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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!
With a colorful cast of characters and a vivid palette, Shannon Richardson channels her life’s experiences and intertwines layers of fantasy, turning experience into private fairy tales. This talented local artist explores the balance of memory and reality in her winsome paintings. Details are often fuzzy, and figures seem to move and blur as you watch them.
Based on memories that often take on mythical qualities, Shannon’s distinctive oils are both joyful and unsettling. She creates an arresting dissonance with her subject matter. What appears peaceful and serene at first glance can take on a separate personality at second or third look, much like memory itself. Ultimately, every composition is a visual story that reveals life’s beauty and rich complexity.
Narratives accompany each canvas to aid in the storytelling process. At once dreamlike, thoughtful and sometimes humorous, Shannon’s creativity knows no bounds! Consider her poem to accompany One Little Bird Would Not Be Missed (pictured left):
There was a flock,
A count of three,
I took one bird
and began to flee.
I left two
and more to come,
I took one bird
but left you some.
You won’t see
how could you?
There was three
now there is two.
But I know
you now watch me
for I might take
or I might flee.
Shannon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Pacific Northwest College of Arts. She also participated in a year-long painting intensive study program in Rome, Italy during her tenure in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, she has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions and is collected throughout the United States, Italy and Germany.
Click this link to see more of Shannon’s work on our website!
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!