Gallerie Carnevale: A Halloween Show of Spellbinding Art—Art Presence opens the gallery to all Rogue Valley artists once again, with a fantastic exhibition of art submitted in response to our fourth-annual “October Creative Challenge.” This year’s Challenge was to create artwork with a “Gallerie Carnevale” theme, celebrating the spirit of carnival or circus with a nod to Halloween. Artists were encouraged to create art that is fun and unorthodox in any medium, with no size restrictions. We welcomed art furniture, costumes, bird houses, puppets and marionettes, shadow boxes, altered books, etc. We also have a small art section for those artists who chose to create smaller, more affordable pieces for the Challenge, who were invited to create jewelry, art boxes, wood, stained glass, ceramics, etc. We are astounded by the artistic result of local artists spreading their creative wings—come and see for yourself the amazing and diverse creative works the Rogue Valley art community created for this year’s show! Gallerie Carnevale will be on display September 30-October 30. To meet the artists and talk about the inspiration behind their works, come to our “Big Top” artists reception and enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and attractions on Saturday, October 1, from 1:00-4:00pm. There will be a balloon man and an ongoing activity table. Decorate and assemble your own pinwheel and put your heads in our carnevale photo-op to have your picture taken.

Art Presence Offsite Exhibits

Pioneer Village: Judith Ghetti Ommen—Art Presence member artist Judy Ommen’s show of watercolor and mixed media paintings continues through December 10. See more of Judy’s paintings at

Jacksonville Library, Naversen Room: Abstract Paintings by Patrick Beste—Art Presence member artist Patrick Beste’s show of abstract acrylic paintings continues through December. See more of Patrick’s work at

Medford Library: Watercolors by Linda Abblett—Art Presence member artist Linda Abblett’s exhibit of watercolors continues through the end of the year. See more of Linda’s work at

What’s Happening Upstairs?—Figure Drawing: Our Monday life drawing studio has resumed. Sharpen your pencils and get a fresh sketchbook ready to practice drawing live models! Still only $10 for each two-hour session.

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

“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” ~ Julia Cameron
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.”  ~ Aristotle
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” ~ Jonathan Swift
“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” ~Vincent van Gogh