Author Readings

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.

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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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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 Arts & Letters: Frank De Luca

Posted by on Nov 2, 2021 in Arts & Letters Zoom Chats, Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Our Arts & Letters Zoom Chats invite you into the homes and studios of local artists and authors.

November marks the publication of author Frank De Luca’s new book!

Kindness: A guide for humans based on the Enneagram

The wisdom in this beautiful and engaging book is drawn from the Enneagram, a system of nine fundamental ways of viewing life. In learning about how other people think, you can…

  • appreciate that not everyone thinks the same way you do
  • learn not to take other people’s behavior personally
  • see why certain relationships challenge you more than others
  • learn how to respond rather than react in most situations
  • expand your empathy toward others
  • increase your skills in relating to all types of people
  • deepen your connection with the people that matter to you
  • laugh more

In this Zoom session, Arts & Letters host Ginna BB Gordon talks with Frank and his two collaborators on the book, designer Ken Gregg and illustrator Nancy Bardos.

Join us online for a discussion of the book with author Frank De Luca!
Friday,
November 12 at 5:00 pm Pacific

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

Nov 12, 2021 Arts & Letters announcement Kindness, by Frank De Luca

Frank De Luca, Ph.D., has been facilitating classes and workshops in self-awareness since 1976. For most of those years, the Enneagram has informed his work as a marriage and family therapist, a leadership coach, and a corporate consultant.

Now semi-retired, Frank provides guidance and training to several community non-profit organizations in and around Jacksonville, Oregon, where he lives with his partner, Ken Gregg. Creative projects and writing have become a central part of his life, including posting poetry for passersby to see in the front windows of the 1850s former saloon where he lives.


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Arts & Letters events are free but advance registration is required.

This event will be in webinar format — attendees are not visible to the host or each other.


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October Arts & Letters: Humming in Spanish

Posted by on Sep 19, 2021 in Arts & Letters Zoom Chats, Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Art Presence Founder/Director Anne Brooke and Author/Publisher Ginna BB Gordon kick off our fall Arts & Letters Zoom chats! Join them on Friday, October 22, at 5 pm for a conversation about the next novel in Gordon’s Lavandula Series, “Humming in Spanish.”

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July Arts & Letters – Anne Brooke

Posted by on Jul 6, 2021 in Arts & Letters Zoom Chats, Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Art Presence Art Center founder and director, Anne Brooke

HEADS UP! Our Art & Letters Local Author Reading on Zoom features Art Presence founder and director, Anne Brooke, who will talk about art, life, and her popular Jacksonville Coloring Book. Please visit this link soon to make your free reservation and join us at 5pm on Friday, July 23. Register to participate now—it’s free!

https://brooke-artpresence-2021.eventbrite.com

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June-July 2021 Gallery Exhibits

Posted by on Jun 8, 2021 in Arts & Letters Zoom Chats, Author Readings, Events, Guest Exhibits, Member Shows | 0 comments

Art Presence Art Center cautiously continues the new hours introduced last month. The gallery is now open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12–5 pm.

Our guest exhibit for June showcases fiber art by members of the Southern Oregon Longarm Association (SOLA). SOLA is a group of textile artists dedicated to educating, supporting, and promoting each other in their chosen medium. They meet bi-monthly in non-Covid times, and each year they devise a voluntary, open-ended challenge to stretch themselves and demonstrate the unique variety of their art. The challenge is open to all members, beginners as well as people who have been exploring their creativity in this realm for over 20 years. 

A longarm is a machine used to stitch layers of fabric together. Traditionally, this machine is used to machine-stitch bed quilts. This exhibit shows the longarm’s potential and uses that extend far beyond its original purpose. Please be sure to stop in the gallery and see this wonderful show!

We also have a fresh collection of member artworks hanging in the main gallery through the end of the month. There’s something for just about everyone on display, so be sure to stop in the gallery and see for yourself!

If you feel safer viewing the show at home, please visit our website for a virtual tour. Call Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or email her at anne@brookewatercolor.com to inquire about the art that catches your eye or schedule a private gallery viewing.

Art Presence Founder, Anne Brooke

HEADS UP! THIS FRIDAY, our Art & Letters Local Author Reading on Zoom features Art Presence founder, Anne Brooke, who will talk about art, life, and her popular Jacksonville Coloring Book. Please visit this link soon to make your free reservation and join us at 5pm on Friday, June 11. PLEASE NOTE!! Due to technical difficulties, Anne’s conversation has been rescheduled for Friday, July 23, at 5pm. This link is still valid, so register to participate now! https://brooke-artpresence-2021.eventbrite.com

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