Americans for the Arts (www.americansforthearts.org) Ten Reasons to Support the Arts Reason #8: Arts have social impact. University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, better overall child welfare, and lower poverty rates. A vibrant arts community ensures that young people are not left to be raised solely in a pop culture and tabloid marketplace.
When presenting the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities in July, President Obama remarked: “The arts and humanities aren’t there to be consumed when we have a free moment. We need them like medicine. They help us live.”
Visit Art Presence Art Center during the Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts Festival, Friday-Sunday, August 29-31—and for our Bountiful Harvest member show, opening Friday, August 29 and continuing through Sunday, September 28—with a reception on Friday, September 12 from 5:00-7:00pm!
Our offsite exhibits are changing. At Pioneer Village, Bill Stanton exhibits impasto oil paintings, with an opening reception Wednesday, September 10 from 4:30pm-6:30pm.
“Since moving to Jacksonville I have focused on honing my style. I appreciate Art Presence Art Center for giving me and other local artists an opportunity to display our works in Jacksonville, and for bringing life back to a building in the Courthouse complex.” ~Bill Stanton
At the entrance to the Jacksonville Library, Leona Keene Sewitsky shows her whimiscal sculptures of cast-off objects assembled with wire, screws and paperclay; Salvage Sideshow is on display through September 18. View paintings by Sue Bennett in the Library’s Naversen Room from September 17-December 17.
“Art opened up the world for me—I taught classes and organized workshops across the U.S. and Europe for 25 years. I compose my paintings with simplicity of shape and rich color. I paint to express beauty, mood, and “heart” to take the viewer to a refreshing place. I am emotionally caught up while I paint, and like it best when I am surprised by the result.” ~Sue Bennett
“Art Presence has been my passion for over five years. I started with a small group of artists interested in making Jacksonville a go-to place for exhibits, education and art challenges. When I had the opportunity to lease the old County Jail, I put together a five year plan. Now, in the third year of that plan, Jacksonville Rotary has made one of our goals a reality.”
“I am overwhelmed by what Rotary has done for Art Presence. Gary Collins’ planning, organizing and implementing the completion of our beautiful classroom adds a new dimension to our impact on the community.” ~Anne Brooke
We welcome you to use our classroom, suitable for any class, workshop or meeting! For more information and to schedule a date, please contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 or email her via the contact form on our website at www.art-presence.org.
Anticipation is high about our exciting October Dia de los Muertos open show!
Featured image: “Bountiful Harvest” by Anne Brooke