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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

 

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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.

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

Painting the Fallacy of Memory: Artist Spotlight on Shannon Richardson

Shannon Richardson contemporary figurative oil painting

The Flower Girl

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):

Shannon Richardson contemporary figurative oil painting

One Little Bird Would Not Be Missed – SOLD

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!

 

Do you have the symptoms? We have the “cure”!

Do you believe that art should not just be for your walls? Does color, in all its vibrant hues, stop you almost dead in your tracks? When you see an intricate textile or the smooth grain of sanded wood, do your hands ache to reach out and feel the texture? Do your eyes bulge at the sight of sparkly things? Do you want to wrap yourself in the creative spirit? If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you likely have The Bug – The Art Bug, that is. Chemers Gallery has just the treatment for your artful cravings – luscious textiles, sumptuous wooden purses & boxes and more than double the recommended dose of jewelry!

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Eco-Dyed Silk Scarf by Ayn Hanna

Ayn Hanna

Pairing the lushness of nature with the sophistication of silk, textile artist Ayn Hanna creates the most stunning bodily adornments! Her beautiful, one-of-a-kind scarves provide the antidote to  wardrobe mediocrity. Each elegant scarf is hand-dyed using natural plant roots and leaves, plant extracts and earth oxides. The colors are simply luscious!

Silk crepe de chine and silk charmeuse elegantly shimmer and drape over your shoulders. Maybe you would rather adorn your side table or armchair with Ayn’s unique creations. Either way, these stunning scarves are just what the doctor ordered.

 

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Sunflower Surprise textile by Mary Hammond

Mary Hammond

If your ailment includes a need for intricate threads, fibers and colors, Mary Hammond’s scarves and wall hangings are the remedy! Ever-popular scarves in bright floral designs bring the vibrancy of summer to any outfit, while softly subtle hues lend the right mix of sophistication and playfulness. Mary’s signature style translates into the most magnificent textile scenes that are just right for framing or placing on an empty table. In every case, they’ll take your blues away.

 

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Emilia Purse by Hammill and Diebolt

Hammill and Diebolt

Soothe your shopping spirits with wooden purses from Hammill and Diebolt! Thin wooden veneers in luxurious finishes curve elegantly to form the sinuous lines of every purse and clutch. Choose from Birdseye Maple, Bubinga and more. With a background in fine furniture and jewelry box making, Sharon Hammill Diebolt and Mark Titus Diebolt now create their spectacular purses and handbags in Rochester New York.

We sold half of our shipment as we were unpacking it, so hurry in so you don’t miss out!

 

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Oval Lidded Box by Raymond Bock

 

Raymond Bock

To prevent a relapse, you must see (and feel!) Raymond Bock’s striking clean-line architectural boxes. Constructed from hardwood, laminations and veneers, these exquisite boxes are varied in tone and texture and have a slightly Asian-inspired flair. Woods like Wenge, Curly Maple and Padauk feature in his timeless creations.

Raymond also has a background in furniture making. In another lifetime he had a career in photography.

 

Labradorite & London Blue Topaz necklace by Lina

Labradorite & London Blue Topaz necklace by Lina

 

Lina Zhang

Alleviate your aching for gemstones with Lina Zhang’s modern yet timeless earrings and necklaces! Lina carefully chooses precious and semi-precious stones to incorporate in her delicate wire-wrapped creations. Blue chalcedony glows, while tourmaline smolders against gold-filled wire and chain. London blue topaz complements artfully arranged labradorite. Lina takes the utmost care in composing her winsome jewelry.

Karen really went crazy for Lina’s jewelry when she discovered it at a show this spring. Wanting everything in the collection and a limited budget left Karen with a hole in her heart.

Laurette O’Neil

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Coral Whisk Earring by Laurette O’Neil

Let contemporary and clean-line jewelry by Laurette O’Neil be the balm to your modern style syndrome.  Sterling silver tubes and beads pair with unusual materials like wire, bone and coral to create a look that is to die-not for! Striking the perfect balance between classic and quirky, Laurette’s jewelry is refreshing in its originality.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 to meet Laurette and 6 other talented artistans at our mini jewelry trunk show!

As we all know, the Art Bug is a reoccurring condition for which there is no permanent cure. We, at Chemers Gallery, have a chronic Art Bug so we feel your pain! We are on a tireless search for the next remedy to share with you. In the meantime, visit us or our website frequently to stave off the fever!

New Art at Chemers Gallery, March

Click the artist’s name or image to see more samples of their work!

New ART

Kristina Swarner
Kristina Swarner original mixed media illustration
Emily Van Horn
Emily Van Horn acrylic on paper contemporary painting

New JEWELRY

Konplott
Konplott earrings
Martha Sullivan
Martha Sullivan contemporary silver jewelry
Tokyo Bay
Tokyo Bay watch

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramic sculpture
Richard Jones
Richard Jones Studio Paran contemporary glass
Houston Llew
Houston Llew Spiritile