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Geometry: Within and Without

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

Geometry: Within and Without

Art Presence presents works by two of our member artists during the month of September 2017. In Geometry: Within and Without, Raku pottery from John Dodero’s Dynamic Cubism (DC) Series joins photography by Thomas Glassman for a unique and compelling two-person exhibit in our front gallery.

Dodero Studio Ceramics – New Designs Inspired by Geometry

Geometry: The Art Within and Without - John Dodero Dynamic Cubism Series Raku Urn in Yellow

Dynamic Cubism Series Raku Urn in Yellow

John Dodero’s Raku ceramics — distinguished by quiet elegance, clean spare lines, and timeless appeal — represent a classic minimalist esthetic. Building on this esthetic, he recently introduced his new Dynamic Cubism “DC” Series. DC Series Raku urns feature Dodero’s new dynamic cubism style. One-of-a-kind abstract designs, enhanced by traces of Native American influence. And strongly influenced by geometry…

 

The Dynamic Cubism DC Series is inspired by John Dodero’s fascination with dynamic and dissipative systems, along with a deep interest in physics. He believes the huge scientific advances of the last century influenced the Cubist movement. John feels the theories of Relativity and the idea of the warping of space-time have been particularly strong influences. He encourages people to look into what, in his view, is one of the many confluences of art and science.

 

Of his new pottery series, Dodero says

“I refrain from characterizing my pieces so the viewer has the space to interpret them in their own way. That said, I want to plant a seed thought, even though it may be far-fetched or blatantly obvious.

Geometry is all around us. Lines, angles, arcs, and in my view even color, because the frequency or wave/vibration that prompts us to see the corresponding color can be geometrically graphed. Nature can be — not exactly but to a large degree — modeled mathmatically or geometrically. One case in point is the Golden Mean (among others).

See more of John’s work on his website, Dodero Studio Ceramics.

Geometry: The Art Within and Without - Arches, Image by Tom Glassman

“Arches,” Image by Tom Glassman

Geometry in the Everyday

First of all, I take photos because it’s fun and because I enjoy it. Even if I weren’t showing my work in galleries, I would still keep taking photographs.

 

Whenever possible, my primary goal is to make a photograph that doesn’t look like a photograph. This might entail anything from recording unusual reflections or abstract lines and patterns to juxtaposing unusual colors or shapes to creating compositions with extreme negative space. I create unusual or fun images, positioning the camera to photograph found objects or distinct background/foreground layers in close proximity that aren’t typically seen together.

 

I use the camera’s point of view to isolate an object that people look at every day so they see it in a whole new way. When people look at my work, I want them to see my images as much as they see my vision.

 

Finally, I am what you would call a technical photographer. In other words, all my photos are carefully composed and cropped (corner to corner) in the viewfinder before I snap the picture. Everything about my images is deliberate and time-consuming. I use a tripod, bubble level, filters, mirror-lockup, cable release, self-timer, the appropriate f-stop and ex­tremely accurate exposures to create in the camera what I envision in my mind.

 

Consequently, what you see are color-corrected images that are otherwise unaltered in any way by image editing software. While many pho­tographers enjoy the new tools that today’s digital darkroom offers, my real passion is to spend time with the camera figuring out how to see something in a completely new and different way.

Geometry: Hidden in Plain Sight

All too often, we go through life without taking the time to stop and really look at what’s around us, above us, beside us, or even down at our feet. Shapes, patterns, colors, shadows, reflections, unusual juxtapositions, a dramatic perspective, or something as simple but compelling as an unusual point of view — all conspire to demonstrate how different people can look at the same thing and see it very differently.

 

With this exhibit, whether it’s exploring the natural world, home surroundings, a small town scene, or even something as ordinary as a city street, the familiar can suddenly become magical and mysterious. Who knew that something as simple as a photograph with a fresh perspective has the power to stop us, or move us, or simply make us think and feel?

 

“You don’t see that every day,” viewers might be inclined to say. But, of course, you do. And you’ll notice if you know where and how to look.

~ Tom Glassman

Geometry: The Art Within and Without will open Friday, September 1 and runs through Sunday, October 1. Join us for the reception on Saturday, September 2 from 1-3 pm to enjoy the art and meet the artists.

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Artists Workshop Annual Show & Sale

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Artist's Workshop annual Show, Events | 0 comments

Artists Workshop annual show and sale poster 2017

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Minstrel Streams

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Member Profiles, Members | 0 comments

If you haven’t been to one of our receptions lately, you may be wondering what you’re in for when we say there will be live music. Art Presence members Matt and Rebecca Stuart, who recently moved to Medford from Los Angeles, are the creative instrumental genius of Minstrel Streams. Matt plays guitar and keyboards, Rebecca flute and native American flute. So you can have a listen, we’re posting this wonderful video done in collaboration with Mark Unger of Sky Lakes Media. The soundtrack is “Ancient Mariner” by Minstrel Streams, accompanying aerial video of Indian Sands, Oregon. We hope you will enjoy it, and that you will take a moment to really appreciate the music written and performed this immensely talented couple at our next reception on July 1, 2017 from 1–3pm. Please support their work too! They have several CDS of their music available from the gallery.

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Summer At Last! July 2017 Update

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Artist's Workshop annual Show, Events, Member Shows | 0 comments

Summer At Last! July 2017 Update

Summer At Last July 2017 member show : Rainbow Fleet on Nantucket Island by Katharine Gracey

Rainbow Fleet
on Nantucket Island, painting by Katharine Gracey

Summer At Last!, our member show of summer-themed art, continues through Sunday, July 30. Celebrate summer with the artists at our reception on Saturday, July 1, from 1–3 pm.

This month’s reception is especially festive. First, the Artists Workshop’s 2017 Southern Oregon Plein Air Event presents a one-day show of the results of the Artists Workshop’s 2017 Southern Oregon Plein Air Event. These paintings will be on display on the Courthouse grounds in front of the gallery from 9am–3pm. Then you can watch an exciting quick-paint competition on the lawn in front of the gallery from 10–noon. Participating artists should be in fine style after three consecutive days of

This month’s reception promises to be especially festive. First, the Southern Oregon Artists Workshop presents a one-day show of the results of the Artists Workshop’s 2017 Southern Oregon Plein Air Event. These paintings will be on display on the Courthouse grounds in front of the gallery from 9am–3pm. Then you can watch an exciting quick-paint competition on the lawn in front of the gallery from 10–noon. Participating artists should be in fine style after three consecutive days of plein air (on location) painting to create the works they submit for judging!  The event culminates with an awards ceremony at 2:30pm. Be there to see jurors Richard McKinley and Willo Balfrey pin ribbons on the winning paintings!

That’s a lot of excitement going on in front of the gallery! Remember to come inside to cool down, enjoy refreshments and live music by Minstrel Streams, and enjoy the art exhibited this month by our member artists.

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Artists Workshop Plein Air Event Show and Sale

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Artist's Workshop annual Show, Events | 0 comments

Artists Workshop Plein Air Event Show and Sale

Coming July 1, 2017

On the front lawn at Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, Oregon!Artists Workshop July 2017 Plein Air Event Show and Sale

 

The Artists Workshop holds this year’s Plein Air Event from June 28–July 1, 2017. Participating artists paint on location for three days. On July 1, they present their work for a show, sale and awards on the front lawn of the Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, Oregon.

Awards day begins with an exciting quick-paint competition from 10 am to noon. Then the awards ceremony takes place at 2:30 pm. Over 30 artists participate in this year’s plein air event, therefore a wide range of plein air painting styles will be available to interested collectors. Jurors are Willo Balfrey and Richard McKinley, so awards are decided by two of the Valley’s most highly respected artists!

The event takes place alongside the July reception for our new art exhibit, so be sure to come inside and view the art works in the gallery too!

About the Artists Workshop of Southern Oregon

The Artist’s Workshop was founded in the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon in 1979 by Jacksonville artist Elaine Witteveen. Now the Artists’ Workshop of Southern Oregon, the group has grown to an organization with over 40 artists working in a wide range of mediums.

Artist’s Workshop of Southern Oregon members interested in plein-air painting meet weekly at “paint-outs” at locations throughout the Rogue Valley. Indoor drawing and painting sessions, often featuring a live model, are available during inclement weather.

Each August, Artist’s Workshop of Southern Oregon holds its annual art show and sale. The show is open to all members.

Membership is open to artists of all levels of artistic ability/development. Click here to download the membership application form.

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Summer at Last!

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Member Shows | 0 comments

Summer At Last!

Come to Art Presence Art Center’s gallery to view and celebrate the end of a long, wet winter with us!  Summer At Last!, our June-July member show of summer themed artworks, opens on Friday, June 2 and continues through Sunday, July 30. Meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, June 3 from 1–3 pm. Tomorrow’s reception features wine tasting by Cliff Creek Winery, Sharon Mehdi’s author reading from her book, “A Curious Quest for Absolute Truth,” refreshments, and live music by Minstrel Streams.

Sharon Mehdi reads from her book, “A Curious Quest for Absolute Truth.” at 1:00 pm on Saturday June 3, 2017
Visit Our Offsite Exhibits

  • Medford Library: Photography by Tom Ommen
  • Pioneer Village: Watercolor paintings by Anne Brooke on display through the end of June; Abstract acrylics by Patrick Beste beginning June 29.
  • Naversen Room at the Jacksonville Library: Textile art by Charlotte Wirfs on display through August.

Don’t Miss These Events at Art Presence Art Center!

• Saturday, June 17 from 1– 3 pm: Wine tasting by Valley View Winery
• July 1: Come by Art Presence Art Center to see the juried results of the Artists Workshop’s 2017 Southern Oregon Plein Air Event on display on the Courthouse grounds in front of our gallery…one day only!

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October Imaginarium Call to Artists & Application

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in October Creative Challenge | 0 comments

October Imaginarium Call to Artists

Each year Art Presence Art Center hosts the artistic results of a creative challenge in October.  You are invited to participate in our 5th October Creative Challenge, THE OCTOBER IMAGINARIUM: HATS AND MASKS, An Artfully Twisted Halloween Exhibit.
We are very excited about this year’s show and hope you will consider joining us.  Below is the October Imaginarium Call to Artists and Application for the show.  Please read through it carefully, as it includes ALL THE INFO you will need to know about the show including dates, ideas, suggestions, and guidelines for your artwork.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of us and we will do our best to answer your questions.  Please print this application so you can fill it out and have the info on the show, where to mail it, etc.  If you do not have a printer, we have applications at the gallery to pick up behind the counter.
There will be a general meeting sometime at the end of August for participating artists, and some reminders that we would love to have you send the applications back to us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so we have an idea of how many will be in the show.  Here’s to a great Exhibit!
Cheers,
The Imaginarium Curators:
Katharine Gracey:   kmgracey@charter.net
Margery Mercer:     mmercerart@gmail.com
Leona Sewitsky:     leonakeene@gmail.com
October Imaginarium Call to Artists
October Imaginarium Call to Artists
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