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With 21 artisans confirmed so far, you won’t want to miss this fantastic lineup!
Get the scoop on our talented participants, starting Nov 7th
Jewelry Wearable Fiber Ceramics Glass Wood
Mixed Media Original Drawings Notecards
Epicurean Treats Book Signing and more!
Introducing the 21 talented artisans joining our Faire and the many reasons you won’t want to miss the big event! Mark your calendars now, our 2-day Holiday Artisan Faire will be here before you know it!
Local jewelry designer, Merry Wennerberg, fashions repurposed masterpieces made from vintage buttons, Bakelite, resin and even vintage game pieces. Her earrings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches are completely out of this world fun! You might think that the creative process would keep Merry out of trouble…wrong! She just can’t resist the urge when she finds unique baubles for her jewelry designs. Merry credits Alex Uhl of A Whale of a Tale children’s bookstore for encouraging her to spread her creative wings and sell her amazing creations 21 years ago.
You’ve heard correctly, Robert Held is flying in all the way from British Colombia, Canada, to spend the weekend with YOU! Robert no longer does traveling shows but he’s making a special exception for all of you marvelous fans! You already love his heart paperweights, now fall in love with his holiday ornaments, blown glass vases and more. Luminous in color, translucent or opaque, Robert’s art glass is elegant in any form or hue.
We’re thrilled that Naomi Campos of Yed Omi jewelry is finally able to join in the festivities at our Holiday Artisan Faire! Her delicate beadwork whispers of flirtation and modern romance. Rose gold, sterling and yellow gold pair with gemstones and chain for a match made in heaven. Naomi is traveling all the way from Portland, Oregon to share her handcrafted earrings, necklaces and bracelets with you.
Playful, artful Maria Counts, whose creativity is endless… Joining us Saturday ONLY, Maria’s ceramics are only limited by her boundless & quirky imagination! Brightly glazed teapots, vases, clocks, mugs, wall plaques and sculptures are just the tip of the iceberg of what Maria is showcasing. Pick up 1 or 10 of her gift tags – you can also hang them on your tree or wear as a necklace. From functional to decorative, humorous to refined and everything in between, you won’t want to miss Maria!
Avant-garde fashion meets wool and silk in Beth Marx‘s seamless nuno felted scarves, shawls, vests and more! Her one-of-a-kind fiber creations can be worn upside down, right side up, inside out or round about – the possibilities are endless! Let Beth show you all the ingenious ways to don the wearable that is perfect for you. Beth hails from Long Beach and is attending our Holiday Artisan Faire for the first time this year. You’ll adore her inventive fashions in a bevy of rich color palettes or subtle tones.
If contemporary, geometric jewelry is your game then Joanna Craft is the name! Mixed metals of sterling, copper and brass form everything from uncomplicated everyday earrings and pendants to larger statement pieces. Throw in a few raw gemstones here and brightly-colored enameling there and you’ve got yourself a piece that is a true Joanna original! Although she’s only able to stay on Saturday, she’ll have a selection ready for your perusal on Sunday, too!
Get ready to let your taste buds soar on a cloud of pure chocolately bliss with Luisa Chocolatiere! Back for a third year, Luisa’s handcrafted chocolate is luscious and luxurious. Lessons learned from Europe’s master chocolatiers reach perfection in Luisa’s solid chocolates, truffles, almond clusters, toffees and more. Be sure to check out her Christmas and Hanukkah shapes for all of your holiday parties!
Welcoming Ari Seth Cohen, photographer and documentary filmmaker of Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older and Wiser to our Holiday Artisan Faire! Join Ari for special book signings of his popular photo documentary books at Chemers Gallery Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. As an added bonus, some of his Fashionable Ladies will be joining us on the Saturday for a lively panel discussion at 1:00pm. Don’t miss out! Pre-order your style bibles at Chemers Gallery before November 19th.
Fiber artistry comes to life in Mary Hammond’s capable hands. Using fabric, ribbon and thread, Mary crafts scarves, table runners and wall hangings in every color of the rainbow. She creates a traditional look with contemporary flair. With so many vibrant hues to choose from, there’s sure to be something for every season. Mary is traveling from Santa Cruz to share her latest textile creations with YOU!
Birdhouses, cups and boxes, oh my! The lovely Lisa Mertins is joining our Holiday Artisan Faire and bringing her array of porcelain clay creations. Her signature soft glazes, embossed textures and interesting forms are playful additions to any home or office. Lisa’s sophisticated sense of humor comes to life in her sculptural creations that utilize porcelain, concrete, rebar and wire.
Jennie Milner and her artistry are simply charming! Discover her jewelry made from silver, colorful resin, paint and fabric at our Faire! Jennie’s necklaces, earrings and pins with cheerful houses, birds, trees, coffee cups and flowers feel fun and festive to make any day joyful. New small-scale wall sculptures are little treasures for your abode. Set on a shelf or hang in a grouping for more impact.
Joining our Holiday Artisan Faire for a third time on December 3rd ONLY is Sola Foods and their delicious jam, chutney, pesto and more! “Jam-packed” with fresh fruits and full of flavors that are sure to be the perfect complement to your holiday and everyday table, you won’t want to miss seeing Julia to stock up on her flavorful fare!
Colorful shapes and patterns abound in Suzanne Currie‘s vibrant mixed media artwork. Set under resin for a glossy finish, every collage speaks with personality and character! Psst! We also hear that Suzanne is working on a multitude of collage, resin and fabric jewelry pieces to share with you during the Faire.
With us for the first time is local wood turner, Bill Bahret! A member of the Orange County Woodcarvers Association, Bill’s lifelong passion has been discovering ways to make a thing of beauty with his lathe. His bowls and vases shine with personality. Bill doesn’t shy away from imperfections in the wood grain; instead he greets each potential flaw as a chance to create an item of sheer allure. He patiently works to bring every piece of wood to life, whether it’s maple burl (his favorite!), redwood, plum or myrtle.
Award-winning weaver Susan Horton creates striking scarves, shawls and handbags out of luscious fibers. Woven from silk, cotton, tencel, linen and wool, Susan’s multi-hued textiles shimmer with life and undulate with pattern. Her unique scarves subtly change color from one side to the other. Choose one or more for friends and family, maybe even yourself!
Hooray! Elizabeth Nadler is visiting us once again for our Holiday Artisan Faire! This ever-popular jewelry artisan will be wowing us with her affordable range of necklaces, earrings and bracelets. With styles ranging from Victorian to boho and featuring sparking crystals, pearls and gems, you’re sure to find just the right trinket for everyone on your list.
Bring festive flavors to your holiday table with Bistro Blends! The finest ingredients are used in every bottle of balsamic vinegar and infused olive oil blends from around the world. Choose one or many for your hostess gifts and for yourself to keep all year round. Bistro Blends is the perfect complement to your salads, pastas and breads. Your taste buds will pop once you sample their wares at our Faire!
You’re sure to love Michelene Berkey’s “twiggy” jewelry creations! Taking inspiration from the nature that surrounds her home in Colorado, Michelene’s gold, silver, pearl and gemstone adornments twinkle like the stars & sparkle like the sun. Using twigs and tree bark cast in sterling and gold, her brooches, bracelets, earrings and pendants are organically exquisite. Come find your new favorite treasure December 3rd and 4th!
You will be in awe of James Keniston’s architectural notecards and original drawings! How does he draw so small and precisely?! This British transplant works on a small scale for a big impact. Inspired by the unique homes of San Francisco and the buildings of his native London, England, James creates his intricate illustrations with pen & ink, adding bright hues with a mix of watercolor and colored pencil. Buy cards one-by-one or as a boxed set to spread some cheer for the holidays or throughout the year. James will also have a selection of his original drawings for the Anglophiles and Golden Gaters amongst you!
Wearing one of Lori Lawson’s fiber creations is like sitting by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa! Or, if you prefer, a hot toddy! Her lush fiber creations are stylish yet cozy. Lori’s hand-knit, woven and felted scarves, hats and shawls are warm and inviting, just like Lori herself. Soft fibers of merino and polwarth wool, llama and angora lend an elegant touch to Lori’s beautiful handicrafts.
Local artist Monique Selwitz uses shimmering silver, glistening gold, gleaming gemstones and more to achieve her one-of-a-kind jewelry creations. Her inventive spirit shines like the materials she favors. From organic forms to more structural shapes, her rings, necklaces, cuffs and earrings are sure to be a hit at the holidays and all days!
Clear your calendar for the first weekend in December because our biggest event of the year is upon us…
You’ve asked for more days and more hours and we’ve heard you! Now with 2 days to splurge and shop to your heart’s content, there’s even MORE to love!
Join Chemers Gallery and 21 different artists, artisans and gourmands for our 3rd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Keep checking back for more details, sneak peeks and artist spotlights as we get ready for this can’t-miss-event.
NEW this year is the addition of the ever popular Robert Held art glass, joining us all the way from British Columbia to share his latest glass hearts, ornaments, vases and more with you! He doesn’t do traveling shows any longer, but is making a special exception for us!
We’re also excited to welcome Ari Seth Cohen, writer of the independent documentary film Advanced Style and author of the books Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older & Wiser! Not only will Ari be signing books, he and his “fashionable ladies” will hold a panel discussion on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Anything you ever wanted to know about embracing personal style at any age will be revealed during this lively afternoon.
To preview our participating artists so far, click their names below. However, they will all be bringing new and exciting creations to delight and enchant you on December 3rd and 4th!
Advanced Style – Special Book Signing & “Meet the Ladies” Panel Discussion
Ari Seth Cohen
writer of the independent film, Advanced Style and author of the books Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older & Wiser
Pre-orders limited to 75 books
with more available to purchase the day of the event
Panel Discussion Saturday 1:00pm
*Joining us Saturday ONLY
A huge thank you to all of our art and jewelry lovers, family and friends who joined us on Friday and Saturday for our 2-day jewelry trunk show! Thank you especially to our 5 talented artisans who joined us from far and wide, traveling from Colorado, Nevada and locally to bring their latest and greatest treasures for you to ooh and aah over. We had a blast at our first ever multi-day trunk show and by the looks of the pictures, we know you did, too. Just take a look…
Keep checking our Facebook Page for more pictures of this fantastic event!
We’ll also be publishing the recipe for our signature cocktail, “Diamonds in the Rough,” for you to share and enjoy at home!
Save the Date!
Our 3rd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire will be held
December 3rd, 2016
Details to be announced soon!
The excitement is mounting as we move ever closer to our…
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
Founded 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.