9th Annual Angels Show, Galleria Gifts & Virtual Tour

Posted by on Dec 6, 2021 in Angels Show, Events, Featured, 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

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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, Featured | 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.


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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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Arts & Letters – Kindness

Posted by on Nov 16, 2021 in Arts & Letters Zoom Chats | 0 comments

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November 2021 Virtual Tour

Posted by on Nov 9, 2021 in Events, Virtual Tours | 0 comments

Did you miss our November show? No problem! View the virtual tour right here. Artworks from the show that are perfect for holiday giving are still available. Also featured is a brief discussion of Frank De Luca’s book, Kindness: a Guide for Humans Based on the Enneagram. It’s a beautiful read and will also make a great gift. The book is available at the gallery. To inquire about art that catches your eye or schedule a private gallery viewing, contact Anne Brooke: 541-941-7057 or

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Kindness Book Signing Event

Posted by on Nov 9, 2021 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Kindness by Frank De Luca, image of book cover

Have you picked up your copy of Kindness, by Frank De Luca, already? Thinking of buying more to give for the holidays? Good call! Get them all signed by the author at our Kindness book signing event at Art Presence Art Center on Saturday, November 13, from 3–5pm. That leaves plenty of time for wrapping and sending in time for the big day!

Chapter Illustration by Nancy Bardos for Kindness, by Frank De Luca
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November 2021 Art Exhibitions

Posted by on Nov 3, 2021 in Events, Guest Exhibits, Member Shows | 0 comments

November 2021 art exhibitions at Art Presence begins with a wonderful new member show, opening Friday, November 5, and continuing on display through Sunday, November 28. Here is a delightful sampling of what you can expect to find in this show:

This month’s guest artists are Frank De Luca, Ken Gregg and Nancy Bardos. Since retiring from his psychotherapy practice, Frank has been writing a book on the Enneagram, a personality system to better understand yourself and other people. Kindness: A Guide for Humans Based on the Enneagram includes illustrations created by Art Presence member, Nancy Bardos, with direction from Ken Gregg.

Kindness  by Frank De Luca, image of book cover

Photography pulled Nancy into the visual art world as a young adult. When the iPhone arrived, she switched to its camera. With the dawn of the Apple pencil, she has been drawing and painting ever since. Of this work, Nancy says, “Collaborating on this book was a dream job!” Her paintings, created to illustrate the book, will hang on the back wall November 5–28.

“Kindness” chapter illustration by Nancy Bardos

To inquire about the art that captivates you or schedule a private gallery viewing, contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or

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