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The 2017 October Imaginarium: Hats & Masks

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

2017 October Imaginarium: The Bat House, mask by Leona Keene Sewitsky

The Bat House, mask by Leona Keene Sewitsky

The 2017 October Imaginarium exhibits the artistic creations inspired by Art Presence Art Center’s fifth annual Creative Challenge. The theme of this year’s challenge, Hats & Masks, yielded many wonderfully creative pieces of art, all created by the artists of southern Oregon. The show’s organizers are delighted, and say that the artists did a great job of interpreting the theme. The Imaginarium Small Works section offers smaller, more affordable pieces to delight Halloween lovers and cosplay enthusiasts. The show opens October 6 and runs through October 29, with the gallery open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

October Imaginarium: Hats & Masks - paintings, masks and hats included in this year's exhibition

2017 October Imaginarium: a few of the paintings, masks and hats in this year’s exhibition

Do stop in to see the zany and imaginative artwork in this fantastic exhibition and consider a purchase. Everything from fine art with a Halloween twist and whimsical 3D pieces to wearable art and unique gifts awaits your discerning eye for creative treasures specially made for this year’s show! The 2017 October Imaginarium: Hats & Masks has it all, and we’re sure you will find just the thing to complete your Halloween costume, decorate for a Halloween party, or give as a gift. The show ends a few days before the holiday so you can take your purchases home in time.

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Have you been summoning your own creativity to make a fabulous costume for Halloween? Please, join us in your Halloween finest to welcome the participating artists from throughout southern Oregon at a festive reception on Saturday, October 7, from 1–4 pm, featuring live music by Minstrel Streams.

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The October Imaginarium – Coming Soon!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Events, October Creative Challenge | 0 comments

October Imaginarium Call to Artists: October Creative Challenge show flyer

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Geometry: Within and Without

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

Geometry: Within and Without

Art Presence presents works by two of our member artists during the month of September 2017. In Geometry: Within and Without, Raku pottery from John Dodero’s Dynamic Cubism (DC) Series joins photography by Thomas Glassman for a unique and compelling two-person exhibit in our front gallery.

Dodero Studio Ceramics – New Designs Inspired by Geometry

Geometry: The Art Within and Without - John Dodero Dynamic Cubism Series Raku Urn in Yellow

Dynamic Cubism Series Raku Urn in Yellow

John Dodero’s Raku ceramics — distinguished by quiet elegance, clean spare lines, and timeless appeal — represent a classic minimalist esthetic. Building on this esthetic, he recently introduced his new Dynamic Cubism “DC” Series. DC Series Raku urns feature Dodero’s new dynamic cubism style. One-of-a-kind abstract designs, enhanced by traces of Native American influence. And strongly influenced by geometry…

 

The Dynamic Cubism DC Series is inspired by John Dodero’s fascination with dynamic and dissipative systems, along with a deep interest in physics. He believes the huge scientific advances of the last century influenced the Cubist movement. John feels the theories of Relativity and the idea of the warping of space-time have been particularly strong influences. He encourages people to look into what, in his view, is one of the many confluences of art and science.

 

Of his new pottery series, Dodero says

“I refrain from characterizing my pieces so the viewer has the space to interpret them in their own way. That said, I want to plant a seed thought, even though it may be far-fetched or blatantly obvious.

Geometry is all around us. Lines, angles, arcs, and in my view even color, because the frequency or wave/vibration that prompts us to see the corresponding color can be geometrically graphed. Nature can be — not exactly but to a large degree — modeled mathmatically or geometrically. One case in point is the Golden Mean (among others).

See more of John’s work on his website, Dodero Studio Ceramics.

Geometry: The Art Within and Without - Arches, Image by Tom Glassman

“Arches,” Image by Tom Glassman

Geometry in the Everyday

First of all, I take photos because it’s fun and because I enjoy it. Even if I weren’t showing my work in galleries, I would still keep taking photographs.

 

Whenever possible, my primary goal is to make a photograph that doesn’t look like a photograph. This might entail anything from recording unusual reflections or abstract lines and patterns to juxtaposing unusual colors or shapes to creating compositions with extreme negative space. I create unusual or fun images, positioning the camera to photograph found objects or distinct background/foreground layers in close proximity that aren’t typically seen together.

 

I use the camera’s point of view to isolate an object that people look at every day so they see it in a whole new way. When people look at my work, I want them to see my images as much as they see my vision.

 

Finally, I am what you would call a technical photographer. In other words, all my photos are carefully composed and cropped (corner to corner) in the viewfinder before I snap the picture. Everything about my images is deliberate and time-consuming. I use a tripod, bubble level, filters, mirror-lockup, cable release, self-timer, the appropriate f-stop and ex­tremely accurate exposures to create in the camera what I envision in my mind.

 

Consequently, what you see are color-corrected images that are otherwise unaltered in any way by image editing software. While many pho­tographers enjoy the new tools that today’s digital darkroom offers, my real passion is to spend time with the camera figuring out how to see something in a completely new and different way.

Geometry: Hidden in Plain Sight

All too often, we go through life without taking the time to stop and really look at what’s around us, above us, beside us, or even down at our feet. Shapes, patterns, colors, shadows, reflections, unusual juxtapositions, a dramatic perspective, or something as simple but compelling as an unusual point of view — all conspire to demonstrate how different people can look at the same thing and see it very differently.

 

With this exhibit, whether it’s exploring the natural world, home surroundings, a small town scene, or even something as ordinary as a city street, the familiar can suddenly become magical and mysterious. Who knew that something as simple as a photograph with a fresh perspective has the power to stop us, or move us, or simply make us think and feel?

 

“You don’t see that every day,” viewers might be inclined to say. But, of course, you do. And you’ll notice if you know where and how to look.

~ Tom Glassman

Geometry: The Art Within and Without will open Friday, September 1 and runs through Sunday, October 1. Join us for the reception on Saturday, September 2 from 1-3 pm to enjoy the art and meet the artists.

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Artists Workshop Annual Show & Sale

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Artist's Workshop annual Show, Events | 0 comments

Artists Workshop annual show and sale poster 2017

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Minstrel Streams

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Member Profiles, Members | 0 comments

If you haven’t been to one of our receptions lately, you may be wondering what you’re in for when we say there will be live music. Art Presence members Matt and Rebecca Stuart, who recently moved to Medford from Los Angeles, are the creative instrumental genius of Minstrel Streams. Matt plays guitar and keyboards, Rebecca flute and native American flute. So you can have a listen, we’re posting this wonderful video done in collaboration with Mark Unger of Sky Lakes Media. The soundtrack is “Ancient Mariner” by Minstrel Streams, accompanying aerial video of Indian Sands, Oregon. We hope you will enjoy it, and that you will take a moment to really appreciate the music written and performed this immensely talented couple at our next reception on July 1, 2017 from 1–3pm. Please support their work too! They have several CDS of their music available from the gallery.

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