumptions are close enough to reality that we can get along in the world. In drawing, however, the less you assume, the more you will SEE. Please join me on a journey to develop this skill.“

-Anne Brooke, Director

Basic Drawing For Adults with Anne Brooke

Anne Brooke, who has taught drawing and watercolor for over 25 years and helped to cultivate the skills of many award-winning artists, leads our first Basic Drawing Class. Anne holds degrees in Art and Nursing and was trained in the classical method of drawing. Her classes are fun and safe—you will enjoy learning this skill! All supplies will be provided, cost is at your discretion.

First Session: March 11th through April 15th, Mondays from 3–4:30pm
Second Session: April 29th through June 3rd, Mondays from 3–4:30pm

Both classes take place at Art Presence Art Center, 206 North 5th Street in Jacksonville. Pick up an application at the gallery or call 541-941-7057 to sign up.

FREE art classes for elementary school age children, taught by Brooke Nuckles, begin in June. Please note that this is a month earlier than we mentioned in last month’s issue. More details to come.

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Up and Away! March-April Members Show

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Events, Featured, Member Shows | 0 comments

Up and Away! Our March-April members’ show of art with an uplifting theme opens on Friday, March 1 and continues through Sunday, April 28.

Alongside our main show, a guest exhibit of works by returning member Zoe West hangs on the back wall.

Join us for a reception and meet the artists on Saturday, March 2, from 1–3 pm!

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Naked Art 2019 ~ No Mats, No Frames, Great Deals!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Member Shows, Naked Art | 0 comments

Naked Art 2018 : Naked Art 2017: 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

Naked Art 2019

Naked Art 2019 marks our fifth annual show exhibition of unmounted, unframed works of fine art by Art Presence members at affordable prices. Need to give a gift? Maybe a Valentine’s present for yourself or a loved one? Anxious to add new work to your collection or decorate for a special occasion? You can also take your art finds home when you purchase them. As a result, you can use the money you’ve saved to frame your new art your way. Please note that the show opens Friday, January 4, at 11 am and the gallery is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm.

Haiku

Haiku by Steve Ostrander, Calligrapher's Guild member

This year the Calligraphers’ Guild presents beautifully rendered haiku. Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Moreover, traditional Haiku must evoke images of the natural world.

You can identify Haiku by looking for these three qualities:

  • First, the essence of haiku is “cutting” (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them,[2] a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • Next, traditional haiku often consist of 17 on (also known as morae though often loosely translated as “syllables”), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on, respectively.[3] However, some authors are critical of the distribution of syllables, such as Vicente Haya or Jaime Lorente.[4]
  • Finally, a kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such terms.

Modern Japanese haiku (現代俳句 gendai-haiku) are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of 17 on or to take nature as their subject. Importantly, the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku.[5] There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.[6]

Japanese traditionally print haiku in a single vertical line. However, haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.

Reception

This month’s artist reception takes place Saturday, January 4, from 1-3 pm. Join us to meet the artists of Art Presence and the Calligrapher’s Guild and enjoy their works!

Both shows continue through Sunday, Feb. 24.

Welcome, Year of the Pig!

2019 year of the pig, designed by freepik

Designed by Freepik. Click the image to visit.

 

Art Presence Art Center hosts a second reception for this show on Saturday, February 9 from 12–2 pm. Please be sure to attend, as Mr. Fu-you Long will present a talk and demonstration on the art of Chinese calligraphy as part of the City of Jacksonville’s Chinese New Year Celebration!

 

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Publishing Today

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Publishing Today, with Ginna and David Gordon of Lucky Valley Publishing

Art Presence invites you to a special FREE event for writers and authors. Join us as Ginna and David Gordon present Publishing Today from 5:00–6:00 pm on Friday, January 4. Take part in a conversation about indie publishing. You can also learn how self-publishing has changed the world of the independent author. Most notably, aspiring authors have a chance to meet the owners of a local publishing house, Lucky Valley Press. The gallery will be open and refreshments on the table, so come and connect with them!

You can add the event to your calendar here.

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2018 Angels Show

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Events, Open Shows | 0 comments

Angels show 2018: 2018 Angels Show: 6th annual angels show : poster with information about the 2018 6th annual angels show at art presence art center

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November Author Reading: Sharon Mehdi

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

November Author Reading: Sharon Mehdi

Sharon Medhi Book Cover Medley - three books by Jacksonville, OR author Sharon Mehdi

Join us for our next Author Reading on Friday, November 9 at 5 pm as Jacksonville author Sharon Mehdi reads excerpts from her newly published books, “Eleanor Bobbin,” “The Great Spirit Grandmother Gathering,” and “The Curious Quest for Absolute Truth.”

Sharon Mehdi is a writer, teacher, mother and grandmother. She has lived and worked in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Guatemala, France and Canada.

The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering: A Story for Anyone Who Thinks She Can’t Save the World

Iage of book cover for The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering,, book by Sharon Mehdi
A story for anyone who thinks she can’t save the world. “On a buffety, blustery early summer day, when the news was bad and the sky turned yellow, a strange thing happened in the town where I live.” So begins this moving and enchanting story of two grandmothers who, by standing in the park all day long-“not speaking, not looking at squirrels, not munching on coconut candy”-soon have everyone in town talking. A young girl informs the stumped observers shyly, “they’re saving the world.” These simple acts and words have an enormous impact on the town and soon on towns all over the world.At a time when the news is bad and many people feel powerless, this inspiring story tells of two women who do something so simple that at first no one takes them very seriously, but soon, when they are joined by other women, and then many other women, their simple act of caring has the power to transform the world. Together, these women discover great things are possible-even, and especially, peace.

A Curious Quest for Absolute Truth

Iage of book cover for A Curious Quest for Absolute Truth, book by Sharon Mehdi

I was six the first time I heard the word immortal, and on its heels, eternal and infinite. Thus were the seeds of obsession sown.

Two years earlier my grandfather had mysteriously disappeared. Mysteriously to me anyway. Everyone else knew exactly where he was — the family plot in Sweet Angels of Mercy Cemetery on Iowa Street. “When is he coming back?” I asked every few days.

The answer was always the same. “With grandpa, you never really know.”

When I finally learned the whereabouts of my missing grandfather, I was rife with questions about where people go when they die and how long they have to stay there. The answers were troubling. The idea of being put in a box in the ground without anything to eat or even a flashlight was a fate I was eager to avoid.

Whether out of pity or exasperation, my Grandma Great said there was something I could do so I would never die. “Tell me! Tell me!” I begged.

She cleared her throat and straightened her spectacles. “Write one book,” she said in her most serious voice, “one book so filled with absolute truth it will make you immortal.”

I’d been given a reprieve! No boxes in the ground for me. All I had to do was write a book. That sounded easy enough. “I’ll do it!” I shouted and bounced around the room like a beach ball.

It wasn’t long before I realized that before I could write a book filled with absolute truth, I had to figure out what was absolutely true. And in my family, that was challenging indeed.

Book One: Snippets from the Early Years, is the poignant, irresistible, laugh-out-loud beginning of this best-selling author’s Curious Quest for Absolute Truth. A journey that takes her decades longer and continents farther than she or her Grandma Great ever dreamed possible.

Eleanor Bobbin and the Magical, Merciful, Mighty Art of Kindness

Iage of book cover Eleanor Bobbin, book by Sharon Mehdi

The world is once again in chaos. Rancor and retribution rule the day. Greed, fear and demagoguery have been crowned King of All That Is. For many, there seems to be no hope.

And yet. . .and yet. . .hidden beneath the helplessness and hopelessness there is a glimmer of light. So faint it can be seen only in the darkest of dark nights.

If this tiny flicker had a name, it might be called forgiveness, compassion, kindness or love. Such little words. But the one thing I know for sure is that they can create miracles. They can make the impossible possible. They can heal lives. And sometimes, whole communities. Just ask Eleanor Bobbin.

Come to Art Presence Art Center and enjoy an evening with champagne, snacks and some good stories by a wonderful local writer!

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Holiday Treasures 2018 * Give Art to Inspire! *

Posted by on Oct 28, 2018 in Events, Holiday Treasures, Member Shows | 0 comments

November 2018 Holiday Treasures Show

Holiday Treasures 2018

Holiday Treasures 2018, our annual holiday shopping show, returns!

When you head out to buy gifts for the special ones in your life, stop in the gallery first to consider a gift of art. Then come by on your way home to find an inspiring gift for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones. Unlike most shows, you can take your art purchases home with you to wrap and give in time for the holidays.

Artworks in this show are all original pieces, created locally by our artist members. Give art to inspire, shop local and support local artists for the holidays..all at Art Presence!

A bonus to this show is our November guest exhibit, “A Mixed Bag.” Our guest artist is Shan Lollis, whose paintings are striking and very givable.

Holiday Treasures opens Friday, November 2 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ending on Sunday, December 30. Join us for a festive reception on Saturday, November 3, from 1–3 pm.

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