Author Readings

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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Christin Lore Weber to Read at Feb 4 Reception

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Flyer for The Root of Beauty Author Reading by Christin Lore Weber on Feb 4, 2017

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Author Reading by Diana Coogle

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Author Readings, Events, Guest Exhibits | 0 comments

Author Reading by Diana Coogle  with Exhibit of Paintings by Barbara Kostal

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December Reception for Small Treasures

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Author Readings, Events, Member Shows | 0 comments

December Reception for Small Treasures Small Treasures December Reception: New Members "Minstrel Streams" : PIcture of musicians Matt and Rebecca Stuart, new members of Art Presence

Musicians Matt and Rebecca Stuart of Minstrel Streams

Art Presence members have filled the gallery with small works of fine art priced for holiday gift giving in our Small Treasures holiday exhibit. See our post for more details!

December reception for Small Treasures

Haven’t had a chance to see our Small Treasures holiday gift show of small artworks? Maybe you missed our November reception and want to meet the artists participating in this show? Come by our December reception for Small Treasures on Saturday, December 3 from noon–3pm! Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, chat with the artists and choose small works of fine art to give to the special ones on your list. All while listening to the beautiful instrumentals of Minstrel Streams, featuring new members Matt and Rebecca Stuart. Matt and Rebecca are lifelong musicians, art enthusiasts and lovely people whom you will also want to meet!

At 1:00 we present a very special author reading by Garris Elkins. Elkins will read from one of his books titled “The Leadership Rock.” This newly published book is a 35 year long collection of stories and experiences that take the reader deeper into the heart of what it means to lead people with integrity.

December Reception for Small Treasures Small Treasures 2016 : House Finch, watercolor painting by Linda Abblett

House Finch, by Linda Abblett

He will read selections from the following chapters:

The Gift of Gladys:”A story of how I learned what loves looks like from an unexpected source.”

The Big Shot Pastor:”A story of how I discovered that my pride had blinded me to the needs of those I love.”

A Hundred Dollar Cry: “A story of how one act of love can touch us at the deepest level of our being.”

Restored Flight:”A story of how a high-profiled, but fallen and broken national leader was loved back to wholeness.”

The Fifty-Year Letter: “A story of how our dreams and hopes for marriage can be realized.”

Recommissioned Lives: “A story of how we will always carry purpose, but in a new context for a new season of life.”

At 2:00, our own talented photographer, board member and tongue-in-cheek comic Tom Glassman reads from his hilarious “Diary of a Reindeer,” a short Christmas story about Cedric the Reindeer created in collaboration with Katharine Gracey.

Come for the Parade, Spend the Day for the Art!

This will be a fun day in Jacksonville for art lovers! First of all, the Jacksonville Christmas Parade takes place December 3 at 10am. Next, Art Presence opens and Art’Clectic’s holiday artisans market at the IOOF begins at 11am. Then, the artists reception for the fourth annual Angels show at GoodBean Coffee begins at noon. Enjoy their reception and then cross town again to join us for Garris Elkins’ author reading! See you next Saturday…

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September Art Exhibit “Harvest Time” and more…

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Author Readings, Events, Member Shows, Pioneer Village Exhibits | 0 comments

September Art Exhibit

Our September Art Exhibit Harvest Time is a show of artwork by Art Presence Art Center artist members featuring paintings with a harvest theme…and more. The gallery is filled with fantastic artwork by our talented artist members just waiting to be seen!

Our Harvest Time members show is on display from September 2 through the 25th. Please join us for a reception on Saturday, September 3, from 1–3pm. Our Author Readings resume with this reception, and two of our local authors will share readings from their newly published books!

  • John Sack reads from “Leaving My Broken Home” at 1:00pm
  • Sharon Mehdi reads from “Eleanor Bobbin” at 2:00pm.

More Art Presence Art Exhibits:

September Art Exhibit : Pick Up Sticks, abstract painting by Judy Ommen

Pick Up Sticks, by Judy Ommen

Pioneer Village: Judith Ghetti Ommen

Art Presence member artist Judy Ommen shows watercolor and mixed media paintings from September 10–December 10. Please join her for an opening reception on September 10 from 4–6pm. See more of Judy’s paintings at [email protected]/

Jacksonville Library, Naversen Room: Abstract Paintings by Patrick Beste

September Art Exhibit : image of Trials of Odin, abstract painting by Patrick Beste

Trials of Odin, abstract painting by Patrick Beste

Art Presence member artist Patrick Beste presents a show of abstract acrylic paintings from September through December. Visit the Naverson Room and fill your eyes with Beste’s colorful abstract compositions! See more of Patrick’s work at besteart.net.

Medford Library: Watercolors by Linda Abblett

September Art Exhibit : image of Summer's Bloom, watercolor painting by Linda Abblett

Summer’s Bloom, watercolor by Linda Abblett

Art Presence member artist Linda Abblett shows her watercolors at the Medford Library through the end of the year. Linda’s art is distinguished by strong light and shadows, and she paints a wide variety of subjects. See more of Linda’s work at lindaabblettwatercolors.com.

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Art Presence Art Center is a nonprofit gallery and art center located at 206 North Fifth Street in Jacksonville, Oregon, on the grounds of the historic courthouse. The gallery is open from 11am – 5pm every Friday – Sunday.

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Author Readings at Tomorrow’s Reception 12-3pm

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Though previously unannounced, Art Presence Art Center will have a second reception for its Small Treasures holiday show on Saturday, December 5 from noon to 3pm.

Our December reception also marks the return of our Art Presence Authors Read program! Anna Elkins will read from her “children’s book for grownups,” And, The Story of More, at 1:00pm. At 2:00pm, Steve Carlson will read from one of four books he has represented in the gallery.

Give the gift of art to the special ones on you holiday gift-giving list! The gallery is filled with fun, portable, and affordable art by regional artists…and authors!

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