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April 2018 Events at Art Presence Art Center

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

April Events at Art Presence Art Center

The Poet’s Palette Continues…

Art Presence invites you to enjoy the second month of this fantastic exhibition! Come in to the gallery and consider a purchase from the selection of poetically beautiful works on display now through Sunday, April 29.

Art Presence Sponsors Poetry on the Loose for National Poetry Month

On Saturday, April 28, look for Art Presence members randomly stopping people on the streets of Jacksonville to ask if they want to hear a poem! Poets running wild around town are highly unusual. But when they do appear, they raise the art up to the light and offer its vast treasures to their audience who, in the hearing, complete the great circle of the poetic art. Without others’ ears to hear, the poet’s spoken words would not be transferred into sound and that particular beauty, that shining gift would not exist. Yes, the printed pages might be found lying around a hundred years from now, but the exquisite beauty and power of poetry spoken would be lost.

Art Presence Offsite Exhibits

Exhibits of paintings by Delores Ribal are available for viewing at Pioneer Village and Medford Public Library.

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Jan van Ek: New Member ~ New Medium

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New Member ~ New Medium

Jan van Ek Brings Bronze to Art Presence

Art Presence extends a warm welcome to our newest member, sculptor Jan van Ek, and a new medium—bronze sculpture. If you haven’t yet seen Jan’s stunning bronze sculptures, come in to the gallery for a real treat in fine art! Art Presence Art Center was honored to admit this talented artist as a member in early 2018.

Jan van Ek grew up in Medford, Oregon. Her love of horses naturally expressed itself as her artistic gifts flourished at an early age. Her incessant drawing of horses and studying the anatomy of her first horse in high school led to the study of Fine Art at Oregon State University. There a sculpture professor who specialized in bronze casting inspired her to apply her talent to three dimensional work. Jan was immediately committed to the full-time pursuit of sculpting horses. Her approach was always to depict the equine as a creature of romance, power and freedom. This is why Jan’s horses are rarely sculpted with humans in the composition, and never sculpted with tack of any kind to interrupt the flow of the magnificent forms of the horse in motion.

Bronze sculptor Jan van Ek with larger-than-life models that would later be cast in bronzeAfter graduating with a BFA in Sculpture, Jan moved to Denver and, to perfect her technical skills and control the production of her work, she began work at a bronze casting foundry. In her years at the foundry she gained expertise in all the steps required in the intricate process of bringing a sculpted clay form to life in bronze. This included full production work in rubber mold making, wax pouring and chasing, ceramic shell mold construction, bronze welding and chasing, and patination.

After 22 years of working in Denver and establishing herself as a nationally recognized equine sculptor, she returned to Oregon in 2004 to build her dream studio near her childhood home, to own and train horses, and to spend more time with her family, which includes her husband, NSS sculptor Jay Warren , her son Max, and her five older brothers.

jankindlebeautyHere she raises Beauty (her favorite model), a glorious white Arabian mare from the bloodline of Raffles, and Kindle, a miniature mare who was born to trot.

Jan won Best in Show at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California with her monumental sculpture Sirocco. She has recently completed a private commission for an estate near Miami which consists of two life-size horses, a Friesian stallion and an Arabian mare, in full flight. The second of the edition of three of this piece, entitled Beauty & the Beast, has now been cast for a private collection in Colorado. In 2008 the American Academy of Equine Art awarded Jan their most prestigious award, The Founders’ Award, for excellence in sculpture.

In the Art Presence gallery you can see “Lightning, Thunder, Rain”—from a limited edition of seven pieces—a sculpture of three spirited horses running atop carved marble thunderclouds with a bronze base in the form of lightning.

While most of Jan’s pieces are free standing, others can hang on a wall. In addition to sculpting horses, she enjoys creating statues and sculptures of angels. Be sure to seek out Jan’s work the next time you visit Art Presence!

JAN VAN EK STUDIOS
7225 West Evans Creek Road
Rogue River, OR 97537
541.582.2224
Email Jan

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The Poet’s Palette and more March Exhibits

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Events, Member Shows, Pioneer Village Exhibits | 0 comments

The Poet’s Palette

Our March-April 2018 exhibition, “The Poet’s Palette,” opens Friday, March 2, with a reception on Saturday, March 3 from 1–3 pm, running through Sunday, April 29.

Art Gala Featuring Delores Ribal

the Poet's Palette and more March news : Painting by Delores Ribal

Painting by Delores Ribal

Join  us for an artist reception honoring featured artist Delores Ribal at Pioneer Village on Wednesday, March 14, from 4:30–6:30 pm. Pioneer Village always sets out a festive spread, so come and meet Delores while you enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and live music and view a wonderful collection of her paintings. Enter Pioneer Village’s drawing for dinner for two at the Jacksonville Inn. They will also accept donations for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Everyone is welcome to attend this reception; please RSVP to 541-899-6825.

The subjects for Ribal’s bold watercolor paintings come from camping and backpacking trips in her youth. Delores originally worked with still-life displays and models, only finding her style after attending an abstract workshop. “My experiences, exploration, and finding out what happens—even accidentally—is more exciting. I just take a chance and let the paint work for me.”

Art Presence Offsite Exhibits

These exhibits of works by Art Presence members are currently available for viewing:

  • Paintings by Dolores Ribal at Pioneer Village.
  • Paintings by Dolores Ribal at the Medford Public Library through March.

Please see our Events and Exhibits calendar for more events you won’t want to miss in March 2018!

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Celebrate the Shamrock at Art Presence!

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St Patrick's Day at Art Prewsence - Celebrate the Shamrock with us and enter to win this basket of art valued at $350!!

Celebrate the Shamrock at Art Presence!

Art Presence Art Center is participating in the Celebrate the Shamrock event in Jacksonville on March 17, 2018 from noon to 7:00 pm. Come in to the gallery and enter our drawing for a basket filled with artwork created by local artists, valued at $300 350!! Check the image below to see the contents of the basket you could win and come in to the gallery for a closer look! Click the image above for more information about this city-wide event.

 

Celebrate the Shamrock at Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, OR on March 17 from noon to 7 pm! enter to win a basket filled with locally created art valued at $300!!

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Upcoming Plein Air Workshops!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Events, News, Workshops | 0 comments

We would like to share two plein air workshops sponsored by the Artists Workshop of Southern Oregon and Central Art Supply that you might be interested in attending.

Both workshops take place in June 2018. “En Plein Air” with Aimee Erickson runs June 18–20, and “Watercolor En Plein Air” with Vinita Pappas on June 18-19. To be eligible for either workshop you must be registered for the 2018 Southern Oregon Plein Air event. Registration for both workshops begins on March 1, 2018. More details in the flyers below:

Upcoming plein air workshops - Watercolor En Plein Air with Vinita Pappas Upcoming plein air workshops - En Plein Air with Aimee Erickson

 

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Naked Art 2018 ~ No Mats, No Frames, Big Savings!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 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 ~ Big Savings! at Art Presence Art Center, Jacksonville, Oregon. Image by Tom Glassman

Naked Art 2018

2018 marks our fourth annual Naked Art show exhibit of unmounted, unframed works of fine art at more affordable prices. Take your art finds home when you purchase them & use the money you’ve saved to frame your new art your way.

Say it in Six

In our front gallery, the Calligraphers’ Guild presents 28 pieces that tell a story in six words and vibrant visuals. Reception

This month’s artist reception takes place Saturday, February 3, from 1-3 pm, with live music by Matt and Rebecca Stuart of Minstrel Stream. Author reading by Christin Lore Weber from her newly published book “Widow’s Walk.” This is the first opportunity to purchase Christin’s book locally!

Both shows continue through Sunday, Feb. 25.

New Art Presence Boutique

In this newly opened section of the Main Gallery our artists present unique handcrafted pieces by Art Presence members, including small fine art, jewelry, greeting cards, and a variety of 3D works. These small to medium-size artworks will make great gifts for any occasion, any time of the year.

Painted fan - Alexey Huanchong

Painted fan by Alexey Huanchong

Welcome, Year of the Dog!

We have more going on this month with special activities, talks, and an artist demonstration on the art of Chinese brush painting as part of the City of Jacksonville’s Chinese New Year Celebration happening on February 17!

 

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Holiday Treasures 2017

Posted by on Dec 9, 2017 in Member Shows | 0 comments

Holiday Treasures

Our December exhibit is Holiday Treasures, featuring a wide range of creative works selected for their suitability as gifts. The show dates are December 1–31. You’ll find many artistic treasures that will be the perfect gift for loved ones and colleagues this holiday season.  A collection of Dolores Ribal’s new works are also on exhibit in the main gallery. With hand-carved miniature carousel horses to glass art, fabric art, jewelry and fine art, this show has it all for the holidays! Take your treasures home at the time of purchase to wrap and give.

Color Historic Jacksonville

Holiday Treasures 2017 : Color HIstoric Jacksonville, coloring book by Anne Brooke, cover image : Color HIstoric Jacksonville, newly published coliring book by Anne Brooke - front cover

 

Anne Brooke’s newly published coloring book is now available for purchase! “Color Historic Jacksonville” is 8 1/2” by 8 1/2”, which can be colored with your choice of colored pencil, crayon, marker or oil pastel, and costs $19.95. All proceeds from the sale of “Color Historic Jacksonville” benefit Art Presence Art Center.

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