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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!
New paintings by Melissa Graves Brown invite you to wander into enchanted groves and rest in the shade of multi-hued foliage. Vibrant jewel-toned colors mingle on canvas for a look that is pure wow! Melissa has sent Chemers Gallery seven of her most recent pieces, each one more gorgeous than the last.
A Florida native, Melissa earned her Bachelors of Fine Art from Auburn University and her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Her inspiration comes from the natural landscape of Idaho, where she currently resides with her husband, daughter and son. Together, the foursome are a hive of creativity in their home studio. Memories of the swirling leaves that welcomed her to the Wood River Valley are imprinted in Melissa’s mind which she captures again and again in her art.
Melissa’s talents are expressed in layers of color that eventually take the shape of vivid vistas. It’s no surprise that this talented artist has been largely influenced by color theory and the color field paintings of the Abstract Expressionist movement! She approaches painting with intuition and intention, carefully choosing her pigments and letting the composition evolve naturally.
Viewed as a whole, Melissa’s “PleasanTrees” form a magical, mystical world of wonder. Don’t be shy, get up close to the canvas and see where the magic truly happens! You’ll be amazed at the complex layers of color that dance and swirl to form a shimmering, multi-dimensional painting. Leaves that appear to be mostly gold, yellow and orange also contains red, green and purple! Melissa’s underpainting peeks out from the top layers of acrylic paint to introduce unexpected tonal content within her canvases.
Of course, words and pictures can only convey so much…
The best way to experience the atmosphere of Melissa’s paintings is in person at Chemers Gallery!
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!
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
*Joining us Saturday ONLY
A: 2 days of jewelry, fiber art and libations!
If you just can’t wait for our biiiig Holiday Artisan Faire in December, you can wet your whistle with us and 7 talented artisans! Mark your calendars now…
Friday, August 19 3pm – 8pm
Enjoy live Classic Rock music from The Other band from 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, August 20 11am – 3pm
Here’s a teaser to introduce you to the artists joining us. But, remember, they will all be bringing their huge collections to share with you.
Twiggy trinkets, polished pearls and gemstones galore make up Michelene’s selection of silver jewelry. At once refined and playful, her creative spirit shines through in every piece. Twigs and bark from bristlecone pine trees are cast in sterling silver to form pendants, rings, earrings and more. Gems and pearls are strung on wires or set in gold or silver to add a special little some’n some’n to your baubles. Of late, she is using more & more solid gold in her upscale design work. Michelene’s creativity knows no bounds!
If you’re searching for mixed metals, unique raw gemstones and enameling to compliment your look, try Joanna’s stylish range of trimmings! This local artist makes jewelry with a modern flair that carries a slightly Asian influence. Many of her statement pieces are one-of-a-kind and feature stunning stones or glistening glass. Joanna hand-hammers her metals to create texture and movement. Whether it’s a pair of petite every day earrings or a brightly enameled necklace, Joanna is always pushing the envelope to make new & unique designs for you.
Joining us on Saturday only, Susan’s hand-woven scarves and handbags are a delight to the senses! Full of intricate pattern and colors that shift and change before your eyes, every design is spectacular. Susan has won awards for her unique woven skills and it’s not difficult to see why! Scarves made from silk, cotton, chenille and wool are not only pleasing to look at, they’re also soft to the touch and snugly to wear.
Fine silver, gold and semi-precious gemstones feature in Barbara’s exquisite cuff bracelets, necklaces and earrings. This talented designer has learned her craft from master metalsmiths and jewelers the world over. Constantly pushing herself to try something new, Barbara takes inspiration from cultures of the past, such as Byzantine woven wire chains or Etruscan granulation and fusing techniques in her intricate surface decoration. In recent creations, Barbara plays with lightness and darkness, leaving bright silver in some areas while oxidizing others into shadow. We can’t wait to see what she has envisioned for our show!
Add some boho bling to your wardrobe with Betty’s gold-fill, silver, crystal, quartz and stone creations! Her range of necklaces, earrings and bracelets are perfect to layer together or wear alone to create a look that is as complex or as understated as you desire. Charms shaped like birds, hearts, feathers, hamsas, crosses, etc. pair with colorful crystals, glass beads and natural stones like garnet and agate for a look that is oh-so-stylish. Betty’s baubles span the spectrum of style, and with prices mostly between $25 – $75 you can’t go wrong!
Joining us for the first time (yay!) all the way from Nevada, Laurette’s jewelry creations are modern architectural bliss. Favored materials include sterling silver, pearls, wood, stone, lava & coral. Laurette even makes all of her tiny sterling tube beads herself, putting the “hand” into “handmade!” Modern and edgy, Laurette’s jewelry creates a statement that complements every day wear and tops off your special occasion ensemble.
If vintage treasures and all that sparkles makes you tingle, you’ll love Carolyn’s necklaces! Using components that span the decades, Carolyn deftly creates one-of-a-kind adornments that are as unique as you are. French shoe buckles from the 1920’s find homes alongside brooches from the 1950’s and chain from the 1970’s. Glass beads, Mother-of-Pearl and agate slices are repurposed into show-stopping ornamentation. Carolyn will even custom create heirloom jewelry made from your personal family treasures. So bring them to our trunk show to discuss the endless possibilities with Carolyn.
Now is a great time to find your next treasure or – dare we even say it?! – get a jump on your holiday shopping!
So grab your friends and make a day or two of it!