Member Shows

August 2021 Exhibits

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August 2021 Exhibits: Loving Souls, by Denali Grace
Loving Souls, by Denali Grace

Our August 2021 exhibits include an exhibit of member artworks, refreshed with new works, which continues through September 12.

August Guest Exhibit: Art Dreams, by Denise Kester

August 2021 exhibits also include a guest exhibit, Art Dreams, by Denise Kester, full time artist and author of the book, Drawing on the Dream. Art Dreams opens August 6 and continues through August 29.

“Using the medium of monoprinting, I draw from the dream and the dream draws from me. The stories and the art I reach for also reach for me. Together we create a visual story that is relevant to me and to the global community. I explore the connection and interconnection with the universe through art and dreams.” ~Denise Kester

Denise specializes in monoprint and monotype viscosity printing as well as drawing and painting. Learn more about the artist and see more of her work at https://drawingonthedream.com.

August Second Saturday ArtWalk and Special Art Sale

This month’s Second Saturday ArtWalk takes place on Saturday, August 14 from 3–6 pm. Looks for yellow flags identifying participating merchants with artists showing their creations inside their stores on California Street. More artists will demonstrate their talents at various outdoor locations. The gallery will be open late with an artist reception from 3–6pm.

The following day, Sunday, August 15, is a special art sale on the Art Presence Art Center lawn featuring artists who participated in the August ArtWalk. The gallery is now open at 10am on Sundays to accommodate visitors to the Sunday Farmers Market.

To inquire about the art that captivates you or schedule a private gallery viewing, contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or anne@brookewatercolor.com. We will post a virtual tour as soon as it is available. Thank you for supporting Art Presence Art Center!

August Arts & Letters Hiatus

Please note that there will be no August Arts & Letters conversation, but it will resume on September 24 with Ginna Gordon’s Humming in Spanish, the next novel in her Lavendula series. Stay tuned for announcements! NOTE: We received word from Ginna on August 19 that dues to COVID-related circumstances on the printing and distribution levels, her book will not be published on time. Therefore, she is postponing her planned launch on September 24 until these issues are resolved.

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June-July 2021 Virtual Exhibition

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June-July 2021 Gallery Exhibits

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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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May 2021 Virtual Exhibit

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Here is our video of the May 2021 virtual exhibition of art in the Art Presence Art center gallery. This includes Petlandia, our current member artist benefit show of pet-themed art to support C.A.T.S. Please share!

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May 2021 Art Exhibits

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Art Presence Art Center announces new hours beginning this month! The gallery is now open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12–5 pm.

Don’t miss “Petlandia,” a benefit exhibit for C.A.T.S presented by the members of Art Presence. 6” x 6” paintings of pets cover the back wall starting April 30 and remain on display through May 30.

Painting by Art Presence member Zoe West

In conjunction with Petlandia, we’ll have a special event on Sunday, May 16, during which C.A.T.S. will offer kittens for adoption on our front lawn from 1–4 pm. This is your chance to rescue a charming furbaby to share your life and brighten your days!

Our collection of member artworks in the main gallery continues through the end of the month. Pet-loving patrons may find larger paintings of pets sprinkled throughout.

If you feel safer viewing the show at home, please visit our website for a virtual tour. Contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or anne@brookewatercolor.com to inquire about the art that captivates you or schedule a private gallery viewing. Please visit our website to enjoy virtual tours of art exhibits from the past few months! You never know if the painting you fall in love with on video might still be available.

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April 2021 Art Exhibits

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This month’s Guest Exhibit is a show of paintings by Ashland artist Bruce Bayard. Bayard’s exhibition opens Friday, April 2 and remains on display through Sunday, April 25.

“Disintegration,” diptych by Bruce Bayard


Bruce Bayard began oil painting at age 9. Primarily a self-taught artist, he has explored a wide variety of media including acrylic, encaustic, and mixed media painting, collage, drawing, etching, lithography, and serigraphy. In 2000, he began creating art by digital means. In addition to creating collage image prints composed with the use of the computer, he also creates time-based work, including video, image sequences, and programmed projections. Bayard currently presents multimedia performance pieces incorporating improvisational electronic music and is screening a film in the 2021 Ashland Independent Film Festival. Learn more about the artist and his work at https://brucebayard.com/

“The Titan and The Tendrils,” image by Vivian McAleavey


We also have a brand new collection of member artworks in the main gallery opening April 2. This lovely show depicting a range of subjects is well worth a visit to the gallery. If you feel safer viewing the show at home, please visit our website for a virtual tour. Contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or anne@brookewatercolor.com to schedule a private gallery viewing.

From our founder:

Our expectations of change are filled with hope as we are open for another month to share the art of many fine artists and craftsmen. The experience of seeing and absorbing art is a part of our lives that we cannot ignore. Join us for a brief but important respite to inspire you and give you some peace.
–Anne Brooke

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