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VIDEO: Judy Hilyard Author Reading

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April 2021 Art Exhibits

Posted by on Apr 5, 2021 in Events, Guest Exhibits, Member Shows, Virtual Tours | 0 comments

This month’s Guest Exhibit is a show of paintings by Ashland artist Bruce Bayard. Bayard’s exhibition opens Friday, April 2 and remains on display through Sunday, April 25.

“Disintegration,” diptych by Bruce Bayard


Bruce Bayard began oil painting at age 9. Primarily a self-taught artist, he has explored a wide variety of media including acrylic, encaustic, and mixed media painting, collage, drawing, etching, lithography, and serigraphy. In 2000, he began creating art by digital means. In addition to creating collage image prints composed with the use of the computer, he also creates time-based work, including video, image sequences, and programmed projections. Bayard currently presents multimedia performance pieces incorporating improvisational electronic music and is screening a film in the 2021 Ashland Independent Film Festival. Learn more about the artist and his work at https://brucebayard.com/

“The Titan and The Tendrils,” image by Vivian McAleavey


We also have a brand new collection of member artworks in the main gallery opening April 2. This lovely show depicting a range of subjects is well worth a visit to the gallery. If you feel safer viewing the show at home, please visit our website for a virtual tour. Contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or anne@brookewatercolor.com to schedule a private gallery viewing.

From our founder:

Our expectations of change are filled with hope as we are open for another month to share the art of many fine artists and craftsmen. The experience of seeing and absorbing art is a part of our lives that we cannot ignore. Join us for a brief but important respite to inspire you and give you some peace.
–Anne Brooke

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Arts & Letters April Author Reading – Judy Hilyard

Posted by on Mar 24, 2021 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Book Reading

picture of Author Judy Hilyard

April 9 at 5:00pm
Judy Hilyard reads from her vivid and engaging book, Soul Companion: A Memoir

An informal book reading by the author, followed by a conversation with Ginna Gordon and questions from participants. This event will be hosted on Zoom. Doors open a few minutes before 5:00pm. Participant audio and video will be muted.
Visit the event page and register now.

About the Book

Soul Companion: A Memoir is the true adventures of Judy Hilyard, as she travels to the Afterlife in joyful service to others and education of self. She recounts her experiences of living life as an Anam Aira, a soul companion, for those who have died or are in the final stages of dying. Judy was awakened to this work just as she was finishing a 47-year career as a left-brain-focused Intensive Care RN.


Soul Companion: A Memoir is the story of what Judy has experienced and learned as she cares for souls on both sides of the Veil. It is joyful work that is Love-Affirming for all and relieves the fear of death for those still here.


Visit Judy Hilyard’s website to learn more. anamcaracompanion.com

Arts & Letters
Online conversations about art, words, and ideas on the 2nd Friday of every month at Art Presence Art Center!

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Video: EA Luetkemeyer Reads from “Penitentiary Tales: A Love Story”

Posted by on Mar 22, 2021 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

An informal book reading of “Penitentiary Tales: A Love Story” by EA Luetkemeyer, followed by a conversation with Ginna Gordon and questions from participants. Recorded March 12, 2021.

Penitentiary Tales: A Love Story recounts the escapades of Dean Davis, a thirty-something, educated, straight white male from the affluent community of Sausalito, in Marin County, California, who is sent to an Illinois prison dominated by a daunting, ethnically diverse population of inmates from the mean streets of Chicago.


How does he do his time? What challenges does he meet?


Addressing issues of race and gender in America, Penitentiary Tales: A Love Story is at once a serious inquiry into the minds and hearts of the marginalized and the oppressed and a bit of a romp. It will appeal to adventurous and intelligent readers of all persuasions who appreciate a literary walk on the wild side.

Learn more about EA Luetkemeyer and his novels at his website, https://ealuetkemeyer.com

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March 2021 Exhibits and Virtual Tour

Posted by on Feb 28, 2021 in Events, Guest Exhibits, Member Shows, Virtual Tours | 0 comments

Art Presence is so excited to announce our March 2021 exhibits and virtual tour! We cautiously continue to open the gallery on a limited basis, and hours remain 1–5pm every Friday and Saturday. We carefully follow all CDC guidelines, therefore we require social distancing and masks and hand sanitizer is available at the door and front counter.

March 2021 Exhibits and Virtual Tour - Untitled painting by Patrick Beste
Untitled painting by Patrick Beste

The exhibit in the Main Gallery — a collection of new works by Art Presence Art Center members — continues through Sunday, March 28.


Our Guest Exhibit is Woodcraft, a show of handcrafted wood works by members of The Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild. The show opens Friday, March 5 and remains on display through Sunday, March 28.

The Woodcrafters’ 2020 show only lasted two weeks due to COVID cancellation. Therefore, we are delighted to give them another chance to show their exquisite creations: wooden vessels, decor items and furniture. Come to the gallery and see these beautifully crafted works by Bruce Millbank, Jens Sehm and John Harden. Learn more about the guild and its members at siskiyouwoodcraftguild.org.

Not comfortable coming to the gallery to view the artworks on display? No problem, the March 2021 Exhibits Virtual Tour will be ready soon. We will let you know when it’s ready so you can watch it from the safety and comfort of your home. You can also schedule a private gallery viewing. Contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 to set an appointment.

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Arts & Letters March Author Reading – EA Luetkemeyer

Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Art & Letters March 12 Author Reading:  EA Luetkemeyer

Book Reading

Author EA Luetkemeyer

March 12 at 5:00pm
E. A. Luetkemeyer reads from his vivid and engaging novel, Penitentiary Tales: A Love Story.

An informal book reading by the author, followed by a conversation with Ginna Gordon and questions from participants. Doors open a few minutes before 5:00pm for this free Zoom event.
Visit the event page and register now.

About the Book

Penitentiary Tales: A Love Story by EA Luetkemeyer

Penitentiary Tales: A Love Story recounts the escapades of Dean Davis, a thirty-something, educated, straight white male from the affluent community of Sausalito, in Marin County, California, who is sent to an Illinois prison dominated by a daunting, ethnically diverse population of inmates from the mean streets of Chicago. How does he do his time? What challenges does he meet?


Addressing issues of race and gender in America, Penitentiary Tales: A Love Story is at once a serious inquiry into the minds and hearts of the marginalized and the oppressed and a bit of a romp. It will appeal to adventurous and intelligent readers of all persuasions who appreciate a literary walk on the wild side.


Learn more about E.A. Luetkemeyer’s bold and irreverent written works at ealuetkemeyer.com

Arts & Letters
Online conversations about art, words, and ideas on the 2nd Friday of every month at Art Presence Art Center!

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February 2021 Exhibits and Virtual Tour

Posted by on Feb 9, 2021 in Events, Guest Exhibits, Member Shows, Virtual Tours | 4 comments

The gallery is now open 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.

“In The Beginning,” image by Vivian McAleavey

This month’s exhibit in the Main Gallery is a collection of new works by Art Presence Art Center members. This show opens Friday, February 5 and continues through Sunday, March 28.

Our Guest Exhibit is The Power of Pastel, a juried show of paintings by members of the Pastel Artists of Oregon (PAO). The show opens Friday, February 5 and remains on display through Sunday, February 28. PAO has more than 100 members from across Oregon. The exhibition, curated by noted local artist, Sue Bennett, showcases over 30 works by 21 artists. Be sure to click the images in the gallery above to see larger images of these gorgeous works.

The Power of Pastel celebrates the centuries-old art of pastel painting. Pastels are pigment held together with a binder in stick form. Pastel paintings are framed under glass to preserve the surface. Pastel paintings by masters such as Maurice Quentin de la Tour (1700s), Edgar Degas, James Abbott McNeil Whistler, William Merritt Chase (1800s), and Mary Cassatt (1900s) stand the test of time, with their colors remaining vibrant to this day.

If you feel more comfortable viewing the artworks on display from the safety and comfort of your home, please watch the virtual tour below. You can also contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 to schedule a private gallery viewing.

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