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Jacksonville: People, Places and Things

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The member artists of Art Presence Art Center are back! After a long hiatus during which local plein air works reveled in the gallery’s spotlight, our members are excited to show you their works celebrating the every day beauty and charm of life in Jacksonville, Oregon.  The show opens Friday, August 31 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in September, ending on Sunday, September 30.

Join us for a festive reception celebrating the artists behind Jacksonville: People, Places and Things, as well as guest artist Dan Mish and our recently renovated gallery space! Come to the gallery at 206 North 5th Street in Jacksonville, OR on Saturday, September 1, from 1–3 pm. Chat with the artists over hors d’oeuvres catered by Bella Union and champagne, listen to beautiful live music by Minstrel Streams, enjoy an early look at our September exhibitions and celebrate our new interior!

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Life Left Undone, Special Guest Exhibit of Works by Dan Mish

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in Events, Guest Exhibits | 0 comments

In September, Art Presence Art Center unveils our much-anticipated exhibition of mixed media paintings by our first official special guest artist, Dan Mish. His pieces are quite large, making them excellent candidates for centerpiece of a spacious room in your home or office.

A fine artist for over 30 years, Dan’s art has been featured in major galleries in the United States and his paintings appear in many art collections worldwide, including those of more than a few Hollywood celebrities.

A review from one of his selected exhibitions at G3 Fine Art International observes that “Mish’s intimate and personal work hints at glorifying the sorrowful things that life has a continual desire to forget. There is a sweetness and a melancholy pervading the work that passes over us like a shadow before bathing us in warm sunlight.” We believe that you, too, will find a depth of meaning that moves you in Dan’s collection of fine art works and hope that one of them will find a new home with you.

Learn more about the artist and see an online gallery of his work at DanMish.com.

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Champagne Grand RE-Opening!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

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Artists Workshop 34th Annual Show & Sale

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018 in Artist's Workshop annual Show, Events, Featured | 0 comments

The Artists Workshop 34th Annual Show and Sale

August 3–26, 2018

Artists Workshop 34th Annual Show and Sale - image of Lithia Water, pastel painting by Steve Bennett

“Lithia Water,” pastel by Steve Bennett

The Artists Workshop 34th Annual Show and Sale opens Friday, August 3, at 10 am at Art Presence Art Center, located at the corner of 5th and D St in Jacksonville, Oregon. A special reception for the artists takes place on Saturday, August 4, from 2–5 pm. Admission to the show and reception is free.

The group is comprised of passionate, accomplished artists who capture local landscapes, historical buildings, flowers, still lifes, abstracts and other subjects using oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, print-making, encaustic, mixed media, ink and more. Members include award-winning collected artists who may also teach art classes and workshops.

Participants in this year’s show are Raye Aubin, Susan Austin, Steve Bennett, Sue Bennett, Katy Cauker, Peter Coons, Susan DeRosa, Rick Evans, Kim Faucher, Marilyn Hurst, Jeanne LaRae, Jean Mailander, Kirsten Meriwether, Carolyn Roberts, Desmond Serratore, and David William Terry.

The group was founded in 1979 by Jacksonville artist Elaine Witteveen. Each year new members join the group. Anyone is welcome to join in the plein air paintouts. Paintouts take place on Fridays during spring, summer and fall (weather permitting) on location in preselected spots around the Rogue Valley. May of these plain air paintings are exhibited in this year’s show.

In addition to original framed pieces, an assortment of unframed, matted original art will be available, as well as prints. Those who purchase art may take it with them – no waiting for the shows’ end! The show is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August form 10 am to 5 pm. The show closes on Sunday, August 26.

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SO Plein Air 2018 Comes to Art Presence Tomorrow!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

On Thursday, June 21, and Friday June 22 artists throughout the Rogue Valley paint en plein air as part of the Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 event. The event is sponsored and produced by the Artists Workshop of Southern Oregon and Central Art Supply.

Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 Public Events

Artist painting En Plein Air for the Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 eventSO Plein Air 2018 concludes on Saturday, June 23rd, at Art Presence Art Center. Art Presence is located at 206 North 5th Street in Jacksonville, Oregon. At 9:30 am artists participate in a Quick Paint competition—super fun to watch! Quick Paint continues until 11:30 am.

Paintings created for the “Petit Pleintures, En Plein Air” show will be on display on the front lawn of Art Presence all day long. Petit Pleintures is a show of small plein air works. All paintings will be 16″ AT MOST in any dimension and created in the last year and a half. Oils are painted on minimum 1 1/2″ gallery wrapped canvas with painted edges, and watercolors are properly matted and framed under glass or plexiglass. Don’t miss it! Petite Pleintures pieces are available for purchase June 23 from 10 am–5 pm ONLY!!

All paintings submitted for jurying will be on display inside the gallery for the “En Plein Air” show. The En Plein Air exhibition of the work of southern Oregon’s finest plein air painters continues through July 29, 2018.

Nationally known plein air artist and SO Plein Air 2018 juror Aimee Erickson demonstrates her plein air skills from 12:30–2:30 pm. This demonstration is open to the public.

Awards Ceremony and Reception for the Artists

After Aimee’s demo, stay for the Awards Ceremony and Artists Reception from 3–5 pm. While mingling with talented artists, you should have many opportunities to discuss painting with the participants and perhaps even with the juror! This is your chance to see all the winning paintings. View the show and make arrangements to purchase your favorite.

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New Gallery Look!

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Featured, News | 1 comment

Check Out Our New Gallery Look!

New Interior - Main Gallery - after adding drywall and painting, adding new carpet, a new hanging system and new art display panels at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, OR

New Interior – Main Gallery – after adding drywall and painting, adding new carpet, a new hanging system and new art display panels

The Board and member artists of Art Presence are immensely proud of our new interior! Previously, we completely resurfaced the walls—which had been covered with burlap—with drywall and a fresh coat of paint. We also added new carpet throughout the ground floor. The most recent renovations brought new art display panels and a new, more efficient hanging system to the main gallery. In addition to their practical value, the new panels also add more light and an airy feel that dramatically improves the presentation of artwork and the ambience of the main gallery. We’ve moved our Galleria boutique to the front room, too.

New Interior - Galleria at Art Presence - after adding new carpet and a new hanging system at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, OR

New Interior – Galleria at Art Presence – after adding new carpet and a new hanging system

Important Shout-Outs

Many thanks to Rob Buerk and the Board of the Jacksonville Boosters Foundation for granting us the monies to place the new panels in our main gallery. This gift has boosted our professional image and provides our artists with a beautiful ground for their art on display.

Our thanks also go to the City of Jacksonville for a grant from the Bed Tax Fund to place the new hanging system. This allows us to hang more artwork and to be more flexible with the hanging strategies for our bimonthly shows. It will also extend the life of our display panels.

Grand Re-Opening

We invite you to attend our Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, September 1, from 1–3 pm. Do join us as we celebrate the renovations that have transformed our space!

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Gardens Gone Wild! May 2018 Art Exhibit

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Events, Member Shows | 0 comments

Gardens Gone Wild!

watercolor of a girl watering her garden by Anthony Laenen

“Watering Girl” watercolor by Anthony Laenen

Our member artists offer florals, paintings of gardens, and more to brighten your environment in a new exhibition, “Gardens Gone Wild.” The show opens May 4 and continues through June 17.

 

Free Concert Series

Matt and Rebecca Stuart of Minstrel Streams

Matt and Rebecca Stuart of Minstrel Streams

Minstrel Streams perform a series of free concerts at Art Presence this year. Sergey Oreshkin—whose blog, Ascentor, offers music reviews—says Minstrel Streams “speaks the language of music…you just have to listen to hear words in your heart…weaving subtle and elegant sound patterns through threads of classical, Baroque, Renaissance, Romanticism, and Celtic folk music.” Matt and Rebecca Stuart dedicate their lives and talent to “sharing the passionate language of music, from our hearts to yours.” Don’t miss their musical performances, taking place on Sundays from 2–4 pm on:

  • June 3
  • August 12
  • October 14
  • December 9

New Member ~ New Career

Art Presence introduces painter, sculptor and traditional animator Phillip Young. He completed his service in the US Army—working as an Army artist—and earned his undergraduate degree in Illustration through the G.I. Bill. Then he was hired as a trainee animator by Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. Phillip progressed to Feature Animator, earning seventeen screen credits in some of Disney’s most successful animated features. Later, he also earned a Master’s in Sequential Art while teaching animation, fine art and illustration. Now he has found his way back to painting, with a focus on scenic, figurative and mythological themes. We’re confident you will admire Phillip’s paintings! A lifelong artist, you can learn more about Phil’s background in the post below.

 

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