State of the Art Presence Art Center – February 2015

Americans for the Arts ( Ten Reasons to Support the Arts Reason #4: “Arts are good for local merchants. Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend an average of $24.60 per person per event—beyond the cost of admission—on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters. Attendees who live outside the county in which the arts event takes place spend twice as much as their local counterparts—valuable revenue for local businesses and the community.”

Naked Art: No Mats, No Frames, Great Deals!—Sometimes a person wants to frame the artwork they purchase to their own taste and décor requirements. Given the cost of professional framing, and since most pieces offered in galleries are already framed, this can present a financial conundrum—sometimes even a deal-breaker—for an interested collector. Our first gallery exhibit of 2015, Naked Art, offers an alternative: unframed, unmounted ORIGINAL art created by local artists. This is a rare opportunity to buy fine art without paying for a frame you intend to replace and to add to your art collection at a reduced price. Take the artwork you purchase home the same day and new works will replace them. Be sure to visit the gallery weekly to see the new pieces our artists bring in! There will also be very unique handcrafted art pieces in our gift shop including candles, pottery and wooden items. Naked Art continues through March 1.

Visit our new offsite exhibits for more original art created by Art Presence members:

Deanna St. Martin’s exhibit of abstract watercolors at the Medford Main Library continues through March 2015

A new exhibit of watercolor paintings by Anne Brooke will be on display in the Jacksonville Library’s Naversen Room through April.

Art Presence offers a life drawing class beginning this month. Studio sessions will take place every Monday from 1:00-3:00pm. There will be a minimal fee based on the number of participants. Please contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 for more information and to sign up.

We are excited to celebrate the Year of the Ram with the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association on February 7! Art Presence will host classes scheduled by SOCCA throughout the day, including a class on Origami for children and adults from 11:30am-2:30pm. Come to Art Presence and learn the art of authentic Chinese paper folding!

Schedule our conference room for your class, workshop or meeting! For more information and to reserve a date, please contact Anne at 541-941-7057 or email her via the contact form on our website,