Arts & Letters Zoom Chats

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.

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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 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!
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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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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October 2021 Art Exhibits and Events

Posted by on Sep 7, 2021 in Arts & Letters Zoom Chats, Classes, Events, News, October Creative Challenge, Open Shows, Second Saturday ArtWalk | 0 comments

The 8th Annual October Imaginarium is open! This year’s theme, Reality or Illusion?, resulted in a wonderful collection of artwork depicting Autumn, Halloween, and imaginative ideas building upon the theme. The exhibition opened on Friday, September 17, and continues through Halloween. The gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays from 12–5 pm and Sundays from 10–5 pm. The Imaginarium is always a well-attended, popular show and this year’s collection is a must-see!

Grateful thanks to the Human Bean for their support of this exhibition.

October’s Second Saturday ArtWalk takes place on Saturday, October 9 from 3–6 pm. Some artists will demonstrate their skills outdoors on California Street while others show their work inside a downtown Jacksonville shop. Look for the yellow flags marking participating merchants. The gallery remains open until 6 pm on Saturday for the ArtWalk and opens at 10 am on Sunday for the convenience of Farmer’s Market visitors.

If you can’t make it to the gallery, you can still see a virtual tour on our website, To inquire about the art that moves you or schedule a private gallery viewing, contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or

Anne Brooke and Ginna BB Gordon kick off the fall Arts & Letters Zoom chats with a conversation about the next novel in Gordon’s Lavandula Series, “Humming in Spanish,” on Friday, October 22 at 5 pm.

As our annual October show illustrates, making art doesn’t have to be so serious that you can’t have fun. Reserve a Thursday evening with up to 7 of your friends and learn how to paint with watercolors in Anne Brooke’s “Wine and Watercolor” workshop. All art supplies are provided, so simply bring your favorite wine and hors d’oeuvres and enjoy painting in a social atmosphere! $25 per person, vaccination required.

Local Artists: Art Presence has studio spaces available in our Loft. The benefits are many, with reasonable month-to-month rent, convenient location, your own key and water. Please contact Anne Brooke to inquire.

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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!

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