Naked Art: No Mats ~ No Frames ~ Great Deals—Our Naked Art exhibit continues through February 28. This is a great opportunity to collect art from your favorite artists. Unmatted, unframed, and offered at a great savings, all artwork is available to take home upon purchase. A retrospective of the unframed works of Elaine Witteveen continues in conjunction with Naked Art.

New Member!—We are excited to welcome our newest artist member, Catherine Anderson, AWS. Anderson and her husband moved to Jacksonville from Maine last May, so it is also a pleasure to welcome her as a neighbor. This artist’s accomplishments are wide-ranging, from acceptance to countless prestigious juried shows and signature status in numerous artist organizations—including the coveted American Watercolor Society—to the publication of a “watercolor answers” book and the selection of her paintings to decorate film sets and the homes of household names in the motion picture industry.

While Anderson is best known for her watercolor paintings, she also paints in acrylic using a completely different technique for a unique style. She participates in the Naked Art show with a selection of small acrylics. Please visit Catherine’s website to learn more about the artist and view some of her watercolor paintings.

Art Presence Off-site Exhibits

Pioneer Village: Catie Faryl Retrospective“We live in times that test the soul; art is a way of trying to understand.” The artworks of Catie Faryl address the ambiguity and poignancy of the human condition. Through a study of personal, political, environmental and social issues and the world we live in, she creates watercolors, etchings and oil paintings to shed light and raise questions on difficult topics, using humor, balance, insight and gravity to make these issues less intimidating to the viewer. The artwork on display is a retrospective from Faryl’s first show in 1995, with one painting representing each of the 20 years since. The show opens Thursday, February 11, with a reception from 4-6pm the same day, and continues until April 28.

Jacksonville Library, Naversen Room: Elaine Witteveen Retrospective. Framed works by the late and highly-esteemed Elaine Witteveen will be on display in the Naversen Room from January 11 to April 4, 2016.

What’s Happening Upstairs?

Every Monday, 1pm–3pm: Bring your pencils and sketchbook and draw professional models from life in our Figure Drawing studio. No need to register, just show up ready to draw! Only $10/session.

Jacksonville Chinese New Year Celebration—Year of the Monkey: Art Presence is delighted to participate in Jacksonville’s Chinese New Year celebration for the Year of the Monkey! Details to be announced.

Reserve our upstairs room for your class, workshop or meeting! Contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057.

Featured image is “Rogue Valley” by Kathleen Hoevet