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Hey hey hey! It’s summertime at Chemers Gallery!

Summer is in full swing at Chemers Gallery! While the sun’s been hotting up, we’ve been ramping up the talent joining us for not just one but TWO artful weekend events. Don’t forget to splash these seasonal happenings onto your social calendar…

Mini Artisan Trunk Show – 2 Days!
Friday    August 17th    4-8p
Saturday    August 18th    11a-3p
with Friday night music 5-8p
Blues by Hound Dog Dave & the MelTones

For a sweet taste of the good things to come in December, don’t miss our mini artisan trunk show! It’s hard to resist the temptation of jewelry, fiber, ceramics, leather and chocolate, so go ahead and indulge – we won’t tell! Enjoy Friday night Blues beats with Hound Dog Dave & the MelTones as you ooh and ahh to your heart’s content over all the deliciously creative goodies from our skilled craftswomen and men. If you don’t get your fill on Friday, we’re doing it all again on Saturday – minus the band!

Joanna Craft mixed metal mania    Deanna Deeds masterfully woven fiber
Luisa Chocolatiere delectably decadent chocolate treats    Elizabeth Nadler boho & crystal creations
Janet Seward treasures from the global traveler
Lilia Venier witty ceramics (Friday only)    Winter Wolf Leather tailored leather wallerts, toes & more

Have you seen Karen and Jennifer sporting their sparkly tinsel hair strands?
Our friend Megan will be here to fancify your ‘do, too!

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Artist Demonstrations
Friday    July 13th    5-8p
with Oldies music by Then Again Band

15, count ’em, 15 local artists confirmed to date! Join your favorite talents and watch their creative process at work as you move and groove to the Oldies tunes of Then Again Band. Oil, papercut, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, ceramic, weaving and jewelry making – observe and engage with our super-friendly, multi-talented artists!

Lorraine Bubar papercut    Steve Bjorkman watercolor    Deanna Deeds weaving
Dori Dewberry pastel    Amanda Fish oil    Deborah Harold oil    Steve Kell oil
Greg LaRock oil    Larissa Marantz acrylic    Lisa Mertins ceramic
Ian Montelongo acrylic    Janine Salzman oil
Janet Seward jewelry    Gerald Schwartz oil    Jaime Weber ceramic

 

 

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It’s a summer of style and artistry at Chemers Gallery! 

Chemers Gallery New Art – August 2018

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

New ART

Mimi Cora
John Maxon
Patricia Prescott Sueme

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Robert Held
Houston Llew
Seeka

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar
Zuzana Korbelarova
Sapharim Rahav

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

Call to Artists for The heART of Orange County All Media – DEADLINE MARCH 4TH!!

Hear-ye, hear-ye, all you Orange County creatives! It’s time to submit your masterpieces to our upcoming juried exhibition, The heART of Orange County All Media, presented collaboratively with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA). Your deadline is MARCH 4TH and that will be here before you know it! Click here to enter!

You know us, we like to mix it up! The twist on the show this year is that the subject matter is up to you! Our only requirement is that you are an Orange County artist. That means you can submit artwork in any STYLE, any SUBJECT and any MEDIUM to showcase the best of what our wonderful county has to offer!

The arts run deep in southern California, and we’ll be featuring the cream of the crop. Submit your best work – almost anything goes: abstract, acrylic, botanical, ceramic, contemporary craft, drawing, fiber/textile, figurative, floral, glass, jewelry, landscape, mixed media, metal, oil, pastel, photography, printmaking, still life, watercolor, wood and more.

We’re pleased to announce that our jurors extraordinaire will be Jonathan Burke, President of Laguna College of Art and Design, and Hope Railey, Chair of Fine Arts at Laguna College of Art and Design. We can’t wait to see what this dynamic duo will select for inclusion in the exhibition.

So… you know that the focus of the annual exhibition has changed. You know who our amazing jurors will be. You know when the submission deadline is. (Psst… it’s MARCH 4th!) But, did you also know that there will be CASH AWARDS announced at the opening reception on April 21st? It’s true! At least $1,800 will be awarded – could yours be one of the names announced?

We need YOUR help in spreading the word. Click this link to OnlineJuriedShows.com for full show details and to submit your work. Be sure to share the call to artists with all your artistic friends and any arts organizations you belong to. And lastly, HAVE FUN! The more creative you are, the better your chances are of being selected for exhibiting and for winning one of those cash awards.

Chemers Gallery New Art February/March 2018

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

New ART

James Groleau

Pete Roberts

New CRAFT

Houston Llew

New JEWELRY

Jessica & Ian Gibson

 

Take a Look “Inside” with Oil Painter, Greg LaRock

Stuffed armchairs bathed in soft lamplight, sunshine flooding a room to brighten all aglow… Introducing award-winning artist, Greg LaRock, and his inviting interior views! You may remember Greg as one of our participants or even as our juror from our annual community exhibitions. His keen eye for composition and bold use of color transcends traditional landscape painting and has recently brought focus to scenes of domesticity.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from Long Beach State University, Greg’s talents have been honed through studio practice and countless plein air invitationals and competitions. In addition to being a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the American Impressionist Society and the American Society of Marine Artists, he is also affiliated with the Southern California Plein Air Painters Association and Oil Painters of America. Greg’s mastery of his medium has earned numerous awards, including Grand Prize at Easton, Maryland and Artist Choice at Sonoma Plein Air.

Greg’s latest subjects evoke the comfort of home with his deft incorporation of light and shadow. Whether highlighting rockers and settees or illuminating the corners of a room or polished tabletop, his paintings are inherently appealing. The desire to wander in and take a seat within Greg’s tableau is overwhelming. The next best thing to becoming one with the art is to sit and gaze at his skillful artistry!

Come in to Chemers Gallery today to experience Greg’s cozy artwork for yourself!

Chemers Gallery New Art January/February 2018

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

New ART

John Sawyer
April Willy

New CRAFT

Maruca Design

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar
Michelene Berkey
Karen Boelts

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!