Tag Archives: gourmet chocolate

Save the Dates, our 4th annual Holiday Artisan Faire will soon be here!

Set your alarm clocks and calendar reminders… our biggest show of the year is happening the first weekend in December!

‘Tis the season! Our promise to you is 2 days to shop and splurge to your heart’s content! With new artisans & food vendors, there’s always more to love.

Join Chemers Gallery and 17 different artists, artisans and gourmands for our 4th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Watch this space for developing details, new artisans, sneak peeks and artist spotlights as we get ready for this once-a-year extravaganza.

To preview our participating artisans, click their names below. However, they will all be bringing new and exciting creations to delight and enchant you on December 2nd and 3rd!

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey    Karen Boelts*    Joanna Craft    Jennie Milner
Elizabeth Nadler    Monique Selwitz    Janet Seward*

Wearable Fiber
Deanna Deeds*    Mary Hammond    Beth Marx

Ceramics, Mixed Media, Original Drawings & Notecards
Lisa Mertins    Suzanne Currie    James Keniston

Luscious Lotions
Bare Naked Botanicals*

Epicurean Treats
Luisa Chocolatiere – artisan chocolates
Sola Foods – jams, relish, dips & spreads
Spice Merchants – spice blends, salt, olive oil & vinegar

…and more to be announced!

Shop for everyone on your list (naughty and nice!), try your luck in our weekend raffle and partake of our holiday cheer!

Coming up next month…Meet the Artists!
Artist spotlights to introduce you or reacquaint you with our talented artists and artisans joining us December 2nd & 3rd.
Look for daily updates on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, or read our continuing blog with “what’s new” right here!

Can’t wait to tell us you’re coming?
Click HERE to RSVP for Saturday, December 2nd, 11a – 5p and Sunday, December 3rd, 1 – 5p

*New this year!
**Pssst…click the artist’s names above to see examples of their work! However, they’ll all be bringing a sack full of new goodies for the big event!

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

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

2016-2-day-holiday-artisan-faire-logo-blog-copy

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

held_wennerberg

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

counts_campos

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

marx_craft

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

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

cohen_hammond

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

mertins_milner

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

currie_sola

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

bahret_horton

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

nadler_bistro

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

keniston_berkey-2

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

lawson_selwitz

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

 

 

luisa-1

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.

Sparkle and Shine with us December 5th!

 

Save the date for our biggest event of the year! Chemers Gallery’s 2nd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire!
With 16 artists, artisans and gourmands confirmed and counting, this is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss!

Cathy Michelene

Cathy Markowitz showing jewelry by Michelene Berkey

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey  |  Claudia Berman  |  Joanna Craft
Madstone  |  JC Milner  |  Elizabeth Nadler  |  Monique Selwitz

Wearable Fiber & Leather
Mary Hammond  |  Susan Horton  |  Lori Lawson | ICON Handbags

Ceramics & Glass
Lisa Mertins  |  David Van Noppen

Lisa Mertins displays her charming ceramics

Lisa Mertins displays her charming ceramics

Mixed Media
Suzanne Currie

Epicurean Treats
Luisa Chocolatiere – handcrafted chocolates
Spice Merchants – olive oils, balsamic vinegar & sea salt
Tatratea – tea liqueuer

Watch this space for updates including artist profiles, sneak peeks, new artisans and more!

Spotlight Chemers Gallery Handmade Holiday – Meet the Artisans

Updated 11-22-14

‘Tis the season! The holidays are right around the corner and we can’t wait for our first ever…

Sm 2014 HAF LogoOver the next few weeks leading up to our Holiday Artisan Faire we will be shining a spotlight on our Artists and Artisans and sharing a sampling of their delightful goodies with you. Keep checking back, because we’ll be updating weekly!

KANE820NEW!
Amy Kekst
Are you are looking for something sparkly this holiday? Look no further than our Holiday Artisan Faire for jewelry by Amy! Gemstones, crystals, one-of-a-kind vintage elements and chains feature in her titillating trinkets. Her extensive selection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets change with the seasons offering mixed metal chains and nuggets paired with sparkly stones and beads. Her selections for Dec.6th are sure to provide you with an assortment of choices!

Lori6NEW!
Lori Lawson
Stand out this season with Lori’s wearable fibers! After retiring from law, she decided to take hold of her creative side and finally get serious about her first love, fiber. For the past 15 years she has perfected her skills in knitting, crocheting, weaving, and felting. Passionate about her work, Lori hand-dyes and spins all of her yarns to make uniquely designed garments, scarves, shawls. Pick out a great new accessory for all your winter outfits or make it a special gift, either way Lori’s creations will enhance your already gorgeous style!  

NEA85NEW!
Elizabeth Nadler
Love beads? Then be sure to see Elizabeth at our Holiday Artisan Faire! Fall in love with Elizabeth’s simply elegant designs that are perfect for every occasion. She uses gold and silver paired with gemstones and crystals of all colors to create her one-of-a-kind necklaces and earrings. Choose from elegant faceted stones, lustrous pearls and intricate filigree to complete your holiday look. Most prices are $25-75 to stock up on your stuffers!

Joanna CraftJoanna Craft
For your fill of eclectic mixed metal jewelry, be sure to visit Joanna on Dec. 6th! Her contemporary designs range from geometric to free-form and are just the right portions of silver, copper and brass. Her modern forms allow for color and design to shine for any occasion. Joanna’s newest pieces feature enamel and unpolished stones, and are so stunning you won’t want to miss them while they are here!

Leona 1Leona Hawks
Traveling all the way from Utah, Leona will be sharing her extensive range of fused glass at our Holiday Artisan Faire! Leona begins with recycled clear glass and artfully adds color in the form of metal oxides, ground and dichroic glass, copper pieces or other materials to produce chemical reactions in the heat of the kiln. The results are striking fused glass trays, dishes and light catchers that are organic in nature and ecstatic in hue. Explore Leona’s spectacular glass for yourself Dec. 6th!  

 

 

Michelene Berkey
Although jewelry artist, Michelene, can’t make it to our Holiday Artisan Faire, her sister Cathy will be bringing her latest “twiggy” treasures just for YOU! Try on her newest tidbits that use bees, hearts, flowers, dragonflies and even twigs in her designs. Silver and gold complement her assortment of pendants, rings, bangles and more. Longtime fan favorite Michelene will have the perfect gift for the nature lover in your life!


Diva Desserts
Calling all sweet tooths… Diva Desserts is to tempt your taste buds. Our longtime friend Jan mixes up the smoothest cheesecake, devilicious Kahlua cake and simply sinful chocolate chip cookies. Take them with you or place an order for the holidays, whichever you choose… your mouth will sing! Jan has been cooking up a signature, never before sampled cake using fellow artisan Tatratea liqueur… Woo-hoo is it scrumptious!  

JCMilner1

JC Milner
The imaginative JC Milner will be sharing her quirky jewelry at our Holiday Artisan Faire. Twirly birds, homing birds, tweety birds, painted birds, preening birds, lovely flowers… and dwellings of all kinds… this is the most ridiculous fun jewelry can be! Jennie works her magic with acrylic paint, resin and silver to create whimsical earrings, necklaces, pins and more. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Don’t miss your chance to meet Jennie!

Lisa Mertins
Lisa Mertins
Lisa is bringing the ceramic love to our Holiday Artisan Faire! Working in as many mediums as she possibly can, Lisa does it all! From intriguing ceramics and fine art to jewelry and children’s book illustrations, this talented lady is always up to something new. Lisa’s creativity satisfies the whimsical palate with her stamped fine-walled porcelain creations. Always creating something new, we can’t wait to see what she brings us!

Sola Foods
sola foods1Holiday gift ideas got you in a “jam?” Have we got a treat for you! Sola Foods specializes in fantastic sweet and spicy salsas, jams, spreads and relishes, all 100% natural and 100% sure to win your heart! Using only the best ingredients from local farmers markets, Sola Foods takes their time to create a unique and tantalizing experience. All products are made in small batches enabling them to pack one pound of fruit in every 10oz jar of jam & spreads! Be sure to sample their famous “Cheeky Kiwi” jam! 

Barbara LanciBarbara Lanci
Feast your eyes on Barbara’s gorgeous treasures! Her tempting earrings, bold “elevation” cuffs and intricate necklaces are crafted entirely by hand from fine silver, argentium and unique stones. Trained under master jewelers, Barbara continues to challenge herself to come up with new designs craftier than the last. She just might have your new favorite piece of jewelry!  

Elaine Hyde copy

Elaine Hyde
Always a crowd pleaser, Elaine’s beautiful art glass creations shimmer and shine with iridescence. Starting her glass career at the Brooks Institute of Fine Arts in California, she went on to work and train at the Pilchuck Glass Center under Dale Chihuly during the formative years of the renowned institute. Elaine has exhibited her glass worldwide and has won numerous awards for her work. The way the colors shift and change under different light is simply magical. We are sure you’ll agree that her vases and perfume bottles are little treasures!
BB3Bistro Blends
Bistro Blends offers the most amazing and unique Balsamic Vinegars and Gourmet Olive Oil Blends. They adhere only to the highest standards, requiring only the best of Barrel-Aged Balsamic Vinegars from the Modena Region of Italy and Olive Oils from around the world, including California’s own, Napa Valley. Bistro Blends provides a distinct and enlightening blend of flavors, herbs and spices in every selection, assuring any self-proclaimed food connoisseur their rightful place in culinary heaven. 

Suzanne Currie    
Suzanne mixes up paint and paper to create her brightly-hued mixed media on wood melodies. She constructs a frenzy of bright colors and attractive patterns, and then finishes them off with a layer of epoxy resin to give them a nice shine. Her creations take the form of small, one-of-a-kind contemporary images, large bold statement pieces, artsy bangle bracelets and fun throw pillows.

SORAYA MONTELONGOSoraya Montelongo  
Local gal Soraya has a flair for gemstones, beads and crystals! She labors over her stunning hand-beaded creations to craft wearable magic. A mostly self-taught artisan, Soraya’s jewelry follows intricate designs and color schemes that could only be paired by her intuitive eye. Soraya continues to push her beaded work to the limit with innovative techniques and designs, all the while silencing voices that claim “it can’t be done!” Come see her latest designs and find just the right one for yourself or a friend!

Tatrateatatratea1
Ready to get your tea on? Tea liqueur that is! Made in Slovakia, Tatratea unites the finest brewed black Assam tea with a number of hand-picked botanical ingredients and fresh fruit in a unique fermentation process. Enjoy as an addition to traditional hot tea or sip chilled neat, on the rocks, or in an endless variety of delicious cocktails if you are in the mood for something festive! Available in six flavors of Coconut, Citrus, Peach, Original, Bohemian and Outlaw and range in proof from 22% to 72%. Rado will be mixing up some knock your socks off libations.

Monique SelwitzMonique Selwitz
New & Exclusively at Chemers Gallery!
Silver & gemstone jewelry with an eye catching harmonious flair are the hallmarks of Monique’s rings, pendants and earrings. This talented artisan takes inspiration from her creative upbringing surrounded by artists, galleries, goldsmiths and musicians. Originally from Switzerland, Monique possess a keen interest in melding both traditional and new metalsmithing techniques. Breathtaking, each piece is uniquely Moniquely!

Mary Hammond Mary Hammond
Mary’s delightful handmade fiber designs are the result of dabbling in domestic crafts, sewing clothes, and needlepoint. While working alongside her mother, Mary fabricated her own process by combining knitted fabrics with quilting and collage techniques. Inspired by designs found in nature, Mary sews together various yarns, fibers and silk pieces and then washes them to ensure every creation is soft and wearable. Her elegant creations can be hung on the wall, draped over a  table or bureau, or worn as an eye-catching scarf!

luisa chocolateLuisa Chocolatiere
Custom chocolate house, Luisa Chocolatiere, features delicious handmade gourmet chocolates of premium grade and absolute freshness. Luisa learned the art of chocolate making from Monsieur Sender, Master Patissier and Chocolatier in Paris. She received additional training in advanced specialty chocolate courses in Nanterre, west of Paris. Luisa crafts a variety of delectable confections with the highest quality ingredients, assuring rich, silky smooth chocolate goodness in every bite. We are so excited to have Luisa participate in our Holiday Artisan Faire and can’t wait for you to meet her and her oh-so-yummy chocolates!