Poets on the Loose – Saturday April 13, 2019

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in Events, Poets on the Loose | 0 comments

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Come to Jacksonville for Poets on the Loose 2019 on Saturday, April 13

Poets on the Loose in Jacksonville! Anne Brooke reads a poemt to two ladies taking a break from shopping on California Street

Anne Brooke reads a poem to two ladies taking a break from shopping on California Street during the 2018 event.

Poets on the Loose 2019 takes place on Saturday, April 13 in downtown Jacksonville, Oregon. People had so much fun during our first event last year that we’re bringing it back to celebrate National Poetry Month!

On Saturday, April 13, expect to see poets and poetry enthusiasts offering to read poems to random people on the street in downtown Jacksonville. When a poetry reader asks you, be ready to say Yes! Take a break, enjoy a free poetry reading, and take a copy of the poem home with you.

And have fun!!

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So You’ve Written a Book…

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So You’ve Written a Book…What Now?

Lucky Valley Press is here to help!

So You've Written A Book...What Now? Meet David and Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press in Jacksonville, Oregon at 5pm on Friday, April to find out!

David and Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press

So you’ve written a book. What now? Meet David and Ginna Gordon at Art Presence Art Center at 5pm on Friday, April 12 to find out! Owners of Lucky Valley Press, a Jacksonville-based publishing company, David & Ginna can help you polish your work and successfully navigate every phase of publishing your book.

Lucky Valley has helped many authors bring their books to the public, including novels, cookbooks, inspirational and self-help books, memoirs, books about history, books for children, and gift books. The breadth of their repertoire assures you that whatever type of project you’re working on, they can bring their professional experience to the table and help you make your dream come true..

David and Ginna plan to discuss their pre-press checklist for creating a book, digital publishing, and more important information indie authors need to know. Their brochure for the talk gives us some hints.

  • Keeping your writing process organized
  • Sharing your work-in-progress with trusted individuals
  • Proofreading for spelling and grammar
  • Choosing an editor
  • Designing your book
  • Publishing and Distribution choices – their pros and cons

The Lucky Valley Pre-Press Checklist

  • Create digital files from hardcopy manuscript if necessary
  • Proofread manuscript multiple time by eye and with automated spell and grammar check
  • Edit text for continuity and flow
  • Choose and work with an iluustrator
  • Manage the design, layout and typography of the book’s contents
  • Edit photos and illustrations for high-res printing as needed
  • Design front and back covers
  • Acquire the ISBN and set up the book for retail distribution if desired
  • Preflight all documents for image resolution and fonts
  • Output final digital files for printing
  • Choose an online or local printer with quality book printing technology
  • Preparation of print or digital marketing materials if desired

And if you need help, after this meeting you’ll know local publishers you can turn to for experienced and caring assistance. So … You’ve written a book. Now What? Meet David & Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press and pick their brains for the information you need on Friday, April 12 at 5pm.

“The Success is in the Details”

You can add the event to your calendar here.

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Up and Away! March-April Members Show

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Events, Member Shows | 0 comments

Up and Away! Our March-April members’ show of art with an uplifting theme opens on Friday, March 1 and continues through Sunday, April 28.

Alongside our main show, a guest exhibit of works by returning member Zoe West hangs on the back wall.

Join us for a reception and meet the artists on Saturday, March 2, from 1–3 pm!

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Naked Art 2019 ~ No Mats, No Frames, Great Deals!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Member Shows, Naked Art | 0 comments

Naked Art 2018 : Naked Art 2017: No Mats, No Frames ~ Great Deals! at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon. Image by Tom Glassman

Naked Art: No Mats, No Frames ~ Great Deals! at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon. Image by Tom Glassman

Naked Art 2019

Naked Art 2019 marks our fifth annual show exhibition of unmounted, unframed works of fine art by Art Presence members at affordable prices. Need to give a gift? Maybe a Valentine’s present for yourself or a loved one? Anxious to add new work to your collection or decorate for a special occasion? You can also take your art finds home when you purchase them. As a result, you can use the money you’ve saved to frame your new art your way. Please note that the show opens Friday, January 4, at 11 am and the gallery is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm.


Haiku by Steve Ostrander, Calligrapher's Guild member

This year the Calligraphers’ Guild presents beautifully rendered haiku. Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Moreover, traditional Haiku must evoke images of the natural world.

You can identify Haiku by looking for these three qualities:

  • First, the essence of haiku is “cutting” (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them,[2] a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • Next, traditional haiku often consist of 17 on (also known as morae though often loosely translated as “syllables”), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on, respectively.[3] However, some authors are critical of the distribution of syllables, such as Vicente Haya or Jaime Lorente.[4]
  • Finally, a kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such terms.

Modern Japanese haiku (現代俳句 gendai-haiku) are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of 17 on or to take nature as their subject. Importantly, the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku.[5] There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.[6]

Japanese traditionally print haiku in a single vertical line. However, haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.


This month’s artist reception takes place Saturday, January 4, from 1-3 pm. Join us to meet the artists of Art Presence and the Calligrapher’s Guild and enjoy their works!

Both shows continue through Sunday, Feb. 24.

Welcome, Year of the Pig!

2019 year of the pig, designed by freepik

Designed by Freepik. Click the image to visit.


Art Presence Art Center hosts a second reception for this show on Saturday, February 9 from 12–2 pm. Please be sure to attend, as Mr. Fu-you Long will present a talk and demonstration on the art of Chinese calligraphy as part of the City of Jacksonville’s Chinese New Year Celebration!


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Publishing Today

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Publishing Today, with Ginna and David Gordon of Lucky Valley Publishing

Art Presence invites you to a special FREE event for writers and authors. Join us as Ginna and David Gordon present Publishing Today from 5:00–6:00 pm on Friday, January 4. Take part in a conversation about indie publishing. You can also learn how self-publishing has changed the world of the independent author. Most notably, aspiring authors have a chance to meet the owners of a local publishing house, Lucky Valley Press. The gallery will be open and refreshments on the table, so come and connect with them!

You can add the event to your calendar here.

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2018 Angels Show

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Events, Open Shows | 0 comments

Angels show 2018: 2018 Angels Show: 6th annual angels show : poster with information about the 2018 6th annual angels show at art presence art center

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