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Chemers Gallery New Art, July 2018

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New ART

Lorraine Bubar
Nancy Goldman
Janine Salzman
Gerald Schwartz
Megan Triantafillou

New CRAFT

Deanna Deeds
Mary Hammond
Lisa Mertins
Jaime Weber

New JEWELRY

Eva Stone

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!

Thank you for allowing us to be “Part of Your World!”

 

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined us Saturday night for the opening reception of The heART of Orange County All Media juried exhibition! Thank you to Enderle Center and TACFA for generously sponsoring this yearly exhibition. Talented artists and performers, experienced jurors, valued friends, and wonderful volunteers from Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) made this event especially heARTful! Thank you for sharing in our 11th annual juried community exhibition and the start of our 40th anniversary celebrations! It’s because of YOU that our arts community is so vibrant!

In case you were one of the “Poor Unfortunate Souls” who missed TACFA’s big Broadway in the Park REVEAL, we can now share that this summer’s production will be The Little Mermaid!! With stellar performances by the professionals from Chance Theater, you’re sure to believe that you’re “Under the Sea” dreaming about “The World Above.” Keep your eyes peeled on TACFA’s website for ticket information and sales.

If you weren’t able to attend our VERY crowded reception or want to re-visit your favorites, The heART of Orange County will be on display through Saturday, May 5th. And, don’t forget about our heARTful Saturday happenings during the 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, including…

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!

In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from Saturday’s big party, many of them kindly provided by Guillermo LeFranc…

For more event photographs be sure to visit our Facebook album (coming soon)!

Chemers Gallery New Art – June 2017

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New ART

Lorraine Bubar
Amanda Fish
Kay Flierl
Deborah Harold

New CRAFT

Bill Bahret
Houston Llew

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar
Ithil Metal Works

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.

New Art at Chemers Gallery – July 2016

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New ART

Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold contemporary seascape oil painting
Stacy Innerst
Stacy Innerst illustration, Bob Dylan
J. C. Milner
JC Milner mixed media wall sculpture
Pete Roberts
Pete Roberts contemporary watercolor
Gerald Schwartz
Gerald Schwartz contemporary landscape oil painting

New CRAFT

Michael Evans
Michael Evans turned wood bowl cork oak

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar

Ayala Bar Fall/Winter 2016 collection jewelry

Karen’s first Photoshop!

J.C. Milner
JC Milner jewelry
Laurette O’Neil
Laurette O'Neil sterling silver jewelry
Eva Stone
Eva Stone contemporary Polish jewelry

New Art at Chemers Gallery, March/April

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New ART

Raul Colon
Raul Colon illustration, watercolor and colored pencil

New JEWELRY

Anna Balkan
Anna Balkan jewelry
Ayala Bar
Ayala Bar jewerly, spring 2016 collection
Michelene Berkey
Michelene Berkey silver jewelry
Ithil Metalworks
Ithil Metalworks silver spinner ring
J & I
J & I jewelry, Jessica and Ian Gibson jewelry, mixed metals
Konplott
Konplott Swarovski crystal jewelry
Carolyn Van Hosen
Carolyn Van Hosen jewelry, vintage assemblage jewelry
Yed Omi
Yed Omi silver jewelry

New CRAFT

Robert Held
Robert Held glass hearts
Jen Stein
Jen Stein ceramics
Joy Stember
Joy Stember contemporary mezuzah

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

Clearly in Love with New Art Glass!

We L-O-V-E artisan blown glass at Chemers Gallery and we’re so happy to have so many sleek new pieces to share with you! One of the unexpected effects of the economic recession of recent years was that many of the art world’s glass artists were forced to close their studios. Now that times are better, we have the pleasure of introducing you to new finds as well as re-introducing you to “vases” from the past. Clearly, we couldn’t be more enchanted with their alluring colors and shapes.

Hokanson Dix

Hokanson Dix glass

Tapestry Sphere – sorry, this one just SOLD but we’re happy to have a similar one made for you!

New to Chemers Gallery is the beautifully modern aesthetic of Bengt Hokanson and Trefny Dix. The east coast duo have worked collaboratively under the studio name Boar Glass since 2000, although they’ve shared a creative space since 1996. Utilizing a combination of traditional Italian and Swedish glass blowing techniques mixed with their own experimental elements, Hokanson Dix glass is colorful, sophisticated and modern in architecture.

Hokanson Dix glass

Purse Sculpture in copper ruby

With multiple colors and shapes in each series, the nature of creating each glass vase, vessel and sculpture ensures that no two are alike. Bengt and Trefny place vibrant colors adjacent to one another to make the hues dance and swirl across the surface of the glass. We’re sure you’ll agree, these pieces cry out to be caressed.

Randi Solin

Randi Solin

Window Series rounded vase

Welcome back Randi Solin! Her colorful, luminescent blown glass vessels first graced our gallery in 2007. We are thrilled to have new work by this talented artisan now that the economy has turned around.

Randi Solin glass

Aquos rectangle vase in aqua

Randi’s love of creating blown glass vessels is apparent in the obvious care she takes in the layering and coloration process. Three dimensional forms are approached with a two-dimensional vision, ensuring each piece has a dedicated front complete with a “window” into the heart and soul of the glass. Based in Vermont, Randi uses techniques of the American Art Glass movement combined with classical Venetian glassblowing to create her stunning, transluscent sculptures. Every refined vessel demands interaction from the viewer – how can you keep yourself from touching these distinctive works?

Come in to Chemers Gallery to experience these luminous blown glass works of wonder for yourself!