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Hey hey hey! It’s summertime at Chemers Gallery!

Summer is in full swing at Chemers Gallery! While the sun’s been hotting up, we’ve been ramping up the talent joining us for not just one but TWO artful weekend events. Don’t forget to splash these seasonal happenings onto your social calendar…

Mini Artisan Trunk Show – 2 Days!
Friday    August 17th    4-8p
Saturday    August 18th    11a-3p
with Friday night music 5-8p
Blues by Hound Dog Dave & the MelTones

For a sweet taste of the good things to come in December, don’t miss our mini artisan trunk show! It’s hard to resist the temptation of jewelry, fiber, ceramics, leather and chocolate, so go ahead and indulge – we won’t tell! Enjoy Friday night Blues beats with Hound Dog Dave & the MelTones as you ooh and ahh to your heart’s content over all the deliciously creative goodies from our skilled craftswomen and men. If you don’t get your fill on Friday, we’re doing it all again on Saturday – minus the band!

Joanna Craft mixed metal mania    Deanna Deeds masterfully woven fiber
Luisa Chocolatiere delectably decadent chocolate treats    Elizabeth Nadler boho & crystal creations
Janet Seward treasures from the global traveler
Lilia Venier witty ceramics (Friday only)    Winter Wolf Leather tailored leather wallerts, toes & more

Have you seen Karen and Jennifer sporting their sparkly tinsel hair strands?
Our friend Megan will be here to fancify your ‘do, too!

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Artist Demonstrations
Friday    July 13th    5-8p
with Oldies music by Then Again Band

15, count ’em, 15 local artists confirmed to date! Join your favorite talents and watch their creative process at work as you move and groove to the Oldies tunes of Then Again Band. Oil, papercut, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, ceramic, weaving and jewelry making – observe and engage with our super-friendly, multi-talented artists!

Lorraine Bubar papercut    Steve Bjorkman watercolor    Deanna Deeds weaving
Dori Dewberry pastel    Amanda Fish oil    Deborah Harold oil    Steve Kell oil
Greg LaRock oil    Larissa Marantz acrylic    Lisa Mertins ceramic
Ian Montelongo acrylic    Janine Salzman oil
Janet Seward jewelry    Gerald Schwartz oil    Jaime Weber ceramic

 

 

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It’s a summer of style and artistry at Chemers Gallery! 

Take a Look “Inside” with Oil Painter, Greg LaRock

Stuffed armchairs bathed in soft lamplight, sunshine flooding a room to brighten all aglow… Introducing award-winning artist, Greg LaRock, and his inviting interior views! You may remember Greg as one of our participants or even as our juror from our annual community exhibitions. His keen eye for composition and bold use of color transcends traditional landscape painting and has recently brought focus to scenes of domesticity.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from Long Beach State University, Greg’s talents have been honed through studio practice and countless plein air invitationals and competitions. In addition to being a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the American Impressionist Society and the American Society of Marine Artists, he is also affiliated with the Southern California Plein Air Painters Association and Oil Painters of America. Greg’s mastery of his medium has earned numerous awards, including Grand Prize at Easton, Maryland and Artist Choice at Sonoma Plein Air.

Greg’s latest subjects evoke the comfort of home with his deft incorporation of light and shadow. Whether highlighting rockers and settees or illuminating the corners of a room or polished tabletop, his paintings are inherently appealing. The desire to wander in and take a seat within Greg’s tableau is overwhelming. The next best thing to becoming one with the art is to sit and gaze at his skillful artistry!

Come in to Chemers Gallery today to experience Greg’s cozy artwork for yourself!

Thank You!

Thank you to our talented artists and treasured friends and clients who joined us Friday night for our one and only artist demos of the summer! We had a blast and hope you all did, too!

If you missed the big event, mark your calendar’s NOW for August 11th, when we’ll be joined by 2 local jewelry artisans for a mini trunk show! Plus, we’ll be serving wine and gourmet cheeses while you explore all the new goodies from Joanna Craft and Elizabeth Nadler! Enjoy a night of Classic Rock preformed by The Others, part of Enderle Center’s Summer Concert Series. It all happens Friday, August 11th, 5-8pm… See you there!

In the meantime, take a gander at some of the pictures from Friday night’s festivities…

More photos coming soon on our Facebook page!  Keep your peepers peeled!

Mastering Mindfulness with John Maxon

Contemplate all that is zen with John Maxon‘s  EIGHT wonderful new canvases! This talented northern California artist recently graced us with his presence and these long-awaited presents. Mid-sized to large-scale, John’s latest artworks put the “POW” in “peacefully POWerful!”

From a young age, John’s artistic talent was encouraged and nurtured through classes and independent study. In graduate school at UC Davis, he learned firsthand the amount of dedication and vision it would take to pursue a life of art from instructors Roy DeForest, William T. Wiley and Wayne Thiebaud. Their stellar influence, coupled with the art movement of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1960s and early 1970s set John on his path to becoming a full-time artist.

Vibrant in color and composition, John’s work is reminiscent of the landscape as seen from above. Vineyards, waterways and avian life also feature in his richly-hued paintings. A sense of space and harmony is translated through his masterful brushstrokes. Time spent in New Mexico inspired new visions and palettes, reflective of the region’s dramatic light and form. Back in California, John paints and meditates (for hours) daily, infusing his canvases with his free-flowing manner and practice of mindfulness.

We have represented John for more than 20 years and feel fortunate to share his work with you. View all of John’s evocative artwork online by clicking this link, or see them in person at Chemers Gallery!

 

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!

Exchanging “PleasanTrees” with artist, Melissa Graves Brown

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!

 

 

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!

Gerald Schwartz Gives us a “SKY-ful”!

 

Gerald Schwartz contemporary photo-realism oil painting

When is the last time you stopped to marvel at the sky, its dramatic clouds piling ever higher while sunlight bathes everything in a golden haze? Oil painter Gerald Schwartz makes a habit of appreciating the sky and it’s many facets. It’s not unusual for him to pull his car off the side of the road to chase the last light of a lingering sunset or the illumination of the landscape just before a storm. Jerry takes inspiration from light and the resulting paintings almost glow themselves.

At the young age of 16, Jerry became the youngest artist to exhibit his work at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. He followed his passion to Art Center College of Design and when he left he became an assistant art director with a fashion trade magazine. He also pursued free-lance illustration and photography. But through it all, he never lost focus on his true love, the medium of oil paint. He decided to make the leap into the fine art world and the rest is history!

Gerald Schwartz contemporary photo-realism oil painting

Jerry paints daily in his Arizona studio. His photo-realistic canvases range from miniature (only 6 x 6!) to quite grand and convey a variety of subjects. Skies feature heavily in his work, but he also paints landscapes, nighttime scenes and rainy day images. Whatever he chooses, his quality of light and exquisite level of detail are unfailingly Jerry. A yearly exhibitor at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach, Jerry pushes himself to present the familiar in a new and exciting way, as he’s done in his recent painting LA Drizzle.

Gerald Schwartz contemporary photo-realism oil painting

 

See Gerald Schwartz‘s remarkable canvas in person at Chemers Gallery or on our website by following this link. And, the next time you see a particularly dazzling sky, stop for a moment to admire and think about how Jerry might immortalize the moment!

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!

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!