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Spotlight on our 4th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire… Meet the Artists!

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

Meet the 19 talented artisans joining our 2 day Holiday Artisan Faire.
You won’t want to miss our 4th annual event, so make sure you’re free to come visit us December 2nd and 3rd!
It’s right around the corner!

Michelene Berkey
Luisa Chocolatiere

She’s back! Michelene Berkey comes to our Holiday Artisan Faire, from Colorado, ever year with her inventive “twiggy” creations. Ever changing and stretching her creative juices, Michelene works in gold and silver with gemstones, pearls and genuine diamonds. Large and small… Michelene does is all with artful class (even custom)!

Handcrafted chocolate goodness, combined with a confectioner that is “sweet” beyond words, makes for one delicious experience. Luisa Chocolatiere delivers the goods! Luisa uses top quality ingredients combined in small batches to create the freshest and smoothest chocolate available. With chocolate bars, truffles and special holiday goodies, her chocolate is great as stocking stuffers and hostess gifts… We won’t tell if you also sneak an indulgence for yourself!

Deanna Deeds
Mary Hammond

Award-winning Deanna Deeds weaves with a twist! Using ancient hand-manipulated techniques and complex loom-controlled structure, Deanna’s masterfully woven scarves are just the thing to keep you stylish! Deanna is new to our Faire this year and we are sure you’ll want to wrap yourself in Deanna’s talent. Her textile home goods made a unique gift for a friend or your own holiday table!

The ever wonderful Mary Hammond is back with her playful designs and fabulous creations. The complexity of her textiles will leave you asking “How did she do that?” Bright fiber and materials bring the vibrancy of summer while subtle hues add in a mix of sophistication. Discover abstracted flowers in brilliant colors and sometimes even a favorite snuggly animal friend. Don’t forget about her wall pieces!

Elizabeth Nadler
Harris Family Apiaries

Dressed up or down, layered or alone, Elizabeth Nadler with her romantic crystals and boho beads, like Santa, are back in town. Find something fabulous to wear for any occasion or everyday! Betty’s necklaces are made in a variety of styles, lengths and colors, while her earrings will top off the look. Don’t forget about her hamsa and cross bracelets in silver, gold, bronze and crystal, or her new, totally savvy, adjustable styles! With prices that are oh-so-affordable, gift the gift of style to everyone on your list!

Something sweet, sticky, healthful and delicious… what could that be? Must be local honey from Cary and Harris Family Apiaries! It all started 40 years ago when the Harris family began providing honey to farmers markets in southern California, including the Golden State’s very first certified farmer’s market! Made from a variety of fruit and herb blossoms, their honey has us all a-buzz. Visit Cary Harris to gift your honeybunch or even a lil’ somethin’ for your own holiday table.

Lisa Mertins
Bare Naked Botanicals

Lisa Mertins continues to captivate us! Visit her and marvel at her porcelain ceramic creations! Soft glazes, sophisticated designs and interesting forms make Lisa’s work extra special. Darling birdhouses, animated sculptures, boxes, cups and more… You’re sure to fall in L-O-V-E with L-I-S-A!

Handcrafted and totally luscious lotions in mouthwatering aromas? Yes, please! Kimberly of Bare Naked Botanicals creates “food for the skin.” Try her all-natural formulas featuring peach, lavender, citrus, rose and more. Everything is made in small batches with ingredients that contain the highest vitamin and antioxidant content, along with distillates from plants, teas, fruits or herbs. Your skin will thank you!

Jennie Milner
Sola Foods

The very adorable Jennie Milner and her artistry are simply charming! She fashions delightful necklaces, earrings and brooches from silver, resin, paint and fabric to add cheer to your spirits. Each whimsical house, bird, tree, coffee cup and flower she makes is full of joy. Her lively mini wall sculptures will bring a touch of whimsy to your walls.

Joining our Holiday Artisan Faire SATURDAY ONLY is Sola Foods and their delicious jams, salsas, spreads and more! “Jam-packed” with fresh fruits, flavors and spices, Sola Foods is the perfect gift for food lovers everywhere. Enjoy sweet or spicy spreads like Pucker Up Berry, Shanghai Express and so much more. You won’t want to miss all the yummies Sola Foods has to offer, so set your mouth a-waterin’!

 

 

Karen Boelts
James Keniston

Meet one of our newest jewelry designers, Karen Boelts of Little Bridget Jewelry. Her inventive, inspirational designs will tug at your heart strings! Using recycled sterling and gems of all colors, her pendants and bracelets carry messages of encouragement. Simply put… all of her jewelry is made with love. Passionate about social justice, Karen donates a portion of her sales each month to organizations that support equal rights. For Karen, #lovealwayswins.

James Keniston, London transplant and husband to our own Jennifer, will charm you with his detailed architectural and zoological drawings and notecards. The Brit is back for a second year! Although small in scale, his work is mighty in detail and precision. Using watercolor, colored pencil and ink, James renders famous places and edifaces that move him, including his native London. He’s even produced a card collection of his favorite animals and holiday cards to boot! Brilliant!

Beth Marx
Janet Seward

Beth Marx is back! Wrap yourself in nuno felted shawls and wearables made from soft wool and silk fibers. Color and design are highlighted by unexpected combinations of mirror, yarn, beads and Sumi ink. Wear Beth’s fashions sideways, backwards, inside out or layered together for a look that’s unforgettable! Confused as to how to wear them? No problem… Beth will put you together in a snap!

Travel the world with Janet Seward and her one-of-a-kind jewelry designs! Not only will you love her globally-inspired creations, you’ll adore hearing her stories and legends. Brass and silver from India, the Middle East and beyond combine with ancient medallions, African trade beads, bone and gems for a look that is exotic and distinctive, just like you!

 

 

Patricia Prescott Sueme

Just added! Welcome Patricia Prescott Sueme to our Holiday Artisan Faire and stable of artists! Working primarily in pastel, the level of detail and richness of tone in Patty’s small-scale artwork is simply incredible – you have to see it to believe it! She will be offering both original works and ready to hang archival prints at our Faire. Patty grew up surrounded by creativity and developed a love for the arts at an early age. She honed her artistic skills at Art Center College of Design, where she graduated with honors and embarked upon a career in graphic design. Then she inherited a vintage box of soft pastels from her grandmother and all bets were off! Daily devotion allows Patty to explore the medium and lend a freshness to its inherent old world charm. Moody seascapes, light-filled vistas, soothing still-life and holiday imagery all glow with life in Patty’s deft hands.

Spice Merchants
Monique Selwitz

Put a little pizzazz on your palate with Spice Merchants! Joining us for a second time from Laguna Beach, Paul’s gourmet salt blends, exotic spices and delectable olive oils and vinegars are sure to entice you! Use in your holiday meal prep or give as a hostess gift. And, with tantalizing tea blends, you can’t go wrong!

Monique, oh Monique, so creative and unique! We’re thrilled that Monique Selwitz will be joining us once again with her stunning one-of-a-kind jewelry! Sterling silver, raw brass and a smattering of stones, large and small, are the hallmarks of this creative jewelry designer. Come and be tempted!

 

 

 

Joanna Craft
Suzanne Currie

Mixed metal and enamel jewelry with a modern and slight Asian flair! Joanna “crafts” her designs using sterling silver, bronze, gold-fill, copper, brass and colorful enamel. Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, she transforms sheets of metal and wire strands into organic forms and geometric shapes. Raw gemstones and molten glass add that extra oomph of color! From large statement necklaces to small, everyday earrings, Joanna does it all!

Color and form dance under glossy resin in Suzanne Currie‘s mixed media wall art! Her modern and sophisticated creations reflect “the intricate simplicities of nature, the freely restrained movements of ballet and the unity of a multifaceted world-view.” Suzanne also brings her signature style to the handcrafted jewelry and accessories we hear she’s bringing in December!

 

Click HERE to let us know you’re joining us December 2nd and 3rd!

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

Exploring Cultural Heritage with Lorraine Bubar

Viewing one of Lorraine Bubar‘s intricate papercut compositions is an inherently intimate experience – each piece compels the audience to step closer and closer still until the art is merely inches away. Suddenly, Lorraine’s choice of color, pattern and texture explode into compelling beauty that confirms what was noted at first glance: this work is spectacular!

A native of Los Angeles, Lorraine received her BA from UCLA. She studied animation at Yale University, winning numerous awards as an independent short film animator. Her love of travel developed into a passion for papercutting once she saw how many of the world’s cultures employed the art form as a means of expression, from Eastern Europe to China and Mexico. Today, Lorraine honors the transcendence of humanity throughout the world with her practice of papercut techniques. Her choice of papers highlight the utter fragility and ultimate strength of life itself. Lorraine uses only handmade and colored papers and her trusty X-acto knife to develop her intricate artistry.

Crossing the boundary between craft and art, Lorraine’s exacting precision bring her imagery of koi ponds, mountainscapes and desert scenes to life. She was recently selected as one of the 2016 Artists in Residence at Zion National Park and spent a month hiking, creating and educating in the impressive landscape. Lorraine’s bold creations have been exhibited worldwide and have garnered awards including a recent first place win at Yosemite Renaissance XXXI. This talented artist continues to travel to further her inspiration and experience of the world.

Encounter Lorraine’s stunning artwork up-close and personal at Chemers Gallery! While you’re here, we can show you examples of how we’ve framed these detailed creations using linen or silk fabric and handsome, hand-carved closed-corner frames.

Gerald Schwartz Gives us a “SKY-ful”!

 

Gerald Schwartz contemporary photo-realism oil painting

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!

Gerald Schwartz contemporary photo-realism oil painting

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.

Gerald Schwartz contemporary photo-realism oil painting

 

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!

Celebrating Local Talent: Kim VanDerHoek

Exploring a love for landscape and urbanscape comes naturally to award-winning artist Kim VanDerHoek. Raised in Big Bear City, Kim spent her childhood immersed in trees and sunshine. Her passion and creativity are undeniably expressed in her artwork.

Kim VanDerHoek contemporary landscape oil painting

From Land to Sea

After earning a degree in illustration from Oakland’s California College of Arts, Kim’s career took her into the world of graphic design. Eventually, she decided to dedicate herself to painting full time. And dedicate herself she did! This talented lady is busy busy busy! In addition to painting, Kim teaches weekly classes in Orange County, co-created both a monthly online art contest and an in-depth Q&A resource for artists, and attends painter’s invitational events nationwide. What started as a dream has been transformed into Kim’s reality.

As a plein air painter, Kim embraces the challenges that painting outdoors presents. Changing conditions and light make forethought and quick decision-making a necessity. Kim also brings those strengths to her easel when she works in the studio. The resulting paintings feel fresh and calming. Her studio work is equally decisive and fluid; never a staid representation of her subject.

Kim VanDerHoek contemporary urbanscape oil painting

6th Street Bridge Arches

Kim’s graphic design background comes into play with her choice of subject matter. She is as equally drawn to trees and estuaries as to the arcs and curves of a freeway overpass. She heeded the call of LA architecture, especially the 6th Street Bridge, to produce her bridge paintings. Kim’s love for the design sensibility of chairs and all they can represent is “couched” in her latest series of paintings. And by love, we mean L-O-V-E! If she could, Kim would collect seats of all shapes and sizes…and we don’t mean the ones found on your backsides!

Kim VanDerHoek contemporary still life oil painting

Estranged

Kim exhibits her work around the country in juried exhibitions and invitational shows. Earlier in 2016, she completed a commission for the ACE Hotel in New Orleans of panels for armoirs and was also a featured artist in Southwest Art Magazine. An active member of the American Impressionist Society (AIS), Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SoCalPAPA), Kim is also a signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) and an Artists member of the California Art Club (CAC). Her many awards include 2nd Place at the SoCalPAPA Painting the Light show, 1st Place at Chemers Gallery’s HeART of Orange County All Media exhibition and Best of Show at the SoCalPAPA Orange County Fair paintout.

To see more of Kim’s delightful paintings, follow this link or see in person at Chemers Gallery!

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!

 

New Art at Chemers Gallery, December/January 2015

So many new treasures to share with you! Click the artist’s name or picture for more.

New ART

Nick Capaci
Nick Capaci encaustic mixed media
Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold contemporary figurative, oil painting
John Maxon
John Maxon contemporary landscape, oil painting
Shannon Richardson
Shannon Richardson contemporary figurative, oil painting
April Raber
April Raber local art, southern California landscape

New JEWELRY

Michelene Berkey
Michelene Berkey silver and gemstone jewelry
Joanna Craft
Joanna Craft sterling silver jewelry
Kozakh
Kozakh minimalist jewelry
J.C. Milner
JC Milner jewelry, resin and sterling jewelry
Elizabeth Nadler
Elizabeth Nadler Spirited Muse beaded jewelry
Laurette O’Neil
Laurette O'Neil sterling jewelry
Monique Selwitz
Monique Selwitz silver and gemstone jewerly

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramic kimono
Dale Ferguson
Dale Ferguson ceramic lidded jar
Mary Hammond
Mary Hammond textile scarf fiber art
Leona Hawks
Leona Hawks fused glass tray
Hokanson Dix
Hokanson Dix glass
Susan Horton
Susan Horton woven scarf, weaving
Elaine Hyde
Elaine Hyde glass
David Van Noppen
David Van Noppen glass

New Art at Chemers Gallery, March 2016

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

Chemers Gallery New Art – July 2016

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

New ART

Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold contemporary coastal oil painting
Shannon Richardson
Shannon Richardson contemporary portrait oil painting
Janine Salzman
Janine Salzman contemporary coastal oil painting
Kim VanDerHoek
Kim VanDerHoek contemporary oil painting LA River

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramic box
Leona Hawks
Leona Hawks fused glass dish
Houston Llew
Houston Llew Spiritile copper and enamel
Lisa Mertins
Lisa Mertins ceramic sculpture
David Van Noppen
David Van Noppen blown glass

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar
Ayala Bar fall/winter 2016 collection new jewelry
Kozakh
Kozakh contemporary minimalist jewelry

Chemers Gallery New Art – December 2016 / January 2017

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

New ART

Lorraine Bubar
Suzanne Currie
Deborah Harold
Bonnie Holmes
Jennie Milner
Gerald Schwartz
Susan Weinstein
Jim Wodark

New CRAFT

Bill Bahret
Maria Counts
Doris Greider
Mary Hammond
Robert Held
Susan Horton
Maruca
Lisa Mertins
Karl Tani

New JEWELRY

Michelene Berkey
Jennie Milner
Elizabeth Nadler
Merry Wennerberg
Yed Omi