Posted by on Jun 2, 2022 in News | 0 comments

JOB OPENING: Executive Director for Established Art Center

Art Presence Art Center’s job opening offers a leadership role as the first paid staff with a ten-year-old art center that includes a fine art gallery, gift shop, and education program.

This is a part-time (20 hours per week) salaried position.

The successful applicant will work under the supervision of the Art Center’s Board of Directors but will serve as the public face of the organization. Development of new programs and events is encouraged.

Responsibilities include:

– Oversee day-to-day operations including facility maintenance, scheduling, and special events.
– Maintain strong communication with member artists and authors, the business community, donors, and patrons.
– Work with webmaster to maintain current information available on the website and social media.
– Maintain a database of interested patrons and donors.
– Develop a solid donor base and business sponsors.
– Develop future programming and operational improvement recommendations for the board to consider.

While the successful applicant does not need to be an artist or author, a strong interest in these creative pursuits is essential. Prior experience working in a gallery setting or as an administrator in a non-profit organization is a plus.

Please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Art Presence Art Center
PO Box 1925
Jacksonville, OR 97530

Or email them to

Only applications received by June 30, 2022, will be considered. 

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Art Presence Gallery’s 10th Anniversary!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2022 in News | 0 comments

This April, Art Presence Art Center celebrates its 10th Anniversary as a Fine Art Gallery in Jacksonville. This is a time to reflect on where we have been and what we anticipate for our next ten years. Our initial Mission Statement spoke to our relationship with our community in Jacksonville. Our new Statement is more global, recognizing our impact on the Rogue Valley and beyond, with an emphasis on fine art, crafts, education, and authors. We are committed to the very best of all of these components. It seems impossible that we have survived as an art organization, but our patrons continue to remind us of our importance with their generous support.

Art Presence exterior - Spring

We are eager to provide regular classes—taught by our professional artists, proficient in their fields—Life Drawing with professional models and useful, fun crafts for all ages. Of course, we’re open to suggestions from patrons about more that we can offer.

Art Presence Art Center can only get better. We think of ourselves as adolescents moving into adulthood with more wisdom and more tools at our disposal to succeed. Please continue to be with us on this journey.
–Anne Brooke

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Honors for Art Presence Member

Posted by on Nov 11, 2021 in 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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October 2021 Art Exhibits and Events

Posted by on Sep 7, 2021 in Arts & Letters Zoom Chats, Classes, Events, News, October Creative Challenge, Open Shows, Second Saturday ArtWalk | 0 comments

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, To inquire about the art that moves you or schedule a private gallery viewing, contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or

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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Gallery Open in February

Posted by on Jan 15, 2021 in News | 0 comments

We are delighted to announce that the gallery will be open in February on a limited basis. February hours are 1–5pm every Friday and Saturday.

We carefully follow all CDC guidelines, so social distancing and masks are required and hand sanitizer is available.

If you are being extra careful, you can still contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 to schedule a private gallery viewing.

As soon as it’s ready, a virtual tour of the exhibition will be available at and the gallery’s Facebook page. You can also view our virtual tours on the Jacksonville Review’s website. Look for the Art Presence Art Center Virtual Tour image link in the sidebar at There is also another link under Art in the main menu.

However you choose to enjoy our February art exhibitions, we hope to see you soon!

Art Presence Art Center gallery, image by Tom Glassman
Art Presence Art Center gallery, image by Tom Glassman
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Gallery Closure

Posted by on Mar 16, 2020 in News | 0 comments

After listening to members who are self-quarantining due to the coronovirus and those who are following instructions from the CDC and WHO, we have decided to close the gallery until further notice. Signs on both doors say “Because of recommendations by the CDC and WHO, Art Presence Art Center is Closed. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.”
We will continue to pay attention to what is going on in our community. And we’ll be sure to let you know when the gallery reopens.
This is sad for all of the artists participating in this exhibit but we hope everyone will understand. Please visit the websites of our member artists, which you can find in the sidebar on the right and on the Member Contact Info page.
Let’s all stay home and, if you are so inclined, “Do Art!”
Anne Brooke
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