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Exchanging “PleasanTrees” with artist, Melissa Graves Brown

New paintings by Melissa Graves Brown invite you to wander into enchanted groves and rest in the shade of multi-hued foliage. Vibrant jewel-toned colors mingle on canvas for a look that is pure wow! Melissa has sent Chemers Gallery seven of her most recent pieces, each one more gorgeous than the last.

A Florida native, Melissa earned her Bachelors of Fine Art from Auburn University and her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Her inspiration comes from the natural landscape of Idaho, where she currently resides with her husband, daughter and son. Together, the foursome are a hive of creativity in their home studio. Memories of the swirling leaves that welcomed her to the Wood River Valley are imprinted in Melissa’s mind which she captures again and again in her art.

Melissa’s talents are expressed in layers of color that eventually take the shape of vivid vistas. It’s no surprise that this talented artist has been largely influenced by color theory and the color field paintings of the Abstract Expressionist movement! She approaches painting with intuition and intention, carefully choosing her pigments and letting the composition evolve naturally.

Viewed as a whole, Melissa’s “PleasanTrees” form a magical, mystical world of wonder. Don’t be shy, get up close to the canvas and see where the magic truly happens! You’ll be amazed at the complex layers of color that dance and swirl to form a shimmering, multi-dimensional painting. Leaves that appear to be mostly gold, yellow and orange also contains red, green and purple! Melissa’s underpainting peeks out from the top layers of acrylic paint to introduce unexpected tonal content within her canvases.

Of course, words and pictures can only convey so much…
The best way to experience the atmosphere of Melissa’s paintings is in person at Chemers Gallery!

 

 

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!

New Art at Chemers Gallery – August 2016

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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

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

Colleen Premer and the Intuitive Nature of Printmaking

Colleen Kennedy Premer monoprint chine colle abstract

Aerial – monoprint with chine colle

Moving through the artistic process intuitively and without conscious thought, Colleen Premer taps into her artistic soul to produce balanced and harmonious compositions. This southern California printmaker is lured by the world of monotype and monoprint for the immediacy of results, but she also lends her creative hand to encaustic painting and intaglio printmaking.

Colleen is highly influenced by her artist mother, Elaine Kennedy, who was an acclaimed local painter and printmaker. She was exposed to the art world at an early age through her mother’s circle of friends and the many art shows, exhibitions and gatherings they frequented together. Although Colleen has a journalism degree and an M.S. in clinical psychology, her passion for art kept tugging at her heart. She eventually discovered printmaking at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.

Colleen Kennedy Premer monotype printmaking

Ochre Summer – monotype

Ranging from abstracted shapes to intricate design, Colleen’s body of work takes its inspiration from observed line, shape and color. She often contrasts recognizable elements, like a spinning Ferris wheel, with shadowed spheres and elongated patterns. Her creativity doesn’t stop there! Colleen also works with chine colle, image transfer and printers inks for a multi-layered print that is steeped in meaning. Some of her more recent works have embedded excerpts of letters written by Colleen’s mother, creating timeless memories.

 

Colleen Kennedy Premer linocut relief print

Tattoo Truck – linocut relief print

Always pushing herself to solve a problem from a different angle, Colleen’s work reinvents the familiar to present it in a new and unusual way. Her recent Tattoo Truck linocut relief print boldly presents the cab of a big rig head on. With careful control, Colleen has carved and outlined tattooed flames licking the outer shell of the cab. Rougher cuts add dimension within the image’s background. Colleen’s inspiration largely is drawn from her attraction to the clean lines and human-like features of cars and trucks. Additionally, the methods and history of Japanese printmaking and artistry (including the culture’s unique take on tattoos) intrigue Colleen. The result is extraordinary!

Ever changing, always experimenting, creating beauty out of the mundane, Colleen surprises us with a greater level of sophistication every time we see her newest works. And, we would love to share them with you!

 

 

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, June 2016

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New ART

Bonnie Holmes
Bonnie Holmes contemporary seascape oil painting
Colleen Premer
Colleen Premer woodblock print
Emily Van Horn
Emily Van Horn contemporary acrylic abstract painting
Jie Zhou
Jie Zhou European Paris traditional oil painting

New JEWELRY

Anna Balkan
Anna Balkan gemstone earrings gold fill
Michelene Berkey
Michelene Berkey silver jewelry
Lina
Lina semi precious gemstone jewelry wire wrap
Laurette O’Neil
Laurette O'Neil contemporary silver jewelry
Sugatha Roeder
Sugatha Roeder gold fill and gemstone jewelry
 Carolyn Van Hosen
Carolyn Van Hosen vintage jewelry

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramics
Mary Hammond
Mary Hammond sewn textile wall hanging
Lisa Mertins
Lisa Mertins ceramics
Georg Palmer
Georg Palmer dyed wool scarf eco dye natural dye
Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt hand painted yoga mat

Hand-painted yoga mats!

 Lilia Venier
Lilia Venier ceramics

New Art at Chemers Gallery, May 2016

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New ART

Melissa Graves Brown
Melissa Graves Brown contemporary oil painting
Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold contemporary oil painting
Paul Kratter
Paul Kratter California plein air oil painting
Diana Stetson
Diana Stetson mixed media painting
Susan Weinstein
Susan Weinstein abstract oil painting
Bernard Weston
Bernard Weston contemporary floral painting

New CRAFT

Raymond Bock
Perfect for Father’s Day!
Raymond Bock contemporary wooden boxes
Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramics
Hammill & Diebolt
Hammill & Diebolt wooden handbags
Ayn Hanna
Ayn Hanna eco dye silk scarf
Robert Held
Robert Held glass
 Randi Solin
Randi Solin glass