October Creative Challenge

Every year, Art Presence Art Center presents a creative challenge to the artists of the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon. We issue a call to artists and jury all submissions, resulting in a themed show for the month of October. This has proven to be one of our most popular shows of the year. Come see it this October!

October 2021 Art Exhibits and Events

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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, https://art-presence.org. To inquire about the art that moves you or schedule a private gallery viewing, contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or anne@brookewatercolor.com.

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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October Virtual Exhibition

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October Imaginarium 2020

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“Light Up the Dark,” our October Imaginarium 2020 exhibition, opened Friday, September 18 and continues through Sunday, November 1. This year the exhibition is an illuminating display of fun and out-of-the-mainstream art featuring unique paintings, 3D assemblages, sculpture, textile art, ceramics, lamps, woodworking, and glass works from over 26 talented local artists.  Visitors can expect to see a range of one-of-a-kind, thought-provoking, elegant and whimsical pieces in this exhibit.

We’ve added two weeks to give viewers more time to enjoy this popular show.  Due to COVID-19 safety issues we will not host an opening reception this year. Please remember that the gallery is again closed on Thursdays through the Fall/Winter season. Our current hours are 11 am – 5 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come “Light Up the Dark” with us…it’s been a tough year. The show is aptly themed and the works are, too.

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2019 October Imaginarium – Mischief & Magic!

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The 6th annual October Imaginarium art show at Art Presence Art Center is here! This has become one of the gallery’s most popular exhibits, and this year’s theme is Mischief & Magic. Artists from throughout southern Oregon created whimsical, thought-provoking, out-of-the-mainstream art in response to our October Creative Challenge.  It’s an event not to be missed!

October Imaginarium opens Friday, October 4 and continues through Sunday, October 27. On display on the back wall is our Palette Paint-Off, with magical artwork on artists’ palettes.

Art Presence invites you to a spellbinding reception for the artists on Saturday, October 5, from 1–4 pm. Jacksonville author Sharon Mehdi will be here doing numerology readings. You can also take a photo with our mischievous Scarecrow at the Selfie Station. And there will be live music by Martin Ball, hors d’oeuvres and wine to enjoy along with the show.

We would like to congratulate Art Presence member, Mark Daucher, whose beautiful graphic image of persimmons appears on the cover of this month’s Jacksonville Review! You can see more of his stunning work in this month’s show.

Here are a few of the daringly creative pieces of art you will find in this show:

Saturday, October 12, from 5–7:30 pm, will be the last Jacksonville Second Saturday ArtWalk until next spring. Come to the gallery for a special demonstration by Patricia Wormuth and let the tricksy headless scarecrow paint your portrait in a reprise of the Imaginarium Selfie Station. Don’t miss it!

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2018 October Imaginarium Opening Day! Reception tomorrow!

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2018 October Imaginarium Poster: 2018 October Imaginarium Opening Day! Reception tomorrow!

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The 2017 October Imaginarium: Hats & Masks

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2017 October Imaginarium: The Bat House, mask by Leona Keene Sewitsky

The Bat House, mask by Leona Keene Sewitsky

The 2017 October Imaginarium exhibits the artistic creations inspired by Art Presence Art Center’s fifth annual Creative Challenge. The theme of this year’s challenge, Hats & Masks, yielded many wonderfully creative pieces of art, all created by the artists of southern Oregon. The show’s organizers are delighted, and say that the artists did a great job of interpreting the theme. The Imaginarium Small Works section offers smaller, more affordable pieces to delight Halloween lovers and cosplay enthusiasts. The show opens October 6 and runs through October 29, with the gallery open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

October Imaginarium: Hats & Masks - paintings, masks and hats included in this year's exhibition

2017 October Imaginarium: a few of the paintings, masks and hats in this year’s exhibition

Do stop in to see the zany and imaginative artwork in this fantastic exhibition and consider a purchase. Everything from fine art with a Halloween twist and whimsical 3D pieces to wearable art and unique gifts awaits your discerning eye for creative treasures specially made for this year’s show! The 2017 October Imaginarium: Hats & Masks has it all, and we’re sure you will find just the thing to complete your Halloween costume, decorate for a Halloween party, or give as a gift. The show ends a few days before the holiday so you can take your purchases home in time.

Share our event listing with friends who love outside-the-box art here on our website or on our Facebook page!

Have you been summoning your own creativity to make a fabulous costume for Halloween? Please, join us in your Halloween finest to welcome the participating artists from throughout southern Oregon at a festive reception on Saturday, October 7, from 1–4 pm, featuring live music by Minstrel Streams.

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