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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!

Chemers Gallery New Art January/February 2018

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John Sawyer
April Willy


Maruca Design


Ayala Bar
Michelene Berkey
Karen Boelts

Chemers Gallery New Art, November 2017

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Nancy Goldman
Greg LaRock
John Maxon
Patricia Prescott Sueme


Houston Llew


Ayala Bar

Join the Fiesta!

Have you heard?? Chemers Gallery and Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) are teaming up for the month of October to present a survey of original children’s book illustrations!!

O p e n i n g   R e c e p t i o n   i n   L a g u n a   B e a c h
Thursday, October 5, 2017     6 – 9pm
Show continues through October 26

There’s a twist to this exhibition – it’s NOT going to be held at Chemers Gallery! (So don’t show up for the reception in Tustin – we won’t be here!) Instead, all of the artwork will be displayed at the LCAD Gallery in Laguna Beach. Join us for the opening reception as we celebrate the wondrous world of children’s book illustration as imagined by over 30 illustrators. Please note, however, that artists will NOT be in attendance unless they are planning to surprise us! Additionally, there will be no books available for purchase. Instead, it’s all about the ART! Over 140 framed and unframed original illustrations, as a matter of fact! All works are available to purchase.

Head to Laguna Beach Thursday, October 5th and meet us at the LCAD Gallery so you can re-visit your favorites and discover new treasures to take home. Take advantage of Laguna Beach’s First Thursdays Art Walk and explore the community.

374 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach 92651
Free Admission

LCAD Gallery Hours
Wed – Sun: 11am – 4pm
CLOSED Mon & Tue

Works on Display from the Following Artists

David Christiana
Greg Couch
Mary Newell DePalma Suzanne Duranceau
Jane Dyer Tim Egan
Matt Faulkner Robin Preiss Glasser
Mary GrandPre Brett Helquist
Ronald Himler  Laura Huliska-Beith
Molly Idle Stacy Innerst
Elisa Kleven
Jim LaMarche Deborah Nourse Lattimore
E.B. Lewis Rafael Lopez
Lauren Mills Kelly Murphy
Dennis Nolan Patrick O’Brien
Winslow Pels Barry Root
Kimberly Bulcken Root Daniel San Souci
Robert Sauber S.D. Schindler
Chris Sheban Gennady Spirin
Kristina Swarner Melissa Sweet
Matt Tavares Johanna Westerman

Since it’s founding in 1961 as the Laguna Beach School of Art, LCAD now offers 12 undergraduate majors and 4 graduate degrees, including BFA Illustration. The college strives to embrace new technologies and prepare its students for careers in their chosen field through studio work and academic study. Through its gallery, LCAD serves its studio art majors and the surrounding creative community through the presentation of a broad array of exhibitions throughout the year. Plus, admission is always free!

See you October 5th on Ocean Avenue in Laguna Beach!

Chemers Gallery New Art – August/September 2017


Marsha Boston
Nick Capaci
Amanda Fish
Deborah Harold
Steve Kell
Jonde Northcutt
Gerald Schwartz


Deanna Deeds
Leona Hawks
Randi Solin


Anna Balkan
Janet Seward

Chemers Gallery New Art – July/August 2017

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Megan Triantafillou


Maria Counts
Maruca Design


Ayala Bar
Zuzana Korbelarova

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!


Chemers Gallery New Art – July 2017

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Suzanne Currie
David Solomon
Jie Zhou


Maria Counts
Ayn Hanna
Randi Solin


Anna Balkan
Michelene Berkey
Karen Boelts
Joanna Craft
Ithil Metal Works
Zuzana Korbelarova
Eva Stone

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