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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!

The Magical Mythical World of Maria Counts

Maria Counts ceramicsEnter the world of Maria Counts, where imagination soars and creativity explodes! Maria’s delightfully charming yet sophisticated ceramic pieces are sure to brighten your day. Her work ranges from adorably winsome to subtly profound and everything in between.

Maria’s childhood was spent outdoors roaming her family’s garden farm with her siblings. Her artistic mind was shaped in the exploration of surrounding hills and observing the different forms and shapes made by the clouds above.

Maria Counts ceramics

After moving to California, Maria was introduced to the world of visual art through jewelry design, interior decorating and finally ceramics. She learned hand-building techniques and basic wheel throwing from Larry Wasserman and firing and glazing techniques from Erik Gronborg. With that, she’s added in a generous dose of creative spirit that is uniquely “Maria” to produce ceramic artwork that is simply out of this world!

Maria Counts ceramics

Talent, vision and a pinch of humor are all key elements in every finished piece. Maria crafts everything from trays, teapots and vases to clocks, wall sculpture and stand-alone totem poles with finesse.

In Maria’s world, angels and mermaids frolic while birds coo and call. Ladies wear crowns of flowers and foxes dash in top hats and bow ties.  It’s clear that this skilled artist has never lost her sense of childhood wonder and her playful ceramic art will ensure that you never lose yours!

Within all her playfulness lies a proficient, serious ceramicist who can envision and create anything she (or you) imagines!

We always have ceramics from Maria Counts on display at Chemers Gallery, so come in to get your fix! Or, preview on our website HERE.