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May-June Exhibit and Reception: Peaceful Garden

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Events, Guest Exhibits, Member Shows | 0 comments

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May-June Exhibit and Receptions: Peaceful Garden

Peaceful Garden, our May members’ spring exhibition, and A Season of Kimono, a guest exhibit of handcrafted kimonos by Diana Rasmussen, opened on Friday, May 3 at 11:00 am.

For June, Peaceful Garden continues and we have two consecutive guest exhibits for you to enjoy. In conjunction with the 2019 Southern Oregon Plein Aire event, the faculty of the event exhibit works of their own on the back wall of the main gallery on Friday, June 7. The show officially opens Saturday, June 8, with a reception from 1-3 pm. From Friday, June 21, through month’s end, a show of works by the juried exhibitors takes their place. In addition, more works by juried exhibitors will be displayed on the lawn on June 21.

The shows are open for viewing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through June 30.

Don’t miss “View from the Cemetery” and more works by new member Desmond Serratore in this show!

Join us for an artist reception on Saturday, June 8 from 1–3 pm. The gallery will remain open for the Jacksonville Second Saturday ArtWalk from 5–7pm the same day

May Author Reading with Peggy Dover

Come to the gallery for a special author reading! Peggy Dover, writer for the Medford Mail-Tribune, Jacksonville Review and Southern Oregon Wine Scene, reads from her book, “Trips and Tangents: 101 Favorite Southern Oregon Journal Columns for the Mail Tribune,” on May 10 at 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

More Announcements

The overwhelming response to Anne Brooke’s Basic Drawing for Adults classes prompted us to add a third session from June 17 through July 22. Adult classes will take place on Mondays from 3:00–4:30 pm. The fee to participate is at your discretion. Moreover, it’s time for children age 6–12 to register for our FREE Drawing for Youth class. Youth classes take place on Tuesdays from 5:30–7:00 pm. Session 1 runs June 11– July 16 and Session 2 runs July 30–September 3. Taught by the talented Brooke Nuckles, former Education Director for Rogue Gallery and Art Center, the class and provided materials are made possible by a grant from the Haines and Friends Foundation. Join those who have already joined our adult and youth drawing classes for safe, fun and effective classes with experienced art teachers! Stop by the gallery or call Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 to sign up. Add this to your calendar!

Art Presence Art Center, Miner’s Bazaar, and more are working toward an Art Amble revival! We still have details to work out, but most California Street business owners are on board. We expect the new Jacksonville art walk to take place from 5–7 pm on the second Saturday of each month.

Remember to mark your calendars for a show of works from the 2019 Southern Oregon Plein Air event in mid to late June. Our July Guest Artist is Ken Gregg, who presents “A Year in Jacksonville, a Story in Photography,” his recently published book of photography. Details coming soon.

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Peggy Dover Author Reading May 10!

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Author Readings, Events | 0 comments

Peggy Dover Author Reading May 10!

Peggy Dover author reading May 10, 2019 at 5pm
Peggy Dover author reading May 10, 2019

Peggy Dover, freelance writer/columnist, has enjoyed living in the beautiful Rogue Valley for 35 years. Her weekly column, Southern Oregon Journal, publishes in the Sunday edition of the Mail Tribune newspaper in print and online. Dover is a contributing features writer for Southern Oregon Wine Scene magazine and the Jacksonville Review. Her recent book, Trips & Tangents: 101 Favorite Southern Oregon Journal Columns is available in softcover and e-book through RebelHeart Books in Jacksonville, The Crown Jewel in Ashland, WinterRiver Books in Bandon, Rogue Art Gallery in Medford, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. There are also copies available through the Jackson County Library system.

Trips & Tangents

More than a tour guide, Trips & Tangents: 101 Favorite Southern Oregon Journal Columns brings the people, places and lifestyle of Southern Oregon into focus in a humorous and personal way. This eclectic mix includes 101 favorite columns written over the past five years. T & T is broken neatly into four sections–Day Trips & Discovery, Meditations & Musings, Heroes & Characters, and Just for Laughs. Each bite-sized story serves up humor or pathos amid real life in our Southern Oregon communities. Come along on a visit to the wild and rugged coastal beaches, discover the Bigfoot Brownie near Prospect, become hopelessly lost in a corn maze, and confront a giant nutcracker. Dover takes you along on her personal escapades. While offering the tourist or newcomer real examples of local must-see activities, locals may gain fresh insight.

Author Reading

On May 10th at 5:00 pm, Peggy reads from her book, Trips & Tangents: 101 Favorite Southern Oregon Journal Columns, at Art Presence Art Center. Wine, cheese and crackers served.  For more information, please call 541-941-7057.
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Poets on the Loose – Saturday April 13, 2019

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in Events, Poets on the Loose | 0 comments

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Come to Jacksonville for Poets on the Loose 2019 on Saturday, April 13

Poets on the Loose in Jacksonville! Anne Brooke reads a poemt to two ladies taking a break from shopping on California Street

Anne Brooke reads a poem to two ladies taking a break from shopping on California Street during the 2018 event.

Poets on the Loose 2019 takes place on Saturday, April 13 in downtown Jacksonville, Oregon. People had so much fun during our first event last year that we’re bringing it back to celebrate National Poetry Month!

On Saturday, April 13, expect to see poets and poetry enthusiasts offering to read poems to random people on the street in downtown Jacksonville. When a poetry reader asks you, be ready to say Yes! Take a break, enjoy a free poetry reading, and take a copy of the poem home with you.

And have fun!!

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So You’ve Written a Book…

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in Events | 2 comments

So You’ve Written a Book…What Now?

Lucky Valley Press is here to help!

So You've Written A Book...What Now? Meet David and Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press in Jacksonville, Oregon at 5pm on Friday, April to find out!

David and Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press

So you’ve written a book. What now? Meet David and Ginna Gordon at Art Presence Art Center at 5pm on Friday, April 12 to find out! Owners of Lucky Valley Press, a Jacksonville-based publishing company, David & Ginna can help you polish your work and successfully navigate every phase of publishing your book.

Lucky Valley has helped many authors bring their books to the public, including novels, cookbooks, inspirational and self-help books, memoirs, books about history, books for children, and gift books. The breadth of their repertoire assures you that whatever type of project you’re working on, they can bring their professional experience to the table and help you make your dream come true..

David and Ginna plan to discuss their pre-press checklist for creating a book, digital publishing, and more important information indie authors need to know. Their brochure for the talk gives us some hints.

  • Keeping your writing process organized
  • Sharing your work-in-progress with trusted individuals
  • Proofreading for spelling and grammar
  • Choosing an editor
  • Designing your book
  • Publishing and Distribution choices – their pros and cons

The Lucky Valley Pre-Press Checklist

  • Create digital files from hardcopy manuscript if necessary
  • Proofread manuscript multiple time by eye and with automated spell and grammar check
  • Edit text for continuity and flow
  • Choose and work with an iluustrator
  • Manage the design, layout and typography of the book’s contents
  • Edit photos and illustrations for high-res printing as needed
  • Design front and back covers
  • Acquire the ISBN and set up the book for retail distribution if desired
  • Preflight all documents for image resolution and fonts
  • Output final digital files for printing
  • Choose an online or local printer with quality book printing technology
  • Preparation of print or digital marketing materials if desired

And if you need help, after this meeting you’ll know local publishers you can turn to for experienced and caring assistance. So … You’ve written a book. Now What? Meet David & Ginna Gordon of Lucky Valley Press and pick their brains for the information you need on Friday, April 12 at 5pm.

“The Success is in the Details”

You can add the event to your calendar here.

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Class: Basic Drawing for Adults

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Classes, Featured | 0 comments

“There is a notion that artists are born with the ability to draw. No one arrives in this world with that gift! Drawing is a skill that must be learned. It is not hard, but requires mental discipline.

“Drawing will develop a cooperative process between your mind and your eyes. The mind must relinquish the role of know-it-all and allow the eye to be the teacher. The mind makes a lot of assumptions. Most of the time these assumptions are close enough to reality that we can get along in the world. In drawing, however, the less you assume, the more you will SEE. Please join me on a journey to develop this skill.“

-Anne Brooke, Director

Basic Drawing For Adults with Anne Brooke

Anne Brooke, who has taught drawing and watercolor for over 25 years and helped to cultivate the skills of many award-winning artists, leads our first Basic Drawing Class. Anne holds degrees in Art and Nursing and was trained in the classical method of drawing. Her classes are fun and safe—you will enjoy learning this skill! All supplies will be provided, cost is at your discretion.

First Session: March 11th through April 15th, Mondays from 3–4:30pm
Second Session: April 29th through June 3rd, Mondays from 3–4:30pm

Both classes take place at Art Presence Art Center, 206 North 5th Street in Jacksonville. Pick up an application at the gallery or call 541-941-7057 to sign up.

FREE art classes for elementary school age children, taught by Brooke Nuckles, begin in June. Please note that this is a month earlier than we mentioned in last month’s issue. More details to come.

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Up and Away! March-April Members Show

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Events, Member Shows | 0 comments

Up and Away! Our March-April members’ show of art with an uplifting theme opens on Friday, March 1 and continues through Sunday, April 28.

Alongside our main show, a guest exhibit of works by returning member Zoe West hangs on the back wall.

Join us for a reception and meet the artists on Saturday, March 2, from 1–3 pm!

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Naked Art 2019 ~ No Mats, No Frames, Great Deals!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Member Shows, Naked Art | 0 comments

Naked Art 2018 : Naked Art 2017: No Mats, No Frames ~ Great Deals! at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon. Image by Tom Glassman

Naked Art: No Mats, No Frames ~ Great Deals! at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon. Image by Tom Glassman

Naked Art 2019

Naked Art 2019 marks our fifth annual show exhibition of unmounted, unframed works of fine art by Art Presence members at affordable prices. Need to give a gift? Maybe a Valentine’s present for yourself or a loved one? Anxious to add new work to your collection or decorate for a special occasion? You can also take your art finds home when you purchase them. As a result, you can use the money you’ve saved to frame your new art your way. Please note that the show opens Friday, January 4, at 11 am and the gallery is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm.

Haiku

Haiku by Steve Ostrander, Calligrapher's Guild member

This year the Calligraphers’ Guild presents beautifully rendered haiku. Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Moreover, traditional Haiku must evoke images of the natural world.

You can identify Haiku by looking for these three qualities:

  • First, the essence of haiku is “cutting” (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them,[2] a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • Next, traditional haiku often consist of 17 on (also known as morae though often loosely translated as “syllables”), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on, respectively.[3] However, some authors are critical of the distribution of syllables, such as Vicente Haya or Jaime Lorente.[4]
  • Finally, a kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such terms.

Modern Japanese haiku (現代俳句 gendai-haiku) are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of 17 on or to take nature as their subject. Importantly, the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku.[5] There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.[6]

Japanese traditionally print haiku in a single vertical line. However, haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.

Reception

This month’s artist reception takes place Saturday, January 4, from 1-3 pm. Join us to meet the artists of Art Presence and the Calligrapher’s Guild and enjoy their works!

Both shows continue through Sunday, Feb. 24.

Welcome, Year of the Pig!

2019 year of the pig, designed by freepik

Designed by Freepik. Click the image to visit.

 

Art Presence Art Center hosts a second reception for this show on Saturday, February 9 from 12–2 pm. Please be sure to attend, as Mr. Fu-you Long will present a talk and demonstration on the art of Chinese calligraphy as part of the City of Jacksonville’s Chinese New Year Celebration!

 

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