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New Art, New Year

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more of their work!

New ART

Grace Chang

Hand-built carved clay

Nancy Goldman 

Encaustic Paintings

Kristina Swarner

Mixed Media Illustration

Marie Tippets

Pastel Still-life

New CRAFT

Bill Bahret

Turned Wood

Tom Borusky

Turned Wood

Deanna Deeds

Handwoven Scarves

Mary Hammond

Handmade Ribbon and Fabric Scarves

Lisa Mertins

Porcelain Birdhouses, Sculpture & Vases

Jaime Weber

Ceramic Vases, Bowls, Coffee Mugs & more

New JEWELRY

Michelene Berkey

Silver, Gold & Gemstone Designs

Karen Boelts

Designed with a Purpose

Joanna Craft

Mixed Metal, Gemstone & Enamel Designs

Elizabeth Nadler

Boho & Romantic Designs

Monique Selwitz

Organic Mixed Metal & Gemstones

Janet Seward

Creations from Around the Globe

Merry Wennerberg

Bakelite, Resin & Antique Button Beauties

Ayala Bar
New season is just around the corner. If you can’t wait to see them in person… we have the catalog at the gallery to tempt you!

Meet the Artisans of our 5th annual Holiday Artisan Faire!

Watch this space for developing details, new artisans, sneak peeks and artist spotlights!

Meet the 21 talented artisans joining our 2 day Holiday Artisan Faire
Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss our 5th annual event on December 1st and 2nd
It will be here before you know it!

Megan Jones

Sparkle up your hair and your holidays with HAIR TINSEL! Megan and Nancy Jones are joining us all weekend to make your hairdo glitter. Choose from a rainbow of colors to compliment your sparkling personality! Get your sparkle on all weekend long, but if you want to see Megan herself, she’ll be here Saturday, 3-5p and Sunday, 1-4p after her school sports and volunteer duties!

THIS WEEKEND is the big event! Indulge with 21 wonderfully talented artists at our 5th annual Holiday Artisan Faire! The fun starts Saturday, 11a-5p and continues through Sunday, 11a-4p. See you there!

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Luisa Chocolatiere and Elizabeth Nadler

Decadent chocolate makes every occasion filled with richness! Visit Luisa of Luisa Chocolatiere at our faire and stock up on your favorite confections. Truffles, dipped almond, dark, milk, white; sugar-free and kosher too, Christmas & Hanukkah collections are always top of the list for gift giving treats. Luisa has it all. Made from the finest ingredients, Luisa’s chocolate is what sweet dreams are made of. 

Embrace your “boho” side with Betty Nadler! Crystals, leather and gemstones are key ingredients in her imaginative jewelry designs. Pendants, earrings and bracelets make a statement when worn alone or mixed together. Be sure to visit Betty to stock up on all your stocking stuffers! Time after time Betty’s designs are top sellers at our faire, both for their modest pricing & wearability.

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Michelene Berkey and Beth Marx

Sterling silver and gold with a smattering of gemstones make Michelene Berkey’s jewelry a hit in any season! Her nature-inspired designs incorporate motifs of bees, dragonflies, leaves and more. Michelene’s signature “twiggy” style can be found in her collection of earrings, pendants, rings and bangles. Hailing from Colorado, Michelene is joining our Faire for the 5th year in a row! 

Wonderfully soft nuno felted scarves, vests and garments for your delight! Beth Marx is in the house! Her limited collection of convertible, reversible, one-of-a-kind attire is completely art inspired. Beth lets her creativity flow by incorporating eco-dye, sumi ink and shibori techniques in her statement designs that will bring out your wild side!

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Drake Family Farms and Bare Naked Botanicals

Complete your holiday table with artisan farmstead goat cheese! Mike of Drake Family Farms is joining our Faire for the first time with “udderly” delicious chevre and raw goat milk cheese. Choose from flavors like Apricot & Honey or Herbs de Provence for a tasty treat. All cheeses are produced by hand in small batches with the finest goat’s milk from the happiest goats. 

Skincare that is pure yum! Kimberly of Bare Naked Botanicals is back for a second year with her lotions and potions that provide a veritable buffet of goodness for your skin! Creams, cleansers and serums with tempting names like Coconut Cream and Cherry Frangipane Tart provide ultimate moisture and nourishment for your cheeks, elbows, hands etc. Choose faves for yourself and to give away. One for you, one for me!  

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Karen Boelts and Raw Baby

Give the gift of positivity with jewelry from Karen Boelts! Joining us from Colorado for a second time, Karen’s designs are made from sterling silver and colorful gemstones. Many are inscribed with uplifting messages that make your heart soar. Plus, Karen donates a portion of sales to organizations that support equal rights for all. 

Taste the delectable flavors of Raw Baby Desserts! Arlena is joining our Faire for the first time with her mouthwatering vegan raw chocolate. Choose from distinctive flavors like Raspberry Almond and Peanut Butter Crisp. Best of all, every Raw Baby product is dairy, soy and gluten free so you can have all the enjoyment with none of the guilt. Try one or try them all! 

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Monique Selwitz and Tom Borusky

Sterling silver and gemstones mesmerize in Monique Selwitz’s organic, free form jewelry designs. Whether abstracted metal or cast directly from nature, you’ll flip for Monique’s unique aesthetic. Cuff bracelets, pendants, earrings and rings are all bursting with character and charm. 

Enjoy the warm glow of turned wood from Tom Borusky! Beautiful rounded keepsake boxes are made from domestic and exotic hardwoods and are accented with resin, minerals and metal. With turned wood pens, ice cream scoops, corkscrews and more, there’s plenty to choose from to satisfy everyone’s cravings!

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Harris Family Apiaries and Lisa Mertins

Cary of Harris Family Apiaries has been buzzing in a frenzy of production harvesting the best of his beehives to bring you the finest flavors of local honey! Mouthwatering selections from sage blossoms, fruit trees and wildflowers impart their essence for distinctive sweetness in every bite. Buy a jar for your pantry and give a jar to your friends to make the deliciousness last year-long!

With soft glazes and pressed pattern on porcelain, Lisa Mertins’ ceramic cups, birdhouses and sculptures are delightfully charming. Clay pairs with copper wire, twigs, cement and rebar for a quirky yet sophisticated aesthetic. As a woman of many talents, Lisa also turns her capable hands to illustration and fine art. Discover her all new and wonderfully captivating watercolor illustrations at our December show! 

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Joanna Craft and Bill Bahret

Meet Joanna Craft and her entrancing mixed metal and enamel jewelry! Raw gemstones are sprinkled like stardust among her creations of silver, copper and brass. Joanna’s contemporary aesthetic combines with a slight Asian flair to ensure her designs are as unique and stylish as everyone on your list! 

Bill Bahret’s wooden bowls are elegantly artistic at every turn. With a touch of Bill’s lathe…maple burl, olive, myrtle and walnut become sleek and smooth vessels that are full of character. Deck your halls with his uniquely tactile vessels – you may even catch a glimmer of copper inlay here and there! Need a last minute gift? Don’t miss his range of turned wood pens! 

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Mary Hammond and Janet Seward

Put some oomph in your ensembles with Mary Hammond‘s colorful and versatile fiber scarves and shawls! Fanciful florals, geometric garlands and fun surprises abound in her amazing creations. With fabric, yarn, ribbon and thread, Mary’s got all the trimmings to complete any outfit. A hint from our elves… use Mary’s fiber as a way to dress up your tables! 

Journey to distant lands with Janet Seward’s diverse jewelry! This intrepid world traveler collects trade beads, medallions, amulets, ancient coins and charms on her exotic forays and crafts stunning, one-of-a-kind creations fit for all the globetrotters on your list. 

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Spice Merchants and Merry Wennerberg

Spice up your festivities with Spice Merchants! Paul is back with his mouthwatering array of gourmet salts, exotic spices, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and tea blends to turn your holiday into holi-YAY! Pep up your plates or give as hostess gifts.

Vintage buttons, buckles, Bakelite and resin combine in Merry Wennerberg’s creative hands to form marvelous masterpieces! Earrings, brooches and necklaces dazzle with the splendor of yesteryear. Complete your holiday look with Merry’s one-of-a-kind winsome baubles. Can’t choose just one? The more the “merrier!” 

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Suzanne Currie and Deanna Deeds

Bright color meets high gloss shine in Suzanne Currie’s playful jewelry, keychains and home goods! You’ll adore her hip collection of lightweight earrings and pendants that take inspiration from her oh-so-contemporary mixed media wall art. Perfect for gift-giving, Suzanne will be bringing a “sleigh-full” of goodies to put a twinkle in your eye. 

“Fa-la-la-la-la” in love with the talent of Deanna Deeds! Her intricately woven scarves, shawls, table runners and coasters are made from cotton, wool, linen, silk and more. Ancient techniques of hand-manipulation and complex loom-controlled structure showcase Deanna’s keen eye for color and deft skills to ensure unique designs at every turn.

Click HERE to let us know you’re joining us December 1st and 2nd!

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!

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!

Mastering Mindfulness with John Maxon

Contemplate all that is zen with John Maxon‘s  EIGHT wonderful new canvases! This talented northern California artist recently graced us with his presence and these long-awaited presents. Mid-sized to large-scale, John’s latest artworks put the “POW” in “peacefully POWerful!”

From a young age, John’s artistic talent was encouraged and nurtured through classes and independent study. In graduate school at UC Davis, he learned firsthand the amount of dedication and vision it would take to pursue a life of art from instructors Roy DeForest, William T. Wiley and Wayne Thiebaud. Their stellar influence, coupled with the art movement of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1960s and early 1970s set John on his path to becoming a full-time artist.

Vibrant in color and composition, John’s work is reminiscent of the landscape as seen from above. Vineyards, waterways and avian life also feature in his richly-hued paintings. A sense of space and harmony is translated through his masterful brushstrokes. Time spent in New Mexico inspired new visions and palettes, reflective of the region’s dramatic light and form. Back in California, John paints and meditates (for hours) daily, infusing his canvases with his free-flowing manner and practice of mindfulness.

We have represented John for more than 20 years and feel fortunate to share his work with you. View all of John’s evocative artwork online by clicking this link, or see them in person at Chemers Gallery!

 

Putting the ART in the heART of Orange County!

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

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!

New Art at Chemers Gallery – August 2016

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more work!

New ART

Dana Cooper
Dana Cooper oil painting
Suzanne Currie
Suzanne Currie mixed media contemporary art
Kim VanDerHoek
Kim VanDerHoek contemporary oil painting
Jim Wodark
Jim Wodark oil painting traditional landscape

New CRAFT

Robert Held
Robert Held blown glass hearts
Houston Llew
Houston Llew Spiritiles

Chemers Gallery New Art – March 2017

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more work!

New ART

Jennie Milner
Robin Preiss Glasser

New CRAFT

Michael Evans

New JEWELRY

Michelene Berkey
Harlow
Kozakh
Laurette O’Neil

Chemers Gallery New Art – April / May 2017

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more work!

New ART

Nancy Goldman
Lawrence McAdams
Jim Wodark

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar
Harlow
Zuzana Korbelarova

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Mary Hammond
Lilia Venier