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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.

Chemers Gallery New Art – January / February 2017

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New ART

Amanda Fish
Kay Flierl
Melissa Graves Brown
Pete Roberts
John Sawyer
 Susan Weinstein

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Mary Hammond
Maruca Design

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar
Barbara Lanci
Monique Selwitz

Chemers Gallery New Art – December 2016 / January 2017

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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

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!

Chemers Gallery New Art – July 2016

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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

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, March

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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

New Art at Chemers Gallery, December/January

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