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Save the dates for our 5th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire!

Mark your calendars and set your reminders for the first weekend in December.

Have yourself a merry ol’ time and shop ’til you drop! Discover artfully spectacular gifts for everyone on your list.
(Don’t forget yourself, too!)

Indulge with Chemers Gallery and 21 artists, artisans and epicureans for our 5th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Keep your eyes peeled…we’ll soon be featuring artist spotlights, sneaky peekys and more as we prepare for the big weekend.

Click on each artisan’s name below, to see examples of their work… but remember, they’ll each be bringing fresh new designs and exquisite new looks just for you and our Faire!

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey gold, sterling & gemstone beauties inspired by nature
Karen Boelts (Little Bridget Jewelry) instilling positive messages with delicate charms & colorful stones
Joanna Craft mixed metals touched with enamel & raw gemstones
Suzanne Currie colorful & zippy mixed media jewelry & more
Elizabeth Nadler (Spirited Muse) romantic boho chic crystals, beads & semi precious stones
Monique Selwitz organic forms twist & turn in silver, gold & gemstones
Janet Seward become a world-class traveler with medallions, beads, amulets & more

Merry Wennerberg imaginative vintage buttons, buckles & beads of Bakelite & resin form fashionable statements

Wearable Fiber
Deanna Deeds beautiful, intricate handwoven scarves & home accessories
Mary Hammond alluring scarves and table runners made from fabric & ribbon

Beth Marx limited collection -colorful, creative & versatile nuno felted wearables

Ceramics & Wood
Lisa Mertins inventive designs & exquisite soft colors in porcelain
Bill Bahret unconventional & unique turned wood bowls & pens

Tom Borusky lustrous turned wood keepsake boxes & home items

Luscious Lotions
Bare Naked Botanicals small batch vegan lotions and serums – food for the skin!

Epicurean Treats
Drake Family Farms artisan farmstead goat cheese
Harris Family Apiaries
 local honey of the season
Luisa Chocolatiere fine handcrafted chocolates to delight
Raw Baby Chocolate organic, vegan dark chocolate
Spice Merchants spice blends, gourmet salt, olive oil & balsamic vinegars

Just your luck, Megan Jones will be joining us with her festive hair tinsel to help you get into the holiday spirit!

But wait, there’s more…

Celebrate the start of Hanukkah with us as you spin the dreidel throughout the 2 days for your chance to win prizes donated by our talented artists and artisans!

Coming up next month…Meet the Artists!
Artist spotlights to introduce you to or reacquaint you with our talented artists and artisans joining us December 1st & 2nd.
Look for frequent updates on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. Follow our continuing blog with “what’s new” starting in November.

Click HERE to RSVP for Saturday, December 1st, 11a – 5p and Sunday, December 2nd, 11a – 4p

Note: Links are in GREEN



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!

Meet the artists & artisans of Chemers Gallery’s 2nd annual Holiday Artisan Faire!

The excitement is mounting as we move ever closer to our…

Chemers Gallery Holiday Artisan Faire Logo


We’ll be introducing you to our featured artists and artisans over the weeks leading up to the big event, so keep your peepers peeled for our weekly updates!

We are honored to benefit City of Hope‘s breast cancer research center in memory of our dear friend, Emik Swartz, who used to make all of the delicious desserts & goodies for this event. We also dedicate this show to friends and family who have lost their fight with breast cancer, those who are currently battling & those who are survivors of this disease.

Joanna Craft

Joanna Craft

Joanna Craft
You spin me right ’round, baby… We’re dizzy with glee for Joanna’s retro atomic jewelry made with sterling silver, gemstones, enamel, and more! Do you love them just as much as we do? (You’re in luck – Joanna Craft will be joining us this Saturday!)

David Van Noppen

David Van Noppen

David Van Noppen
Swirling dynamic colors abound in David Van Noppen’s blown glass creations! This talented artisan was trained at the Penland School of Crafts, the Pilchuck School and the Corning Studio. Bowls and vases undulate with motion while glass ornaments deck the halls in style!
Choose your favorite one, two or three at our Holiday Artisan Faire.

Lor Lawson

Lori Lawson

Lori Lawson
Add whimsy to your wardrobe with scarves by fiber artist Lori Lawson! With hand knit, woven, dyed and felted designs, you won’t see any others like this! Lori uses fine merino wool, silk, cashmere, and more. Her scarves are sure to be a hit this holiday season!


Luisa Chocolatiere

Luisa Chocolatiere
We “heart” chocolate at Chemers Gallery – especially the delectable delicacies crafted by Luisa Chocolatiere! Discovered your new favorite confections like traditional candy bars and festive Hanukkah and Christmas themed chocolates at our Holiday Artisan Faire on Dec. 5th. Luisa’s chocolate is mouthwateringly magical!

Madstone jewelry


Get some glitzy yet edgy jewelry from MAD by Madstone at our Holiday Artisan Faire! The brand’s lower price point, this collection features bold designs and bright gemstones – there’s even a skull or two for the goth glam in you! Madstone’s higher-end line featuring 18k yellow and white gold, diamonds and other precious gemstone will also be available at our show. 

Ayala Bar jewelry, winter 2015 collection

Ayala Bar

Ayala Bar
Colorful, unique, and dynamic jewelry by world-renowned artist Ayala Bar! Instantly recognizable and so fun to wear, her collection features unexpected combinations of colors, fabrics, & textures that add splashes of imagination and whimsy to any outfit. Although the artist herself will not be able to join us, we will have her gorgeous jewelry at our Holiday Artisan Faire! 

Icon leather shoes and handbags

ICON Handbags

ICON Handbags
Snag your own wearable work of art by ICON! Soft and supple leather handbags, wallets and pouches imprinted with masterworks from both established and up-and-coming artists for a look that’s as artistic as you are! Choose your favorite design by Miro, Prendergast, Picasso and more at our Holiday Artisan Faire on December 5th, 11a-5p.

Michelene Berkey silver gemstone jewelry

Michelene Berkey

Michelene Berkey
A “sterling” selection of silver and gemstone delights from jewelry artist Michelene Berkey. Michelene works with a variety of metals, pearls and gemstones to produce textural pieces inspired by nature. We’re honored that she’s coming all the way from Colorado for our Holiday Artisan Faire on Dec. 5th with many more exciting options! 

Suzanne Currie mixed media artwork and jewelry

Suzanne Currie

Suzanne Currie
Ever wanted to match your jewelry with your wall art? Multi-talented artist Suzanne Currie is your woman! After experimenting with many subjects and mediums, her current bold & colorful collage work uses paper cut and paint arranged in graphic designs. Her artwork is sure to make maximum impact, whether on your arm or your wall! 

Kozakh minimalist jewelry


Cyntia Kozak of Kozakh jewelry offers delicate, uncomplicated designs in sterling silver and gold-plate with gemstone accents. Her creations fit the trend of minimalist adornment. As the icing on the cake, this line is not only beautiful, but also affordable!

Sola Foods jam

Sola Foods

Sola Foods
Sola Foods has a gourmet treat for everyone! From sweet jams and spreads to spicy salsas, relishes, and even pestos, Sola Foods has a delicacy to add pizzazz to your holiday – or any day – table! All of their products are made from natural ingredients obtained from local farmer’s markets. Plus, they are always made in small batches to ensure a flavorful treat for your taste buds!

Elizabeth Nadler jewelry

Elizabeth Nadler

Elizabeth Nadler
Boho-inspired gems from jewelry artist Elizabeth Nadler! Betty pairs gold and silver metals with crystals and gemstones of all colors to create simply elegant and very wearable pieces. To top it off, her designs are so reasonably priced that you may be tempted to stock up on one of each! Betty will be joining us at our Holiday Artisan Faire on December 5th, so be sure to mark your calendars so you can snag one of her fabulous designs! 

Spice Merchants olive oils, sea salt, balsamic vinegar, spices

Spice Merchants

Spice Merchants
Get ready to “spice” it up with Spice Merchants of Laguna Beach, one of the participants offering epicurean treats at our Holiday Artisan Faire. Spice Merchants certainly know their stuff since they’ve been in the business for nearly a decade, sourcing the best ingredients from around the world. Owner Paul will be bringing a selection of olive oils, balsamic vinegar, sea salts, spices, and more to our holiday festivities on December 5th! 

Monique Selwitz sterling and gemstone jewelry

Monique Selwitz

Monique Selwitz
Working with sterling silver and unique gemstones, jeweler Monique Selwitz creates organic, inventive pieces are exclusive to Chemers Gallery!  Her inspiration comes from her creative background surrounded by other artists, galleries, goldsmiths, and musicians. We especially love her clever pieces featuring tiny casts of succulents!

Lisa Mertins ceramics

Lisa Mertins

Lisa Mertins
We’re celebrating the whimsical and the wonderfully wild with works by ceramicist Lisa Mertins. Her ceramics are as charming as she is! Lisa’s goal is to incorporate the world around her into her art, particularly that of her rural home. These unique ceramic works, with their more muted colors and textural elements, feel distinctively earthy and one-of-a-kind.

JC Milner Metalworks jewelry

J.C. Milner

J.C. Milner
Meet JC Milner and her beautiful handcrafted jewelry! Capturing a variety of familiar and sentimental symbols like flowers and houses Jennie’s rings, necklaces, and earrings evoke a whimsical nostalgia. Her delicate detailing with resin and silver inspire us to take a closer look and teach us an appreciation for each one’s uniqueness.

Mary Hammond wearable fiber

Mary Hammond

Mary Hammond
Mary Hammond creates colorful and whimsical fiber scarves that are a fabulous addition to anyone’s collection. Local to the San Cruz area, Mary is inspired by the world around her. She intricately fashions her hand-sewn pieces using ribbon and thread to reflect the beauty found in a garden. Vibrant and jazzy, her one-of-a-kind designs can be used as a scarf or even a table runner! Come see her latest creations at our second annual Holiday Artisan Faire!

Claudia Berman

Claudia Berman

Claudia Berman
Kicking off our Holiday Artisan Faire “teasers” is jewelry designer Claudia Berman! Utilizing classical metalsmith techniques, Claudia’s jewelry line wows us with its understated simplicity. Her use of silver, 18k gold and semi-precious gemstones is balanced, contemporary and creative. Karen discovered Claudia’s work in San Francisco and found out that we already know her mother – jeweler Monique Selwitz! 

Susan Horton

Susan Horton

Susan Horton
We welcome back award-winning weaver Susan Horton to our Holiday Artisan Faire! You may remember Susan and her loom from our Summer Artist Demos – we’re so excited that she’ll be joining us on December 5th with her latest batch of woven scarves and clutches. Soft silk, tencel and linen fibers combine on Susan’s loom to form beautiful, stand-out pieces. We can’t wait to see what new patterns and color combinations she’s been playing with!



Back again for another year, Tatratea will be treating us like royalty with their delicious tea-based liqueurs! Slovakian-born alcohols make a great addition to hot teas, mixed into a cocktail or on the rocks. Tatratea’s secret is a unique fermentation process of Assam tea, hand-picked botanical ingredients and fresh fruits. The result is out of this world! Let our crazy friend Rado mix up the perfect libation for you and pick up a few bottles for your holiday parties and beyond.

City of HopeFounded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 41 of the nation’s comprehensive cancer care centers. Their mission is to transform the future of health care by turning science into practical benefit, hope into reality.

We are donating at least 10% of our net proceeds to City of Hope cancer research centers. We’re hoping to raise $10,000! Even if you can’t join us the day of the event, we will be accepting donations to help us reach our goal.


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!

New Art at Chemers Gallery, October 2015

Nov. 16 – We’re so busy right now that we haven’t had a chance to update all of our new art since our last post! Come in to see the latest art, jewelry and craft in person! 

Click on the names or pictures below to see more work from these talented artists!


Lorraine Bubar
Lorraine Bubar papercut
Dana Cooper
Dana Cooper contemporary figurative painting
Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold contemporary landscape painting
Kristina Swarner
Kristina Swarner mixed media print
Ouida Touchon
Ouida Touchon woodcut and chine colle print
Jim Wodark
Jim Wodark traditional landscape painting


Ayala Bar
Ayala Bar Winter 2015 Collection
Harlow jewelry


Maria Counts