New Art August 2022

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


Steve Kell

Local Landscapes in Oil

Kara Bullock

Contemporary Acrylic Portraiture


Suzanne Currie

Whimsical Watercolors

Wendy Shragg

Mixed Media “Story People”







Ayala Bar

Israeli Jewelry Design

Michelene Berkey 


Nature Inspired Sterling Silver, Gold & Gemstones

Lily Tsay

Asian Inspired Porcelain, Wood, and Pearl Beads

Melanie Brauner

Handmade Paper and Resin
(they are waterproof!)






The Metal Arts Society of Southern California (MASSC) Mystery Metals Challenge

Sat. September 17, 2022 – Opening and Artist Reception
5pm – 8pm

Show continues through Saturday, October 1, 2022!

Chemers Gallery is happy to be partnering with the Metal Arts Society of Southern California  (MASSC) for their Mystery Metals Challenge. This members-only event features participants who must create a piece of metal jewelry that fits within the scope of the surprise parameters they are given. The majority of the construction must be made of metal but can be composed of other materials as well such as gemstones and wood.

We are expecting 30-50 artists to participate in this first in-person showing since the pandemic began. We are excited to host the event and for the opportunity to show the work of these fine metal artisans.

All works will be available for purchase and refreshments will be provided!


New Art June 2022

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



Bernie Anderson

Spontaneous Oil Expressions

Dori Dewberry

Pastel Landscape

 Jason Li 

Landscape and Figurative Watercolor 

John Maxon

Vibrant Oil Landscape

Carol Heiman-Greene

Still Life in Oil

Mike Tauber

Bold Ceramic Tiles



Colorful Mezuzah

Houston Llew

Copper and Glass Spiritiles

Irina Dorofeeva 

Hand-painted Silk Scarves


Maria Counts

Whimsical Ceramics


Hedda Schnur

Tailored Beadwork

Ayala Bar

Israeli Jewelry Designer


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 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 •


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

Lisa Mertins

Whimsical Porcelain

Maruca Design

Handmade in Boulder, CO


Ceci Rincon


Colorful Geometric Enamel

Melanie Brauner

Handmade Paper and Resin
(they are waterproof!)

Lily Tsay

Asian Inspired Porcelain, Wood, and Pearl Beads

Sapharim Rahav

Roman Glass and Sterling Silver

Yed Omi

Elegant Sterling Silver

Ayala Bar

Israeli Jewelry Designer


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