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Meet the artists & artisans of Chemers Gallery’s 2nd annual Holiday Artisan Faire!

The excitement is mounting as we move ever closer to our…

Chemers Gallery Holiday Artisan Faire Logo

 

We’ll be introducing you to our featured artists and artisans over the weeks leading up to the big event, so keep your peepers peeled for our weekly updates!

We are honored to benefit City of Hope‘s breast cancer research center in memory of our dear friend, Emik Swartz, who used to make all of the delicious desserts & goodies for this event. We also dedicate this show to friends and family who have lost their fight with breast cancer, those who are currently battling & those who are survivors of this disease.

Joanna Craft

Joanna Craft

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Joanna Craft
You spin me right ’round, baby… We’re dizzy with glee for Joanna’s retro atomic jewelry made with sterling silver, gemstones, enamel, and more! Do you love them just as much as we do? (You’re in luck – Joanna Craft will be joining us this Saturday!)

David Van Noppen

David Van Noppen

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David Van Noppen
Swirling dynamic colors abound in David Van Noppen’s blown glass creations! This talented artisan was trained at the Penland School of Crafts, the Pilchuck School and the Corning Studio. Bowls and vases undulate with motion while glass ornaments deck the halls in style!
Choose your favorite one, two or three at our Holiday Artisan Faire.

Lor Lawson

Lori Lawson

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Lori Lawson
Add whimsy to your wardrobe with scarves by fiber artist Lori Lawson! With hand knit, woven, dyed and felted designs, you won’t see any others like this! Lori uses fine merino wool, silk, cashmere, and more. Her scarves are sure to be a hit this holiday season!

Luisa

Luisa Chocolatiere

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Luisa Chocolatiere
We “heart” chocolate at Chemers Gallery – especially the delectable delicacies crafted by Luisa Chocolatiere! Discovered your new favorite confections like traditional candy bars and festive Hanukkah and Christmas themed chocolates at our Holiday Artisan Faire on Dec. 5th. Luisa’s chocolate is mouthwateringly magical!

Madstone jewelry

Madstone

Madstone
Get some glitzy yet edgy jewelry from MAD by Madstone at our Holiday Artisan Faire! The brand’s lower price point, this collection features bold designs and bright gemstones – there’s even a skull or two for the goth glam in you! Madstone’s higher-end line featuring 18k yellow and white gold, diamonds and other precious gemstone will also be available at our show. 

Ayala Bar jewelry, winter 2015 collection

Ayala Bar

Ayala Bar
Colorful, unique, and dynamic jewelry by world-renowned artist Ayala Bar! Instantly recognizable and so fun to wear, her collection features unexpected combinations of colors, fabrics, & textures that add splashes of imagination and whimsy to any outfit. Although the artist herself will not be able to join us, we will have her gorgeous jewelry at our Holiday Artisan Faire! 

Icon leather shoes and handbags

ICON Handbags

ICON Handbags
Snag your own wearable work of art by ICON! Soft and supple leather handbags, wallets and pouches imprinted with masterworks from both established and up-and-coming artists for a look that’s as artistic as you are! Choose your favorite design by Miro, Prendergast, Picasso and more at our Holiday Artisan Faire on December 5th, 11a-5p.

Michelene Berkey silver gemstone jewelry

Michelene Berkey

Michelene Berkey
A “sterling” selection of silver and gemstone delights from jewelry artist Michelene Berkey. Michelene works with a variety of metals, pearls and gemstones to produce textural pieces inspired by nature. We’re honored that she’s coming all the way from Colorado for our Holiday Artisan Faire on Dec. 5th with many more exciting options! 

Suzanne Currie mixed media artwork and jewelry

Suzanne Currie

Suzanne Currie
Ever wanted to match your jewelry with your wall art? Multi-talented artist Suzanne Currie is your woman! After experimenting with many subjects and mediums, her current bold & colorful collage work uses paper cut and paint arranged in graphic designs. Her artwork is sure to make maximum impact, whether on your arm or your wall! 

Kozakh minimalist jewelry

Kozakh

Kozakh
Cyntia Kozak of Kozakh jewelry offers delicate, uncomplicated designs in sterling silver and gold-plate with gemstone accents. Her creations fit the trend of minimalist adornment. As the icing on the cake, this line is not only beautiful, but also affordable!

Sola Foods jam

Sola Foods

Sola Foods
Sola Foods has a gourmet treat for everyone! From sweet jams and spreads to spicy salsas, relishes, and even pestos, Sola Foods has a delicacy to add pizzazz to your holiday – or any day – table! All of their products are made from natural ingredients obtained from local farmer’s markets. Plus, they are always made in small batches to ensure a flavorful treat for your taste buds!

Elizabeth Nadler jewelry

Elizabeth Nadler

Elizabeth Nadler
Boho-inspired gems from jewelry artist Elizabeth Nadler! Betty pairs gold and silver metals with crystals and gemstones of all colors to create simply elegant and very wearable pieces. To top it off, her designs are so reasonably priced that you may be tempted to stock up on one of each! Betty will be joining us at our Holiday Artisan Faire on December 5th, so be sure to mark your calendars so you can snag one of her fabulous designs! 

Spice Merchants olive oils, sea salt, balsamic vinegar, spices

Spice Merchants

Spice Merchants
Get ready to “spice” it up with Spice Merchants of Laguna Beach, one of the participants offering epicurean treats at our Holiday Artisan Faire. Spice Merchants certainly know their stuff since they’ve been in the business for nearly a decade, sourcing the best ingredients from around the world. Owner Paul will be bringing a selection of olive oils, balsamic vinegar, sea salts, spices, and more to our holiday festivities on December 5th! 

Monique Selwitz sterling and gemstone jewelry

Monique Selwitz

Monique Selwitz
Working with sterling silver and unique gemstones, jeweler Monique Selwitz creates organic, inventive pieces are exclusive to Chemers Gallery!  Her inspiration comes from her creative background surrounded by other artists, galleries, goldsmiths, and musicians. We especially love her clever pieces featuring tiny casts of succulents!

Lisa Mertins ceramics

Lisa Mertins

Lisa Mertins
We’re celebrating the whimsical and the wonderfully wild with works by ceramicist Lisa Mertins. Her ceramics are as charming as she is! Lisa’s goal is to incorporate the world around her into her art, particularly that of her rural home. These unique ceramic works, with their more muted colors and textural elements, feel distinctively earthy and one-of-a-kind.

JC Milner Metalworks jewelry

J.C. Milner

J.C. Milner
Meet JC Milner and her beautiful handcrafted jewelry! Capturing a variety of familiar and sentimental symbols like flowers and houses Jennie’s rings, necklaces, and earrings evoke a whimsical nostalgia. Her delicate detailing with resin and silver inspire us to take a closer look and teach us an appreciation for each one’s uniqueness.

Mary Hammond wearable fiber

Mary Hammond

Mary Hammond
Mary Hammond creates colorful and whimsical fiber scarves that are a fabulous addition to anyone’s collection. Local to the San Cruz area, Mary is inspired by the world around her. She intricately fashions her hand-sewn pieces using ribbon and thread to reflect the beauty found in a garden. Vibrant and jazzy, her one-of-a-kind designs can be used as a scarf or even a table runner! Come see her latest creations at our second annual Holiday Artisan Faire!

Claudia Berman

Claudia Berman

Claudia Berman
Kicking off our Holiday Artisan Faire “teasers” is jewelry designer Claudia Berman! Utilizing classical metalsmith techniques, Claudia’s jewelry line wows us with its understated simplicity. Her use of silver, 18k gold and semi-precious gemstones is balanced, contemporary and creative. Karen discovered Claudia’s work in San Francisco and found out that we already know her mother – jeweler Monique Selwitz! 

Susan Horton

Susan Horton

Susan Horton
We welcome back award-winning weaver Susan Horton to our Holiday Artisan Faire! You may remember Susan and her loom from our Summer Artist Demos – we’re so excited that she’ll be joining us on December 5th with her latest batch of woven scarves and clutches. Soft silk, tencel and linen fibers combine on Susan’s loom to form beautiful, stand-out pieces. We can’t wait to see what new patterns and color combinations she’s been playing with!

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Tatratea

Tatratea
Back again for another year, Tatratea will be treating us like royalty with their delicious tea-based liqueurs! Slovakian-born alcohols make a great addition to hot teas, mixed into a cocktail or on the rocks. Tatratea’s secret is a unique fermentation process of Assam tea, hand-picked botanical ingredients and fresh fruits. The result is out of this world! Let our crazy friend Rado mix up the perfect libation for you and pick up a few bottles for your holiday parties and beyond.

City of HopeFounded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 41 of the nation’s comprehensive cancer care centers. Their mission is to transform the future of health care by turning science into practical benefit, hope into reality.

We are donating at least 10% of our net proceeds to City of Hope cancer research centers. We’re hoping to raise $10,000! Even if you can’t join us the day of the event, we will be accepting donations to help us reach our goal.

 

Sparkle and Shine with us December 5th!

 

Save the date for our biggest event of the year! Chemers Gallery’s 2nd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire!
With 16 artists, artisans and gourmands confirmed and counting, this is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss!

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Cathy Markowitz showing jewelry by Michelene Berkey

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey  |  Claudia Berman  |  Joanna Craft
Madstone  |  JC Milner  |  Elizabeth Nadler  |  Monique Selwitz

Wearable Fiber & Leather
Mary Hammond  |  Susan Horton  |  Lori Lawson | ICON Handbags

Ceramics & Glass
Lisa Mertins  |  David Van Noppen

Lisa Mertins displays her charming ceramics

Lisa Mertins displays her charming ceramics

Mixed Media
Suzanne Currie

Epicurean Treats
Luisa Chocolatiere – handcrafted chocolates
Spice Merchants – olive oils, balsamic vinegar & sea salt
Tatratea – tea liqueuer

Watch this space for updates including artist profiles, sneak peeks, new artisans and more!

Spotlight Chemers Gallery Handmade Holiday – Meet the Artisans

Updated 11-22-14

‘Tis the season! The holidays are right around the corner and we can’t wait for our first ever…

Sm 2014 HAF LogoOver the next few weeks leading up to our Holiday Artisan Faire we will be shining a spotlight on our Artists and Artisans and sharing a sampling of their delightful goodies with you. Keep checking back, because we’ll be updating weekly!

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Amy Kekst
Are you are looking for something sparkly this holiday? Look no further than our Holiday Artisan Faire for jewelry by Amy! Gemstones, crystals, one-of-a-kind vintage elements and chains feature in her titillating trinkets. Her extensive selection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets change with the seasons offering mixed metal chains and nuggets paired with sparkly stones and beads. Her selections for Dec.6th are sure to provide you with an assortment of choices!

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Lori Lawson
Stand out this season with Lori’s wearable fibers! After retiring from law, she decided to take hold of her creative side and finally get serious about her first love, fiber. For the past 15 years she has perfected her skills in knitting, crocheting, weaving, and felting. Passionate about her work, Lori hand-dyes and spins all of her yarns to make uniquely designed garments, scarves, shawls. Pick out a great new accessory for all your winter outfits or make it a special gift, either way Lori’s creations will enhance your already gorgeous style!  

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Elizabeth Nadler
Love beads? Then be sure to see Elizabeth at our Holiday Artisan Faire! Fall in love with Elizabeth’s simply elegant designs that are perfect for every occasion. She uses gold and silver paired with gemstones and crystals of all colors to create her one-of-a-kind necklaces and earrings. Choose from elegant faceted stones, lustrous pearls and intricate filigree to complete your holiday look. Most prices are $25-75 to stock up on your stuffers!

Joanna CraftJoanna Craft
For your fill of eclectic mixed metal jewelry, be sure to visit Joanna on Dec. 6th! Her contemporary designs range from geometric to free-form and are just the right portions of silver, copper and brass. Her modern forms allow for color and design to shine for any occasion. Joanna’s newest pieces feature enamel and unpolished stones, and are so stunning you won’t want to miss them while they are here!

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Traveling all the way from Utah, Leona will be sharing her extensive range of fused glass at our Holiday Artisan Faire! Leona begins with recycled clear glass and artfully adds color in the form of metal oxides, ground and dichroic glass, copper pieces or other materials to produce chemical reactions in the heat of the kiln. The results are striking fused glass trays, dishes and light catchers that are organic in nature and ecstatic in hue. Explore Leona’s spectacular glass for yourself Dec. 6th!  

 

 

Michelene Berkey
Although jewelry artist, Michelene, can’t make it to our Holiday Artisan Faire, her sister Cathy will be bringing her latest “twiggy” treasures just for YOU! Try on her newest tidbits that use bees, hearts, flowers, dragonflies and even twigs in her designs. Silver and gold complement her assortment of pendants, rings, bangles and more. Longtime fan favorite Michelene will have the perfect gift for the nature lover in your life!


Diva Desserts
Calling all sweet tooths… Diva Desserts is to tempt your taste buds. Our longtime friend Jan mixes up the smoothest cheesecake, devilicious Kahlua cake and simply sinful chocolate chip cookies. Take them with you or place an order for the holidays, whichever you choose… your mouth will sing! Jan has been cooking up a signature, never before sampled cake using fellow artisan Tatratea liqueur… Woo-hoo is it scrumptious!  

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JC Milner
The imaginative JC Milner will be sharing her quirky jewelry at our Holiday Artisan Faire. Twirly birds, homing birds, tweety birds, painted birds, preening birds, lovely flowers… and dwellings of all kinds… this is the most ridiculous fun jewelry can be! Jennie works her magic with acrylic paint, resin and silver to create whimsical earrings, necklaces, pins and more. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Don’t miss your chance to meet Jennie!

Lisa Mertins
Lisa Mertins
Lisa is bringing the ceramic love to our Holiday Artisan Faire! Working in as many mediums as she possibly can, Lisa does it all! From intriguing ceramics and fine art to jewelry and children’s book illustrations, this talented lady is always up to something new. Lisa’s creativity satisfies the whimsical palate with her stamped fine-walled porcelain creations. Always creating something new, we can’t wait to see what she brings us!

Sola Foods
sola foods1Holiday gift ideas got you in a “jam?” Have we got a treat for you! Sola Foods specializes in fantastic sweet and spicy salsas, jams, spreads and relishes, all 100% natural and 100% sure to win your heart! Using only the best ingredients from local farmers markets, Sola Foods takes their time to create a unique and tantalizing experience. All products are made in small batches enabling them to pack one pound of fruit in every 10oz jar of jam & spreads! Be sure to sample their famous “Cheeky Kiwi” jam! 

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Feast your eyes on Barbara’s gorgeous treasures! Her tempting earrings, bold “elevation” cuffs and intricate necklaces are crafted entirely by hand from fine silver, argentium and unique stones. Trained under master jewelers, Barbara continues to challenge herself to come up with new designs craftier than the last. She just might have your new favorite piece of jewelry!  

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Elaine Hyde
Always a crowd pleaser, Elaine’s beautiful art glass creations shimmer and shine with iridescence. Starting her glass career at the Brooks Institute of Fine Arts in California, she went on to work and train at the Pilchuck Glass Center under Dale Chihuly during the formative years of the renowned institute. Elaine has exhibited her glass worldwide and has won numerous awards for her work. The way the colors shift and change under different light is simply magical. We are sure you’ll agree that her vases and perfume bottles are little treasures!
BB3Bistro Blends
Bistro Blends offers the most amazing and unique Balsamic Vinegars and Gourmet Olive Oil Blends. They adhere only to the highest standards, requiring only the best of Barrel-Aged Balsamic Vinegars from the Modena Region of Italy and Olive Oils from around the world, including California’s own, Napa Valley. Bistro Blends provides a distinct and enlightening blend of flavors, herbs and spices in every selection, assuring any self-proclaimed food connoisseur their rightful place in culinary heaven. 

Suzanne Currie    
Suzanne mixes up paint and paper to create her brightly-hued mixed media on wood melodies. She constructs a frenzy of bright colors and attractive patterns, and then finishes them off with a layer of epoxy resin to give them a nice shine. Her creations take the form of small, one-of-a-kind contemporary images, large bold statement pieces, artsy bangle bracelets and fun throw pillows.

SORAYA MONTELONGOSoraya Montelongo  
Local gal Soraya has a flair for gemstones, beads and crystals! She labors over her stunning hand-beaded creations to craft wearable magic. A mostly self-taught artisan, Soraya’s jewelry follows intricate designs and color schemes that could only be paired by her intuitive eye. Soraya continues to push her beaded work to the limit with innovative techniques and designs, all the while silencing voices that claim “it can’t be done!” Come see her latest designs and find just the right one for yourself or a friend!

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Ready to get your tea on? Tea liqueur that is! Made in Slovakia, Tatratea unites the finest brewed black Assam tea with a number of hand-picked botanical ingredients and fresh fruit in a unique fermentation process. Enjoy as an addition to traditional hot tea or sip chilled neat, on the rocks, or in an endless variety of delicious cocktails if you are in the mood for something festive! Available in six flavors of Coconut, Citrus, Peach, Original, Bohemian and Outlaw and range in proof from 22% to 72%. Rado will be mixing up some knock your socks off libations.

Monique SelwitzMonique Selwitz
New & Exclusively at Chemers Gallery!
Silver & gemstone jewelry with an eye catching harmonious flair are the hallmarks of Monique’s rings, pendants and earrings. This talented artisan takes inspiration from her creative upbringing surrounded by artists, galleries, goldsmiths and musicians. Originally from Switzerland, Monique possess a keen interest in melding both traditional and new metalsmithing techniques. Breathtaking, each piece is uniquely Moniquely!

Mary Hammond Mary Hammond
Mary’s delightful handmade fiber designs are the result of dabbling in domestic crafts, sewing clothes, and needlepoint. While working alongside her mother, Mary fabricated her own process by combining knitted fabrics with quilting and collage techniques. Inspired by designs found in nature, Mary sews together various yarns, fibers and silk pieces and then washes them to ensure every creation is soft and wearable. Her elegant creations can be hung on the wall, draped over a  table or bureau, or worn as an eye-catching scarf!

luisa chocolateLuisa Chocolatiere
Custom chocolate house, Luisa Chocolatiere, features delicious handmade gourmet chocolates of premium grade and absolute freshness. Luisa learned the art of chocolate making from Monsieur Sender, Master Patissier and Chocolatier in Paris. She received additional training in advanced specialty chocolate courses in Nanterre, west of Paris. Luisa crafts a variety of delectable confections with the highest quality ingredients, assuring rich, silky smooth chocolate goodness in every bite. We are so excited to have Luisa participate in our Holiday Artisan Faire and can’t wait for you to meet her and her oh-so-yummy chocolates!