Prints vs. Originals—The question of whether to buy original art work or giclées (prints made with inks that won’t fade for 100 years, usually on acid-free paper) for your home is one worth considering. The debate usually centers on the higher cost of original art. Art Presence founder Anne Brooke’s opinion is that buying original art is worth the price, especially given the abundance of affordable art in the marketplace. You can buy a giclée for less but you’ll spend a considerable amount for framing, while original art generally comes professionally framed and ready to hang.

There is long-term value in owning original art. Patrons often collect art by certain artists because their work appeals to them or from a sense that they will become famous. Over time, these works do increase in value. How many times have you heard of a homeowner excited to find a painting in their attic? If it were original art, it could be worth big money! Eager to know what it’s worth, they have it appraised, only to learn it’s a print with little or no value.

The urge for self-expression is powerful, and most artists just cannot stop creating. Become a patron and discover the tremendous pride of owning original art!

Harvest Time Member Show—Art Presence member artists present a themed art exhibition, “Harvest Time.” New member Sheri Dinardi brings magnificent oil paintings like the one pictured here. The show will be on display from September 4–27, with a reception on Saturday, September 5 from Noon–3:00pm.

Elaine Witteveen Retrospective—Art Presence is honored to host a retrospective exhibition of original paintings by the late Elaine Witteveen. Many pieces are framed, but we also have many unframed originals. Most of Witteveen’s artwork will hang in the front gallery, with larger pieces in the main gallery. Paintings can be taken home upon your purchase.

September also sees a return to our author readings. We will hear excerpts and a discussion of their works by these authors during the reception:

1:00pm – Kristen Shockey

2:00pm – John Sack

3:00pm – Ginna Gordon

Jacksonville Citywide Yard Sale—Our artists are cleaning-out their studios now so they can offer art paper, frames, brushes, paints, and more during the Jacksonville Citywide Yard Sale, September 11-13! Get art supplies for bargain prices and play with a new medium or take your creative expression to new heights!

Don’t miss these offsite exhibits of original art by Art Presence members:

Pioneer Village: Tom Glassman’s show of photography continues through October.

Medford Library: “Our Valley and Beyond” exhibit of paintings by Linda Curtis continues through October 2. Leona Sewitsky takes-over for the rest of October with “Mad Tea Party,” displaying her Alice in Wonderland sculptures.

Jacksonville Library: Paintings by Shan Lollis hang in the Naversen Room through November.

What’s Happening Upstairs?—Our Figure Drawing class continues every Monday from 1pm–3 pm. Take advantage of great professional models to practice and improve your drawing skills! Bring your pencil and sketchbook and join us for just $10/session. Instruction upon request.

Schedule our classroom for your class, workshop or meeting. Contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 for reservations.

Featured image is “Fields of Gold” by Sheri Dinardi.