Gerald Schwartz Gives us a “SKY-ful”!

 

Gerald Schwartz contemporary photo-realism oil painting

When is the last time you stopped to marvel at the sky, its dramatic clouds piling ever higher while sunlight bathes everything in a golden haze? Oil painter Gerald Schwartz makes a habit of appreciating the sky and it’s many facets. It’s not unusual for him to pull his car off the side of the road to chase the last light of a lingering sunset or the illumination of the landscape just before a storm. Jerry takes inspiration from light and the resulting paintings almost glow themselves.

At the young age of 16, Jerry became the youngest artist to exhibit his work at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. He followed his passion to Art Center College of Design and when he left he became an assistant art director with a fashion trade magazine. He also pursued free-lance illustration and photography. But through it all, he never lost focus on his true love, the medium of oil paint. He decided to make the leap into the fine art world and the rest is history!

Gerald Schwartz contemporary photo-realism oil painting

Jerry paints daily in his Arizona studio. His photo-realistic canvases range from miniature (only 6 x 6!) to quite grand and convey a variety of subjects. Skies feature heavily in his work, but he also paints landscapes, nighttime scenes and rainy day images. Whatever he chooses, his quality of light and exquisite level of detail are unfailingly Jerry. A yearly exhibitor at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach, Jerry pushes himself to present the familiar in a new and exciting way, as he’s done in his recent painting LA Drizzle.

Gerald Schwartz contemporary photo-realism oil painting

 

See Gerald Schwartz‘s remarkable canvas in person at Chemers Gallery or on our website by following this link. And, the next time you see a particularly dazzling sky, stop for a moment to admire and think about how Jerry might immortalize the moment!

It’s that time of year again!

Clear your calendar for the first weekend in December because our biggest event of the year is upon us…

You’ve asked for more days and more hours and we’ve heard you! Now with 2 days to splurge and shop to your heart’s content, there’s even MORE to love!

Join Chemers Gallery and 21 different artists, artisans and gourmands for our 3rd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Keep checking back for more details, sneak peeks and artist spotlights as we get ready for this can’t-miss-event.

NEW this year is the addition of the ever popular Robert Held art glass, joining us all the way from British Columbia to share his latest glass hearts, ornaments, vases and more with you! He doesn’t do traveling shows any longer, but is making a special exception for us!

We’re also excited to welcome Ari Seth Cohen, writer of the independent documentary film Advanced Style and author of the books Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older & Wiser! Not only will Ari be signing books, he and his “fashionable ladies” will hold a panel discussion on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Anything you ever wanted to know about embracing personal style at any age will be revealed during this lively afternoon.

To preview our participating artists so far, click their names below. However, they will all be bringing new and exciting creations to delight and enchant you on December 3rd and 4th!

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey  .  Joanna Craft*  .  Jennie Milner
Elizabeth Nadler  .  Monique Selwitz  .  Merry Wennerberg  .  Yed Omi

Wearable Fiber
Mary Hammond  .  Susan Horton  .  Lori Lawson  .  Beth Marx

Ceramics, Glass & Wood
Maria Counts* – ceramics  .  Lisa Mertins – ceramics
Robert Held – glass (all the way from British Columbia!)                                                                  Bill Bahret – wood

Mixed Media, Original Drawings & Notecards
Suzanne Currie – mixed media
James Keniston – original drawings & notecards

Advanced Style

Advanced Style – Special Book Signing & “Meet the Ladies” Panel Discussion
Ari Seth Cohen
writer of the independent film, Advanced Style and author of the books Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older & Wiser
Pre-orders limited to 75 books
with more available to purchase the day of the event

Panel Discussion Saturday 1:00pm

 

 

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Epicurean Treats
Bistro Blends – balsamic vinegar & olive oil
Luisa Chocolatiere – handcrafted chocolates
Sola Foods* – jams, dips & spreads

More TBA!

*Joining us Saturday ONLY

Tell us you’re coming SATURDAY, DEC. 3 & reply to our Facebook event HERE.
Tell us you’re coming SUNDAY, DEC. 4 & reply to our Facebook event HERE.

The Magical Mythical World of Maria Counts

Maria Counts ceramicsEnter the world of Maria Counts, where imagination soars and creativity explodes! Maria’s delightfully charming yet sophisticated ceramic pieces are sure to brighten your day. Her work ranges from adorably winsome to subtly profound and everything in between.

Maria’s childhood was spent outdoors roaming her family’s garden farm with her siblings. Her artistic mind was shaped in the exploration of surrounding hills and observing the different forms and shapes made by the clouds above.

Maria Counts ceramics

After moving to California, Maria was introduced to the world of visual art through jewelry design, interior decorating and finally ceramics. She learned hand-building techniques and basic wheel throwing from Larry Wasserman and firing and glazing techniques from Erik Gronborg. With that, she’s added in a generous dose of creative spirit that is uniquely “Maria” to produce ceramic artwork that is simply out of this world!

Maria Counts ceramics

Talent, vision and a pinch of humor are all key elements in every finished piece. Maria crafts everything from trays, teapots and vases to clocks, wall sculpture and stand-alone totem poles with finesse.

In Maria’s world, angels and mermaids frolic while birds coo and call. Ladies wear crowns of flowers and foxes dash in top hats and bow ties.  It’s clear that this skilled artist has never lost her sense of childhood wonder and her playful ceramic art will ensure that you never lose yours!

Within all her playfulness lies a proficient, serious ceramicist who can envision and create anything she (or you) imagines!

We always have ceramics from Maria Counts on display at Chemers Gallery, so come in to get your fix! Or, preview on our website HERE.

Chemers Gallery New Art – September 2016

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more work!

New ART

Gerald Schwartz
Gerald Schwartz oil painting
Kim VanDerHoek
Kim VanDerHoek oil painting
Jie Zhou
Jie Zhou oil painting

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramics
Robert Held
Robert Held glass

New JEWELRY

Konplott
Konplott swarovski crystal jewelry

Celebrating Local Talent: Kim VanDerHoek

Exploring a love for landscape and urbanscape comes naturally to award-winning artist Kim VanDerHoek. Raised in Big Bear City, Kim spent her childhood immersed in trees and sunshine. Her passion and creativity are undeniably expressed in her artwork.

Kim VanDerHoek contemporary landscape oil painting

From Land to Sea

After earning a degree in illustration from Oakland’s California College of Arts, Kim’s career took her into the world of graphic design. Eventually, she decided to dedicate herself to painting full time. And dedicate herself she did! This talented lady is busy busy busy! In addition to painting, Kim teaches weekly classes in Orange County, co-created both a monthly online art contest and an in-depth Q&A resource for artists, and attends painter’s invitational events nationwide. What started as a dream has been transformed into Kim’s reality.

As a plein air painter, Kim embraces the challenges that painting outdoors presents. Changing conditions and light make forethought and quick decision-making a necessity. Kim also brings those strengths to her easel when she works in the studio. The resulting paintings feel fresh and calming. Her studio work is equally decisive and fluid; never a staid representation of her subject.

Kim VanDerHoek contemporary urbanscape oil painting

6th Street Bridge Arches

Kim’s graphic design background comes into play with her choice of subject matter. She is as equally drawn to trees and estuaries as to the arcs and curves of a freeway overpass. She heeded the call of LA architecture, especially the 6th Street Bridge, to produce her bridge paintings. Kim’s love for the design sensibility of chairs and all they can represent is “couched” in her latest series of paintings. And by love, we mean L-O-V-E! If she could, Kim would collect seats of all shapes and sizes…and we don’t mean the ones found on your backsides!

Kim VanDerHoek contemporary still life oil painting

Estranged

Kim exhibits her work around the country in juried exhibitions and invitational shows. Earlier in 2016, she completed a commission for the ACE Hotel in New Orleans of panels for armoirs and was also a featured artist in Southwest Art Magazine. An active member of the American Impressionist Society (AIS), Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SoCalPAPA), Kim is also a signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) and an Artists member of the California Art Club (CAC). Her many awards include 2nd Place at the SoCalPAPA Painting the Light show, 1st Place at Chemers Gallery’s HeART of Orange County All Media exhibition and Best of Show at the SoCalPAPA Orange County Fair paintout.

To see more of Kim’s delightful paintings, follow this link or see in person at Chemers Gallery!

New Art at Chemers Gallery – August 2016

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more work!

New ART

Steve Kell
Steve Kell plein air landscape painting
Kim VanDerHoek
Kim VanDerHoek abstracted contemporary urbanscapes
Jie Zhou
Jie Zhou traditional European cityscape painting

New CRAFT

Susan Horton
Susan Horton woven textile

New JEWELRY

Michelene Berkey
Michelene Berkey silver jewelry
Joanna Craft
Joanna Craft  mixed metal jewelry
Ithil Metal Works
Ithil Metal Works contemporary silver rings
Elizabeth Nadler
Elizabeth Nadler boho crystal jewelry
Laurette O’Neil
Laurette O'Neil contemporary silver jewelry

THANK YOU!!

A huge thank you to all of our art and jewelry lovers, family and friends who joined us on Friday and Saturday for our 2-day jewelry trunk show!  Thank you especially to our 5 talented artisans who joined us from far and wide, traveling from Colorado, Nevada and locally to bring their latest and greatest treasures for you to ooh and aah over. We had a blast at our first ever multi-day trunk show and by the looks of the pictures, we know you did, too. Just take a look…

Michelene Berkey

Sisters Cathy Markowitz and Michelene Berkey with Karen

Susan Horton

Enthralled with Susan Horton’s woven shawls, scarves and bags

Michelene Berkey

So much eye candy!

Elizabeth Nadler Spirited Muse jewelry

Choosing treasures

Laurette O'Neil

Laurette O’Neil and Karen

Elizabeth Nadler Spirited Muse

Admiring Elizabeth Nadler’s boho-inspired jewelry

Chemers Gallery

Judi and Shirley

Joanna Craft jewelry

Lois and Joanna Craft

Chemers Gallery

Heather and Jennifer goof around

Joanna Craft

Guests enjoying Joanna Craft’s mixed metal & enamel creations

Keep checking our Facebook Page for more pictures of this fantastic event!
We’ll also be publishing the recipe for our signature cocktail, “Diamonds in the Rough,” for you to share and enjoy at home!

Save the Date!
Our 3rd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire will be held
December 3rd, 2016
Details to be announced soon!

Q: What Could be Better than a 1-day Jewelry Trunk Show?

A: 2 days of jewelry, fiber art and libations!

If you just can’t wait for our biiiig Holiday Artisan Faire in December, you can wet your whistle with us and 7 talented artisans! Mark your calendars now…

Friday, August 19 3pm – 8pm
Enjoy live Classic Rock music from The Other band from 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, August 20 11am – 3pm

Here’s a teaser to introduce you to the artists joining us. But, remember, they will all be bringing their huge collections to share with you.

Michelene Berkey

Michelene Berkey silver gemstone jewelry

Twiggy trinkets, polished pearls and gemstones galore make up Michelene’s selection of silver jewelry. At once refined and playful, her creative spirit shines through in every piece. Twigs and bark from bristlecone pine trees are cast in sterling silver to form pendants, rings, earrings and more. Gems and pearls are strung on wires or set in gold or silver to add a special little some’n some’n to your baubles. Of late, she is using more & more solid gold in her upscale design work. Michelene’s creativity knows no bounds!

 

Joanna Craft

Joanna Craft contemporary silver stone jewelry

If you’re searching for mixed metals, unique raw gemstones and enameling to compliment your look, try Joanna’s stylish range of trimmings! This local artist makes jewelry with a modern flair that carries a slightly Asian influence. Many of her statement pieces are one-of-a-kind and feature stunning stones or glistening glass. Joanna hand-hammers her metals to create texture and movement. Whether it’s a pair of petite every day earrings or a brightly enameled necklace, Joanna is always pushing the envelope to make new & unique designs for you.

 

Susan Horton

Susan Horton woven scarf woven textile

Joining us on Saturday only, Susan’s hand-woven scarves and handbags are a delight to the senses! Full of intricate pattern and colors that shift and change before your eyes, every design is spectacular. Susan has won awards for her unique woven skills and it’s not difficult to see why! Scarves made from silk, cotton, chenille and wool are not only pleasing to look at, they’re also soft to the touch and snugly to wear.

 

Barbara Lanci

Barbara Lanci fine silver gemstone jewelry

Fine silver, gold and semi-precious gemstones feature in Barbara’s exquisite cuff bracelets, necklaces and earrings. This talented designer has learned her craft from master metalsmiths and jewelers the world over. Constantly pushing herself to try something new, Barbara takes inspiration from cultures of the past, such as Byzantine woven wire chains or Etruscan granulation and fusing techniques in her intricate surface decoration. In recent creations, Barbara plays with lightness and darkness, leaving bright silver in some areas while oxidizing others into shadow. We can’t wait to see what she has envisioned for our show!

 

Elizabeth Nadler

Elizabeth Nadler Spirited Muse boho jewelry

Add some boho bling to your wardrobe with Betty’s gold-fill, silver, crystal, quartz and stone creations! Her range of necklaces, earrings and bracelets are perfect to layer together or wear alone to create a look that is as complex or as understated as you desire. Charms shaped like birds, hearts, feathers, hamsas, crosses, etc. pair with colorful crystals, glass beads and natural stones like garnet and agate for a look that is oh-so-stylish. Betty’s baubles span the spectrum of style, and with prices mostly between $25 – $75 you can’t go wrong!

 

 

Laurette O’Neil

Laurette O'Neil contemporary silver jewelry

Joining us for the first time (yay!) all the way from Nevada, Laurette’s jewelry creations are modern architectural bliss. Favored materials include sterling silver, pearls, wood, stone, lava & coral. Laurette even makes all of her tiny sterling tube beads herself, putting the “hand” into “handmade!”  Modern and edgy, Laurette’s jewelry creates a statement that complements every day wear and tops off  your special occasion ensemble.

 

Carolyn Van Hosen

Carolyn Van Hosen vintage jewelry

If vintage treasures and all that sparkles makes you tingle, you’ll love Carolyn’s necklaces! Using components that span the decades, Carolyn deftly creates one-of-a-kind adornments that are as unique as you are. French shoe buckles from the 1920’s find homes alongside brooches from the 1950’s and chain from the 1970’s. Glass beads, Mother-of-Pearl and agate slices are repurposed into show-stopping ornamentation. Carolyn will even custom create heirloom jewelry made from your personal family treasures. So bring them to our trunk show to discuss the endless possibilities with Carolyn.

 

Now is a great time to find your next treasure or – dare we even say it?! – get a jump on your holiday shopping!
So grab your friends and make a day or two of it!

New Art at Chemers Gallery – August 2016

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more work!

New ART

Dana Cooper
Dana Cooper oil painting
Suzanne Currie
Suzanne Currie mixed media contemporary art
Kim VanDerHoek
Kim VanDerHoek contemporary oil painting
Jim Wodark
Jim Wodark oil painting traditional landscape

New CRAFT

Robert Held
Robert Held blown glass hearts
Houston Llew
Houston Llew Spiritiles