The heART of Orange County All Media Show 2021, Juried Exhibition

What a year it has been! We are so continuously grateful for the love and support shown by Orange County artists & collectors in these uncertain and difficult times. Despite the obstacles the show must go on! We are excited to announce that The heART of Orange County 2021, Juried Exhibition is seeking 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 showing of Orange County artists draws attention to the wide range of creative talent in our community, and it will all take place on July 24, 2021

The deadline for submissions is June 6, 2021
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This year’s juror is Stephen Anderson, Artist and Exhibition & Education Coordinator at OC Fair. Anderson has had over 25 years of experience in the arts working in Graphic design & Fine art creation, including mixed media, painting, collage, pyrography, video and installation.

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This will be our 9th year partnering with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA), to bring you this iconic annual juried exhibition. Now in its 26th year, TACFA’s mission is to develop, showcase & support the arts in the greater Tustin Area.

New Art February 2021

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

New ART

Patricia Prescott 

Serene Landscape Pastels

Lorraine Bubar 

Intricate Papercuts

Janine Salzman

Expressive Landscape and Figurative Oils

 

New CRAFT

Maria Counts 

Imaginative Ceramics

Maruca Design

Handmade in Boulder Colorado

Lisa Mertins

Organic Nature Inspired Ceramics

Jonathan Weaver

Hand-turned Wood Vessels

James Minidis

Charming Handmade Music Boxes 

Tom Borusky

Wood and Gemstone Pens & Vessels


NEW Jewelry

Elizabeth Nadler

Dainty and Boho Designs

Michelene Berkey

Nature Inspired Sterling Silver, Gold & Gemstones

Ayala Bar

Israeli Designer Jewelry

 

New Art January 2021

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New ART

Geoffrey Krueger

Serene Local Landscape Oil Paintings

John Maxon

Colorful Contemporary Oil Paintings

Mary Mackey

Abstract Mixed Media on Paper 

 

 

New CRAFT

Tom Borusky

Heirloom Quality Pens & Hand Turned Wood Vessels

Beth Marx

Fanciful Felted Accessories

 

NEW Jewelry

Eva Stone

Contemporary Sterling Silver, Gold & Semi-precious Stones

Michelene Berkey

Nature Inspired With Sterling Silver, Gold & Gemstones

Janet Seward

Ethnic With Sterling Silver, Antique Beads & Charms

 

 

Krista Bermeo

Playful Lampworked Glass & Silver

The Faces of a Masked Holiday Artisan Faire!

December 5th & 6th, 2020

Although we couldn’t see the smiles on the faces of our clients, artisans and volunteers… we could see it in their eyes! With safety precautions in place our Holiday Artisan Faire went off without a hitch… just look at the photos to prove it!

Click here to see more photos from our Holiday Artisan Faire 2020 Facebook album

From wearables to gourmetables, the Faire had incredibles!

To shop more of our artisan handcrafts visit our Contemporary Crafts page

You came! You stayed apart! You made it jolly! 

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New Art December 2020

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New ART

Kim Vanderhoek

Aerial & Cityscape Oil Paintings

Gerald Schwartz

Photo Realism Oil Paintings

Patricia Prescott Sueme

Coastal & Landscape Pastels

 

New CRAFT

Lisa Mertins

Whimsical Ceramics

Deanna Deeds

Woven Wearables & Home Goods

Mary Hammond

Intricately Hand Sewn Scarves

 

Jonathan Weaver

Handturned Wood Bowls & Vases

Maria Counts

Imaginative Ceramics

James Minidis

Music Boxes Crafted From Vintage Books

 

 

NEW Jewelry

Sapharim Rahav

Roman Glass & Sterling Silver

Monique Selwitz

Organic Sterling Silver & Gemstone

 

New Art November 2020

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New ART

John Maxon

Expansive Oil Paintings

Greg Sabin

Layered Abstract Mixed Media

Deborah Harold

Abstracted Landscapes

 

Mary Mackey

Abstract Works on Paper

New CRAFT

Maruca Design

Handmade in Boulder, C.O.

Maria Counts

Dreamy & Imaginative Ceramics

James Minidis

Charming Vintage Inspired Music Boxes

New JEWELRY

Ayala Bar

Israeli Jewelry Designer

Joanna Craft

Organic Gemstone, Sterling Silver, & Enamel

 

Save the Date! 2020 Holiday Artisan Faire is ON!!

Click the artisans’ name to some of their handicraft!

Michelene Berkey  |  Krista Bermeo  Suzanne Currie
Joanna Craft  Deanna Deeds  |  Beth Marx
Lisa Mertins  |  Betty Nadler  |  Monique Selwitz
Janet Seward  |  Karen Varela Jonathan Weaver
Luisa Chocolatiere

On Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, 12pm-5pm Chemers Gallery in Tustin’s Enderle Center will present their 7th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire featuring handcrafted jewelry, wearable fiber, ceramics, turned wood, glass and gourmet treats from 13 artisans. Make a purchase and win a raffle prize from drawings held throughout the weekend.

Entry to the gallery will be traffic controlled each day to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among patrons, staff, and artisans. Social distancing enforced and masks are mandatory for entry.

Artisans will have a vast array of one-of-a-kind items to peruse and purchase. Discover jewelry in sterling silver, gold, resin, mixed metals, crystal and precious & semi-precious gemstones from jewelry designers Joanna Craft, Michelene Berkey, Krista Bermeo, Elizabeth Nadler, Monique Berman Selwitz, Janet Seward, and Suzanne Currie. Delight in wearable fiber scarves, shawls, household soft goods and more from Deanna Deeds and Beth Marx. Enjoy contemporary ceramics with a twist from Lisa Mertins. Adore unique hand turned wood bowls from Jonathan Weaver and glass creations from artisan Karen Varela.

We are happy to welcome back Luisa Chocolatiere with her wonderful handcrafted chocolates. Check out our gourmet corner for a tasty selection of olive oils, balsamic vinegars from Nuvo Olive Oil, artisan roast coffee from Stache Coffee and local honey produced by Harris Family Apiaries.

Since 1978, Chemers Gallery has been providing fine art and quality custom framing in Orange County. The gallery hosts several shows each year and continually exhibits the work of exceptional artists, both local and international.

Sharing the Season of Gratitude

Sometimes analogies are the best reflection of life. We just received an incredibly thoughtful letter from one of our frame suppliers and want to share it with the world. It’s these small gestures that connect businesses to the real human beings behind them. The letter was an open reflection on the nuanced lessons learned from the material they work with every day: wood. What interesting insights! Reading the letter was a great reminder of the things we can learn from this unprecedented year and from our everyday lives. In this week, especially, we are giving thanks for the small, ordinary moments that center our lives.

James Thorpe, Picture Woods Director of Operations, makes the connection that humans are very much like wood in that they “take as long as they take” to transform into something beautiful. He notes that compromise and cooperation is key in nature as in life.

Here is the letter in its entirety. We thought you’d love to read every word:

Giving Thanks

Dear Picture Woods Family,

Here at Picture Woods, we have the good fortune of spending our time working with the wonderful framers, artists, designers, and craftspeople we are lucky enough to have as customers. But we also have the joy of working with a more inanimate, yet essential, colleague: wood. As this difficult and outrageous year draws to a close, I have been contemplating the straightforward magic of wood. Wood has a lot of wisdom to offer, and not just about the virtues of being silent (I’m still practicing that one). So as the holidays approach, and we turn inward in the spirit of growth and reflection, I hope you’ll allow me to share some of the things I’ve picked up from spending my days, and recently a lot of my nights and weekends, with hardwoods.

Wood has a natural beauty, but it needs to be coaxed out, with patience and hard work. Perhaps milling reveals a hidden burl, or the third coat of oil uncovers and shade of gold swirled into the grain; you can’t know until it’s ready to be revealed. The transformation takes exactly how long it takes, and if you rush it, it’s pretty easy to tell. But at the same time, there’s no need to rush because things take exactly as long as they take. In this way working with wood is like working with human beings, except wood generally requires more sandpaper.

Everything in life involves some sort of compromise, and wood is nature’s compromise between earth and water. It needs both to grow, and it embodies the qualities of each: strong and resilient like the earth; flexible, malleable like water. Consider maple, which is a very hard wood. Its famous curly figure is literally a ripple effect caused by the force exerted by a branch coming off the trunk. If, like a tree, we’re able to be strong and flexible at the same time, perhaps the extra emotional weight we’ve all been carrying this year will ripple out to create something beautiful.

Wood moves. It swells and shrinks with the seasons in predictable ways. In order to avoid cracking and splitting, skilled woodworkers know how to with within this movement rather than against it. Just something to consider while you’re eating pie.

There are so many beautiful, ordinary things about our world that are just waiting to be appreciated. I, and all of the Picture Woods team, feel so grateful to be able to spend our days making a beautiful product that we hope brings joy to you, our customers, and to your customers as well. In that way, our shared connection is like a forest. So from one tree to another, I hope you plant strong roots, grow toward the sun, drink enough water, and give the world more clean air than you take in.

In appreciation, James Thorpe, Director of Operations at Picture Woods, Ltd.

Many small businesses have been adapting at a record pace to serve their communities. For us as a small business, the support from our clients, artists and vendors is deeply cherished. On both a personal and professional level this year has become a unifying moment in which we are all doing our best to take the next step forward.

A big “thank you!” to Picture Woods Ltd. We are grateful to be in business with you and share your gorgeous hardwoods and thoughtful words with our valued clients/friends.

Wishing you health, peace, cooperation, understanding and gratitude this unique 2020 Thanksgiving!

New Art October 2020

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

New ART

Kim Vanderhoek

Urban & Landscape Oils

Dave Chapple

Serene Landscape Oils

Deborah Harold

Calming Outdoor Scenes in Oil

New CRAFT

Maruca Design

Handmade in the U.S.A

Maria Counts

Dreamy & Imaginative Ceramics

James Minidis

Charming Vintage Inspired Music Boxes

New JEWELRY

Michelene Berkey

Nature-inspired Fine Jewelry

Joanna Craft

Organic Gemstone, Sterling Silver, & Enamel