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Spotlight on our 4th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire… Meet the Artists!

Watch this space for developing details, new artisans, sneak peeks and artist spotlights!

Meet the 19 talented artisans joining our 2 day Holiday Artisan Faire.
You won’t want to miss our 4th annual event, so make sure you’re free to come visit us December 2nd and 3rd!
It’s right around the corner!

Michelene Berkey
Luisa Chocolatiere

She’s back! Michelene Berkey comes to our Holiday Artisan Faire, from Colorado, ever year with her inventive “twiggy” creations. Ever changing and stretching her creative juices, Michelene works in gold and silver with gemstones, pearls and genuine diamonds. Large and small… Michelene does is all with artful class (even custom)!

Handcrafted chocolate goodness, combined with a confectioner that is “sweet” beyond words, makes for one delicious experience. Luisa Chocolatiere delivers the goods! Luisa uses top quality ingredients combined in small batches to create the freshest and smoothest chocolate available. With chocolate bars, truffles and special holiday goodies, her chocolate is great as stocking stuffers and hostess gifts… We won’t tell if you also sneak an indulgence for yourself!

Deanna Deeds
Mary Hammond

Award-winning Deanna Deeds weaves with a twist! Using ancient hand-manipulated techniques and complex loom-controlled structure, Deanna’s masterfully woven scarves are just the thing to keep you stylish! Deanna is new to our Faire this year and we are sure you’ll want to wrap yourself in Deanna’s talent. Her textile home goods made a unique gift for a friend or your own holiday table!

The ever wonderful Mary Hammond is back with her playful designs and fabulous creations. The complexity of her textiles will leave you asking “How did she do that?” Bright fiber and materials bring the vibrancy of summer while subtle hues add in a mix of sophistication. Discover abstracted flowers in brilliant colors and sometimes even a favorite snuggly animal friend. Don’t forget about her wall pieces!

Elizabeth Nadler
Harris Family Apiaries

Dressed up or down, layered or alone, Elizabeth Nadler with her romantic crystals and boho beads, like Santa, are back in town. Find something fabulous to wear for any occasion or everyday! Betty’s necklaces are made in a variety of styles, lengths and colors, while her earrings will top off the look. Don’t forget about her hamsa and cross bracelets in silver, gold, bronze and crystal, or her new, totally savvy, adjustable styles! With prices that are oh-so-affordable, gift the gift of style to everyone on your list!

Something sweet, sticky, healthful and delicious… what could that be? Must be local honey from Cary and Harris Family Apiaries! It all started 40 years ago when the Harris family began providing honey to farmers markets in southern California, including the Golden State’s very first certified farmer’s market! Made from a variety of fruit and herb blossoms, their honey has us all a-buzz. Visit Cary Harris to gift your honeybunch or even a lil’ somethin’ for your own holiday table.

Lisa Mertins
Bare Naked Botanicals

Lisa Mertins continues to captivate us! Visit her and marvel at her porcelain ceramic creations! Soft glazes, sophisticated designs and interesting forms make Lisa’s work extra special. Darling birdhouses, animated sculptures, boxes, cups and more… You’re sure to fall in L-O-V-E with L-I-S-A!

Handcrafted and totally luscious lotions in mouthwatering aromas? Yes, please! Kimberly of Bare Naked Botanicals creates “food for the skin.” Try her all-natural formulas featuring peach, lavender, citrus, rose and more. Everything is made in small batches with ingredients that contain the highest vitamin and antioxidant content, along with distillates from plants, teas, fruits or herbs. Your skin will thank you!

Jennie Milner
Sola Foods

The very adorable Jennie Milner and her artistry are simply charming! She fashions delightful necklaces, earrings and brooches from silver, resin, paint and fabric to add cheer to your spirits. Each whimsical house, bird, tree, coffee cup and flower she makes is full of joy. Her lively mini wall sculptures will bring a touch of whimsy to your walls.

Joining our Holiday Artisan Faire SATURDAY ONLY is Sola Foods and their delicious jams, salsas, spreads and more! “Jam-packed” with fresh fruits, flavors and spices, Sola Foods is the perfect gift for food lovers everywhere. Enjoy sweet or spicy spreads like Pucker Up Berry, Shanghai Express and so much more. You won’t want to miss all the yummies Sola Foods has to offer, so set your mouth a-waterin’!

 

 

Karen Boelts
James Keniston

Meet one of our newest jewelry designers, Karen Boelts of Little Bridget Jewelry. Her inventive, inspirational designs will tug at your heart strings! Using recycled sterling and gems of all colors, her pendants and bracelets carry messages of encouragement. Simply put… all of her jewelry is made with love. Passionate about social justice, Karen donates a portion of her sales each month to organizations that support equal rights. For Karen, #lovealwayswins.

James Keniston, London transplant and husband to our own Jennifer, will charm you with his detailed architectural and zoological drawings and notecards. The Brit is back for a second year! Although small in scale, his work is mighty in detail and precision. Using watercolor, colored pencil and ink, James renders famous places and edifaces that move him, including his native London. He’s even produced a card collection of his favorite animals and holiday cards to boot! Brilliant!

Beth Marx
Janet Seward

Beth Marx is back! Wrap yourself in nuno felted shawls and wearables made from soft wool and silk fibers. Color and design are highlighted by unexpected combinations of mirror, yarn, beads and Sumi ink. Wear Beth’s fashions sideways, backwards, inside out or layered together for a look that’s unforgettable! Confused as to how to wear them? No problem… Beth will put you together in a snap!

Travel the world with Janet Seward and her one-of-a-kind jewelry designs! Not only will you love her globally-inspired creations, you’ll adore hearing her stories and legends. Brass and silver from India, the Middle East and beyond combine with ancient medallions, African trade beads, bone and gems for a look that is exotic and distinctive, just like you!

 

 

Patricia Prescott Sueme

Just added! Welcome Patricia Prescott Sueme to our Holiday Artisan Faire and stable of artists! Working primarily in pastel, the level of detail and richness of tone in Patty’s small-scale artwork is simply incredible – you have to see it to believe it! She will be offering both original works and ready to hang archival prints at our Faire. Patty grew up surrounded by creativity and developed a love for the arts at an early age. She honed her artistic skills at Art Center College of Design, where she graduated with honors and embarked upon a career in graphic design. Then she inherited a vintage box of soft pastels from her grandmother and all bets were off! Daily devotion allows Patty to explore the medium and lend a freshness to its inherent old world charm. Moody seascapes, light-filled vistas, soothing still-life and holiday imagery all glow with life in Patty’s deft hands.

Spice Merchants
Monique Selwitz

Put a little pizzazz on your palate with Spice Merchants! Joining us for a second time from Laguna Beach, Paul’s gourmet salt blends, exotic spices and delectable olive oils and vinegars are sure to entice you! Use in your holiday meal prep or give as a hostess gift. And, with tantalizing tea blends, you can’t go wrong!

Monique, oh Monique, so creative and unique! We’re thrilled that Monique Selwitz will be joining us once again with her stunning one-of-a-kind jewelry! Sterling silver, raw brass and a smattering of stones, large and small, are the hallmarks of this creative jewelry designer. Come and be tempted!

 

 

 

Joanna Craft
Suzanne Currie

Mixed metal and enamel jewelry with a modern and slight Asian flair! Joanna “crafts” her designs using sterling silver, bronze, gold-fill, copper, brass and colorful enamel. Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, she transforms sheets of metal and wire strands into organic forms and geometric shapes. Raw gemstones and molten glass add that extra oomph of color! From large statement necklaces to small, everyday earrings, Joanna does it all!

Color and form dance under glossy resin in Suzanne Currie‘s mixed media wall art! Her modern and sophisticated creations reflect “the intricate simplicities of nature, the freely restrained movements of ballet and the unity of a multifaceted world-view.” Suzanne also brings her signature style to the handcrafted jewelry and accessories we hear she’s bringing in December!

 

Click HERE to let us know you’re joining us December 2nd and 3rd!

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!

Journeys Through Visual Realms with Dori Dewberry

Local award-winning pastel painter, Dori Dewberry, has been a busy lady! She recently brought in 20 new pieces and we are thrilled beyond measure! Her deft application of color on textured paper and panel lends itself to a transitional approach to landscape, coastal and urban scenes. Inspired by the interplay of light and subject matter, Dori’s paintings center around her relationship with the subject and the exploratory adventures she embarks upon. Art and memory mix and mingle – not only does Dori create beautiful imagery on a 2-dimensional surface, the act of painting also cements the experience of the adventure into her very being.

Dori’s first love is graphite, which she still uses to maintain her drawing skills and start her pastel pieces off on the right foot. Studies in oil painting and printmaking led her to try pastels at a local college where she became enamored by the versatility of the medium. Dori has furthered her studies in oil and pastel through classes and workshops with notable artists such as Randal Sexton, Sally Strand, Marla Baggetta, Kitty Wallis and more. Dori passes on her knowledge to all ages through instruction of children’s art classes at a local charter school and adult pastel class at Santiago Canyon College. A long-time member of the Pastel Society of Southern California, she currently serves as the organization’s vice president.

Although Dori now calls southern California home, she hails from the Bronx and calls herself a New Yorker at the deepest level. The movement and vibrations of city life have forever left their mark on Dori and inspire her creative calling. In another lifetime, Dori might have been an architect designing the dwellings that would serve to inspire other like-minded people. For her, the lure of pastel purity is strong and the creative craving is something Dori can’t go long without satisfying!

To see more of this talented artist’s work, click this link or visit us in person!

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!

 

No Hard Knock Life if you Have heART!

THANK YOU to all who came to show your support of the arts last Saturday night! Not only were you sharing the joy of Orange County’s vibrant art scene depicted in our 10th annual juried exhibit, The heART of Orange County, you also were among the first to know TACFA‘s 17th annual Broadway in the Park production!! Hint: If you missed it, don’t worry, the sun will come out…tomorrow… That’s right, it’s Annie!!

THANK YOU to our talented artists, our thoughtful jurors, our wonderful volunteers and our treasured guests! We love and appreciate each and every one of you! THANK YOU to Chance Theater for your inspired musical performance during the big reveal! HUGE thanks to TACFA and Enderle Center for helping to sponsor this heARTful annual happening!!

If you missed the opening weekend or you want to take another look, the show will be hung through May 6th.

Plus, don’t forget about our heARTful happenings, Saturdays during the show…

Saturday, April 29th      2:30pm  &  4:00pm
*Special Dance Performance by Tustin Dance Center

Saturday, May 6th      1 – 5pm
*1st place winners (all categories) of TACFA’s Student Art Invitational on display
*Artist demos with the following artists from our juried show:

Dana Cooper      Suzanne DeCuir
Dori Dewberry      Amanda Fish
Wendy Johnson      Steve Kell
Prerana Kulkarni      Toni Danchik
Max Ollendorff      Sharyn Sakimoto

Here are a few pictures from the festivities…

Best of Show was awarded to “Atmosphere,” painted by Janine Salzman

 

Rita, Karen and Judi enjoying heARTful friends and family

Artist, Carolyn Lopez, with her painting “Noelle en Point”

Taking it all in…

Crowds gathering for the big Broadway in the Park reveal!

Artist, Kim VanDerHoek, takes in the art with her daughter

The big reveal…it’s Annie!!

Karen calls the crowd to attention with jurors, Jonde Northcutt and Nick Capaci

Sharyn Cable of Enderle Center chooses Dori Dewberry for the Enderle Center award for the third year running!

Nick Capaci with Honorable Mention recipient, Max Ollendorff

Sharyn Sakimoto wins an Honorable Mention for her hand-colored photograph, “The Process”

Toni Danchik is awarded 2nd place for her painting, “Art Jamming”

1st place winner, Amanda Fish

For more event photographs, be sure to visit our Facebook album!

Putting the ART in the heART of Orange County!

The heART of Orange County All Media 2017
Artist Reception & Awards Ceremony
PLUS Broadway in the Park Reveal! 
April 22, 2017     5:30 – 8pm
Show continues through May 6th
Jurors: Nick Capaci and Jonde Northcutt
Artists and Educators

Congratulations to the selected artists displaying their work for The heART of Orange County All Media 2017 show at Chemers Gallery! Our 10th annual juried exhibition in partnership with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) was juried by Nick Capaci and Jonde Northcutt, talented artists and educators. Works showcase the rich variety of arts in our very own artful environs. This unique show depicts visions of dance, music, culinary and visual arts through a variety of media including oil, pastel, photography and watercolor.

On April 22nd meet the artists, gaze at the wonder of their creations, enjoy libations and appetizers and support the local arts scene through your purchases. And, don’t forget TACFA’s big Broadway in the Park reveal! Be the first to know what this year’s summer production is…no hints here…come on April 22nd for this much anticipated announcement!

But wait, there’s more…

Get into the heARTful groove on Saturday, April 29th with a special dance performance by the Tustin Dance Center! Plus, join us Saturday, May 6th for artist demonstrations and the 1st place winners from TACFA’s Student Art Invitational as you take one last look at your favorite artworks from the show. Maybe you’ll even take one home with you! More details coming soon!

Presenting the participants of The heART of Orange County All Media 2017:
Gary Blackwell     Dana Cooper     Toni Danchik     Suzanne DeCuir     Dori Dewberry
Amanda Fish     Dennie Hahn     Deborah Harold     Lore Hold     Elaine Hughes     Wendy Johnson
Steve Kell     Prerana Kulkarni     Marsha Lindsey     Carolyn Lopez     Paige Oden     Max Ollendorff
Rita Pacheco     Kathleen Robison     Sharyn Sakimoto     Janine Salzman     Karl Tani     Kim VanDerHoek

From Russia, with Love

Chemers Gallery was thrilled to see our friend and treasured artist, John Sawyer, and his lovely wife, Olga, who were recently visiting from Russia! The couple makes the journey from their current home in Tolyatti, Russia about once a year for a dose of California sunshine, artistic inspiration, and cherished time with friends and family.

John’s passion for oil painting hasn’t waned in the harsh, Russian winters! He spends his days creating scenes from his California home, experimenting with different colors and compositions. Most canvases depict familiar Orange County vistas of Peters Canyon, Irvine Park and Cedar Grove Canyon. His signature style of impressionistic scenery edged in black is reminiscent of Gustave Baumann. Expressive foliage and cloud formations draw John’s audience into his array of canvases and speak to the quintessential Orange County landscape experience.

John regularly updates Chemers Gallery through emails and photographs. His pictures of snow start much earlier than you’d imagine, usually while we’re still in the midst of the autumn heat! During the warmer summer months, John and Olga spend time at Olga’s family’s dacha in the local countryside, tending the fruit trees and vegetables that grow on the property.

When he’s ready to leave Russia with his newest creations, John travels hours to the appropriate Russian government offices with his artwork so they can verify he’s not removing national treasures from the country. With official documentation in hand, John is free to transport his paintings to California, to the delight of his loyal following. John has been a busy guy, because right now Chemers Gallery has nearly TWENTY new paintings!

Seeing is believing, and we think you simply must see John’s paintings in person.
Preview online, or come in to view the newest works from OUR national treasure!

Enjoying the snowy Russian winter!

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait… Like the New Season of Ayala Bar!

Even though some may say that patience is a virtue, we think you’ve been patient enough! At long last, the Spring/Summer 2017 line of Ayala Bar jewelry is here, and it’s stunning! With brilliant aquas, gorgeous greens, scrumptious raspberries, versatile neutrals and more, these new pieces are magnificent.

Bold statement pieces pair with soft, feminine style for a look that is unforgettable, or choose a small delicate piece to accent your outfit.  Intricate beadwork, fiber, faceted glass and decorative papers are the hallmark of this talented jewelry designer. Many of this season’s color ways are titled to echo exotic flora, like Alchemilla, Dianella and Hellebore and feature vibrant hues and fresh combinations. The ecclectic Essentia Collection ranges from earthy rust and olive fabric, thread and yes, even zipper components to vivid turquoise and strawberry. New this season is the addition of fiber-covered chains on select necklaces and bracelets. You just have to see these beauties in person!

Ayala Bar’s keen eye for detail was honed while working as a costume designer in Israel. A self-confessed bead collector, she is equally excited by the possibilities presented through her chosen materials as she is by everyday occurrences like a walk to her studio through a fruit market. Influences of color, smell, sound and memory all combine to spark this prolific artist’s limited edition creations.

Try one or try them all, but you won’t want to wait to see these gorgeous new jewelry designs as they are already flying out the door! And, once this season is finished in a few short months, they won’t be available any longer. You can preview a selection of Ayala Bar’s work on our website, but there are soooo more and they are soooo much prettier in person! So, don’t delay and plan your visit to Chemers Gallery today!

Exploring Cultural Heritage with Lorraine Bubar

Viewing one of Lorraine Bubar‘s intricate papercut compositions is an inherently intimate experience – each piece compels the audience to step closer and closer still until the art is merely inches away. Suddenly, Lorraine’s choice of color, pattern and texture explode into compelling beauty that confirms what was noted at first glance: this work is spectacular!

A native of Los Angeles, Lorraine received her BA from UCLA. She studied animation at Yale University, winning numerous awards as an independent short film animator. Her love of travel developed into a passion for papercutting once she saw how many of the world’s cultures employed the art form as a means of expression, from Eastern Europe to China and Mexico. Today, Lorraine honors the transcendence of humanity throughout the world with her practice of papercut techniques. Her choice of papers highlight the utter fragility and ultimate strength of life itself. Lorraine uses only handmade and colored papers and her trusty X-acto knife to develop her intricate artistry.

Crossing the boundary between craft and art, Lorraine’s exacting precision bring her imagery of koi ponds, mountainscapes and desert scenes to life. She was recently selected as one of the 2016 Artists in Residence at Zion National Park and spent a month hiking, creating and educating in the impressive landscape. Lorraine’s bold creations have been exhibited worldwide and have garnered awards including a recent first place win at Yosemite Renaissance XXXI. This talented artist continues to travel to further her inspiration and experience of the world.

Encounter Lorraine’s stunning artwork up-close and personal at Chemers Gallery! While you’re here, we can show you examples of how we’ve framed these detailed creations using linen or silk fabric and handsome, hand-carved closed-corner frames.

Exchanging “PleasanTrees” with artist, Melissa Graves Brown

New paintings by Melissa Graves Brown invite you to wander into enchanted groves and rest in the shade of multi-hued foliage. Vibrant jewel-toned colors mingle on canvas for a look that is pure wow! Melissa has sent Chemers Gallery seven of her most recent pieces, each one more gorgeous than the last.

A Florida native, Melissa earned her Bachelors of Fine Art from Auburn University and her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Her inspiration comes from the natural landscape of Idaho, where she currently resides with her husband, daughter and son. Together, the foursome are a hive of creativity in their home studio. Memories of the swirling leaves that welcomed her to the Wood River Valley are imprinted in Melissa’s mind which she captures again and again in her art.

Melissa’s talents are expressed in layers of color that eventually take the shape of vivid vistas. It’s no surprise that this talented artist has been largely influenced by color theory and the color field paintings of the Abstract Expressionist movement! She approaches painting with intuition and intention, carefully choosing her pigments and letting the composition evolve naturally.

Viewed as a whole, Melissa’s “PleasanTrees” form a magical, mystical world of wonder. Don’t be shy, get up close to the canvas and see where the magic truly happens! You’ll be amazed at the complex layers of color that dance and swirl to form a shimmering, multi-dimensional painting. Leaves that appear to be mostly gold, yellow and orange also contains red, green and purple! Melissa’s underpainting peeks out from the top layers of acrylic paint to introduce unexpected tonal content within her canvases.

Of course, words and pictures can only convey so much…
The best way to experience the atmosphere of Melissa’s paintings is in person at Chemers Gallery!