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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.

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Celebrating Local Talent: Kim VanDerHoek

Exploring a love for landscape and urbanscape comes naturally to award-winning artist Kim VanDerHoek. Raised in Big Bear City, Kim spent her childhood immersed in trees and sunshine. Her passion and creativity are undeniably expressed in her artwork.

Kim VanDerHoek contemporary landscape oil painting

From Land to Sea

After earning a degree in illustration from Oakland’s California College of Arts, Kim’s career took her into the world of graphic design. Eventually, she decided to dedicate herself to painting full time. And dedicate herself she did! This talented lady is busy busy busy! In addition to painting, Kim teaches weekly classes in Orange County, co-created both a monthly online art contest and an in-depth Q&A resource for artists, and attends painter’s invitational events nationwide. What started as a dream has been transformed into Kim’s reality.

As a plein air painter, Kim embraces the challenges that painting outdoors presents. Changing conditions and light make forethought and quick decision-making a necessity. Kim also brings those strengths to her easel when she works in the studio. The resulting paintings feel fresh and calming. Her studio work is equally decisive and fluid; never a staid representation of her subject.

Kim VanDerHoek contemporary urbanscape oil painting

6th Street Bridge Arches

Kim’s graphic design background comes into play with her choice of subject matter. She is as equally drawn to trees and estuaries as to the arcs and curves of a freeway overpass. She heeded the call of LA architecture, especially the 6th Street Bridge, to produce her bridge paintings. Kim’s love for the design sensibility of chairs and all they can represent is “couched” in her latest series of paintings. And by love, we mean L-O-V-E! If she could, Kim would collect seats of all shapes and sizes…and we don’t mean the ones found on your backsides!

Kim VanDerHoek contemporary still life oil painting

Estranged

Kim exhibits her work around the country in juried exhibitions and invitational shows. Earlier in 2016, she completed a commission for the ACE Hotel in New Orleans of panels for armoirs and was also a featured artist in Southwest Art Magazine. An active member of the American Impressionist Society (AIS), Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SoCalPAPA), Kim is also a signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) and an Artists member of the California Art Club (CAC). Her many awards include 2nd Place at the SoCalPAPA Painting the Light show, 1st Place at Chemers Gallery’s HeART of Orange County All Media exhibition and Best of Show at the SoCalPAPA Orange County Fair paintout.

To see more of Kim’s delightful paintings, follow this link or see in person at Chemers Gallery!

THANK YOU!!

A huge thank you to all of our art and jewelry lovers, family and friends who joined us on Friday and Saturday for our 2-day jewelry trunk show!  Thank you especially to our 5 talented artisans who joined us from far and wide, traveling from Colorado, Nevada and locally to bring their latest and greatest treasures for you to ooh and aah over. We had a blast at our first ever multi-day trunk show and by the looks of the pictures, we know you did, too. Just take a look…

Michelene Berkey

Sisters Cathy Markowitz and Michelene Berkey with Karen

Susan Horton

Enthralled with Susan Horton’s woven shawls, scarves and bags

Michelene Berkey

So much eye candy!

Elizabeth Nadler Spirited Muse jewelry

Choosing treasures

Laurette O'Neil

Laurette O’Neil and Karen

Elizabeth Nadler Spirited Muse

Admiring Elizabeth Nadler’s boho-inspired jewelry

Chemers Gallery

Judi and Shirley

Joanna Craft jewelry

Lois and Joanna Craft

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Heather and Jennifer goof around

Joanna Craft

Guests enjoying Joanna Craft’s mixed metal & enamel creations

Keep checking our Facebook Page for more pictures of this fantastic event!
We’ll also be publishing the recipe for our signature cocktail, “Diamonds in the Rough,” for you to share and enjoy at home!

Save the Date!
Our 3rd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire will be held
December 3rd, 2016
Details to be announced soon!

In the Immortal Words of Bobby Rydell…”[We] Wanna Thank You!”

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on Friday night for our annual summer artist demonstrations – art lovers, family, friends and talented artists who so generously shared their skills with all of us! Even though it was hot hot HOT, we were nice in cool in our AC and you all packed the place out! Take a look at some of the fun we had…

Dori Dewberry pastel artist

Dori Dewberry at work at her easel

Janine Salzman oil painting

Our friend Judi (left) with artist Janine Salzman (right)

Chemers Gallery staff Marcus, Shirley and Rita

Marcus, Shirley and Rita looking fabulous!

Deborah Harold

Deborah Harold working on her latest painting

Suzanne Currie mixed media artist

Suzanne Currie chats with a visitor

Maria Counts ceramics

Ceramicist Maria Counts works on a small dish

Lisa Mertins ceramics

Lisa Mertins explaining her ceramic process

Pete Roberts watercolor

Cheryl meets watercolor artist, Pete Roberts

Dana Cooper oil painter

Dana Cooper in deep concentration

Ian Montelongo acrylic painting

Ian Montelongo braves the heat to work outside

Shannon Richardson oil painting

OIl painter, Shannon Richardson, takes a break

Browsing jewelry

Curious clients peruse some of our jewelry selection

Shannon Richardson oil painter, Maria Counts ceramics

Capturing the artists hard at work! Shannon Richardson paints while Maria Counts carves her ceramics

Elaine Hughes oil painting

Photographing the artists at work: Elaine Hughes (left) and Janine Salzman (right)

Elaine Hughes oil painter

Elaine Hughes brings her canvas to life

Janine Salzman oil painter

Janine Salzman carefully painting a familiar scene

Chemers Gallery crowd

What a great crowd!

Ian Montelongo and Pete Roberts

Two brave souls who faced the heat of Friday night! Ian Montelongo (left) and Pete Roberts (right)

Kim VanDerHoek oil painter

Kim VanDerHoek sketches out the lines of her latest oil painting

Deborah Harold and Dori Dewberry

Deborah Harold and Dori Dewberry paint side-by-side

Lisa Mertins, Maria Counts, Kim VanDerHoek

Maria Counts visits with Lisa Mertins and Kim VanDerHoek while they set up their stations

Paintbrushes

Ready to go!

 

Keep checking our Facebook page to see more pictures from the night!

Mark your calendars now…

Join us next month for our 2 day jewelry trunk show on
Friday, August 19th from 3-8p and Saturday, August 20th from 11a-3p!

7 talented designers and artists will be bringing their entire collections for you to find your next great treasure.
And, enjoy live Classic Rock music by local band, The Other, from 5p – 8p on Friday night.

Chemers Gallery New Art – July 2016

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more work!

New ART

Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold contemporary coastal oil painting
Shannon Richardson
Shannon Richardson contemporary portrait oil painting
Janine Salzman
Janine Salzman contemporary coastal oil painting
Kim VanDerHoek
Kim VanDerHoek contemporary oil painting LA River

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramic box
Leona Hawks
Leona Hawks fused glass dish
Houston Llew
Houston Llew Spiritile copper and enamel
Lisa Mertins
Lisa Mertins ceramic sculpture
David Van Noppen
David Van Noppen blown glass

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar
Ayala Bar fall/winter 2016 collection new jewelry
Kozakh
Kozakh contemporary minimalist jewelry

New Art at Chemers Gallery – July 2016

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more work!

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

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!