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The heART of Orange County All Media 2019, Juried Exhibit

Artist reception April 27, 2019    5:30 – 8:00pm
show continues through May 11

Better & bigger every year! 64 Orange County artists & more than 90 works of art will grace our walls and display stands. This will be our 7th year partnering with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA), to bring you this unique annual juried exhibition.

The only show of its kind in Orange County, “The heART of Orange County” exhibit features 2-D wall art, as well as, contemporary craft including wood, ceramics, glass, fiber and jewelry.  A wide range of styles, subjects and media will be represented. Whether you lean to abstract or traditional works, you will likely find works of interest.  Everything is available for purchase. Help our arts community thrive!

This year’s juror is Barbara Thompson, MFA. She has been a respected artist, judge and coordinator in the fine art world for more than 25 years. Barbara has served as a juror for the San Diego County Fair Fine Art Photography Competition, as the Visual Arts Coordinator for the Orange County Fair for 16 years and as the Fine Art Coordinator for the California State Fair in 2017. Barbara was the Director as well as Exhibition Coordinator during her 12-year association with the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art where she oversaw both curated and juried exhibits. She now installs and curates exhibitions for the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum at the Fullerton Arboretum.

It all happens April 27th, 5:30 – 8:00pm at Chemers Gallery… artist reception, awards ceremony and, of course, TACFA’s Broadway in the Park REVEAL!

Be among the first to know which rousing Broadway production will be performed this summer in Tustin’s own Peppertree Park. Past productions include Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid. Now in its 19th year, TACFA’s annual Broadway in the Park event brings together community and professional performers from Chance Theater to enjoy an evening of visual magic under the stars.

Join us and more than 20 artists on Saturday, May 11th 1-5 pm to stroll the artist demonstrations as you soak-in the last day of the juried show. Pick up the work you purchased during the show or buy that one you’ve been eyeing for 2 long weeks before someone else snaps it up!

To see the list of participating artists click this link to our Facebook events page for more up-to-date information.

We are loving what has been delivered…Can’t wait to see who and what have been chosen for awards!

New Art April 2019

Click the artist’s names to see more of their work!

New ART

Deborah Harold

Oil on canvas 

Patricia Prescott Sueme

Pastel

New CRAFT

 Dottie Boscamp

Hand blown glass bowls and paperweights

 Maria Counts

Ceramic teapots, vases, and hearts

Sabrina Weld

Hand drawn tree line ceramic bowls

New JEWELRY

Joanna Craft

Geometric with natural stones designs

Ashka Dymel

Sterling silver and gold bimetal designs with semi precious stones and minerals

Jessica & Ian Gibson

Silver, gold, and understated designs

New Art March 2019

Click the artist’s names to see more of their work!

New ART

Steve Kell

Acrylic on board

   John Maxon

Oil on canvas

 Pete Roberts

Watercolor

John Sawyer

Oil on canvas

New CRAFT

Jan Benda

Hand blown glass vases, sculptures, and plates

Deanna Deeds

Handwoven scarves

Michael Evans

Turned wood

Houston Llew

Copper and brass Spirit Tiles

Jaime Weber

Ceramic bowls, plates, and vases

New JEWELRY

       Anna Balkan

           Gemstone and mix metal designs

Ayala Bar

Israeli jewelry

Michelene Berkey

Silver, gold, and gemstone designs

 Suzanne Currie

Wood and resin jewelry

New Art February 2019

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

New ART

Nick CapaciMixed media paintings on wood and stainless steel         Deborah Harold         Contemporary oil on canvas

       Jonde Northcutt       Mixed media narratives on panel

New CRAFT

Maria CountsCeramic hearts for Valentine’s Day Karl Tani

Ceramic bowls, plates, and vases

Karen Thayer

Glazed stoneware objects

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar

New season Spring/Summer 2019 is here!!!

New Art, New Year

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

New ART

Grace Chang

Hand-built carved clay

Nancy Goldman 

Encaustic Paintings

Kristina Swarner

Mixed Media Illustration

Marie Tippets

Pastel Still-life

New CRAFT

Bill Bahret

Turned Wood

Tom Borusky

Turned Wood

Deanna Deeds

Handwoven Scarves

Mary Hammond

Handmade Ribbon and Fabric Scarves

Lisa Mertins

Porcelain Birdhouses, Sculpture & Vases

Jaime Weber

Ceramic Vases, Bowls, Coffee Mugs & more

New JEWELRY

Michelene Berkey

Silver, Gold & Gemstone Designs

Karen Boelts

Designed with a Purpose

Joanna Craft

Mixed Metal, Gemstone & Enamel Designs

Elizabeth Nadler

Boho & Romantic Designs

Monique Selwitz

Organic Mixed Metal & Gemstones

Janet Seward

Creations from Around the Globe

Merry Wennerberg

Bakelite, Resin & Antique Button Beauties

Ayala Bar
New season is just around the corner. If you can’t wait to see them in person… we have the catalog at the gallery to tempt you!

Meet the Award-Winning Art at Chemers Gallery

What an extraordinary opening reception for The heART of Orange County All Media 2018 juried exhibition! Several hundred guests packed the house – we were absolutely astounded!

With 67 participating artists and nearly 100 accepted pieces of artwork, our jurors, Jonathan Burke (President of LCAD) and Hope Railey (Chair of Fine Art at LCAD) had their work cut out for them. After much considered discussion and thought, Jonathan and Hope selected their prize-winners in three different categories: Contemporary Craft, Contemporary and Traditional. Rounding out the mix was Sharyn Cable of Enderle Center, one of our generous sponsors, with her award choices. Congratulations to all!

If you couldn’t join us on Saturday (or couldn’t hear due to the crowd) here they are, the prize-winning artworks from The heART of Orange County All Media 2018. Or, if you’d like to experience the awards ceremony, click through to our Facebook page to watch our Facebook LIVE video of Saturday’s event!

Don’t forget about our heARTful Saturday happenings during our show:

Saturday, April 28  10am – 5pm
1st Place Winners of TACFA’s annual Student Art Invitational
and join us for the Enderle Center’s Spring Flight 4pm – 7pm

Saturday, May 5    1pm – 5pm
Artist Demonstrations with featured heARTful artists confirmed to date…
Echo Baker  .  Irina Charny  .  Amanda Fish
Terry Houseworth  .  Elaine Hughes  .  Steve Kell  .  Karen Mohr
Erich Neubert  .  Marilee Neilsen  .  Pete Roberts  .  Teresa Shippy
Kathleen Strukoff  .  Kim VanDerHoek  .  Wendy Wirth  .  Jim Wodark
More TBA!

Enderle Center Awards

Honorable Mention:

“Sierra Grandeur”    Jim Wodark, oil on board

Honorable Mention:

“Serenity”    Christine Bolger, glass

Enderle Center Choice Award:

“Almost a Geisha”    Marie Tippets, soft pastel

Contemporary Craft

Honorable Mention:

“Embracing the Snail”    Sabrina Weld, clay sculpture

Honorable Mention:

“Silver Botanical Pendant”    Terri Gallo, silver and amethyst

Honorable Mention:

“Maple Keepsake Box and Lid”    Tom Borusky, maple, olive, resin

Third Place:

“1967 VW Bus Front”    Teresa Shippy, textile

Second Place:

“Moroccan Glory”    Janet Seward, mixed elements

First Place:

“Segmented Wood Bowl”    Michael Evans, maple, purple heart, walnut, cherry

Contemporary

Honorable Mention:

“Tropical Breezes”    Sharyn Sakimoto, hand-painted black & white photograph

Honorable Mention:

“Through the Looking Glass”    Colleen Premer, monotype

Honorable Mention:

“Blustery”    Larissa Marantz, acrylic on canvas

Honorable Mention:

“Upon Us All a Little Rain Must Fall”    Irina Charny, glass mosaic

Third Place:

“Silent Breath of Winter”    Lynn Welker, acrylic collage

Second Place:

“Who Said It’s Easy”    Ian Montelongo, acrylic on board

First Place:

“4th Street Span”    Kim VanDerHoek, oil on board

Traditional

Honorable Mention:

“Almost a Geisha”    Marie Tippets, soft pastel

Honorable Mention:

“Nature’s Harmony”    Paige Oden, mixed media

Honorable Mention:

“Castel and Ponte Sant’Angelo, Rome”    Brad Neal, mixed media

Honorable Mention:

“Morning at the Pond”    Geri Medway, watercolor

Honorable Mention:

“Mama Africa”    Toni Danchik, oil on canvas

Honorable Mention:

“Orangethorpe Ave.”    William Crawley, soft pastel

Third Place:

“Calm Night Shore”    Patricia Prescott Sueme, soft pastel & ink

Second Place:

“Valley Spring”    Dave Chapple, oil on board

First Place:

“Solitude”    Greg LaRock, oil on board

Best of Show:

“Closure”    Wendy Wirth, acrylic on board

We’re already thinking about next year’s juried exhibition and we can’t wait to see what gets your creative juices flowing!

Thank you for allowing us to be “Part of Your World!”

 

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined us Saturday night for the opening reception of The heART of Orange County All Media juried exhibition! Thank you to Enderle Center and TACFA for generously sponsoring this yearly exhibition. Talented artists and performers, experienced jurors, valued friends, and wonderful volunteers from Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) made this event especially heARTful! Thank you for sharing in our 11th annual juried community exhibition and the start of our 40th anniversary celebrations! It’s because of YOU that our arts community is so vibrant!

In case you were one of the “Poor Unfortunate Souls” who missed TACFA’s big Broadway in the Park REVEAL, we can now share that this summer’s production will be The Little Mermaid!! With stellar performances by the professionals from Chance Theater, you’re sure to believe that you’re “Under the Sea” dreaming about “The World Above.” Keep your eyes peeled on TACFA’s website for ticket information and sales.

If you weren’t able to attend our VERY crowded reception or want to re-visit your favorites, The heART of Orange County will be on display through Saturday, May 5th. And, don’t forget about our heARTful Saturday happenings during the show…

Saturday, April 28    10am – 5pm
1st Place Winners of TACFA’s annual Student Art Invitational
and join us for the Enderle Center’s Spring Flight 4pm – 7pm

Saturday, May 5    1pm – 5pm
Artist Demonstrations with featured heARTful artists, including…

Echo Baker  .  Irina Charny  .  Amanda Fish
Terry Houseworth  .  Elaine Hughes  .  Steve Kell  .  Karen Mohr
Erich Neubert  .  Marilee Neilsen  .  Pete Roberts  .  Teresa Shippy
Kathleen Strukoff  .  Kim VanDerHoek  .  Wendy Wirth  .  Jim Wodark
More TBA!

In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from Saturday’s big party, many of them kindly provided by Guillermo LeFranc…

For more event photographs be sure to visit our Facebook album (coming soon)!

The heART of Orange County beats at Chemers Gallery!

The heART of Orange County All Media 2018
Juried Art Exhibition
Artist reception April 21, 2018    5:30 – 8:00pm
show continues through May 5

It’s our most eclectic community exhibition yet! Together with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA), we welcome over 60 local artists to our annual juried exhibition. Our 11th yearly collaboration brings a new focus to the mix – the best artwork from Orange County artists in all styles, all subjects and all media will be represented and available for purchase. Help our arts community thrive!

Our 2018 jurors are Jonathan Burke, President of Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) and Hope Railey, LCAD’s Fine Arts Chair. Together, they have selected the cream of the crop, from oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel to ceramic, wood, glass and silver and more.

Join us April 21st, 5:30 – 8:00pm for the artist reception, awards ceremony and
TACFA’s Broadway in the Park REVEAL!
This event kick starts our 40th year in business!

Be among the first to know which fun-filled, fanciful Broadway production will be performed this summer in Tustin’s own Peppertree Park. Past productions include Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast and Annie. Now in its 18th year, TACFA’s annual Broadway in the Park event brings together community and professional performers from Chance Theater to enjoy an evening of visual magic under the stars.

Congratulations to the participating artists:

Kirsten Anderson  .  Gary Armstrong  .  Mary Aslin  .  Echo Baker
Steve Bjorkman  .  Gary Blackwell  .  Christine Bolger  .  Tom Borusky
Stan Bowen  .  Patt Buchanan  .  Kare Bullock  .  Dorothy Cavanagh
Dave Chapple  .  Irina Charny  .  Dana Cooper  .  William Crawley
Toni Danchik  .  Dori Dewberry  .  Bryce Elischer  .  Michael Evans
Amanda Fish  .  Terri Gallo  .  Nancy Goldman  .  Lore Hold  .  Christine Hooker
Debbie Horton  .  April Hoskins  .  Terry Houseworth  .  Elaine Hughes
Steve Kell  .  Linda Keyes  .  Prerana Kulkarni  .  Greg LaRock
Sherry Lohman  .  Larissa Marantz  .  Geri Medway  .  Karen Mohr
Ian Montelongo  .  Brad Neal  .  Erich Neubert  .  Marilee Nielsen
Paige Oden  .  Pamela Panattoni  .  Colleen Premer  .  Patricia Prescott Sueme
Robin Reichelt  .  Pete Roberts  .  Kathleen Robinson  .  Linda Rogers  .  Sharyn Sakimoto
Janine Salzman  .  John Sawyer  .  Janet Seward  .  Teresa Shippy
Kathleen Strukoff  .  Karl Tani   .  Marie Tippets  .  Kim VanDerHoek  .  Jaime Weber
Susan Weinstein  .  Sabrina Weld  .  Lynn Welker  .  Wendy Wirth  .  Jim Wodark

Honorary Exhibitors:
Ned Schultz  .  Mary Zarbano

But wait, there’s more!!
Save these dates for more heARTful happenings at Chemers Gallery:

Saturday, April 28    10am – 5pm
Winners of TACFA’s Student Art Invitational

Saturday, May 5    1pm – 5pm
Artist Demonstrations with featured artists from The heART of Orange County

Save the Dates, our 4th annual Holiday Artisan Faire will soon be here!

Set your alarm clocks and calendar reminders… our biggest show of the year is happening the first weekend in December!

‘Tis the season! Our promise to you is 2 days to shop and splurge to your heart’s content! With new artisans & food vendors, there’s always more to love.

Join Chemers Gallery and 19 different artists, artisans and gourmands for our 4th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Watch this space for developing details, new artisans, sneak peeks and artist spotlights as we get ready for this once-a-year extravaganza.

To preview our participating artisans, click their names below. However, they will all be bringing new and exciting creations to delight and enchant you on December 2nd and 3rd!

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey    Karen Boelts*    Joanna Craft    Jennie Milner
Elizabeth Nadler    Monique Selwitz    Janet Seward*

Wearable Fiber
Deanna Deeds*    Mary Hammond    Beth Marx

Ceramics, Mixed Media, Paintings & Prints, Original Drawings & Notecards
Lisa Mertins    Suzanne Currie    Patricia Prescott Sueme    James Keniston

Luscious Lotions
Bare Naked Botanicals*

Epicurean Treats
Harris Family Apiaries – local honey
Luisa Chocolatiere – artisan chocolates
Sola Foods – jams, relish, dips & spreads
Spice Merchants – spice blends, salt, olive oil & vinegar

…and more to be announced!

Shop for everyone on your list (naughty and nice!), try your luck in our weekend raffle and partake of our holiday cheer!

Coming up next month…Meet the Artists!
Artist spotlights to introduce you or reacquaint you with our talented artists and artisans joining us December 2nd & 3rd.
Look for daily updates on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, or read our continuing blog with “what’s new” right here!

Can’t wait to tell us you’re coming?
Click HERE to RSVP for Saturday, December 2nd, 11a – 5p and Sunday, December 3rd, 1 – 5p

*New this year!
**Pssst…click the artist’s names above to see examples of their work! However, they’ll all be bringing a sack full of new goodies for the big event!

Mastering Mindfulness with John Maxon

Contemplate all that is zen with John Maxon‘s  EIGHT wonderful new canvases! This talented northern California artist recently graced us with his presence and these long-awaited presents. Mid-sized to large-scale, John’s latest artworks put the “POW” in “peacefully POWerful!”

From a young age, John’s artistic talent was encouraged and nurtured through classes and independent study. In graduate school at UC Davis, he learned firsthand the amount of dedication and vision it would take to pursue a life of art from instructors Roy DeForest, William T. Wiley and Wayne Thiebaud. Their stellar influence, coupled with the art movement of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1960s and early 1970s set John on his path to becoming a full-time artist.

Vibrant in color and composition, John’s work is reminiscent of the landscape as seen from above. Vineyards, waterways and avian life also feature in his richly-hued paintings. A sense of space and harmony is translated through his masterful brushstrokes. Time spent in New Mexico inspired new visions and palettes, reflective of the region’s dramatic light and form. Back in California, John paints and meditates (for hours) daily, infusing his canvases with his free-flowing manner and practice of mindfulness.

We have represented John for more than 20 years and feel fortunate to share his work with you. View all of John’s evocative artwork online by clicking this link, or see them in person at Chemers Gallery!