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The heART of Orange County All Media 2020, Juried Exhibition

We are so thankful for the support shown by Orange County artists & collectors in these unprecedented times. Despite everything that is happening in the world, we’ve had just as many artists submit to The heArt of Orange County All Media 2020 Juried Exhibition this year as last year. We are excited to welcome over 60 Orange County artists & more than 90 works of art.

Our juried exhibition is uniquely formatted; consisting of all styles, subjects & media. The works include 2-D wall art, contemporary craft & wearables. This diverse showing of Orange County artists draws attention to the wide range of creative talent in our community.

This year’s juror is Fine Art artist, Naomi Shachar. Born in Israel, Naomi was an interior designer and high-end ceramicist before moving to Mission Viejo where she spent many years honing her artistic skills. She is an artist member of the California Art Club and a Signature Artist of both Oil Painters of America and Women Artists of the West. Her skills and her sharp eye for detail and composition make her a qualified juror for The heArt of Orange County All Media 2020.

The juried artists are . . .
Kirsten Anderson, Echo Baker, Chris Baldassarre, Steve Bjorkman, Tom Borusky, Dawn Buckingham, Kara Bullock, Laura Campos, Nick Capaci, Dave Chapple, Sara Ciavarella, Dana Cooper, Melanie Cooper, William Crawley, Suzanne Currie, Toni Danchik, Kevin Davidson, Dori Dewberry, Michael Evans, Amanda Fish, Princess Geisinger, Robert Graupensperger, Deborah Harold, Bill Haskell, Christine Head, Carol Heiman-Greene, April Hoskins, Mark Hosmer, Mariana Ivanova, Sharon Jackman, Claire Jacobson, Maaria Kader, Steve Kell, Ellen Kirwan, Kat Krueger, Prerana Kulkarni, Greg LaRock, Julie Leah, Jason Li, Andrew Maltsev, Ryan McGarrity, Claire Miller, James Minidis, Shelby Montelongo, Ian Montelongo, Arpad Petrass, Patricia Prescott Sueme, Shirley Price-McGrew,  Jason Roberts, Pete Roberts, Laura Roberts, Janine Salzman, John Sawyer, Monique Selwitz, Teresa Shippy, Kathleen Strukoff, Denise Tabari, Marie Tippets, Charles Uehara, Taffy Van Calcar, Kim VanDerHoek, and Lynn Welker.

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This will be our 8th year partnering with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA), to bring you this iconic annual juried exhibition. Now in its 25th year, TACFA’s mission is to develop, showcase & support the arts in the greater Tustin Area. 

 

Arts In Focus

Don’t let a pandemic keep you from buying art!

From July 8th to August 8th Chemers Gallery will be hosting an exhibition featuring our favorite artists: Patricia Prescott Sueme, Nick Capaci, Jonde Northcutt, Greg Larock, Marie Tippets, Kim Vanderheok, and Janine Salzman with ceramicist Lilia Venier and jewelry designer Joanna Craft.

With the interest of keeping our artists, clients, and staff safe, we will be formatting this show differently than we’ve had in the past. While all the hanging art will be featured on the walls, as is our custom, we will be limiting the amount of people in the gallery for the Opening Reception and the duration of the show.

Phoning ahead will be a requirement.

Masks will be mandatory for ALL. 

On [insert date] we will have our Opening Reception. To limit the number of people in the gallery at any given time, we will be assigning time slots based on appointments.  Each will only have a time limit for browsing the art. We have decided to format our reception in this way to let as many people see the art as they can and to control the amount of traffic in the gallery.  

Time slots will be limited.

All art featured at Chemers Gallery during this time will be available for browsing & purchase online. We will be creating a separate browsing engine for this show for easy navigation. 

New Art September & October 2019!

Click on the artist’s name to see more!

Just Added

Joanna Craft, copper & enamel

Maria Counts, ceramic

Janet Seward, sterling silver & gemstones

Seeka, mezuzah

Beth Marx, fiber

New ART

Kara Bullock, acrylic

 

 

 

 

 

Shelia Evans, oil & pastel

 

 

 

 

 

Lorraine Bubar, paper

 

 

 

 

 

New CRAFT

Ayala Bar, mixed media

Kirsten Denbow, copper & enamel

Saphirim Rahav, Roman glass

 

 

 

    

Leona Hawks, recycled glass

Mary Hammond, textile

Exchanging “PleasanTrees” with artist, Melissa Graves Brown

New paintings by Melissa Graves Brown invite you to wander into enchanted groves and rest in the shade of multi-hued foliage. Vibrant jewel-toned colors mingle on canvas for a look that is pure wow! Melissa has sent Chemers Gallery seven of her most recent pieces, each one more gorgeous than the last.

A Florida native, Melissa earned her Bachelors of Fine Art from Auburn University and her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Her inspiration comes from the natural landscape of Idaho, where she currently resides with her husband, daughter and son. Together, the foursome are a hive of creativity in their home studio. Memories of the swirling leaves that welcomed her to the Wood River Valley are imprinted in Melissa’s mind which she captures again and again in her art.

Melissa’s talents are expressed in layers of color that eventually take the shape of vivid vistas. It’s no surprise that this talented artist has been largely influenced by color theory and the color field paintings of the Abstract Expressionist movement! She approaches painting with intuition and intention, carefully choosing her pigments and letting the composition evolve naturally.

Viewed as a whole, Melissa’s “PleasanTrees” form a magical, mystical world of wonder. Don’t be shy, get up close to the canvas and see where the magic truly happens! You’ll be amazed at the complex layers of color that dance and swirl to form a shimmering, multi-dimensional painting. Leaves that appear to be mostly gold, yellow and orange also contains red, green and purple! Melissa’s underpainting peeks out from the top layers of acrylic paint to introduce unexpected tonal content within her canvases.

Of course, words and pictures can only convey so much…
The best way to experience the atmosphere of Melissa’s paintings is in person at Chemers Gallery!

 

 

The Magic of Encaustic and Pastel

As spring turns to summer we are dreaming of long, lazy hazy days and soothing sea breezes – once this June Gloom wears off, that is! Step into these abstracted creations by two of our newer artists to experience the feel of this magical time of year with us.

Jane Guthridge

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Floating World 6, encaustic

Colorado artist Jane Guthridge delights with her enticing encaustic paintings. Using layers of rice and mulberry papers with her pigmented wax, Jane achieves a look of subtle depth. Ideas of light and shadow play off one another allowing her creations to glow with a life of their own. Nature is Jane’s main inspiration and she aims to evoke the very experience of the natural world in her richly hued pieces. Imagine dappled sunlight through leaves or sparkling across the surface of a pond – perfection!

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Aqua 2, encaustic

Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University. She later traveled to Brissago, Switzerland to continue her studies with Swiss graphic designer, Armin Hofmann, and Paul Rand, designer of the IBM and ABC corporate logos. Her work has been included in many national and international exhibitions and is held in permanent collections throughout the US, including the US Department of State.

Victoria Ryan

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Over the Surface, pastel

 

Drawing on the saturated light and color of her native southern California upbringing, Victoria Ryans pastel abstractions call to mind a dreamscape of mood and feeling. While influenced by the vivid landscapes and abstracted natural elements experienced during her sunny SoCal years, Victoria often turns to her subconscious for inspiration and then returns to her heightened sense of reality felt in her lucid dreams. Her goal is to translate the experience through her pastels. The results are simply stunning!

The Orchard #2  29.75x29.75 Pastel

The Orchard #2, pastel

Victoria studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles before earning her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Cal State Long Beach. She has exhibited in many solo and group shows and is also an experienced drawing and painting instructor.

Experiencing Jane’s and Victoria’s work in person is a must! Come in to Chemers Gallery for the full effect of vibrant colors and intriguing textures.

Chemers Gallery New Art February/March 2018

Click the artist’s names or images below to see more work!

New ART

James Groleau

Pete Roberts

New CRAFT

Houston Llew

New JEWELRY

Jessica & Ian Gibson