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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
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!
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.
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 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.
Playing an instrument or performing onstage, challenge yourself to translate the audio to the visual!
Studio dance classes, ballerinas and folk dancers, tappers, waltzers and tango-ers – let the movement of Orange County jump and jive.
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
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
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.
When is the last time you stopped to marvel at the sky, its dramatic clouds piling ever higher while sunlight bathes everything in a golden haze? Oil painter Gerald Schwartz makes a habit of appreciating the sky and it’s many facets. It’s not unusual for him to pull his car off the side of the road to chase the last light of a lingering sunset or the illumination of the landscape just before a storm. Jerry takes inspiration from light and the resulting paintings almost glow themselves.
At the young age of 16, Jerry became the youngest artist to exhibit his work at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. He followed his passion to Art Center College of Design and when he left he became an assistant art director with a fashion trade magazine. He also pursued free-lance illustration and photography. But through it all, he never lost focus on his true love, the medium of oil paint. He decided to make the leap into the fine art world and the rest is history!
Jerry paints daily in his Arizona studio. His photo-realistic canvases range from miniature (only 6 x 6!) to quite grand and convey a variety of subjects. Skies feature heavily in his work, but he also paints landscapes, nighttime scenes and rainy day images. Whatever he chooses, his quality of light and exquisite level of detail are unfailingly Jerry. A yearly exhibitor at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach, Jerry pushes himself to present the familiar in a new and exciting way, as he’s done in his recent painting LA Drizzle.
See Gerald Schwartz‘s remarkable canvas in person at Chemers Gallery or on our website by following this link. And, the next time you see a particularly dazzling sky, stop for a moment to admire and think about how Jerry might immortalize the moment!
A huge, heARTful THANK YOU to everyone who came out on Saturday night in support of The heART of Orange County, our 9th annual juried community exhibition and TACFA‘s big Broadway in the Park production reveal! We had an amazing time at the opening reception and awards show and we couldn’t have done it without YOU!
Congratulations to ALL of our artists selected for the show and especially to our prize winners! Our juror, Julie Lee of Bowers Museum, approached her choices with thoughtfulness and consideration of the exhibition’s theme. Sharyn Cable of Enderle Center also took great care in choosing her top pick for the Enderle Center Award and Honorable Mention.
The show continues through May 7th, so come in to Chemers Gallery to see The heART of Orange County in person!
And now, presenting our prize-winners!
Enderle Center Honorable Mention
Dance Trials, The Wooden Floor
Enderle Center Award
Rhapsody in Blue
2am is for the Lonely
Young and Impressionable
Best of Show
Dance Trials, The Wooden Floor
To see all of the work from this unique exhibition, click HERE
Pictures from the opening reception coming soon!
Some know her by her Chinese artist name, “Red Elegance.” Still more know her by Diana Stetston. But whatever name you know her by, we’re sure you’ll agree that Diana’s artwork fits well with the Chemers Gallery “style”!
Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Diana’s stunning mixed media paintings and monotypes are elegant and sophisticated with a distinct Asian influence. Every artwork is richly layered in material, meaning and method. Diana’s bold line work found in her monotypes pairs exquisitely with the soft background colors and richly hued vintage papers and ephemera she incorporates through chine-colle. Select works even contain poems hand-lettered by Diana.
Diana’s monotypes feature her unique “chop” – a hand-carved stamp with her Chinese artist name, given to her by renowned calligrapher Jat See Yeu. Diana has proudly been using this name and chop since 1980 when she studied in Hong Kong.
Adding to her repertoire are Diana’s delightful mixed media on birch panel creations. Using layer upon layer of acrylic paint, she slowly builds her background through color and texture. Paint layers are sanded smooth on the panel or left to build structure for her final layer of collage and oil paint. Sometimes Diana will utilize stencils within her backgrounds to introduce an Arts & Crafts Frank Lloyd Wright feel. Her collage materials can be anything from vintage papers to cut up acrylic paint peels.
Come in to experience Diana’s Zen work for yourself! We promise it will calm your soul!