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Save the dates for our 5th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire!

Mark your calendars and set your reminders for the first weekend in December.

Have yourself a merry ol’ time and shop ’til you drop! Discover artfully spectacular gifts for everyone on your list.
(Don’t forget yourself, too!)

Indulge with Chemers Gallery and 21 artists, artisans and epicureans for our 5th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Keep your eyes peeled…we’ll soon be featuring artist spotlights, sneaky peekys and more as we prepare for the big weekend.

Click on each artisan’s name below, to see examples of their work… but remember, they’ll each be bringing fresh new designs and exquisite new looks just for you and our Faire!

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey gold, sterling & gemstone beauties inspired by nature
Karen Boelts (Little Bridget Jewelry) instilling positive messages with delicate charms & colorful stones
Joanna Craft mixed metals touched with enamel & raw gemstones
Suzanne Currie colorful & zippy mixed media jewelry & more
Elizabeth Nadler (Spirited Muse) romantic boho chic crystals, beads & semi precious stones
Monique Selwitz organic forms twist & turn in silver, gold & gemstones
Janet Seward become a world-class traveler with medallions, beads, amulets & more

Merry Wennerberg imaginative vintage buttons, buckles & beads of Bakelite & resin form fashionable statements

Wearable Fiber
Deanna Deeds beautiful, intricate handwoven scarves & home accessories
Mary Hammond alluring scarves and table runners made from fabric & ribbon

Beth Marx limited collection -colorful, creative & versatile nuno felted wearables

Ceramics & Wood
Lisa Mertins inventive designs & exquisite soft colors in porcelain
Bill Bahret unconventional & unique turned wood bowls & pens

Tom Borusky lustrous turned wood keepsake boxes & home items

Luscious Lotions
Bare Naked Botanicals small batch vegan lotions and serums – food for the skin!

Epicurean Treats
Drake Family Farms artisan farmstead goat cheese
Harris Family Apiaries
 local honey of the season
Luisa Chocolatiere fine handcrafted chocolates to delight
Raw Baby Chocolate organic, vegan dark chocolate
Spice Merchants spice blends, gourmet salt, olive oil & balsamic vinegars
 

Just your luck, Megan Jones will be joining us with her festive hair tinsel to help you get into the holiday spirit!

But wait, there’s more…

Celebrate the start of Hanukkah with us as you spin the dreidel throughout the 2 days for your chance to win prizes donated by our talented artists and artisans!

Coming up next month…Meet the Artists!
Artist spotlights to introduce you to or reacquaint you with our talented artists and artisans joining us December 1st & 2nd.
Look for frequent updates on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. Follow our continuing blog with “what’s new” starting in November.

Click HERE to RSVP for Saturday, December 1st, 11a – 5p and Sunday, December 2nd, 11a – 4p

Note: Links are in GREEN

 

 

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! 

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)!

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.

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!

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!

Join the Fiesta!

Have you heard?? Chemers Gallery and Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) are teaming up for the month of October to present a survey of original children’s book illustrations!!

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.

374 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach 92651
949.376.6000
Free Admission

LCAD Gallery Hours
Wed – Sun: 11am – 4pm
CLOSED Mon & Tue

Works on Display from the Following Artists

David Christiana
Greg Couch
Mary Newell DePalma Suzanne Duranceau
Jane Dyer Tim Egan
Matt Faulkner Robin Preiss Glasser
Mary GrandPre Brett Helquist
Ronald Himler  Laura Huliska-Beith
Molly Idle Stacy Innerst
Elisa Kleven
Jim LaMarche Deborah Nourse Lattimore
E.B. Lewis Rafael Lopez
Lauren Mills Kelly Murphy
Dennis Nolan Patrick O’Brien
Winslow Pels Barry Root
Kimberly Bulcken Root Daniel San Souci
Robert Sauber S.D. Schindler
Chris Sheban Gennady Spirin
Kristina Swarner Melissa Sweet
Matt Tavares Johanna Westerman

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!

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!

Thank You!

Thank you to our talented artists and treasured friends and clients who joined us Friday night for our one and only artist demos of the summer! We had a blast and hope you all did, too!

If you missed the big event, mark your calendar’s NOW for August 11th, when we’ll be joined by 2 local jewelry artisans for a mini trunk show! Plus, we’ll be serving wine and gourmet cheeses while you explore all the new goodies from Joanna Craft and Elizabeth Nadler! Enjoy a night of Classic Rock preformed by The Others, part of Enderle Center’s Summer Concert Series. It all happens Friday, August 11th, 5-8pm… See you there!

In the meantime, take a gander at some of the pictures from Friday night’s festivities…

More photos coming soon on our Facebook page!  Keep your peepers peeled!