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From Russia, with Love

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!

Enjoying the snowy Russian winter!

Chemers Gallery New Art – December 2016 / January 2017

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

New ART

Lorraine Bubar
Suzanne Currie
Deborah Harold
Bonnie Holmes
Jennie Milner
Gerald Schwartz
Susan Weinstein
Jim Wodark

New CRAFT

Bill Bahret
Maria Counts
Doris Greider
Mary Hammond
Robert Held
Susan Horton
Maruca
Lisa Mertins
Karl Tani

New JEWELRY

Michelene Berkey
Jennie Milner
Elizabeth Nadler
Merry Wennerberg
Yed Omi

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!

Pete Roberts: the Man, the Myth, the Legend

Pete Roberts watercolor painting, local art

Tall Trees, Dana Point

Let us re-introduce you to local watercolor artist, Pete Roberts! You may remember his vibrant watercolor compositions from our annual springtime juried exhibitions, or you may have met him during summer artist demonstrations. With an easy smile, generous nature and willingness to stretch his horizons, Pete is a treasured artist! We couldn’t wait to share his latest earthly creations with you and dish a little dirt on the side!

Pete has been exploring the world of watercolor for nearly 20 years. What began as a self-taught endeavor has blossomed into a full-blown love affair with the medium. In addition to painting to improve his technique, Pete also enrolls in watercolor workshops in southern California and abroad in Italy. Studying under talents like Eric Weingardt, Mel Stabin, Judy Schroeder and Gerald Brommer has added another level of sophistication and control to his already wonderful work. Favored subjects in his latest offerings include our local San Juan Capistrano mission, street scenes and buildings of downtown Orange  and the marinas of Dana Point and Cape May, New Jersey. You may even find a scene or two from “aloha” Maui in the mix!

Pete Roberts watercolor painting, Crystal Cove, local art

Veranda Afternoon, Crystal Cove

Insurance salesman by day, painter and ballroom dancer by night, Pete is no stranger to the many hats an artistic soul wears. Stop by the gallery one afternoon and you may find Pete getting some work done in our back office or showing us his latest tango moves with gallery owner, Karen, as his dance partner! Pushing his artwork forward more and more over the years, Pete is a member of the National Watercolor Society and continues to be juried into art exhibits far and wide.

Legend has it that young Pete’s childhood was spent in, shall we say, somewhat “mischievous” ways. Boys will be boys and consequently the youngster spent some time in his room. Out of boredom, a burgeoning interest in art was formed. Sometimes it pays to be a little errant!

 

Pete Roberts watercolor artist

Pete Roberts

Come and meet Pete and 12 other artists Friday, July 22nd during our annual summer artist demonstrations! Join us from 5-8pm and watch these creative individuals strut their stuff in front of their easels and tables. And, enjoy live oldies music performed by Then Again Band while you stroll Enderle Center. For more information, visit our Events Page.

New Art at Chemers Gallery, February/March

Click the artist’s name or image to see more samples of their work!

New ART

Diana Stetson
Diana Stetson mixed media monotype print

New JEWELRY

Kozakh
Kozakh handmade jewelry
Yed Omi
Yed Omi handmade jewelry

New CRAFT

Maria Counts
Maria Counts ceramics
Robert Held
Robert Held glass paperweight
Susan Horton
Susan Horton woven scarf
Seeka
Seeka Mezuzah
Spiritiles by Houston Llew
Spiritile by Houston Llew