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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 so proud to have such a wonderful community and the opportunity to have this in person show to celebrate, masks and all! Stay tuned for photos from the opening exhibition.

Over 90 pieces of art are now on display at Chemers Gallery from over 60 artists! This year’s juror Stephen Anderson, had so many talented artists to choose from when selecting this year’s 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” award.

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- Silvery Sometimes, oil

Enderle Center Awards

Enderle Center Choice Award:








Marie Tippets- Carnevale, pastel

2nd Place:






Jason Li- Sunset Lake, watercolor

Honorable Mention:








Amanda Napoli-  Iris Geometry, 3-d print & laser engraving

Contemporary Craft

First Place:







James Minidis- Hummingbird Meets Flower, mixed media music box

Second Place:







Monique Selwitz- Persian Garden Cuff, sterling silver, gold & gemstones

Third Place:







Teresa Shippy- Circus Bike, fiber arts

Honorable Mention:







Nohline L’Ecuyer- Untitled, Hand Blown Glass 

Honorable Mention:








Julie Leah- Infinite Possibilities, hand painted silk scarf

Honorable Mention:







Ashley Tallichet- Colored Clay Teapot

Honorable Mention:








Elena Rodriguez Vieiro- Margarita,ceramic sculpture


First Place:






John Sawyer – Peaceful Shadows, oil

Second Place:







Ziba Safavian- Persian Garden, watercolor & gouache

Third Place:







Carol Heiman-Greene Pussy Willows, Mourning Dove, oil

Honorable Mention:




Sarah Ciavarella- Retired on Route 66, oil

Honorable Mention:







Patricia Prescott Sueme- Peter’s Canyon Bloom, Pastel

Honorable Mention:





Dori Dewberry – Lazy Day, Back Bay – Pastel

Honorable Mention:







Kevin Davidson- Social Distancing on the Orange Plaza, watercolor


First Place:







Ryan Schroeder – Plan, watercolor

Second Place:







Kim VanDerHoek- Going Places, oil

Third Place:







Amy Hay- Walk The Land, printmaking

Honorable Mention:








Steve Bjorkman- Practice Practice Practice, watercolor

Honorable Mention:








Cynthia Grilli – Lippy, oil

Honorable Mention:





Lynk Collective: Eisabeth Beck, Alexandra Chiara, Andre Comtois, Bill Jaros, Marelyn Larios, Nguyen Ly, Bill Myers – Bug Pressed, printmaking

Honorable Mention:








Lynn Welker- Finding Turquoise, mixed media

It’s hard to imagine a better show next year…but we are planning!

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 August & September 2020

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


Pete Roberts

Expressive & Bright Watercolor

Kim Vanderhoek

Urban & Landscape Oil


Amanda Fish

Traditional & Vibrant Still Life Oil

Greg Larock

Serene Costal & Suburban Oil

Jason Li

Pastoral & Figurative Watercolor

Marie Tippets

Intricate & Rich Pastel Still Life


Maruca Design

Handmade in Boulder, Colorado With Eye Catching Patterns

Maria Counts

Dreamy & Imaginative Ceramics

James Minidis

Charming Vintage Inspired Music Boxes

Naomi Shachar

Organic Nature Inspired Ceramics




Krista Bermeo

Playful Lampwork Glass

Joanna Craft

Organic Gemstone, Sterling Silver, & Enamel

Sapharim Rahav

Sterling Silver & Roman Glass from Israel

Ithil Metalworks

Sterling Silver & Gold design from Israel

Yed Omi

Delicate Rose Gold, Yellow Gold & Sterling Silver

Monique Selwitz

Signature Designs in Sterling Silver, Gold & Gemstone


Thank you to everyone!

With our whole heART, we thank you! We were honored to host our first virtual Artist Awards Ceremony for The heArt of Orange County All Media 2020 Juried Exhibition. We are thankful for the community support  dedication of all of the talented local artists in our show.

Over 90 pieces of art are now on display at Chemers Gallery from over 60 artists! With careful deliberation, juror Naomi Shachar selected her prize-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” award. 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:

Kim VanDerHoek, “Land of Milk & Honey”  (oil)

Enderle Center Awards

Enderle Center Choice Award:

Teresa Shippy, “Diego’s Letters” (fiber)

Honorable Mention:

Marie Tippets, “Celebrating Cherry Blossoms” (pastel)

Contemporary Craft

First Place:

Michael Evans, “Walnut Natural Edge Bowl” (wood)

Second Place:

Monique Selwitz, “Labradorite & Sterling Necklace”

Third Place:

James Minidis, “Still Flying” (music box)

Honorable Mention:

Christine Head, “Full Tilt” (fused glass)

Honorable Mention:

Andrew Matsev, “Mahogany & Resin Plate” (wood)


First Place:

Denise Tabari, “Beneath the Canopy” (oil)

Second Place:

Jason Li, “Whitewater” (watercolor)

Third Place:

Maaria Kader, “Let Me Out” (scratchboard)

Honorable Mention:

Amanda Fish, “Mandarins with Asian Vase” (oil)

Honorable Mention:

John Sawyer, “The Peaceful Morning” (oil)

Honorable Mention:

Dave Chapple, “Spring Vista” (oil)

Honorable Mention:

Sarah Ciavarella, “Ticket to Ride” (oil)


First Place:

Arpad Petrass, “Gentle Giant”  (photography)

Second Place:

Kara Bullock, “And so it Goes” (oil)

Third Place:

Taffy Van Calcar, “Nature’s Salad” (oil)

Honorable Mention:

Nick Capaci, “Reflective Whispers” (mixed media on panel)

Honorable Mention:

Ellen Kirwan, “Reaching High” (oil & cold wax)

Honorable Mention:

Ryan McGarrity, “Side Street Streams” (photography)

It’s hard to imagine a better show next year…but we are planning!

The show is ON!

It’s actually happening! In-person & online The heArt of Orange County All Media 2020 Juried Exhibition is almost here….

Opening on August 15th, 11a-4p
Show continues through August 29th

Face masks and social distancing required!

Artist Reception & Awards Ceremony: Friday, August 14th 4-5p on Facebook Live!

Show Hours:
Mon-Fri 11a-4p
Sat 11a-3p
Contact for appointments outside of these hours

For more information and to tell us you’re coming visit our Facebook event: The heArt of Orange County All Media 2020 Juried Exhibition

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.

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

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: Art Exhibition

 July 8th-August 8th
Mon-Fri 11am-4pm          Sat 11am-3pm

Chemers Gallery presents a unique opportunity for you to view, in-person, the works of nine well-known local artists. Please join us as we celebrate an art invitational Arts in Focus! 

Masks are required for entry. Social distancing and sanitizing for both your health and ours!

With many exhibitions & festivals cancelled across the country, Chemers Gallery and these local artists are doing their part to keep the arts alive! Support the arts at this in-person & online exhibition.  

Can’t wait to see yours? Just click this ARTS IN FOCUS link to view the entire show or select an individual artists name below:
Nick Capaci     Joanna Craft

Greg LaRock     Jonde Northcutt
Janine Salzman    Patricia Prescott Sueme
Marie Tippets     Kim VanDerHoek     Lilia Venier

All works will be available for purchase.

PLUS…Meet us on Facebook for our live event!
1pm on Sat, July 11th

For one-on-one meetings with the artists or private viewing please call 714-741-5432.



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. 

Arts in Focus

Mark your calendars & stay tuned for more information!