O p e n i n g R e c e p t i o n i n L a g u n a B e a c h Thursday, October 5, 2017 6 – 9pm Show continues through October 26
There’s a twist to this exhibition – it’s NOT going to be held at Chemers Gallery! (So don’t show up for the reception in Tustin – we won’t be here!) Instead, all of the artwork will be displayed at the LCAD Gallery in Laguna Beach. Join us for the opening reception as we celebrate the wondrous world of children’s book illustration as imagined by over 30 illustrators. Please note, however, that artists will NOT be in attendance unless they are planning to surprise us! Additionally, there will be no books available for purchase. Instead, it’s all about the ART! Over 140 framed and unframed original illustrations, as a matter of fact! All works are available to purchase.
Head to Laguna Beach Thursday, October 5th and meet us at the LCAD Gallery so you can re-visit your favorites and discover new treasures to take home. Take advantage of Laguna Beach’s First Thursdays Art Walk and explore the community.
Since it’s founding in 1961 as the Laguna Beach School of Art, LCAD now offers 12 undergraduate majors and 4 graduate degrees, including BFA Illustration. The college strives to embrace new technologies and prepare its students for careers in their chosen field through studio work and academic study. Through its gallery, LCAD serves its studio art majors and the surrounding creative community through the presentation of a broad array of exhibitions throughout the year. Plus, admission is always free!
See you October 5th on Ocean Avenue in Laguna Beach!
Who ever heard of an artist who is both a plein air painter and a children’s book illustrator? We have, we have! Paul Kratter is new to Chemers Gallery and we are so glad to carry his work! We were introduced to Paul’s refined-yet-spontaneous plein air oil paintings by our very own Jim Wodark, who brought his Kratter cypress landscape in for one of our very special arts & crafts style custom frames.
Jaguar – oil & acrylic
Paul brings a strong background in drawing and design to his current work. With a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he began his career in advertising and later moved on to wildlife illustration. He developed his passion for creatures and their habitats into several children’s books, including the award-winning The Living Rain Forest. You simply have to see the detail in these acrylic and watercolor illustrations to believe the realistic, “animalistic” textures!
Partners, Point Lobos – oil on board
Almost overnight, Paul’s painting style changed once he began exploring the world of plein air oil painting. With a plethora of subject matter outside his door in the East Bay Hills of northern California, Paul enjoys the challenge that painting outdoors offers him. Constantly changing elements of light, cloud and wind force him to make decisive brush strokes allowing the finished paintings to shine with a fresh spontaneity.
Paul makes annual excursions into the High Sierra Mountains with a group of fellow artists and illustrators. (You may remember Jim Wodark’s stunning paintings from those yearly trips!) The opportunity to explore the remote lakes, meadows and mountainsides has proven to fuel Paul’s creativity. Beautiful landscape, evocative atmosphere and the paintings of renowned artists Edgar Payne, William Wendt and Carl Runguis inspire Paul to stretch his imagination and explore the world though canvas and paint.
Titles and quantities are limited so get your book order in now!
Pre-sale of books is on NOW through March 21st! The first 100 books per illustrator will be pre-signed and dedicated before the event. Pre-sold books thereafter will not be pre-signed, but you can pick them up at the event and take them to the illustrators for signing and dedication. We will have limited titles and quantities available to purchase the day of the show, so to ensure you get your first choice, come in to pre-order yours TODAY!
View all of the original illustrations on our website by clicking the artist’s names below, or come in to see them in person!
Book Fiesta!…..Ages 3-8…..$17.99
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred…..Ages 5-8…..$17.95
Drum Dream Girl…..Ages 5-8…..$16.99
Our California…..Ages 6-10…..$18.95
Tito Puente…..Ages 4-8…..$17.99