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10 Most Givable Books by Local Authors – Updated

Posted by on Nov 18, 2021 in Arts & Letters Zoom Chats, Author Readings | 0 comments

Wouldn’t you love to know the 10 most givable books by local authors while shopping for holiday gifts this year? Check out our Holly Days Book Showcase, a special version of our monthly Arts & Letters Zoom chats, on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 5 pm. Lucky Valley Press publisher Ginna BB Gordon will present her list of the 10 most givable books available at Art Presence Art Center. These books are all written by local authors, so you can #shopsmall, #shoplocal, and benefit local authors and your local art nonprofit art center with your purchases!

Books on Ginna’s Holly Days Book Showcase list include:

  • A Year in Jacksonville, by Ken Gregg
  • Color Historic Jacksonville, by Anne Brooke
  • The Little Bach Book, by David Gordon
  • The Soup Kit, by Ginna BB Gordon
  • Grandma, Tell Me a Story…About Bears, by Lynn Ransford…who also joins Ginna in this special edition of Arts & Letters to launch her newly published bear book!
  • and more!

Our Arts & Letters Zoom Chats invite you into the homes and studios of local artists and authors.

Art Presence Holly Days Book Showcase

Giftable books on the Art Presence shelves by local authors

December is the time to think about gifts from the heart. On December 10, Ginna BB Gordon spends an hour with Lynn Ransford, author of the newly released hit, Grandma, Tell Me a Story…About Bears (info). Lynn’s grandchildren loved her stories and over the years they begged her to write them down. In response, Lynn has written and illustrated a delightful book that has sold hundreds of copies in its first few weeks. Lynn shares a few of the stories with us; some scary, some funny, some perplexing, all true.

Lynn and Ginna will also discuss the Ten Most Giftable Books by Local Authors on the Art Presence shelves. Here’s your opportunity to shop local. And everyone loves books. Ken Gregg’s A Year in Jacksonville; Anne Brooke’s Jacksonville Coloring Book, Ginna BB Gordon’s The Soup Kit, and Barbara Tricario’s photo displays of Oregon are just a few of the beautiful books we will be discussing.

Join us online! Friday December 10 at 5:00pm Pacific

Give the gift of books for the Holly Days.

A banner graphic for the event.

Lynn Ransford was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up on a farm in the San Fernando Valley. Now a retired teacher after 50 years in pre-school through University/Graduate level classrooms, Lynn has a Master’s degree in Education, three lifetime credentials, and is an Early Childhood Specialist. She recently earned her Naturalist Certificate from Siskiyou Field Institute in Selma, Oregon.

Lynn recently published a collection of the favorite bear stories, the first book in a series of her true tales. Lynn also co-authors the scripts for her docent work at the Historic Beekman House in Jacksonville, Oregon, and for Living History programs offered at historic cemeteries in both Ashland and Jacksonville.

Ginna BB Gordon’s nine published titles now include five cookbooks: The Soup Kit, her fifth and latest, was published in 2019. Other cookbooks include: Bonnebrook and The Gingerbread Farm, glimpses of Ginna’s early years in the kitchen; and First You Grow the Pumpkin, favorite tricks for growing, preserving, and creating things in the kitchen. She is also the author of The Lavandula Series, the fictional saga of the Wyman family of Carmel Valley, California.

Arts & Letters events are free but advance registration is required.


View our upcoming online events at art-presence.eventbrite.com

Below are a few of the book covers of the 10 most givable books on our shelves. This isn’t the full catalog of books by local authors available at Art Presence! Come browse our bookshelves for more wonderful titles that will delight your gift recipients this holiday season.

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Arts & Letters – Kindness

Posted by on Nov 16, 2021 in Arts & Letters Zoom Chats | 0 comments

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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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3D Canvases by Jerry Simon

Posted by on Nov 9, 2021 in Featured | 0 comments

BayScape, Painting on architectural substrate by Jerry Simon, selected for Britt Festival’s 2014 Fine Arts Poster.
“BayScape” Painting on architectural substrate by Jerry Simon, selected for Britt Festival’s 2014 Fine Arts Poster.

In the “Don’t Miss This” category, we have produced an experience of artwork by Jerry Simon with the expertise of videographer Arlis Duncan. Jerry has decided that the rectangular format for paintings leaves so much for the viewer to imagine that he has added canvas to his works to show the top of a mountain, the bend of a river, an exploding star, etc. Venturing further outside the box, he adds depth and dimension which draw you in, snatching you out of a viewing area and into the painting. His style is unique, exciting and awe-inspiring. Now you have an opportunity to see and experience his paintings in the video!

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November 2021 Virtual Tour

Posted by on Nov 9, 2021 in Events, Virtual Tours | 0 comments

Did you miss our November show? No problem! View the virtual tour right here. Artworks from the show that are perfect for holiday giving are still available. Also featured is a brief discussion of Frank De Luca’s book, Kindness: a Guide for Humans Based on the Enneagram. It’s a beautiful read and will also make a great gift. The book is available at the gallery. To inquire about art that catches your eye or schedule a private gallery viewing, contact Anne Brooke: 541-941-7057 or anne@brookewatercolor.com.

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Kindness Book Signing Event

Posted by on Nov 9, 2021 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Kindness by Frank De Luca, image of book cover

Have you picked up your copy of Kindness, by Frank De Luca, already? Thinking of buying more to give for the holidays? Good call! Get them all signed by the author at our Kindness book signing event at Art Presence Art Center on Saturday, November 13, from 3–5pm. That leaves plenty of time for wrapping and sending in time for the big day!

Chapter Illustration by Nancy Bardos for Kindness, by Frank De Luca
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November 2021 Art Exhibitions

Posted by on Nov 3, 2021 in Events, Guest Exhibits, Member Shows | 0 comments

November 2021 art exhibitions at Art Presence begins with a wonderful new member show, opening Friday, November 5, and continuing on display through Sunday, November 28. Here is a delightful sampling of what you can expect to find in this show:

This month’s guest artists are Frank De Luca, Ken Gregg and Nancy Bardos. Since retiring from his psychotherapy practice, Frank has been writing a book on the Enneagram, a personality system to better understand yourself and other people. Kindness: A Guide for Humans Based on the Enneagram includes illustrations created by Art Presence member, Nancy Bardos, with direction from Ken Gregg.

Kindness  by Frank De Luca, image of book cover

Photography pulled Nancy into the visual art world as a young adult. When the iPhone arrived, she switched to its camera. With the dawn of the Apple pencil, she has been drawing and painting ever since. Of this work, Nancy says, “Collaborating on this book was a dream job!” Her paintings, created to illustrate the book, will hang on the back wall November 5–28.

“Kindness” chapter illustration by Nancy Bardos

To inquire about the art that captivates you or schedule a private gallery viewing, contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or anne@brookewatercolor.com.

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