Category Archives: Upcoming Events

Call to Artists: The heART of Orange County All Media 2017 Juried Exhibition

Chemers Gallery and TACFA 
Call to Artists
The heART of Orange County All Media 2017
April 22 – May 6, 2017
Juried Exhibition
Jurors: Nick Capaci and Jonde Northcutt
Artists and Educators

Deadline for entry is March 4, 2017
CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Calling All Artists
Chemers Gallery and Tustin Area Council for Fine Art (TACFA) are seeking submissions for our 10th annual juried community exhibit! We are inviting local & semi-local artists who work in virtually any media to enter their depictions of the ARTS in Orange County. Past entries ranged from artist studios, ballet and folk dancers and musicians to artists at work, museum viewers and buildings, but that doesn’t mean those are the only acceptable subjects. The possibilities are endless – the more creative and innovative the better! (You just might win one of the cash prizes!)

Amateur artists are welcome to enter. All artwork will be judged equally regardless of professional status.

Entries will all be pre-juried online at OnlineJuriedShows.com.

For a full prospectus and links to enter, click HERE. All media will be considered for acceptance. We want your oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, photographs, etchings, monoprints, beadwork, glass, ceramics, wood, encaustic, sewing…we mean it when we say ALL MEDIA!

We are honored to announce that Nick Capaci and Jonde Northcutt, artists and educators, will be this year’s jurors.

The deadline to enter is MARCH 4, so get your creative juices going!

Your Inspiration Starts Here!

For examples of past entries, click HERE. But remember, it’s just a guide to help get you started.

If you need a few more suggestions, consider making any of the listed venues or organizations your subject:
Sherman Library & Gardens     Laguna Playhouse     Chance Theater      South Coast Rep  
Segerstrom Center     Pacific Chorale     Pacific Symphony Orchestra     Noguchi Garden 
Bowers Museum     Tangata Restaurant     “First Saturdays” art walk in Santa Ana

A full prospectus is available at OnlineJuriedShows.com. Please be sure to read fully and carefully as there are sizing and framing specifications listed as well! Please call us if you need any guidance.

Good luck!

Get your artistic juices going for The heART of Orange County!

Attention all creatives! Our 10th annual all-media juried exhibition is just around the corner! Are you interested in entering The heART of Orange County but wondering what to do? Well, look no further for inspiration, Chemers Gallery is here to help!

Entries to The heART of Orange County must depict the vast variety of arts to be found in Orange County. Examples of work may be, but are not limited to musicians at work, actors in a play, a performing arts building, a dancer practicing in a studio, on-lookers in a museum, an artist’s studio, chefs in a kitchen…the possibilities are endless! Entries may be created in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, collage, ink, photography, glass, ceramic, mixed media, encaustic, fiber and more – all media are welcome.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

In case you need to get your creative juices flowing, here are some examples of past entries. This is just a guide to jump start your imagination, You have until March 4, 2017 to enter your masterpiece!

Artists at Work

artists-at-work

Artists of all ages in all stages! Creating at home, overlooking the ocean, observing in a garden at our local mission, participating in paint outs throughout Orange County.

Musicians

musicians

Playing an instrument or performing onstage, challenge yourself to translate the audio to the visual!

Dancers

dancers

Studio dance classes, ballerinas and folk dancers, tappers, waltzers and tango-ers – let the movement of Orange County jump and jive.

Artist Studios

artist-studios

Look around your studio and the chaos of creativity or the order of originality. Sometimes the most interesting subjects are right in front of you!

Viewing Art & Arts Buildings

viewing-art-or-arts-buildings

Patrons of the arts from the young to the young at heart. Don’t forget the arts buildings themselves, even the ones transitioning from abandoned warehouse to upscale art gallery. (Psst – Chemers Gallery counts as an arts building within Orange County, too. Just sayin’!)

Culinary Arts or Art in Situ

misc

What about the art of FOOD?! Talented chefs and sous chefs are artists of their own right, so why not show them a little love, too? Or feature a favorite painting hanging in someone’s home?

For more information or to enter the show, visit OnlineJuriedShows.com.

Spotlight on Chemers Gallery’s 3rd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire

Watch this space for updates and artist spotlights for our upcoming event…

2016-2-day-holiday-artisan-faire-logo-blog-copy

With 21 artisans confirmed so far, you won’t want to miss this fantastic lineup!

Get the scoop on our talented participants, starting Nov 7th
Jewelry   Wearable Fiber   Ceramics   Glass   Wood
Mixed Media   Original Drawings   Notecards
Epicurean Treats   Book Signing   and more! 

Introducing the 21 talented artisans joining our Faire and the many reasons you won’t want to miss the big event! Mark your calendars now, our 2-day Holiday Artisan Faire will be here before you know it!

Merry Wennerberg
Robert Held

held_wennerberg

Local jewelry designer, Merry Wennerberg, fashions repurposed masterpieces made from vintage buttons, Bakelite, resin and even vintage game pieces. Her earrings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches are completely out of this world fun! You might think that the creative process would keep Merry out of trouble…wrong! She just can’t resist the urge when she finds unique baubles for her jewelry designs. Merry credits Alex Uhl of A Whale of a Tale children’s bookstore for encouraging her to spread her creative wings and sell her amazing creations 21 years ago.

You’ve heard correctly, Robert Held is flying in all the way from British Colombia, Canada, to spend the weekend with YOU! Robert no longer does traveling shows but he’s making a special exception for all of you marvelous fans! You already love his heart paperweights, now fall in love with his holiday ornaments, blown glass vases and more. Luminous in color, translucent or opaque, Robert’s art glass is elegant in any form or hue.

Yed Omi
Maria Counts

counts_campos

We’re thrilled that Naomi Campos of Yed Omi jewelry is finally able to join in the festivities at our Holiday Artisan Faire! Her delicate beadwork whispers of flirtation and modern romance. Rose gold, sterling and yellow gold pair with gemstones and chain for a match made in heaven. Naomi is traveling all the way from Portland, Oregon to share her handcrafted earrings, necklaces and bracelets with you.

Playful, artful Maria Counts, whose creativity is endless… Joining us Saturday ONLY, Maria’s ceramics are only limited by her boundless & quirky imagination! Brightly glazed teapots, vases, clocks, mugs, wall plaques and sculptures are just the tip of the iceberg of what Maria is showcasing. Pick up 1 or 10 of her gift tags – you can also hang them on your tree or wear as a necklace. From functional to decorative, humorous to refined and everything in between, you won’t want to miss Maria!

 

Beth Marx
Joanna Craft

marx_craft

Avant-garde fashion meets wool and silk in Beth Marx‘s seamless nuno felted scarves, shawls, vests and more! Her one-of-a-kind fiber creations can be worn upside down, right side up, inside out or round about – the possibilities are endless! Let Beth show you all the ingenious ways to don the wearable that is perfect for you. Beth hails from Long Beach and is attending our Holiday Artisan Faire for the first time this year. You’ll adore her inventive fashions in a bevy of rich color palettes or subtle tones.

If contemporary, geometric jewelry is your game then Joanna Craft is the name! Mixed metals of sterling, copper and brass form everything from uncomplicated everyday earrings and pendants to larger statement pieces. Throw in a few raw gemstones here and brightly-colored enameling there and you’ve got yourself a piece that is a true Joanna original! Although she’s only able to stay on Saturday, she’ll have a selection ready for your perusal on Sunday, too!

Luisa Chocolatiere

luisa

Get ready to let your taste buds soar on a cloud of pure chocolately bliss with Luisa Chocolatiere! Back for a third year, Luisa’s handcrafted chocolate is luscious and luxurious. Lessons learned from Europe’s master chocolatiers reach perfection in Luisa’s solid chocolates, truffles, almond clusters, toffees and more. Be sure to check out her Christmas and Hanukkah shapes for all of your holiday parties!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ari Seth Cohen
Mary Hammond

cohen_hammond

Welcoming Ari Seth Cohen, photographer and documentary filmmaker of Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older and Wiser to our Holiday Artisan Faire!  Join Ari for special book signings of his popular photo documentary books at Chemers Gallery Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. As an added bonus, some of his Fashionable Ladies will be joining us on the Saturday for a lively panel discussion at 1:00pm. Don’t miss out! Pre-order your style bibles at Chemers Gallery before November 19th.

Fiber artistry comes to life in Mary Hammond’s capable hands. Using fabric, ribbon and thread, Mary crafts scarves, table runners and wall hangings in every color of the rainbow. She creates a traditional look with contemporary flair. With so many vibrant hues to choose from, there’s sure to be something for every season. Mary is traveling from Santa Cruz to share her latest textile creations with YOU!

Lisa Mertins
Jennie Milner

mertins_milner

Birdhouses, cups and boxes, oh my! The lovely Lisa Mertins is joining our Holiday Artisan Faire and bringing her array of porcelain clay creations. Her signature soft glazes, embossed textures and interesting forms are playful additions to any home or office. Lisa’s sophisticated sense of humor comes to life in her sculptural creations that utilize porcelain, concrete, rebar and wire.

Jennie Milner and her artistry are simply charming! Discover her jewelry made from silver, colorful resin, paint and fabric at our Faire! Jennie’s necklaces, earrings and pins with cheerful houses, birds, trees, coffee cups and flowers feel fun and festive to make any day joyful. New small-scale wall sculptures are little treasures for your abode. Set on a shelf or hang in a grouping for more impact.

 

Sola Foods
Suzanne Currie

currie_sola

Joining our Holiday Artisan Faire for a third time on December 3rd ONLY is Sola Foods and their delicious jam, chutney, pesto and more! “Jam-packed” with fresh fruits and full of flavors that are sure to be the perfect complement to your holiday and everyday table, you won’t want to miss seeing Julia to stock up on her flavorful fare!

Colorful shapes and patterns abound in Suzanne Currie‘s vibrant mixed media artwork. Set under resin for a glossy finish, every collage speaks with personality and character! Psst! We also hear that Suzanne is working on a multitude of collage, resin and fabric jewelry pieces to share with you during the Faire.

 

 

 

Bill Bahret
Susan Horton

bahret_horton

With us for the first time is local wood turner, Bill Bahret! A member of the Orange County Woodcarvers Association, Bill’s lifelong passion has been discovering ways to make a thing of beauty with his lathe. His bowls and vases shine with personality. Bill doesn’t shy away from imperfections in the wood grain; instead he greets each potential flaw as a chance to create an item of sheer allure. He patiently works to bring every piece of wood to life, whether it’s maple burl (his favorite!), redwood, plum or myrtle.

Award-winning weaver Susan Horton creates striking scarves, shawls and handbags out of luscious fibers. Woven from silk, cotton, tencel, linen and wool, Susan’s multi-hued textiles shimmer with life and undulate with pattern. Her unique scarves subtly change color from one side to the other. Choose one or more for friends and family, maybe even yourself!

 

Elizabeth Nadler
Bistro Blends

nadler_bistro

Hooray! Elizabeth Nadler is visiting us once again for our Holiday Artisan Faire! This ever-popular jewelry artisan will be wowing us with her affordable range of necklaces, earrings and bracelets. With styles ranging from Victorian to boho and featuring sparking crystals, pearls and gems, you’re sure to find just the right trinket for everyone on your list.

Bring festive flavors to your holiday table with Bistro Blends! The finest ingredients are used in every bottle of balsamic vinegar and infused olive oil blends from around the world. Choose one or many for your hostess gifts and for yourself to keep all year round. Bistro Blends is the perfect complement to your salads, pastas and breads. Your taste buds will pop once you sample their wares at our Faire!

 

 

MicheleneBerkey
James Keniston

keniston_berkey-2

You’re sure to love Michelene Berkey’s “twiggy” jewelry creations! Taking inspiration from the nature that surrounds her home in Colorado, Michelene’s gold, silver, pearl and gemstone adornments twinkle like the stars & sparkle like the sun. Using twigs and tree bark cast in sterling and gold, her brooches, bracelets, earrings and pendants are organically exquisite.  Come find your new favorite treasure December 3rd and 4th!

You will be in awe of James Keniston’s architectural notecards and original drawings! How does he draw so small and precisely?! This British transplant works on a small scale for a big impact. Inspired by the unique homes of San Francisco and the buildings of his native London, England, James creates his intricate illustrations with pen & ink, adding bright hues with a mix of watercolor and colored pencil. Buy cards one-by-one or as a boxed set to spread some cheer for the holidays or throughout the year. James will also have a selection of his original drawings for the Anglophiles and Golden Gaters amongst you!

Monique Selwitz
Lori Lawson

lawson_selwitz

Wearing one of Lori Lawson’s fiber creations is like sitting by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa! Or, if you prefer, a hot toddy! Her lush fiber creations are stylish yet cozy. Lori’s hand-knit, woven and felted scarves, hats and shawls are warm and inviting, just like Lori herself. Soft fibers of merino and polwarth wool, llama and angora lend an elegant touch to Lori’s beautiful handicrafts.

Local artist Monique Selwitz uses shimmering silver, glistening gold, gleaming gemstones and more to achieve her one-of-a-kind jewelry creations. Her inventive spirit shines like the materials she favors. From organic forms to more structural shapes, her rings, necklaces, cuffs and earrings are sure to be a hit at the holidays and all days!

 

 

Tell us you’re coming SATURDAY, DEC. 3 & reply to our Facebook event HERE.
Tell us you’re coming SUNDAY, DEC 4 & reply to our Facebook event HERE.

It’s that time of year again!

Clear your calendar for the first weekend in December because our biggest event of the year is upon us…

You’ve asked for more days and more hours and we’ve heard you! Now with 2 days to splurge and shop to your heart’s content, there’s even MORE to love!

Join Chemers Gallery and 21 different artists, artisans and gourmands for our 3rd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Keep checking back for more details, sneak peeks and artist spotlights as we get ready for this can’t-miss-event.

NEW this year is the addition of the ever popular Robert Held art glass, joining us all the way from British Columbia to share his latest glass hearts, ornaments, vases and more with you! He doesn’t do traveling shows any longer, but is making a special exception for us!

We’re also excited to welcome Ari Seth Cohen, writer of the independent documentary film Advanced Style and author of the books Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older & Wiser! Not only will Ari be signing books, he and his “fashionable ladies” will hold a panel discussion on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Anything you ever wanted to know about embracing personal style at any age will be revealed during this lively afternoon.

To preview our participating artists so far, click their names below. However, they will all be bringing new and exciting creations to delight and enchant you on December 3rd and 4th!

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey  .  Joanna Craft*  .  Jennie Milner
Elizabeth Nadler  .  Monique Selwitz  .  Merry Wennerberg  .  Yed Omi

Wearable Fiber
Mary Hammond  .  Susan Horton  .  Lori Lawson  .  Beth Marx

Ceramics, Glass & Wood
Maria Counts* – ceramics  .  Lisa Mertins – ceramics
Robert Held – glass (all the way from British Columbia!)                                                                  Bill Bahret – wood

Mixed Media, Original Drawings & Notecards
Suzanne Currie – mixed media
James Keniston – original drawings & notecards

Advanced Style

Advanced Style – Special Book Signing & “Meet the Ladies” Panel Discussion
Ari Seth Cohen
writer of the independent film, Advanced Style and author of the books Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older & Wiser
Pre-orders limited to 75 books
with more available to purchase the day of the event

Panel Discussion Saturday 1:00pm

 

 

luisa-1

Epicurean Treats
Bistro Blends – balsamic vinegar & olive oil
Luisa Chocolatiere – handcrafted chocolates
Sola Foods* – jams, dips & spreads

More TBA!

*Joining us Saturday ONLY

Tell us you’re coming SATURDAY, DEC. 3 & reply to our Facebook event HERE.
Tell us you’re coming SUNDAY, DEC. 4 & reply to our Facebook event HERE.

Q: What Could be Better than a 1-day Jewelry Trunk Show?

A: 2 days of jewelry, fiber art and libations!

If you just can’t wait for our biiiig Holiday Artisan Faire in December, you can wet your whistle with us and 7 talented artisans! Mark your calendars now…

Friday, August 19 3pm – 8pm
Enjoy live Classic Rock music from The Other band from 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, August 20 11am – 3pm

Here’s a teaser to introduce you to the artists joining us. But, remember, they will all be bringing their huge collections to share with you.

Michelene Berkey

Michelene Berkey silver gemstone jewelry

Twiggy trinkets, polished pearls and gemstones galore make up Michelene’s selection of silver jewelry. At once refined and playful, her creative spirit shines through in every piece. Twigs and bark from bristlecone pine trees are cast in sterling silver to form pendants, rings, earrings and more. Gems and pearls are strung on wires or set in gold or silver to add a special little some’n some’n to your baubles. Of late, she is using more & more solid gold in her upscale design work. Michelene’s creativity knows no bounds!

 

Joanna Craft

Joanna Craft contemporary silver stone jewelry

If you’re searching for mixed metals, unique raw gemstones and enameling to compliment your look, try Joanna’s stylish range of trimmings! This local artist makes jewelry with a modern flair that carries a slightly Asian influence. Many of her statement pieces are one-of-a-kind and feature stunning stones or glistening glass. Joanna hand-hammers her metals to create texture and movement. Whether it’s a pair of petite every day earrings or a brightly enameled necklace, Joanna is always pushing the envelope to make new & unique designs for you.

 

Susan Horton

Susan Horton woven scarf woven textile

Joining us on Saturday only, Susan’s hand-woven scarves and handbags are a delight to the senses! Full of intricate pattern and colors that shift and change before your eyes, every design is spectacular. Susan has won awards for her unique woven skills and it’s not difficult to see why! Scarves made from silk, cotton, chenille and wool are not only pleasing to look at, they’re also soft to the touch and snugly to wear.

 

Barbara Lanci

Barbara Lanci fine silver gemstone jewelry

Fine silver, gold and semi-precious gemstones feature in Barbara’s exquisite cuff bracelets, necklaces and earrings. This talented designer has learned her craft from master metalsmiths and jewelers the world over. Constantly pushing herself to try something new, Barbara takes inspiration from cultures of the past, such as Byzantine woven wire chains or Etruscan granulation and fusing techniques in her intricate surface decoration. In recent creations, Barbara plays with lightness and darkness, leaving bright silver in some areas while oxidizing others into shadow. We can’t wait to see what she has envisioned for our show!

 

Elizabeth Nadler

Elizabeth Nadler Spirited Muse boho jewelry

Add some boho bling to your wardrobe with Betty’s gold-fill, silver, crystal, quartz and stone creations! Her range of necklaces, earrings and bracelets are perfect to layer together or wear alone to create a look that is as complex or as understated as you desire. Charms shaped like birds, hearts, feathers, hamsas, crosses, etc. pair with colorful crystals, glass beads and natural stones like garnet and agate for a look that is oh-so-stylish. Betty’s baubles span the spectrum of style, and with prices mostly between $25 – $75 you can’t go wrong!

 

 

Laurette O’Neil

Laurette O'Neil contemporary silver jewelry

Joining us for the first time (yay!) all the way from Nevada, Laurette’s jewelry creations are modern architectural bliss. Favored materials include sterling silver, pearls, wood, stone, lava & coral. Laurette even makes all of her tiny sterling tube beads herself, putting the “hand” into “handmade!”  Modern and edgy, Laurette’s jewelry creates a statement that complements every day wear and tops off  your special occasion ensemble.

 

Carolyn Van Hosen

Carolyn Van Hosen vintage jewelry

If vintage treasures and all that sparkles makes you tingle, you’ll love Carolyn’s necklaces! Using components that span the decades, Carolyn deftly creates one-of-a-kind adornments that are as unique as you are. French shoe buckles from the 1920’s find homes alongside brooches from the 1950’s and chain from the 1970’s. Glass beads, Mother-of-Pearl and agate slices are repurposed into show-stopping ornamentation. Carolyn will even custom create heirloom jewelry made from your personal family treasures. So bring them to our trunk show to discuss the endless possibilities with Carolyn.

 

Now is a great time to find your next treasure or – dare we even say it?! – get a jump on your holiday shopping!
So grab your friends and make a day or two of it!

Pete Roberts: the Man, the Myth, the Legend

Pete Roberts watercolor painting, local art

Tall Trees, Dana Point

Let us re-introduce you to local watercolor artist, Pete Roberts! You may remember his vibrant watercolor compositions from our annual springtime juried exhibitions, or you may have met him during summer artist demonstrations. With an easy smile, generous nature and willingness to stretch his horizons, Pete is a treasured artist! We couldn’t wait to share his latest earthly creations with you and dish a little dirt on the side!

Pete has been exploring the world of watercolor for nearly 20 years. What began as a self-taught endeavor has blossomed into a full-blown love affair with the medium. In addition to painting to improve his technique, Pete also enrolls in watercolor workshops in southern California and abroad in Italy. Studying under talents like Eric Weingardt, Mel Stabin, Judy Schroeder and Gerald Brommer has added another level of sophistication and control to his already wonderful work. Favored subjects in his latest offerings include our local San Juan Capistrano mission, street scenes and buildings of downtown Orange  and the marinas of Dana Point and Cape May, New Jersey. You may even find a scene or two from “aloha” Maui in the mix!

Pete Roberts watercolor painting, Crystal Cove, local art

Veranda Afternoon, Crystal Cove

Insurance salesman by day, painter and ballroom dancer by night, Pete is no stranger to the many hats an artistic soul wears. Stop by the gallery one afternoon and you may find Pete getting some work done in our back office or showing us his latest tango moves with gallery owner, Karen, as his dance partner! Pushing his artwork forward more and more over the years, Pete is a member of the National Watercolor Society and continues to be juried into art exhibits far and wide.

Legend has it that young Pete’s childhood was spent in, shall we say, somewhat “mischievous” ways. Boys will be boys and consequently the youngster spent some time in his room. Out of boredom, a burgeoning interest in art was formed. Sometimes it pays to be a little errant!

 

Pete Roberts watercolor artist

Pete Roberts

Come and meet Pete and 12 other artists Friday, July 22nd during our annual summer artist demonstrations! Join us from 5-8pm and watch these creative individuals strut their stuff in front of their easels and tables. And, enjoy live oldies music performed by Then Again Band while you stroll Enderle Center. For more information, visit our Events Page.

Upcoming Exhibition – The heART of Orange County All Media 2016 Juried Show!

The heART of Orange County All Media 2016
Artist Reception & Awards Ceremony
PLUS Broadway in the Park Reveal! 

April 23, 2016     5:30 – 8pm
Show continues through May 7th
Juror: Julie Lee, Bowers Museum
Vice President of Collections and Exhibitions

Congratulations to the 28 artists selected for The heART of Orange County All Media 2016 show at Chemers Gallery! Our 9th annual juried exhibition in partnership with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) was juried by Julie Lee, vice president of collections and exhibitions at Bowers Museum. Works showcase the rich variety of arts in our beautiful Orange County. This unique show depicts visions of dance, music, culinary and visual arts through a variety of media.

On April 23rd 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 23rd for this much anticipated announcement!

The heART of Orange County All Media 2016

 

Participating Artists
Gary Blackwell . Al Carlson . Dana Cooper
Marci Cortese . Toni Danchik . Dori Dewberry
Deborah Harold  . Lore Hold . Elaine Hughes
Wendy Johnson . Prerana Kulkarni
Marsha Lindsey . Carol Miura . Susan K Monte
Ian Montelongo . Paige Oden
Max Ollendorff . Shannon Richardson
Pete Roberts . Kathleen Robison
Sharyn Sakimoto . Janine Salzman
Veronica Schmitt . Linda Schulthess
Karl Tani . Kim VanDerHoek
Kathleen Williams . Jim Wodark

 

Sparkle and Shine with us December 5th!

 

Save the date for our biggest event of the year! Chemers Gallery’s 2nd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire!
With 16 artists, artisans and gourmands confirmed and counting, this is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss!

Cathy Michelene

Cathy Markowitz showing jewelry by Michelene Berkey

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey  |  Claudia Berman  |  Joanna Craft
Madstone  |  JC Milner  |  Elizabeth Nadler  |  Monique Selwitz

Wearable Fiber & Leather
Mary Hammond  |  Susan Horton  |  Lori Lawson | ICON Handbags

Ceramics & Glass
Lisa Mertins  |  David Van Noppen

Lisa Mertins displays her charming ceramics

Lisa Mertins displays her charming ceramics

Mixed Media
Suzanne Currie

Epicurean Treats
Luisa Chocolatiere – handcrafted chocolates
Spice Merchants – olive oils, balsamic vinegar & sea salt
Tatratea – tea liqueuer

Watch this space for updates including artist profiles, sneak peeks, new artisans and more!

Call to Artists: The heART of Orange County All Media 2016

Chemers Gallery and TACFA
Call to Artists
The heART of Orange County All Media 2016
April 23 – May 7, 2016
Juried Exhibition
Juror: Julie Lee, Bowers Museum

Deadline for entry is March 5, 2016
Click HERE to enter!

Calling All Artists
It’s that time of year again…that’s right, our next juried exhibition is right around the corner! It’s not a plein air landscape show any longer! You may remember past shows that depicted the beautiful landscape of Orange County, but we’re switching it up this year! Instead of landscapes, we’re making it all about the art!

CDS120

The Yellow Scarf, oil on board by Dana Cooper

Please join Chemers Gallery and the Tustin Area Council for Fine Art (TACFA) for our 9th annual all-media juried exhibition. This is no longer a landscape/plein air show. We are seeking submissions that depict the vast variety of arts to be found in our wonderful Orange County. This could be an arts venue or people in the arts. Your entries might be (but certainly not limited to) musicians at work, actors in a play, a performing arts building, a dancer practicing in a studio, on-lookers in a museum, an artist’s studio (perhaps your own!). Amateur artists are welcome to enter. All artwork will be judged equally regardless of professional status.

Night at Vibratto's, acrylic on paper by Joyce Lieberman

Night at Vibratto’s, acrylic on paper by Joyce Lieberman

All media will be considered for acceptance. We want your oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, photographs, etchings, monoprints, beadwork, glass, encaustic, sewing…everything! The more creative and innovative the better – you just might win one of the cash prizes!

Entries will all be pre-juried online at OnlineJuriedShows.com. For a full prospectus and links to enter, click HERE.

We are honored to announce that Julie Lee, Vice President of Collections and Exhibition Development at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, will be this year’s juror.

Laguna Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse

 

Your Inspiration Starts Here!
Spend a weekend driving around Orange County’s numerous arts venues and let your imagination run wild! Head down to Corona del Mar for an afternoon wandering the gorgeous grounds of the Sherman Library & Gardens before making your way to Laguna Beach to view a performance at the Laguna Playhouse. Don’t forget to try Chance Theater in Anaheim or South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa if you’re inspired by taking in theatrics.

Segerstrom Center

Segerstrom Center

If it’s architecture that floats your boat, marvel at the geometric facade and sinuous interior of Segerstrom Center. This is also the perfect opportunity to listen to the Pacific Chorale or Pacific Symphony Orchestra and let the music stir your mind and soul. Stroll over to Noguchi Garden and view the public sculpture under its dramatic nighttime lighting.

SONY DSC

Tangata Restaurant

We couldn’t leave the culinary arts out of the mix! Combine a trip to Bowers Museum in Santa Ana with a nosh in their award-winning restaurant, Tangata. Their beautiful presentation of edibles are sure to get your creative juices flowing. If you time it just right, you may just get to experience an amazing performance in the picturesque courtyard of Bowers. Or, simply sit close to the fountains for a calming, artful meditation.

santa-ana-2

Downtown Santa Ana

Stay around the arts district of Santa Ana during their “First Saturdays” art walk. Gallery-goers, arts enthusiasts and street performers will delight your eyes with the dozens of people-watching opportunities!

There is so much to choose from, and the sky is the limit! So put your thinking caps on…the deadline for entry is March 5th, 2016 and it will be here before you know it. For more information and entry form, please click this link. Good luck!

23rd Children’s Book Signing & Illustration Show

Have we got news for you!

We know how much you missed our annual December children’s book illustration show – we missed it too! We’ve been dreaming and scheming and by jove, we think we’ve got it!

Children’s Book Signing and Illustration Show

Saturday, April 4th 2015
(see below for times)
Show continues through April 18th
Benefiting The Wooden Floor

Meet award-winning illustrators, Raul Colon and Rafael Lopez, listen to their talks, and purchase original illustrations and signed books during this fun-filled afternoon of illustration goodness. But before you plan on this being the same affair as our December events have been, let us tell you…we’ve shaken things up.

Don’t worry – whimsical, fun-filled and outstanding original illustration will still feature prominently on our walls for purchase before, during and after the main event. (Phew!)

Books are available for pre-sale NOW through March 21st, however, titles and quantities are limited. The first 100 pre-sold books per illustrator will be pre-signed and dedicated. Pre-sold books thereafter will not be pre-signed, but you can pick them up at the event and take them to the illustrators for signing and dedication. We will have limited titles and quantities available to purchase the day of the show, so to ensure you get your first choice, come in to pre-order today!

Just a reminder… the artist signing is only for books purchased at Chemers Gallery.

CLICK HERE for this year’s BOOK LIST!

We know how much you’ve always enjoyed the illustrator talks and demos! Now it’s easier to get up close and personal with the illustrators! We’ve moved our ever-popular artist talks and demonstrations indoors and limited seating for a more intimate, one-on-one experience with Raul and Rafael. Our limited seating of 75 seats is available by reservation only. Call or come in to Chemers Gallery with your donation of $10 per person, to The Wooden Floor, to reserve your seats by Monday, March 30th.

Schedule of Events
1:00 pm   Doors open for reserved seats
1:30 pm   Talks begin promptly
                Rafael Lopez: “Transcending Text”
                Raul Colon: “The Art of Daydreaming”
2:30 – 5 pm  Doors open to general public

 

Back to wow us for a 4th time with his velvety textures and smooth lines, Raul Colon again brings a wonderful array of Latin American inspired illustrations. Using washes of watercolor, colored pencil and sharp instruments to scratch into paper, Raul’s unique style perfectly captures the moment.

His most recent book, Draw!, is close to Raul’s heart. This delightful book without words is inspired by his own childhood spend indoors suffering from chronic asthma. Journey through his rich imagination to the wilds of Africa where pachyderm pals, gallivanting giraffes and mischievous monkeys leap off the page.

Although the original illustrations from this book will not be available for purchase, we will have limited edition prints as well as originals from Raul’s other books, coming soon!

Rafael Lopez is joining us again! His vivid works are infused with the magical symbolism he experienced growing up in Mexico City. His bold acrylic paintings on wood are textural and rich, appearing collage-like in their effect. Rafael’s stylistic approach is reminiscent of Diego Rivera. Rafael’s many recognitions include Pura Belpre and Americas Awards.

With a release date of March 24th, you know what that means…Get your 1st Editions here! Drum Dream Girl is full of dream-like imagery that makes you want to melt into the book. Based on the true story of a Chinese-African-Cuban girl in the 1930’s who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers, Rafael’s illustrations are interspersed with emotion and whimsy.

A Percentage of Art Sales to Benefit…

Located in Santa Ana, The Wooden Floor is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower low-income youth with strong self-esteem, self-discipline and a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic and family programs. Since 2005, 100% of their students have graduated from high school on time and have gone on to pursue higher education.

Remember…

  • Pre-sales of books are limited & will continue until March 21st
  • Seating for illustrator talks & demos is by reservation only & will be inside Chemers Gallery
  • Please reserve by March 30th

See you soon!