Category Archives: plein air

Chemers Gallery New Art – April / May 2017

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New ART

Nancy Goldman
Lawrence McAdams
Jim Wodark

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar
Harlow
Zuzana Korbelarova

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Mary Hammond
Lilia Venier

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!

In the Immortal Words of Bobby Rydell…”[We] Wanna Thank You!”

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on Friday night for our annual summer artist demonstrations – art lovers, family, friends and talented artists who so generously shared their skills with all of us! Even though it was hot hot HOT, we were nice in cool in our AC and you all packed the place out! Take a look at some of the fun we had…

Dori Dewberry pastel artist

Dori Dewberry at work at her easel

Janine Salzman oil painting

Our friend Judi (left) with artist Janine Salzman (right)

Chemers Gallery staff Marcus, Shirley and Rita

Marcus, Shirley and Rita looking fabulous!

Deborah Harold

Deborah Harold working on her latest painting

Suzanne Currie mixed media artist

Suzanne Currie chats with a visitor

Maria Counts ceramics

Ceramicist Maria Counts works on a small dish

Lisa Mertins ceramics

Lisa Mertins explaining her ceramic process

Pete Roberts watercolor

Cheryl meets watercolor artist, Pete Roberts

Dana Cooper oil painter

Dana Cooper in deep concentration

Ian Montelongo acrylic painting

Ian Montelongo braves the heat to work outside

Shannon Richardson oil painting

OIl painter, Shannon Richardson, takes a break

Browsing jewelry

Curious clients peruse some of our jewelry selection

Shannon Richardson oil painter, Maria Counts ceramics

Capturing the artists hard at work! Shannon Richardson paints while Maria Counts carves her ceramics

Elaine Hughes oil painting

Photographing the artists at work: Elaine Hughes (left) and Janine Salzman (right)

Elaine Hughes oil painter

Elaine Hughes brings her canvas to life

Janine Salzman oil painter

Janine Salzman carefully painting a familiar scene

Chemers Gallery crowd

What a great crowd!

Ian Montelongo and Pete Roberts

Two brave souls who faced the heat of Friday night! Ian Montelongo (left) and Pete Roberts (right)

Kim VanDerHoek oil painter

Kim VanDerHoek sketches out the lines of her latest oil painting

Deborah Harold and Dori Dewberry

Deborah Harold and Dori Dewberry paint side-by-side

Lisa Mertins, Maria Counts, Kim VanDerHoek

Maria Counts visits with Lisa Mertins and Kim VanDerHoek while they set up their stations

Paintbrushes

Ready to go!

 

Keep checking our Facebook page to see more pictures from the night!

Mark your calendars now…

Join us next month for our 2 day jewelry trunk show on
Friday, August 19th from 3-8p and Saturday, August 20th from 11a-3p!

7 talented designers and artists will be bringing their entire collections for you to find your next great treasure.
And, enjoy live Classic Rock music by local band, The Other, from 5p – 8p on Friday night.

New Art at Chemers Gallery, May 2016

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New ART

Melissa Graves Brown
Melissa Graves Brown contemporary oil painting
Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold contemporary oil painting
Paul Kratter
Paul Kratter California plein air oil painting
Diana Stetson
Diana Stetson mixed media painting
Susan Weinstein
Susan Weinstein abstract oil painting
Bernard Weston
Bernard Weston contemporary floral painting

New CRAFT

Raymond Bock
Perfect for Father’s Day!
Raymond Bock contemporary wooden boxes
Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramics
Hammill & Diebolt
Hammill & Diebolt wooden handbags
Ayn Hanna
Ayn Hanna eco dye silk scarf
Robert Held
Robert Held glass
 Randi Solin
Randi Solin glass

 

New Art at Chemers Gallery, October 2015

Nov. 16 – We’re so busy right now that we haven’t had a chance to update all of our new art since our last post! Come in to see the latest art, jewelry and craft in person! 

Click on the names or pictures below to see more work from these talented artists!

New ART

Lorraine Bubar
Lorraine Bubar papercut
Dana Cooper
Dana Cooper contemporary figurative painting
Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold contemporary landscape painting
Kristina Swarner
Kristina Swarner mixed media print
Ouida Touchon
Ouida Touchon woodcut and chine colle print
Jim Wodark
Jim Wodark traditional landscape painting

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar
Ayala Bar Winter 2015 Collection
Harlow
Harlow jewelry

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
CM716

Paul Kratter – Exploring the World Through Canvas and Paint

KP103

Rocky Coast, Sonoma – oil on board

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.

KP100

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!

Partnerts, Point Lobos - oil on board

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.