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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!

 

And the Winners Are…

A huge, heARTful THANK YOU to everyone who came out on Saturday night in support of The heART of Orange County, our 9th annual juried community exhibition and TACFA‘s big Broadway in the Park production reveal! We had an amazing time at the opening reception and awards show and we couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Congratulations to ALL of our artists selected for the show and especially to our prize winners! Our juror, Julie Lee of Bowers Museum, approached her choices with thoughtfulness and consideration of the exhibition’s theme. Sharyn Cable of Enderle Center also  took great care in choosing her top pick for the Enderle Center Award and Honorable Mention.

The show continues through May 7th, so come in to Chemers Gallery to see The heART of Orange County in person!

And now, presenting our prize-winners!

Enderle Center Honorable Mention

Dori Dewberry pastelDance Trials, The Wooden Floor
Dori Dewberry

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Enderle Center Award

TAC204Young Artist
Toni Danchik

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Honorable Mention

WJ387Rhapsody in Blue
Jim Wodark

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Honorable Mention

TAC205Flamenco at the Mission
Janine Salzman

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Honorable Mention

DHA138Morning Light
Deborah Harold

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Honorable Mention

TAC190Homeland Security Near the Artist Village
Gary Blackwell

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Third Place

MPI1432am is for the Lonely
Ian Montelongo

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Second Place

TAC203OCSA Guitar Students
Paige Oden

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First Place

VKI124Young and Impressionable
Kim VanDerHoek

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Best of Show

DED146Dance Trials, The Wooden Floor
Dori Dewberry

To see all of the work from this unique exhibition, click HERE

Pictures from the opening reception coming soon!

Introducing new artist Diana Stetson 2016

Some know her by her Chinese artist name, “Red Elegance.” Still more know her by Diana Stetston. But whatever name you know her by, we’re sure you’ll agree that Diana’s artwork fits well with the Chemers Gallery “style”!

Diana Stetson mixed media monotype print

Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Diana’s stunning mixed media paintings and monotypes are elegant and sophisticated with a distinct Asian influence. Every artwork is richly layered in material, meaning and method. Diana’s bold line work found in her monotypes pairs exquisitely with the soft background colors and richly hued vintage papers and ephemera she incorporates through chine-colle. Select works even contain poems hand-lettered by Diana.

Diana’s monotypes  feature her unique “chop” – a hand-carved stamp with her Chinese artist name, given to her by renowned calligrapher Jat See Yeu. Diana has proudly been using this name and chop since 1980 when she studied in Hong Kong.

Diana Stetson mixed media painting

Adding to her repertoire are Diana’s delightful mixed media on birch panel creations. Using layer upon layer of acrylic paint, she slowly builds her background through color and texture. Paint layers are sanded smooth on the panel or left to build structure for her final layer of collage and oil paint. Sometimes Diana will utilize stencils within her backgrounds to introduce an Arts & Crafts Frank Lloyd Wright feel. Her collage materials can be anything from vintage papers to cut up acrylic paint peels.

Come in to experience Diana’s Zen work for yourself! We promise it will calm your soul!

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

New Art at Chemers Gallery, December/January 2015

So many new treasures to share with you! Click the artist’s name or picture for more.

New ART

Nick Capaci
Nick Capaci encaustic mixed media
Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold contemporary figurative, oil painting
John Maxon
John Maxon contemporary landscape, oil painting
Shannon Richardson
Shannon Richardson contemporary figurative, oil painting
April Raber
April Raber local art, southern California landscape

New JEWELRY

Michelene Berkey
Michelene Berkey silver and gemstone jewelry
Joanna Craft
Joanna Craft sterling silver jewelry
Kozakh
Kozakh minimalist jewelry
J.C. Milner
JC Milner jewelry, resin and sterling jewelry
Elizabeth Nadler
Elizabeth Nadler Spirited Muse beaded jewelry
Laurette O’Neil
Laurette O'Neil sterling jewelry
Monique Selwitz
Monique Selwitz silver and gemstone jewerly

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramic kimono
Dale Ferguson
Dale Ferguson ceramic lidded jar
Mary Hammond
Mary Hammond textile scarf fiber art
Leona Hawks
Leona Hawks fused glass tray
Hokanson Dix
Hokanson Dix glass
Susan Horton
Susan Horton woven scarf, weaving
Elaine Hyde
Elaine Hyde glass
David Van Noppen
David Van Noppen glass

New Art at Chemers Gallery, January/February 2016

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New ART

Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold contemporary landscape
Jie Zhou
Jie Zhou European cityscape

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar

Ayala Bar Jewelry Spring 2016

New Season Spring/Summer 2016!

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramics
Doris Grieder
Doris Grieder fiber scarf
Robert Held
Robert Held glass heart paperweight
Susan Horton
Susan Horton woven scarf

New Art at Chemers Gallery, May 2016

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New ART

Melissa Graves Brown
Melissa Graves Brown contemporary oil painting
Deborah Harold
Deborah Harold contemporary oil painting
Paul Kratter
Paul Kratter California plein air oil painting
Diana Stetson
Diana Stetson mixed media painting
Susan Weinstein
Susan Weinstein abstract oil painting
Bernard Weston
Bernard Weston contemporary floral painting

New CRAFT

Raymond Bock
Perfect for Father’s Day!
Raymond Bock contemporary wooden boxes
Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramics
Hammill & Diebolt
Hammill & Diebolt wooden handbags
Ayn Hanna
Ayn Hanna eco dye silk scarf
Robert Held
Robert Held glass
 Randi Solin
Randi Solin glass

 

New Art at Chemers Gallery, June 2016

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New ART

Bonnie Holmes
Bonnie Holmes contemporary seascape oil painting
Colleen Premer
Colleen Premer woodblock print
Emily Van Horn
Emily Van Horn contemporary acrylic abstract painting
Jie Zhou
Jie Zhou European Paris traditional oil painting

New JEWELRY

Anna Balkan
Anna Balkan gemstone earrings gold fill
Michelene Berkey
Michelene Berkey silver jewelry
Lina
Lina semi precious gemstone jewelry wire wrap
Laurette O’Neil
Laurette O'Neil contemporary silver jewelry
Sugatha Roeder
Sugatha Roeder gold fill and gemstone jewelry
 Carolyn Van Hosen
Carolyn Van Hosen vintage jewelry

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramics
Mary Hammond
Mary Hammond sewn textile wall hanging
Lisa Mertins
Lisa Mertins ceramics
Georg Palmer
Georg Palmer dyed wool scarf eco dye natural dye
Carrie Schmitt

Carrie Schmitt hand painted yoga mat

Hand-painted yoga mats!

 Lilia Venier
Lilia Venier ceramics

New Art at Chemers Gallery – July 2016

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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