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The heART of OC Artist Demos- May 28th 12pm-4pm

Art in Action!

See art in action with artist demos! Join us and 23+ artists from The 2022 heART of Orange County All Media Juried Exhibition as they share their magic creating with oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, clay, beading and more!

The heARTistry happens on Saturday, May 28th from 12pm – 4pm at Chemers Gallery.

Connect with your favorite artists and see the unique techniques that result in the works you love.

What a wonderful way to celebrate the finale of our juried exhibition!

23 artists confirmed so far!

• Echo Baker – Oil • Kara Bullock – Mixed Media • Denise Busony – Oil •
• Sara Ciavarella – Oil • Kevin Davidson – Oil • Dori Dewberry – Soft Pastel •
• Irina Dorofeeva – Silk Painting • Amanda Fish – Oil • Nancy Gunther – Mixed Media •
• Carol Heiman-Greene – Oil • Jeanette Jensen – Watercolor • Linda Karagozian – Oil •
• Prerana Kulkarni – Watercolor • Jason Li – Watercolor •
James Minidis – Vintage Books & Mixed Media • Lisa Mistiuk – Oil •
Ian Montelongo – Acrylic • Nadalena Radis-Cobbs – Oil • Pete Roberts – Watercolor •
Hedda Schnur – Beadwork Patricia Prescott Sueme – Soft Pastel •
• Ashley Tallichet – Ceramic • Mike Tauber – Ceramic Glazing •


Thank you from the bottom of our heART!

Thank you to our artists and supporters for making this exhibition so full of heART! We are very proud to have such a wonderful community and the opportunity to have this in-person show to celebrate! 

Over 90 pieces of art are now on display at Chemers Gallery from over 70 artists! This year’s juror, Kim VanDerHoek, carefully deliberated when selecting this year’s award winners in three categories: Contemporary Craft, Contemporary, and Traditional. See below the list of Winners, Runner-ups, Honorable Mentions, Best of Show and the “Enderle Choice” awards.

Special thank you to Sharyn Cable from the Enderle Center and TACFA for sponsoring this outstanding local tradition.

Congratulations to all!

To see all works on-line click this link.

Best of Show

Kara Bullock How to Disappear Completely, Mixed Media


Enderle Center Awards

Enderle Center Special Award:

Jason Li Whitewater Butterfly, Watercolor

Honorable Mention:

Kathryn Wilson Desert Spring, Ceramic

Honorable Mention:

Prerana Kulkarni Colorful Succulent, Watercolor


Contemporary Craft

First Place:

Monique Berman Selwitz Lotus Bud Necklace, Labradorite, Kyanite, London Blue Topaz & Sterling Silver

Second Place:

Michael Evans Segmented Wood Vase Cherry, Bloodwood, Yellow Heart & Ebony

Third Place:

Irina Dorofeeva Fantasy Woodland, Silk Painting

Honorable Mention:

James Minidis Cherish, Vintage Book Music Box

Honorable Mention:

Erin Demotte Kaleidoscope, Beaded Cane

Honorable Mention:

Nohline L’Ecuyer Triangle Earrings, Peridot, Citrine & Sterling Silver



First Place:

Marie Tippets Louisville Slugger, Soft Pastel

Second Place:

Jason Li To the Beach, Watercolor

Third Place:

Echo Baker My Tulips, Oil

Honorable Mention:

Lisa Mistuik Gleaning, Oil

Honorable Mention:

Teri Starkweather Floating in Light, Watercolor

Honorable Mention:

Brad Neal Gathering in Arles, Provence, Watercolor, gouache & ink



First Place:

Lynn Welker Water’s Edge, Mixed Media

Second Place:

Kimberly Altman Ice Flower, Acrylic

Third Place:

Lisa Mullin Swallowtail Wing Abstract, Mosaic

Honorable Mention:

Diana Mulder Captive of the Sea, Mixed Media

Honorable Mention:

Nick Capaci Glass Scape, Fused Glass

Honorable Mention:

Ted Rigoni Repose, Photograph


We are already looking forward to what wonderful works will be submitted next year!

The heART of Orange County All Media 2022, Juried Exhibition

Save The Date!

The wait is over! We are pleased to announce the artists featured in the 10th annual heART of Orange County All Media Juried Exhibition. With over 70 Orange County Artists & more than 90 works of art we will be celebrating the diverse creativity of our community.

The excitement begins Saturday, May 14th, 11am-4pm and continues through May 28th.

Our juried exhibition is unique and varied consisting of all subjects and styles in a wide range of mediums. Expect the unexpected in 2D works in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, jewelry, photography, wood, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, sculptures, wearables and more!

This year’s juror is award-winning fine artist and educator Kim VanDerHoek. As always we are proud to be partnering with the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts to bring you this event. Now in its 27th year, TACFA’s mission is to develop, showcase & support the arts in the greater Tustin Area.

Mark your calendars, stay tuned and join our Facebook event page for updates!

The juried artists are: Kimberly Altman, Echo Baker, Steve Bjorkman, Debbie Borusky, Gobind Boyes, Kara Bullock, Denise Busony, Nick Capaci, Dave Chapple, Jean Choi, Sarah Ciavarella, Thomas Damgaard, Kevin Davidson, Erin Demotte, Mika Denny, Dori Dewberry, Irina Dorofeeva, Michael Evans, Amanda Fish, Nancy Goldman, Nancy Gunther, Ray Hart, Carol Heiman-Greene, Susan Hoehn, April Hoskins, Jeanette Jensen, Linda Karagozian, Steve Kell, Prerana Kulkarni, Nohlene L’Ecuyer, David Lang, Julie Leah, Joe Lee, Cami Levin, Jason Li, James Minidis, Lisa Mistiuk, Ian Montelongo, Diana Mulder, Lisa Mullin, Karen Neal, Brad Neal, Erich Neubert, Charlene O’Hehir, Arpad Petrass, Tony Podue, Patricia Prescott Sueme, Alisa Proctor, Nadalena Radis-Cobbs, Eric Estuar Reys, Ted Rigoni, Pete Roberts, Linda Rogers, Robin Rogers Cloud, Ziba Safavian, Janine Salzman, Deanna Sanches da Silva, John Sawyer, Hedda Schnur, Ryan Schroeder, Monique Berman Selwitz, Janet Seward, Naomi Shachar, Teresa Shippy, Teri Starkweather, Ashley Tallichet, Mike Tauber, Marie Tippets, Taffy Van Calcar, Lynn Welker, Kathryn Wilson.


New Art April & May 2022

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more of their work.



John Sawyer

Landscape Oils


Jon Lundstrom

Architecturally Inspired Ceramic

Maria Counts

Whimsical Ceramics

Jerry Sawitz

Crystalline Glazed Ceramics

Tanner Sawitz


Miniature Hand-Thrown Crystalline Ceramics


Ceci Rincon



Colorful Geometric Enamel

Melanie Brauner

Handmade Paper and Resin
(they are waterproof!)

Lily Tsay

Asian Inspired Porcelain, Wood, and Pearl Beads


Celebrating Women in Art! — Part 6 Kim VanDerHoek

Celebrating Women in Art! — Part 6  Kim VanDerHoek
by Hanna Zorilla

Kim VanDerHoek

Kim VanDerHoek is a contemporary artist that brings her signature expressive style to every oil painting she creates. Her award winning pieces, and skill as an instructor have made her sought after by collectors and recognized in the community. What’s more? We are so excited to have her as this year’s juror for The heART of Orange County All Media 2022 Juried Exhibition.

How did you discover your love of painting?

My mom and I spent many hours creating different projects sitting together at the kitchen table when I was a kid. That started my love of creating which continued in my high school art classes. After college I took plein air painting classes which started me on this career path.

After receiving a lot of critical acclaim, how has this affected your life and artwork?

It’s helped build name recognition, which has brought new opportunities my way like being invited to participate in national exhibitions. It’s also increased the interest in my work with collectors and galleries

How do you know when an artwork is done, do you ever have to force yourself to stop?

When I’m nearing the end and I’m adding finishing details, if I put in five details and the painting isn’t improving, then it’s time to stop.

How do you determine success? 

In several different ways, being able to travel and paint, having a flexible schedule where I get to spend time with my kids, having friendships with other artists and collectors, and being able to make a living doing what I love.

Your works have become more abstract over the years, what was that progression like?

It was definitely a conscious decision. I’ve always had a passion for artwork that combines realism and abstraction. When I started plein air painting it was to build a foundation of skills in realism but ultimately I wanted to achieve a hybrid look.

In terms of technique, I spent several years seeking out influences that were not in the landscape genre. Finding inspiration in the work of figurative artists who combined realism with abstraction, I experimented with implementing similar methods in my landscapes. It took time to figure out what worked, but it taught me the value of continued experimentation.

What advice would you give to young female artists?

I would say that you’re better than you believe you are and your artwork has more value than you think. You have to be extremely tenacious to make it in this business.

Chemers Gallery has represented Kim VanDerHoek for 9 years. It has been exciting to witness the evolution of her painting style and critical success. To see more of Kim’s work click this link to our website.

In case you missed our interview with Kara Bullock, click here
For our interview with Maria Counts, click here
For our interview with Jonde Nothcutt, click here
For our interview with Lorraine Bubar, click here
For our interview with Amanda Fish, click here

Celebrating Women in Art! — Part 5: Amanda Fish

by Hanna Zorilla

Amanda Fish is a traditional artist whose specialty is in painting photorealistic still life. Looking at Amanda’s work, every pristine detail is accounted for and beautifully appointed. Over the phone, Amanda’s liveliness is plentiful and her enthusiasm definitely translates into her paintings. 

When did you start painting and what made you want to be an artist?

“I was always a creative child. My first picture… I actually still have it, my mom kept it… was when I was about five years old and funny enough it was a still life, it was a bowl of fruit sitting on the table. I’m from an artistic and creative family. My mother was a painter, and later a pastel artist. Growing up, she would paint oils at the dining room table. My sister and I spent a lot of time at our grandparents house during our childhood. My grandfather was a writer and photographer. My grandmother taught me to sew, knit, crochet. We were always involved with some kind of creative project, painting or doing crafts. I always wanted to be an artist and was fortunate enough to have encouragement early on from my family. My mother took me and my sister to museums, galleries, and antique shops throughout our childhood and teens. I certainly think that had a strong influence on me as well. Though I got a BFA degree in college and continued to paint after, starting an art career straight out of college wasn’t exactly viable, so I set my sights on working for a museum. I was beyond thrilled, after quite a few applications, I got a job at the Getty Museum.”

You often paint photorealistic still life, why do you choose to paint still life, rather than another genre?

“I was a watercolorist for over twenty years before I switched to oils. (I have been painting Still Life with oils professionally for over 15 years.) When I made that decision I already knew a wonderful group of landscape oil painters. It was through them that I joined Southern California Plein Air Painters, and began painting oil landscapes at first. But I quickly realized that this was not going to be my subject matter. I couldn’t see myself painting landscapes on a daily basis, it didn’t grab me.”

Why do I paint still life? I started to think about classical art. I loved vignettes in homes, items that were gathered in a lovely way on an antique credenza. Since my mother was a collector of beautiful items, it got me thinking about creating still lifes. I became excited to see what I could create using items I had collected for many years, and adding fruits and flowers. It ignited a passion to pursue still life painting. There is such beauty and grace…..a lovely lyrical quality that can be created with the light dancing across objects. I also love the control I have bringing items together, designing my own compositions.”

Do you paint from photos or do you create physical environments from which you paint, and how do you get inspiration for the subjects of your paintings?

“When I started painting still lifes I would paint small paintings live. As I was learning, it was important to see the items in their clarity, to capture and understand the color, the light, the nuances. That is still important, it always will be, but one becomes accustomed to objects, and your artistic style develops, etc… As I grew as a painter, my still life compositions grew larger. Photographing my compositions became a much better way to work. I also have space limitations in my studio. I now take high resolution photographs and work from those. My photo shoots take about 2-3 day, with many different compositions created. I tend to do them seasonally, as certain fruits become plentiful and certain flowers are in season. I’ll have an idea of what items I want to bring together and then develop my compositions from there.”

How do you determine success?

“Success to me is having a passion and desire to create and wanting to share it with others. There is certainly truth in saying, having motivation is a success some days! The feedback I receive from visitors or collectors means a great deal to me. Looking at and reacting to my paintings becomes personal to them. If someone feels something about your work enough to purchase it, that’s success in itself. I also see being accepted into a gallery as success. They see the value in your work and yourself, and they want to share it with their visitors. It is an honor to be included in a community of artists.”

Do you paint symbols within your artwork, and if you do, do they ever represent aspects of yourself and your life?

“No symbols. I’ll use objects which are meaningful to me, whether I collected them, or they were once my mothers’, or gifts from loved ones and friends. But it doesn’t symbolize anything. I don’t paint a lily because it symbolizes love or fertility, or paint apples because it represents Adam and Eve, it’s just the beauty of an apple or a flower.”

How do you know when an artwork is done, do you ever force yourself to stop?

“The larger the painting is the more questions I might have, is it done? The smaller paintings I pretty much know. There’s so much more happening in a larger painting, there’s more to consider, more contemplation and studying. I ask myself if there is something jumping out at me, is something “off.” I think intuitively, you just know when a painting is done.”

What advice would you give to young female artists?

“Once you find the passion of whatever art it is you want to pursue, work within a consistent style and build a cohesive collection of what you want to express. Success can come from an identifiable style and I think when you find an identifiable style within yourself, it can give you confidence to know you have gotten to a level of accomplishment to go out with your body of work. I was talking to a gal from the LA area, and she had no idea what to do with or where to go with her art. I told her to narrow it down to two different mediums if she couldn’t decide what direction to go into and create two different collections to focus on development and style. I told her to look into local Art Groups to join in L.A. There are also websites that list art shows, outdoor fairs or small outdoor art markets which is a good start. It’s an important way to get feedback, feedback that you especially need when you are starting out.”

Still-life master, Amanda Fish has been part of Chemers Gallery’s stable of artists for 6 years. Her translucent layer of oil paint combine in harmony with her classical painting style.. To see more of Amanda’s work click this link to our website.

In case you missed our interview with Kara Bullock, click here
For our interview with Maria Counts, click here
For our interview with Jonde Nothcutt, click here
For our interview with Lorraine Bubar, click here


The heART of Orange County All Media Show 2022, Juried Exhibition

Calling All Orange County Artists!


Although it has been another year of uncertainty, Chemers Galley is always looking ahead! During the pandemic we have hosted 7 safe & successful events thanks to our wonderful clients & artists. We are so excited to announce that The heART of Orange County 2022, Juried Exhibition is open for submissions! Send us your best in all styles, mediums, and subjects. This means acrylic, ceramic, drawing, fiber/textile, glass, jewelry, mixed media, metal, oil, pastel, photography, printmaking, watercolor, wood, and more!

This diverse in person showing of Orange County artists draws attention to the wide range of creative talent in our community, and it will all take place on Saturday, May 14th 2022

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 10th 2022
Click here to Enter 

This year’s juror is Kim VanDerHoek, award winning artist and instructor. You may recognize VanDerHoek’s name from her fantastic artwork that has been gracing the walls of Chemers Gallery for almost a decade! Her studio, plein air, and up in the air cloudscapes always impress. Collectors seek her signature style using texture and rich color to set the scene.

Click this link to our Facebook events page for more up-to-date information.

This will be our 10th year partnering with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA), to bring you this iconic annual juried exhibition. Now in its 27th year, TACFA’s mission is to develop, showcase & support the arts in the greater Tustin Area.

Celebrating Women in Art! — Part 4: Lorraine Bubar


Interview with Lorraine Bubar

by Hanna Zorilla

Lorraine Bubar is an immensely detail oriented artist who uses paper as her medium. Lorraine’s papercut works are incredibly intricate and often advocate for the environment and social justice. Talking to Lorraine, you can hear her drive and the hard work it takes to create her amazing artwork. 

Your art is incredibly detailed and complex, what made you choose to do papercut artwork rather than another medium?

“Papercut artwork is very labor intensive, but I seem to gravitate towards labor intensive ways of working. My first career was in animation which was also very labor intensive, but I like getting into “the flow” and seeing where it takes me. I used to paint with watercolor, so I consider myself a painter, and I would use an x-acto knife to meticulously cut stencils to airbrush in the backgrounds. I already was cutting with an x-acto knife for my watercolors , so I made the switch from cutting the stencils to cutting the paper. I love to travel and in many cultures around the world artisans create papercuttings, including in own my Eastern European Judaic ancestry. Papercutting also allows me to be in the fine art realm and craft realm at the same time, which opens up a lot of avenues for exhibiting my work. I think of my papercutting as more like painting because I add layers and layers of colored papers, as if I’m painting with dabs of paper instead of paint.”

Is there something that you know today that you wish you knew when you first started your career as an artist?

“One thing is that you have to enjoy the process and do it for yourself.  When I am working, I am continually surprised and delighted with the unfolding process before me in creating the composition and seeing how the colors work together.  I think that is a feeling to work towards.  Let your instincts take you and trust what’s inside instead of being guided by exterior forces.  Give yourself the license to do what is authentically you. ”

I know a lot of your work surrounds environmental issues and social justice, why have you chosen to speak out about these issues through your art and why does this inspire you to create art?

“In the era that we’re in, I question what the purpose of art is and what responsibility does an artist have in communicating to the larger population. I want my art to communicate about the fragility of nature and even the fragility of our urban environments being transformed by overdevelopment and homelessness.  I love to travel and I’m lucky I can use my direct experiences to create art about fragile ecosystems around the world, including the land, the air, the water, and the species that are threatened.”

Is there an artwork that stands out to you, because you had so much passion and drive while creating it?

“There’s not one that stands out, but I really like my pieces that capture peak experiences of my life. I’ve been given the opportunity to be the artist in residence in several national parks. Most recently, in Lassen Volcanic National Park, where the Dixie fire is and nearly half of it has burned.  I recently created a piece where I was sitting by a lake in Lassen, observing the mountains, baby toads, wildflowers, and insects. It’s sad to know that the trails I hiked to beautiful destinations are being destroyed.  It shows how fragile this planet is.”

How do you determine success as an artist?

“It’s really important for me to exhibit. I have the feeling of success most when I have work in exhibits and talk to people about how my imagery resonates with them.”

How do you know when an artwork is done, do you ever force yourself to stop?

“My work looks so done when it’s done, not one space is not intricately looked at. I do stand back to see how the colors work together and if I need to change anything, but every quarter of an inch is so examined during the process of creating.”

What advice would you give to young female artists? 

“Try to find your authentic voice, try to say something important whether it’s political or emotional. Work hard, and don’t worry about what other artists are doing around you.”

Lorraine Bubar has shown her evocative papercuts at Chemers Gallery for 9 years. Layer upon layer of hand-cut paper build the intricate images she creates . To see more of Lorraine’s work click this link to our website. 

In case you missed our interview with Kara Bullock, click here
For our interview with Maria Counts, click here
For our interview with Jonde Nothcutt, click here


New Art February 2022

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more of their work.



Dave Chapple

Oil Landscapes

Steve Kell

Coastal Oil Landscapes

Jason Li

Watercolor Landscapes & Figurative 

Marilee Nielsen

Watercolor Collage

Ebrahim Amin

Oil Landscapes



Maruca Design

Handmade in Boulder, Colorado

Tom Borusky

Hand-Turned Wood Vessels & Artisan Pens

Maria Counts

Whimsical Ceramics

James Minidis

Mixed Media Music Boxes

NEW Jewelry

Ayala Bar

Israeli Jewelry Designer

Michelene Berkey

Nature Inspired Sterling Silver, Gold & Gemstones

Nohline L’ecuyer

Hand-Blown Glass 

Elizabeth Nadler

Delicate Sterling Silver, Gold & Gemstones

Krista Bermeo

Lampwork Glass

Ithil Metalworks

Mixed Metal Meditation Rings