Honors for Art Presence Member

Posted by on Nov 11, 2021 in Featured, Member Profiles, News | 1 comment

This October, The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce called to artists for paintings of their favorite building Jacksonville. The winning painting, an aerial view of Jacksonville from the Cemetery entitled, “New City Hall,” was created by Desmond Serratore, a respected member of Art Presence.

Serratore’s art will be included in the Chamber’s new release of postcards available in time for the holiday season. Postcards can be purchased at the Visitor Information Center located at 185 N. Oregon St. (next to the Post Office)

Congratulations, Desmond!

New City Hall, oil by Desmond Serratore, 2021.
“New City Hall,” oil by Desmond Serratore, 2021.
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Jan van Ek: New Member ~ New Medium

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Member Profiles, Members | 0 comments

New Member ~ New Medium

Jan van Ek Brings Bronze to Art Presence

Art Presence extends a warm welcome to our newest member, sculptor Jan van Ek, and a new medium—bronze sculpture. If you haven’t yet seen Jan’s stunning bronze sculptures, come in to the gallery for a real treat in fine art! Art Presence Art Center was honored to admit this talented artist as a member in early 2018.

Jan van Ek grew up in Medford, Oregon. Her love of horses naturally expressed itself as her artistic gifts flourished at an early age. Her incessant drawing of horses and studying the anatomy of her first horse in high school led to the study of Fine Art at Oregon State University. There a sculpture professor who specialized in bronze casting inspired her to apply her talent to three dimensional work. Jan was immediately committed to the full-time pursuit of sculpting horses. Her approach was always to depict the equine as a creature of romance, power and freedom. This is why Jan’s horses are rarely sculpted with humans in the composition, and never sculpted with tack of any kind to interrupt the flow of the magnificent forms of the horse in motion.

Bronze sculptor Jan van Ek with larger-than-life models that would later be cast in bronzeAfter graduating with a BFA in Sculpture, Jan moved to Denver and, to perfect her technical skills and control the production of her work, she began work at a bronze casting foundry. In her years at the foundry she gained expertise in all the steps required in the intricate process of bringing a sculpted clay form to life in bronze. This included full production work in rubber mold making, wax pouring and chasing, ceramic shell mold construction, bronze welding and chasing, and patination.

After 22 years of working in Denver and establishing herself as a nationally recognized equine sculptor, she returned to Oregon in 2004 to build her dream studio near her childhood home, to own and train horses, and to spend more time with her family, which includes her husband, NSS sculptor Jay Warren , her son Max, and her five older brothers.

jankindlebeautyHere she raises Beauty (her favorite model), a glorious white Arabian mare from the bloodline of Raffles, and Kindle, a miniature mare who was born to trot.

Jan won Best in Show at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California with her monumental sculpture Sirocco. She has recently completed a private commission for an estate near Miami which consists of two life-size horses, a Friesian stallion and an Arabian mare, in full flight. The second of the edition of three of this piece, entitled Beauty & the Beast, has now been cast for a private collection in Colorado. In 2008 the American Academy of Equine Art awarded Jan their most prestigious award, The Founders’ Award, for excellence in sculpture.

In the Art Presence gallery you can see “Lightning, Thunder, Rain”—from a limited edition of seven pieces—a sculpture of three spirited horses running atop carved marble thunderclouds with a bronze base in the form of lightning.

While most of Jan’s pieces are free standing, others can hang on a wall. In addition to sculpting horses, she enjoys creating statues and sculptures of angels. Be sure to seek out Jan’s work the next time you visit Art Presence!

7225 West Evans Creek Road
Rogue River, OR 97537
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New Members Minstrel Streams

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Member Profiles, Members, News | 0 comments

Art Presence Welcomes New Members Minstrel Streams

New Members Minstrel Streams : Picture of musicians Matt and Rebecca Stuart, new members of Art Presence Art Center

New Members Minstrel Streams: Guitarist/Pianist Matt and Flutist Rebecca Stuart

We are happy to welcome new members Minstrel Streams to Art Presence. Husband and wife musical duo Matt and Rebecca Stuart are the talented musicians/composers and recording artists behind the name Minstrel Streams. Matt plays piano/keyboards and acoustic guitar and Rebecca plays flute and Native American flutes. Their inspirational music has been described as a blend of classical, folk, and world music. We met them at our last Board meeting, and what a delight to hear their music for the first time at the Small Treasures reception a few days later! The couple only recently moved to Medford, so we also welcome them as new neighbors.

Art Presence now offers the four CDs they have made together—On Earth As It Is In Heaven, Cradle of the Moon, New Horizon, and the self-titled Minstrel Streams—in the gallery on their behalf. In addition, they have offered to play at our receptions and special events going forward. If you haven’t already fallen in love with their music, we’re sure you will enjoy listening to our new members Minstrel Streams at our next reception.

Props and Accomplishments

Their critically acclaimed CD New Horizon was recorded at Will Ackerman’s legendary Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. It has reached a global audience with radio airplay around the world…being a hit on Pandora and Music Choice “Soundscapes.”  New Horizon was also a GRAMMY contender.

In the words of Bill Binkelman of Zone Music Reporter:
“while listening… I recalled many classic recordings from the days of both Windham Hill and Narada in that the music has that ‘classic’ acoustic sound present on both labels, especially at their outset. There is a sonic richness and an emotional depth present here that goes beyond just ‘good music and well played.’ ”

New Members Minstrel Streams’ mission is To promote peace, love, joy, healing, and mercy through music.

Matt and Rebecca Stuart

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Art Presence Welcomes Three New Members!

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Members | 0 comments

We are delighted to welcome three new members of the Art Presence Art Center. Each artist adds to the diversity and quality of our gallery’s offerings, along with their own unique creative style.

All prospective members are juried into the gallery by our Board members. The criteria by which we assess their work include consistency of style, range of work, mastery of their medium, uniqueness and originality, timelessness or staying power, and a professional presentation. We trust you will find their work as appealing as we have and look forward to seeing their work included in our member shows.

June Spindler

creates beaded jewelry. She tells us that she went to a beading class with a friend and it was love at first sight. She’s been beading ever since that first class got her started…twenty years ago!

Jeffrey McFarland

Jeff started photography in journalism in 1978. His images have been published in many maps, magazines, and other publications.. He is inspired by the beauty and the wonders in creation.

Debbie Earley

Debbie has been fusing glass since 2001 and became a Jacksonville resident in 2002. Her work consists primarily of functional glass items with an organic look.

Look for the works of our new members in our next member show in September!



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New Member, Leona Keene Sewitsky

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Member Profiles, Members | 0 comments

Roadside Attraction Leona KeeneThis month, Leona Keene Sewitsky joins Art Presence with her whimsical assemblages. These are wonderful paper, clay, wire, recycled object sculptures. She creates little figures that inhabit imaginary worlds that the viewer can visit and have the best fun ever! You can see Leona’s work during the month of March on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 11 to 5. There will be a reception to meet the artist on March 14, 2014 from 5 to 7 pm. This little sculpture is called “Roadside Attraction”.

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Art Presence Member Profile: Painter Sue Bennett

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Member Profiles, Members | 0 comments

Art Presence Member Profile: Sue Bennett

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