February 2024 Newsletter

We are excited to offer a special showing this month in place of our regular Guest Artist presentation:
Stephen Lyman Print – The Deep Grass Valley
New residents of Jacksonville, Mary & Dick are retired National Park Service Park superintendents who spent their careers supervising countless well-known national parks in the western US such as Olympic, Death Valley, and Yosemite National Parks. Throughout their many travels from Alaska to the National Park Service headquarters office in Washington, DC, their passion for collecting art blossomed, and they filled three houses with an amazing collection of diverse art by several artists.   Now settled into a single residence, downsizing has resulted in more artwork than they could possibly display and they are passionate about sharing their collection with people who have a similar appreciation for nature and art. We are excited that they are showing their collection at Art Presence throughout the month of February, including works by Stephen Lyman, an artist from Idaho who worked in Yosemite and Alaska, and Robert Bateman, a Canadian naturalist and artist, just to name a couple.

Robert Bateman Signed Limited Edition Print – Mule Deer in Aspen

We invite you to explore this remarkable collection.  
The opening reception with Mary & Dick Martin is Saturday, February 3rd from 1 – 4 PM.

Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with
With member artists Walt and Char Wirfs to assist, all ages are invited to Art Presence on Saturday, Februrary 10th to either color Walt’s Dragon’s Eye drawing, or create your own from scratch (all art supplies provided).  This is a family-oriented activity and all are welcome (donations gratefully accepted).

Then browse our Author’s Gallery which will feature “Year of the Dragon” a colorable graphic memoir that pays homage to Chinese New Year, a season that represents new beginnings.  This book by Debbie Chinn with illustrations by Ginna BB Gordon (formerly of Jacksonville) chronicles the life of Debbie, a proud daughter of Chinese immigrants, as she shares her experiences of coming of age in the family’s restaurant.

We are proud to launch a new version of our website (www.art-presence.org) that will help keep you up-to-date on all the events and exhibitions happening at the gallery and art center.  A big THANK YOU to Jacksonville’s Transient Lodging Tax Committee for their generous support which has made this improvement possible.
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