Author Readings

November Author Reading: Sharon Mehdi

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in Author Readings, Events, Featured | 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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Pam Formeller Author Reading

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Pam Formeller Author Reading: Image of the cover of Miracle on Fifth, new children's book by Pamilla Formeller

Pam Formeller Author Reading

Art Presence Art Center invites you to come to Pam Formeller’s author reading on Friday, the 12th of October at 5 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Based on true events, the book is a Christmas story about a musically talented little boy who, with God’s support, performs a miracle on Christmas Eve.

Pam has written for several California newspapers and been editor of various trade association magazines.

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Art Presence Local Authors Evening Readings

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

NEW Art Presence Local Authors Evening Readings  to Begin with Pam Formeller

We are pleased to kick off our new Art Presence Local Authors Evening Readings with Pam Formeller, author of Miracle on Fifth, a children’s Christmas book featuring a little boy named Andy who, along with some interesting friends, plots to save their church from demolition. Join Pam Formeller Friday, October 12 at 5pm for snacks, champagne and a good story.

Coming November 9: Sharon Mehdi will read from The Great Grandmother Gathering and Eleanor Bobbin.

In January, David and Ginna Gordon will speak about the Ins and Outs of Indie Publishing, date to be determined.

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September Exhibit, “Harvest”

Posted by on Aug 26, 2017 in Author Readings, Events, Member Shows, News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Don’t miss the September exhibit opening September 1st at Art Presence Art Center, where we will feature paintings by Dolores Ribal, soft edged landscapes bordering on the abstract, incredible use of color, unusual viewpoints.  The Reception is September 2nd, Saturday,  from 1 to 3.  206 N 5th Street in Jacksonville, OR.

Call 541-941-7057 for more information.

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September Exhibit at Art Presence Art Center

Posted by on Aug 26, 2017 in Author Readings, Events, Member Shows, News | 0 comments

Don’t miss thePoster for Harvest, September 2017 member show at Art PResence, Jacksonville, Oregon September Exhibit at Art Presence Art Center,

stunning paintings by Dolores Ribal,

new ceramics by John Dodero and Tom Glassman’s photography, which always presents a new viewpoint.

Plus readings by Ginna and David Gordon.

Music by Minstrel Stream at the Reception, September 2nd from 1 to 3.

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Wisdom of the Heart Author Reading

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Author Readings | 1 comment

Wisdom of the Heart Author Reading : Diana Coogle Author Reading with Paintings by Barbara Kostel, a reading and exhibit of paintings from Diana Coogle and Barbara Kostal’s new book Wisdom of the Heart. Diana Coogle author reading from Wisdom of the Heart and exhibit of paintings from the book by Barbara Kostal takes place in conjunction with the artist reception for Art Presence Art Center's Poetry of Spring show on March 4, 2017, at 2:00 pm. In this coffee-table book, artist Barbara Kostal depicts a metaphysical journey through life in forty-four abstract, nature-inspired paintings. For each painting writer Diana Coogle, Ph.D., responds with a one- page personal essay—meditative, narrative or poetic—based on a life lived closely with nature.

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