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From Russia, with Love

Chemers Gallery was thrilled to see our friend and treasured artist, John Sawyer, and his lovely wife, Olga, who were recently visiting from Russia! The couple makes the journey from their current home in Tolyatti, Russia about once a year for a dose of California sunshine, artistic inspiration, and cherished time with friends and family.

John’s passion for oil painting hasn’t waned in the harsh, Russian winters! He spends his days creating scenes from his California home, experimenting with different colors and compositions. Most canvases depict familiar Orange County vistas of Peters Canyon, Irvine Park and Cedar Grove Canyon. His signature style of impressionistic scenery edged in black is reminiscent of Gustave Baumann. Expressive foliage and cloud formations draw John’s audience into his array of canvases and speak to the quintessential Orange County landscape experience.

John regularly updates Chemers Gallery through emails and photographs. His pictures of snow start much earlier than you’d imagine, usually while we’re still in the midst of the autumn heat! During the warmer summer months, John and Olga spend time at Olga’s family’s dacha in the local countryside, tending the fruit trees and vegetables that grow on the property.

When he’s ready to leave Russia with his newest creations, John travels hours to the appropriate Russian government offices with his artwork so they can verify he’s not removing national treasures from the country. With official documentation in hand, John is free to transport his paintings to California, to the delight of his loyal following. John has been a busy guy, because right now Chemers Gallery has nearly TWENTY new paintings!

Seeing is believing, and we think you simply must see John’s paintings in person.
Preview online, or come in to view the newest works from OUR national treasure!

Enjoying the snowy Russian winter!

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

New Art at Chemers Gallery, November 2015

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New ART

Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold, contemporary landscape painting
Liv Saether
Liv Saether traditional landscape painting
John Sawyer
John Sawyer landscape oil painting
Kristina Swarner
Kristina Swarner original mixed media illustration

New JEWELRY

Rewind Jewelry
Rewind Jewelry steampunk rings, earrings, necklaces

New CRAFT

James Aarons
James Aarons contemporary ceramic wall tile
Grace Chang
Grace Chang asian-style ceramic
Georg Palmer
Georg Palmer woven scarf
Carrie Schmitt
Carrie Schmitt hand-painted contemporary floral yoga mat
Karl Tani
Karl Tani ceramic pitcher
David Van Noppen
David Van Noppen contemporary blown glass
Mira Woodworth
Mira Woodworth fused glass bowl