Guest Exhibits

March 2020 Guest Exhibit

Posted by on Mar 2, 2020 in Featured, Guest Exhibits | 0 comments

Wooden Bowl by Siskiyou Woodcrafters Guild member John Harden

Wooden Bowl by Siskiyou Woodcrafters Guild member John Harden

Our guest exhibit for March 2020 is an exhibition of works by the Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild, running from March 6–29. The Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild — co-founded in 1980 by Tom Phillips, at that time a recent transplant from the Bay Area — has about 60 members, who present their works in a highly anticipated annual show on the Shakespeare Festival grounds. Their 41st show takes place this coming November on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving. Guild members also present woodcrafting workshops — learn more at their website, siskiyouwoodcraftguild.org.

Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild members include John Harden, Devin Klarer, Jens Sehm, and Russell Beebe, Art Presence member Bruce Millbank and many more.

John began working with wood as a child and studied woodcrafting in middle and high school. He moonlighted making small furniture projects alongside his construction day job, and has created one-of-a-kind handcrafted furniture and woodturning full time since 2015.

Cutting Board by Siskiyou Woodcrafters Guild member Devon Klarer

Cutting Board by Siskiyou Woodcrafters Guild member Devon Klarer

Devin creates precise geometric patterns and optical illusions with wood to make wall hangings, cutting boards, small tables and more. He moved to Ashland in 2014 after a tour in the U.S. Peace Corps. Dev grew up in Kentucky learning woodcraft from a master woodworker who happened to be his dad. He has dabbled in many areas of woodwork, including bows and arrows, custom beehives, small furniture, and boxes. Currently his obsession in the wood world is with intricate geometric shapes and patterns and optical illusions (what you might label a form of parquetry). His aim is to make some of the most visually stunning cutting boards and wood wall hangings you will ever see!

Jens, a native of East Germany, left before the fall of the Berlin Wall and came to the US in 1989. After earning his degree in Construction Management from Cal Poly and working in that field for four years, he decided to focus on woodwork full time. He now works from his shop in Ashland.
Russell trained in Chinese furniture building with master Jeng Yee in Bangkok, Thailand. His work includes building fine furniture, repairs and restoration, and teaching wood carving. He’s also created several large wood sculptures installed in Ashland and at Southern Oregon University. In the summer of 2003, Russell Beebe was commissioned by Lloyd Matthew Haines to create a 20 foot sculpture from a standing dead white oak tree. “At first glance, the big tree gave me an indication of how my design would evolve, from the juncture of the first large branch down to the base. The very uniform trunk offered freedom to create while the divergence of the branch above would dictate form. This and Mr. Haines’ desire that the sculpture honor the Tree, our Wildlife and the Native Peoples who once lived in the area gave me the spectrum to create.” Russell also builds fine furniture, does repair/restoration and teaches wood carving.

Bruce was born in the Rogue Valley and has lived in Medford for the last 50 years. He developed a passion for wood and woodworking at a young age, working in his father’s workshop and taking woodshop in high school. Over the years he has done many projects, including small furniture, tables and bookshelves, and display shelves inset into the wall.

Currently, Bruce’s passion is making keepsake boxes and turning vessels on the lathe. He has a nice inventory of amazing wood and has the resources to get a special piece for you.

 

Meet the fine woodcrafters participating in our March shows at a reception on Saturday, March 7, from 1–3 pm.

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Calligraphers’ Guild “Wit and Wisdom”

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in Events, Guest Exhibits | 1 comment

Art Presence Art Center features the Calligraphers’ Guild as the Guest Artists for February.  The exhibit opens on January 30th and runs through March 1st.  Don’t miss sayings that are beautifully calligraphed, many in a Valentine’s Day theme.

The gallery is located at 206 5th  St. in Jacksonville, Oregon. The gallery is open from 11 to 5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The exhibit in the main gallery’s theme is “On the Same Page.”  The reception for both exhibits is on Saturday, February 1st from 1 to 3. Meet the writers, calligraphers and artists in person!

Please click on each image above to view an enlarged version.

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November 2019 Guest Artist: Jeanne LaRae

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Events, Guest Exhibits | 0 comments

Our November 2019 guest artist, Jeanne LaRae, is a personable and approachable artist, so when you come to the reception this month, be sure to ask her questions about her work!

Jeanne explores from her home town, the U.S. and around the world “in search of light and shadow and its magical effects.” The role that light plays in telling a story allows Jeanne to relate and deliver it through her paintings of nature, landscapes, architecture, people, and animals. LaRae encourages and inspires people to look further and deeper into their surroundings, finding the beauty and the story, to listen to the whispers of the world around them as more of a symphony of color and light, and to appreciate the gift and experience of the path.

Jeanne LaRae is a member of many southern Oregon, California, and national art associations, including Ashland Art Center, Ashland Gallery Association, Artists Workshop of Southern Oregon, Rogue Gallery, LPAPA, SoCalPapa, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Midway Art Association, the Kimball Art Center and PCPAA.

Here’s a sneak peek…a couple of Jeanne’s oil paintings:

oil painting by Jeanner LaRae, NOvember 219 guest artist at Art PResence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregonoil painting by Jeanner LaRae, NOvember 219 guest artist at Art PResence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon

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September Guest Artist Lane Hall

Posted by on Aug 29, 2019 in Events, Guest Exhibits | 0 comments

Art Presence Art Center welcomes September Guest Artist Lane Hall for a special exhibition of his works on the back wall of the gallery. His show runs alongside our September 2019 members show, opening Friday, September 6 and running through Sunday, September 29, with a reception on Saturday, September 7, from 1–3 pm.

Lane Hall lives in the Rogue Valley and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Oregon University in 1986. He has achieved Diamond Membership in the Watercolor Society of Oregon and has won numerous awards in state, national and international competitions. Most recently, Hall received the Frances Nell Storer Memorial Award for his painting, “Oak Burl,” in the American Watercolor Society’s 148th International Exhibition, the Alden Bryan Memorial Medal for his painting, “Creekside II,” in the American Watercolor Society’s 149th International Exhibition in New York City, and the Kanuga Watermedia Workshops Award for his painting “Creekside,” in the National Watercolor Society’s 95th International Exhibition in San Pedro, CA. He is also a Signature Member of both the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. Lane’s work has been published in North Light Books’ Strokes of Genius II: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow, Southwest Art and Watercolor Artist. In 2004, he turned his full attention to art and is now represented by Marta Stafford Fine Art in Marble Falls, TX, Wilde Meyer Galleries in Scottsdale and Tucson, AZ, and Second Street Gallery in Bandon, OR. We are confident that the work of this accomplished artist will leave you speechless.

Art Presence invites you to a reception where you can meet Lane on Saturday, September 7, from 1–3 pm. At the reception, author Peggy Dover will read from her book, “Trips & Tangents: 101 Favorite Southern Oregon Journal Columns,” and you will have the opportunity to meet Lane Hall.

 

 

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August Guest Artist Ilene Gienger-Stanfield

Posted by on Jul 31, 2019 in Events, Guest Exhibits | 0 comments

August Guest Artist Ilene Gienger-Stanfield

We would like to share with you a little about our distinguished August Guest Artist, Ilene Gienger-Stanfield.

Gienger-Stanfield’s studio is in the hills of Southern Oregon, where she holds weekly figurative sessions and teaches private lessons. She has taught workshops nationwide and has signature status with the American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America, and Northwest Pastel Society, and master signature status with Women Artists of the West.

Ilene’s first intensive studies were in portraiture, where her sensitivity to capturing the character of her subjects honed her drawing skills. Always open to learning, she then began observing subjects with a more abstract thought process, seeing only color, shapes, and how they fit together. This observation of shapes led to a broader range of subjects such as still life, landscape and figurative. Often Gienger-Stanfield does not know what she is painting, only the shapes she is painting. The last influential injection into Ilene’s current painting style was to strive for more original and clean color.

The combination of these influences—drawing, shape, and color—have led to a style that is “A space that is my own” quotes Gienger-Stanfield. With images pared down to the essentials, the viewer sees natural, simplistic, and truthful art.

Art Presence invites you to a reception for the artists on Saturday, August 3, from 1–3 pm. If you can’t make it, please save the date and come to the gallery for the Jacksonville Second Saturday ArtWalk on August 10 from 5–7:30 pm.

Painting by Ilene Gienger-Stanfield

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A Year in Jacksonville, A Story in Photographs, by Ken Gregg

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in Events, Guest Exhibits | 0 comments

A Year in Jacksonville, A Story in Photographs, by Ken Gregg

Art Presence is delighted to announce that our guest artist for July is Jacksonville City Council member, Ken Gregg. Ken has recently published a book of photography capturing images of life in Jacksonville entitled, “A Year in Jacksonville, A Story in Photographs.” Art Presence is now carrying his book in our Authors section.

A Year in Jacksonville, A Story in Photographs, by Ken Gregg

Guest Exhibit

Ken’s guest exhibit consists of the photographs that appear in his book. His show opens alongside our Celestial Journeys member exhibit on Friday, July 5. Please join us on Saturday, July 6, from 1–3 pm for an artist reception, during which Ken will sign the copies of his book you purchase. You will also be able to enjoy wine tasting by Dancin Vineyards.

About the Photographer

Kenneth Gregg was born in Los Angeles, California. At ten years old, his parents gave him a box Brownie camera. Within a year, he had built a darkroom in the home basement and was developing and printing his own black and white images. He pursued his passion for photography through high school and college. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1969, he traveled extensively as the catalogue photographer for the first ten years of The North Face outdoor equipment company.
After leaving The North Face, he turned his artistic endeavors toward pictorial photography of old California, self-publishing books on Santa Barbara and on the Santa Ynez Valley. Numerous corporations have purchased Gregg’s artwork for their collections. His work has also been used extensively for promotional brochures, calendars, greeting cards, book covers, and award-winning wine labels.
In 1991, he began selling his artwork for permanent decor to luxury hotels, such as the Four Seasons, Hyatt Regency and Wynn Resort Hotels, throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Russia, . He has continued to expand his sales in this area for the last 25 years. Now semi-retired, he has been focusing his attention on photographing what life looks like in the small historic town of Jacksonville.

 

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