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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

 

 

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)!

Call to Artists for The heART of Orange County All Media – DEADLINE MARCH 4TH!!

Hear-ye, hear-ye, all you Orange County creatives! It’s time to submit your masterpieces to our upcoming juried exhibition, The heART of Orange County All Media, presented collaboratively with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA). Your deadline is MARCH 4TH and that will be here before you know it! Click here to enter!

You know us, we like to mix it up! The twist on the show this year is that the subject matter is up to you! Our only requirement is that you are an Orange County artist. That means you can submit artwork in any STYLE, any SUBJECT and any MEDIUM to showcase the best of what our wonderful county has to offer!

The arts run deep in southern California, and we’ll be featuring the cream of the crop. Submit your best work – almost anything goes: abstract, acrylic, botanical, ceramic, contemporary craft, drawing, fiber/textile, figurative, floral, glass, jewelry, landscape, mixed media, metal, oil, pastel, photography, printmaking, still life, watercolor, wood and more.

We’re pleased to announce that our jurors extraordinaire will be Jonathan Burke, President of Laguna College of Art and Design, and Hope Railey, Chair of Fine Arts at Laguna College of Art and Design. We can’t wait to see what this dynamic duo will select for inclusion in the exhibition.

So… you know that the focus of the annual exhibition has changed. You know who our amazing jurors will be. You know when the submission deadline is. (Psst… it’s MARCH 4th!) But, did you also know that there will be CASH AWARDS announced at the opening reception on April 21st? It’s true! At least $1,800 will be awarded – could yours be one of the names announced?

We need YOUR help in spreading the word. Click this link to OnlineJuriedShows.com for full show details and to submit your work. Be sure to share the call to artists with all your artistic friends and any arts organizations you belong to. And lastly, HAVE FUN! The more creative you are, the better your chances are of being selected for exhibiting and for winning one of those cash awards.

Journeys Through Visual Realms with Dori Dewberry

Local award-winning pastel painter, Dori Dewberry, has been a busy lady! She recently brought in 20 new pieces and we are thrilled beyond measure! Her deft application of color on textured paper and panel lends itself to a transitional approach to landscape, coastal and urban scenes. Inspired by the interplay of light and subject matter, Dori’s paintings center around her relationship with the subject and the exploratory adventures she embarks upon. Art and memory mix and mingle – not only does Dori create beautiful imagery on a 2-dimensional surface, the act of painting also cements the experience of the adventure into her very being.

Dori’s first love is graphite, which she still uses to maintain her drawing skills and start her pastel pieces off on the right foot. Studies in oil painting and printmaking led her to try pastels at a local college where she became enamored by the versatility of the medium. Dori has furthered her studies in oil and pastel through classes and workshops with notable artists such as Randal Sexton, Sally Strand, Marla Baggetta, Kitty Wallis and more. Dori passes on her knowledge to all ages through instruction of children’s art classes at a local charter school and adult pastel class at Santiago Canyon College. A long-time member of the Pastel Society of Southern California, she currently serves as the organization’s vice president.

Although Dori now calls southern California home, she hails from the Bronx and calls herself a New Yorker at the deepest level. The movement and vibrations of city life have forever left their mark on Dori and inspire her creative calling. In another lifetime, Dori might have been an architect designing the dwellings that would serve to inspire other like-minded people. For her, the lure of pastel purity is strong and the creative craving is something Dori can’t go long without satisfying!

To see more of this talented artist’s work, click this link or visit us in person!

No Hard Knock Life if you Have heART!

THANK YOU to all who came to show your support of the arts last Saturday night! Not only were you sharing the joy of Orange County’s vibrant art scene depicted in our 10th annual juried exhibit, The heART of Orange County, you also were among the first to know TACFA‘s 17th annual Broadway in the Park production!! Hint: If you missed it, don’t worry, the sun will come out…tomorrow… That’s right, it’s Annie!!

THANK YOU to our talented artists, our thoughtful jurors, our wonderful volunteers and our treasured guests! We love and appreciate each and every one of you! THANK YOU to Chance Theater for your inspired musical performance during the big reveal! HUGE thanks to TACFA and Enderle Center for helping to sponsor this heARTful annual happening!!

If you missed the opening weekend or you want to take another look, the show will be hung through May 6th.

Plus, don’t forget about our heARTful happenings, Saturdays during the show…

Saturday, April 29th      2:30pm  &  4:00pm
*Special Dance Performance by Tustin Dance Center

Saturday, May 6th      1 – 5pm
*1st place winners (all categories) of TACFA’s Student Art Invitational on display
*Artist demos with the following artists from our juried show:

Dana Cooper      Suzanne DeCuir
Dori Dewberry      Amanda Fish
Wendy Johnson      Steve Kell
Prerana Kulkarni      Toni Danchik
Max Ollendorff      Sharyn Sakimoto

Here are a few pictures from the festivities…

Best of Show was awarded to “Atmosphere,” painted by Janine Salzman

 

Rita, Karen and Judi enjoying heARTful friends and family

Artist, Carolyn Lopez, with her painting “Noelle en Point”

Taking it all in…

Crowds gathering for the big Broadway in the Park reveal!

Artist, Kim VanDerHoek, takes in the art with her daughter

The big reveal…it’s Annie!!

Karen calls the crowd to attention with jurors, Jonde Northcutt and Nick Capaci

Sharyn Cable of Enderle Center chooses Dori Dewberry for the Enderle Center award for the third year running!

Nick Capaci with Honorable Mention recipient, Max Ollendorff

Sharyn Sakimoto wins an Honorable Mention for her hand-colored photograph, “The Process”

Toni Danchik is awarded 2nd place for her painting, “Art Jamming”

1st place winner, Amanda Fish

For more event photographs, be sure to visit our Facebook album!

Putting the ART in the heART of Orange County!

The heART of Orange County All Media 2017
Artist Reception & Awards Ceremony
PLUS Broadway in the Park Reveal! 
April 22, 2017     5:30 – 8pm
Show continues through May 6th
Jurors: Nick Capaci and Jonde Northcutt
Artists and Educators

Congratulations to the selected artists displaying their work for The heART of Orange County All Media 2017 show at Chemers Gallery! Our 10th annual juried exhibition in partnership with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) was juried by Nick Capaci and Jonde Northcutt, talented artists and educators. Works showcase the rich variety of arts in our very own artful environs. This unique show depicts visions of dance, music, culinary and visual arts through a variety of media including oil, pastel, photography and watercolor.

On April 22nd meet the artists, gaze at the wonder of their creations, enjoy libations and appetizers and support the local arts scene through your purchases. And, don’t forget TACFA’s big Broadway in the Park reveal! Be the first to know what this year’s summer production is…no hints here…come on April 22nd for this much anticipated announcement!

But wait, there’s more…

Get into the heARTful groove on Saturday, April 29th with a special dance performance by the Tustin Dance Center! Plus, join us Saturday, May 6th for artist demonstrations and the 1st place winners from TACFA’s Student Art Invitational as you take one last look at your favorite artworks from the show. Maybe you’ll even take one home with you! More details coming soon!

Presenting the participants of The heART of Orange County All Media 2017:
Gary Blackwell     Dana Cooper     Toni Danchik     Suzanne DeCuir     Dori Dewberry
Amanda Fish     Dennie Hahn     Deborah Harold     Lore Hold     Elaine Hughes     Wendy Johnson
Steve Kell     Prerana Kulkarni     Marsha Lindsey     Carolyn Lopez     Paige Oden     Max Ollendorff
Rita Pacheco     Kathleen Robison     Sharyn Sakimoto     Janine Salzman     Karl Tani     Kim VanDerHoek

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!

Call to Artists: The heART of Orange County All Media 2017 Juried Exhibition

Chemers Gallery and TACFA 
Call to Artists
The heART of Orange County All Media 2017
April 22 – May 6, 2017
Juried Exhibition
Jurors: Nick Capaci and Jonde Northcutt
Artists and Educators

Deadline for entry is March 4, 2017
CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Calling All Artists
Chemers Gallery and Tustin Area Council for Fine Art (TACFA) are seeking submissions for our 10th annual juried community exhibit! We are inviting local & semi-local artists who work in virtually any media to enter their depictions of the ARTS in Orange County. Past entries ranged from artist studios, ballet and folk dancers and musicians to artists at work, museum viewers and buildings, but that doesn’t mean those are the only acceptable subjects. The possibilities are endless – the more creative and innovative the better! (You just might win one of the cash prizes!)

Amateur artists are welcome to enter. All artwork will be judged equally regardless of professional status.

Entries will all be pre-juried online at OnlineJuriedShows.com.

For a full prospectus and links to enter, click HERE. All media will be considered for acceptance. We want your oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, photographs, etchings, monoprints, beadwork, glass, ceramics, wood, encaustic, sewing…we mean it when we say ALL MEDIA!

We are honored to announce that Nick Capaci and Jonde Northcutt, artists and educators, will be this year’s jurors.

The deadline to enter is MARCH 4, so get your creative juices going!

Your Inspiration Starts Here!

For examples of past entries, click HERE. But remember, it’s just a guide to help get you started.

If you need a few more suggestions, consider making any of the listed venues or organizations your subject:
Sherman Library & Gardens     Laguna Playhouse     Chance Theater      South Coast Rep  
Segerstrom Center     Pacific Chorale     Pacific Symphony Orchestra     Noguchi Garden 
Bowers Museum     Tangata Restaurant     “First Saturdays” art walk in Santa Ana

A full prospectus is available at OnlineJuriedShows.com. Please be sure to read fully and carefully as there are sizing and framing specifications listed as well! Please call us if you need any guidance.

Good luck!

Get your artistic juices going for The heART of Orange County!

Attention all creatives! Our 10th annual all-media juried exhibition is just around the corner! Are you interested in entering The heART of Orange County but wondering what to do? Well, look no further for inspiration, Chemers Gallery is here to help!

Entries to The heART of Orange County must depict the vast variety of arts to be found in Orange County. Examples of work may be, but are not limited to musicians at work, actors in a play, a performing arts building, a dancer practicing in a studio, on-lookers in a museum, an artist’s studio, chefs in a kitchen…the possibilities are endless! Entries may be created in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, collage, ink, photography, glass, ceramic, mixed media, encaustic, fiber and more – all media are welcome.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

In case you need to get your creative juices flowing, here are some examples of past entries. This is just a guide to jump start your imagination, You have until March 4, 2017 to enter your masterpiece!

Artists at Work

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Artists of all ages in all stages! Creating at home, overlooking the ocean, observing in a garden at our local mission, participating in paint outs throughout Orange County.

Musicians

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Playing an instrument or performing onstage, challenge yourself to translate the audio to the visual!

Dancers

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Studio dance classes, ballerinas and folk dancers, tappers, waltzers and tango-ers – let the movement of Orange County jump and jive.

Artist Studios

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Look around your studio and the chaos of creativity or the order of originality. Sometimes the most interesting subjects are right in front of you!

Viewing Art & Arts Buildings

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Patrons of the arts from the young to the young at heart. Don’t forget the arts buildings themselves, even the ones transitioning from abandoned warehouse to upscale art gallery. (Psst – Chemers Gallery counts as an arts building within Orange County, too. Just sayin’!)

Culinary Arts or Art in Situ

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What about the art of FOOD?! Talented chefs and sous chefs are artists of their own right, so why not show them a little love, too? Or feature a favorite painting hanging in someone’s home?

For more information or to enter the show, visit OnlineJuriedShows.com.

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

 

 

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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.