Britt Festival Opening

Taste of Summer FREE Wine Pairing Class

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Britt Festival Opening, Events, News | 0 comments

Taste of Summer FREE Wine Pairing Class : Britt Music & Art Festival 2016 Taste of Summer 2016
Taste of Summer FREE Wine Pairing Class

“I want my wines to take a person back to some special moment in time, to a special location or an event that lingers in their memory. Wine is meant to be savored and enjoyed. May you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy creating them.” – Platt Anderson Cellars

Taste of Summer is an annual celebration in Jacksonville, Oregon benefitting the Britt Music & Arts Festival, presented by Britt Music & Arts Festival and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. The event includes a Taste of Summer free wine pairing class, wine walk, live music, food booths, artisans, classic cars and more. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Wine walk tickets will be sold at Art Presence beginning at 11AM.

Stay tuned for details on music, participating wineries and more:

To start off the wine walk and begin your day of wine tasting with some inspiring information, head to Art Presence Art Center for a Free Wine Pairing Class taught by local wine and culinary experts. The class, presented by Platt Anderson Cellars, begins at 11 AM and features:

»Toasted Onion Crisps and Spanish Tapas Flatbread with Goat Cheese and a Dollop of Pesto paired with Albarino
»Cilantro Lime Shrimp paired with Sauvignon Blanc
»Meatballs with Dollop of Tomato Sauce paired with Dolcetto
»Brats with Sauce paired with Dolcetto
»Proscuitto Wrapped Melo paired with Vermentino
»Rogue Blue Cheese Popcorn paired with Vermentino

Find out more about Platt Anderson Cellars:

No admission charge for the class.
MUSIC, SIGHTS & SOUNDS: Free and open to the public
WINE WALK TICKETS: $30 per person (glass/tastings included) | Limited to 450 participants
PURCHASE: Day of @ Wine Booth, corner of California/N. 3rd | @ Art Presence Art Center, 206 North 5th Street

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“Our Taste of Summer” June Events at Art Presence Art Center

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Artist Demonstrations, Britt Festival Opening, Events, Member Shows, News, Pioneer Village Exhibits, Taste of Summer | 0 comments

Our Taste of Summer

Art Presence has partnered with Jacksonville’s newest wine club, to present an educational wine event in our new classroom for the Britt Festival’s “Taste of Summer” concert season opening and celebration of southern Oregon wines in a double debut that makes Art Presence Art Center the perfect spot to kick off Jacksonville’s June 7 celebration.

Begin your Taste of Summer at Art Presence Art Center, next to Jacksonville’s historic courthouse at 206 North Fifth Street, where New Napa Wine will present “WineHerb Academy II” at 11am; a local Master Gardener will discuss pairing seasonal herbs with this quarter’s wine club picks while pinpointing herbal notes in the wine.

Taste of Summer tickets, armbands and wine glasses will be available at our gallery. Attend the WineHerb Academy, view our June art exhibit, “Our Taste of Summer,” begin your wine tasting experience here with New Napa Wine’s quarterly wine club selections, then stroll through downtown Jacksonville to explore more wines produced by southern Oregon wineries. New Napa’s wine tasting continues at the gallery until 4pm.

Sign up with New Napa Wine for additional benefits:

~ 12-5pm Free quarterly wine selection pickup
~ Wine/Herb tool for summer cooking
~ Wine Herb pairings all afternoon
~ Exclusive access to upcoming cooking classes with NNWs featured chef
~ Sneak peek of vineyards offering free pourings to members this summer

Member artist demonstrations downtown during the Taste will include silk artist Judy Elliott, and we anticipate more will join in.
**Judy is offering a Silk Painting class on July 2 & 9 from 9am–1pm each day. The cost is $65 per person, including supplies. Call Judy at 541-291-2121 or email her at for more info & to register.**

“Our Taste of Summer,” exhibit of member artworks: Feast your eyes on our mouthwatering display of photographic images and works in acrylic, oil, and watercolor portraying sunny scenes and gourmet food to “pair” with the June 7 “Taste of Summer“ celebration of southern Oregon wines. We also present fine artisan jewelry by our newest member artist, Julie Hoskins. Meet the artists at a reception on Friday, June 13 from 5–7pm.

Art Presence has partnered with Pioneer Village to exhibit art in their dining room, open to the public and rotating quarterly. June 1–September 10 we feature fine art images by Alice LaMoree, an established and well-recognized photographer whose innovative images flow into, over, and around the line between abstract and representational, distinguished by strong design and texture. Learn more at

Additional exhibits for June include:

Jacksonville Public Library-

Naversen Room, June 10–Sept 10:

Photography by Thomas Glassman.

Front Entrance Display, Now–June 23:

Display of Memorial Day memorabilia by Dirk and Mary Siedlecki

Medford Main Library-

June 10 to September 10: “ZEN DEZIGNS,” 30 abstract pen & ink pieces by Charlotte Peterson, Linda Boutacoff, and Betty Barss.

Art Presence thanks the Jacksonville Rotary Club for renovating our classroom in time for the Taste! Judy Elliott presents a silk painting class July 2 & 9, and we invite artists, community members and organizations to present their own classes and workshops here, too. Please contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or email via

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A Taste of Summer with Art Presence

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Britt Festival Opening, Events | 0 comments

Yesterday’s Taste of Summer opening celebration of the Britt Festival was a colorful…artistic…and hot! way to welcome the 2013 concert season and summer in Jacksonville. There was art all over town, and Art Presence led the way. We know a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll keep my typing brief (it’s another beautiful day out there today!) and post the pictures I took of our artist members making sure art had a presence in town and the kids who participated in the art activities we presented on the lawn in font of the gallery. For more pictures of the day’s arts & culture color, please see my live blog post at Art Matters! And if you happen to see a picture of yourself or your own art, please click on any picture in this post or the one at Art Matters! to see the large version and download that beauty!  (FYI – when live blogging, time is of the essence, so the pictures there didn’t get as much attention as the ones posted here, but there are more of them.)

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June 2013 Exhibit & Events

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Artist Demonstrations, Britt Festival Opening, Events, Member Shows | 0 comments

“Coastal – By the Sea”

Sea Grasses, by Tana Domecq-Davis

Sea Grasses, by Tana Domecq-Davis

This month Art Presence presents an exhibition of member artist works depicting seaside subjects to celebrate the coming of summer. Show runs from June 7 to June 30.

Member Artist Tana Domecq-Davis also presents a solo show of oil paintings in the front gallery.

Dreams of Jellyfish, handpainted silk wall hanging by Judy Elliot, Dragonfly Designs West

Dreams of Jellyfish, handpainted silk wall hanging by Judy Elliot, Dragonfly Designs West

Artist Member Judy Elliott of Dragonfly Designs West will be showing two of her handpainted silk wall hangings for the first time this month! Of these works, Judy says, “I grew up in Hawaii, exposed to the ocean and all of its wonders.  Whenever I think of it, I go into a tranquil place and can see it in my mind’s eye.  This is where the jellyfish were.  Although crayfish are not a saltwater creature, they remind me of the sugar cane fields that surrounded me on the plantation, which  had irrigation ditches and reservoirs with tilapia and crayfish in them.  You may view these silk wall hangings, which will be on display at the Art Presence Art Center gallery, through the month of June.”

Please join us for an opening reception and meet the artists on Friday, June 14 from 5-7pm.

“Taste of Summer”   Britt Festival Opening Celebration

Join us on the lawn in front of the art center on June 8 from 11-3pm, where we will have five tables, each set up with materials children can use to make art with watercolors, oil pastels and more! Kids who participate and complete a work of art also get to enjoy a FREE ride on the Jacksonville trolley!

Sandy Shoals, painting by Bill Stanton

Sandy Shoals
Oil on canvas by Bill Stanton

Artist Demonstration

June 15, 1-2:30pm: Founder Anne Brooke presents a demonstration of color theory and watercolor technique.

Art Presence Curated Exhibits

  • Jacksonville Library:
    • Naversen Room, Now – July 17: Show of paintings by Art Presence board member Katharine Gracey.
    • Front Entrance, Now – July 1: Dirk Siedleki presents a Memorial Day display of military memorabilia in honor of U.S. military veterans and active service people.
  • Heceta Head Lighthouse, painting by Katharine Gracey

    Heceta Head Lighthouse, painting  by Katharine Gracey  (Who also deserves applause for doing our newsletter!)

    Medford Library:

    Now – July 17: Be sure to see this exhibit of copper art by Art Presence member Randall Grealish!

Art Presence Art Center is open every Fri-Sun from 11am-5pm.

We are located at 206 N. Fifth St. in charming historic Jacksonville, Oregon.

Bandon Lighthouse, image by Tom Glassman

Bandon Lighthouse
Image by Tom Glassman

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Upcoming Events at Art Presence Art Center

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Artist Demonstrations, Britt Festival Opening, Events, Member Shows | 0 comments



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Thanks from the Britt!!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Britt Festival Opening, Events | 0 comments

Taste of Summer

Thank you!

Taste of Summer was a wonderful success this year! Thank you for all you did to help support the event — by participating, by helping with day of preparations, and by being part of our wonderful town of Jacksonville. By all accounts it was a great day — wine tasting sales were up 50% over last year, businesses were hopping, music was well received and visitors had a great time.

We’re planning for the 2013 Taste of Summer to be Saturday, June 8, and we’ll start our planning in earnest after the first of the year. We’re hoping to build on current successes, and keep improving to make the event better each year.

Thank you again for all you did to make the event a success!

Britt Festivals
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
Jacksonville Oregon Business Association (JOBA)

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