Angels Show

Art Presence Art Center presents the annual Angels Show every December. Goodbean Coffee and Southern Oregon Artists Resource sponsor this exhibition of original angel-themed art. Angels Show History Mary Kell, co-owner of GoodBean Coffee in Jacksonville, Oregon, had the original idea for the Angels Show. At the time Hannah West curated the cafe’s art exhibits. Using her connections through Southern Oregon Artists Resource, she began sending annual calls to artists. Ultimately she curated four Angels Shows for the GoodBean. What is the key to the show’s appeal? Artists are not limited to traditional or Christmas-style angels. Free to experiment, they create their own artistic interpretations. Therefore participating is fun and challenging for artists. Furthermore, the show offers a wonderful diversity of medium, style and creative interpretation for viewers and collectors. Not surprisingly, there is something for everyone in every Angels Show! For this reason the show gained increasing traction in the community each year. Changes However, things changed in 2017. For personal reasons on both parts, the angels lost their home. So, in 2018 Mary and Hannah asked Anne Brooke of Art Presence about moving the show to their gallery. The Art Presence Board of Directors approved, and all agreed to host the show at Art Presence. Consequently Art Presence billed the Angels Show as a Guest Exhibit. Hannah stayed on as curator. And the show proved a befitting companion to the gallery’s popular Holiday Treasures show. Future The reboot was a tremendous success and set new records for the show. Over 40 artists participated, contributing 70 pieces of original angel art. In addition, over 175 people attended the reception. Most importantly, the works of angel art were very well received. As a result, the Angels Show will continue indefinitely in its new gallery home. Now we anticipate the coming year’s Angels Show. And we invite you to the reception on the first Saturday of December. So come and see why the Angels Show has become a beloved part of Jacksonville’s Christmas tradition. Perhaps one will find a new home with you!

Seventh Annual Angels Show

Posted by on Dec 3, 2019 in Angels Show, Events, Open Shows | 0 comments

postcard for the 2019 Angels Show with details

Seventh Annual Angels Show

Now comfortably settled into its new home at Art Presence Art Center, the Angels Show celebrates its seventh exhibition!

Come to a festive Angels reception on Saturday, December 7 from 1–3 pm after enjoying the Jacksonville Christmas Parade! See dozens of unique artistic interpretations of angels covering the back wall of the gallery! Freestanding angels as well as paintings! Meet the special artists participating in this show!

To get the first look at the show and first opportunity to make one of this year’s angels your own (or give to a friend), come on Friday, December 6, when the show opens at 11 am.

What to Expect

We have seen a wide variety of angels in each past Angels show – impressionist, realist, and abstract, mystical and cute, fierce and gentle, earthy and celestial, imploring, serving and helping. The artists who participate range from small children to experienced professional artists. We see nearly every medium represented in every show, from oils, watercolors and acrylics to ceramics, bronze, glass and assemblage with natural and/or man made materials. This kind of diversity is present in this year’s show as well.

The angels you see in this post are wonderful examples of abstract angels. Katherine Bird created the golden angel in the 2019 show poster above. Art Presence member Brenda Mills Brannan created the angel below for this year’s show.

A Brief History of the Angels Show

Southern Oregon Artists Resource, an online directory of the southern Oregon art community created by Hannah West Design, sponsored the Angels Show from its inception. Hannah curated the art displays at the GoodBean Cafe in Jacksonville for 7 years. In 2012, Mary Kell, GoodBean co-owner, asked Hannah if she could have angels on the wall for Christmas. Fortunately she asked with enough time for Hannah to send out a call to artists! Mary got her angels and a new Christmas tradition in Jacksonville was born.

When the cafe updated its art policy, the angels lost their nest, so Hannah and Mary asked the executive director of Art Presence if the show might find a new home at the gallery. The angels were received with open arms! Its first time in a true gallery setting, the 2018 Angels show was an amazing exhibition, with 70 pieces of angelic art created by over 40 artists. It won a terrific audience reception and many angels found new homes with Art Presence patrons.

Give an Angel a Home!

The 2019 Angels show will continue on display until Sunday, December 29. The angels are on display concurrently with Art Presence’s annual Holiday Treasures show. Holiday Treasures let you take your art finds home upon purchase for giving during the holiday season. However, the angels must remain on display through the end of the show. We believe that our artist’s angels make perfect holiday gifts, so we encourage you to consider giving an angel to that special person on your gift-giving list.

Mercy Flight, painting of an angel for the Angels Show 2019 by Brenda Mills Brannan

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Call to Artists for Angels Show

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Angels Show, Events, Open Shows, Opportunities | 0 comments

Call to Artists – Angel Art for 7th Annual Angels Show

Southern Oregon Artists Resource and Art Presence Art Center call to artists for angel art to be exhibited in our Seventh Annual Angels Show this December.

Angel on HIgh, watercolor by Katherine Bird from the 2018 Angels Show

“Angel on High,” watercolor by Katherine Bird from the 2018 Angels Show

We seek your INTERPRETATION of angels in your choice of medium and style. You are not limited to the traditional or religious styles commonly seen this time of year. The amazing variety of angels in various mediums, styles and techniques in past shows has drawn many favorable comments from attendees and patrons. We prefer new angels, but gladly invite prior years’ artists and their angels to return.

We have some pedestals to accommodate freestanding 3D angels, but you should be prepared to bring your own. For 2D art, there is a limit of 2 pieces with a maximum dimension of 48 inches each.

Submissions are not technically juried, but we do review and prioritize them in the event we run out of space. If this occurs, new angels will have priority over repeat entries. Painting a new angel for this year’s show? Send us an email to let us know as soon as possible! Please include the approximate dimensions of your piece(s).

Important Dates

  • Entry Deadline:  November 18th.
  • Artwork drop-off dates: November 23, 24 and 25th.
  • We will hang the show on Thursday, December 5th.
  • The show opens on Friday, December 6th.
  • Reception is Saturday, December 7th, from 1–3 pm.
  • Closing date is Sunday, December 29th.

Angels Display

The Angels Show hangs on the back wall of the gallery. It is exhibited alongside the gallery’s popular Holiday Treasures show of gift items. Holiday Treasures always draws a steady stream of holiday shoppers throughout the month. Therefore, the Angels Show is virtually guaranteed a wide audience. Art Presence Art Center is conveniently located at 206 North 5th Street in Jacksonville, Oregon.

Advertising and Promotion

We had wonderful audience reception and respectable sales in 2018, our first show in a true gallery setting. Art Presence and SOAR will promote the exhibition through social media and local print media to ensure another great reception this year. We ask artists to help by sharing their angels on social media with the details of the show and reception.

Submit Your Entries!

Please download and fill out the entry form below. Submit your entry to gallery director Anne Brooke with images of your angel art at anne@brookewatercolor.com. Anne will also be happy to answer any questions not addressed on the form.

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Please share with artist friends and fellow members of artist groups. We also invite you to share it in your newsletters, online announcements and artist group meetings.

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