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 andTACFA for sponsoring this outstanding local tradition.
Join us! On Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th, 12pm-5pm for our 8th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire featuring handcrafted jewelry, wearable fiber, ceramics, turned wood, glass and gourmet treats from 15 artisans. Make a purchase and win a raffle prize from drawings held throughout the weekend.
Holiday gifts galore, all handcrafted… no supply chain shortages here! Discover jewelry in sterling silver, gold, mixed metals, crystal and precious & semi-precious gemstones from jewelry designers Joanna Craft, Michelene Berkey, Krista Bermeo,Elizabeth Nadler, Monique Berman Selwitz, and Janet Seward. Delight in wearable fiber such as scarves, shawls, purses, hats, household soft goods and more from Deanna Deeds, Mary Hammond 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 Karen Varela.
In the tent, we are happy to welcome back Nuvo Olive Oil for a tasty selection of olive oils & balsamic vinegars and Harris Family Apiaries best ever local honey. Introducing, the delicious baked treats of Collery Cookie Company. All enticing for your holiday table and hostess gifts.
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 andTACFA for sponsoring this outstanding local tradition.
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.
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:
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!
As we prepare for winter and spend more and more time indoors, many of us will look to the interwebs for fun ways to spruce up our interiors. That being said, not everyone has the resources to launch a full-scale renovation. The good news is that you don’t need to. In fact, the perfect centerpiece for your family room could be collecting dust in the garage right now. A unique piece of art to fill the gap above your fireplace could be in the corner of your storage closet, or even sitting on the curb ready to be discarded as garbage. Whether it’s an old bicycle wheel, an unused picture frame, or your great grandmother’s lamp, repurposed and upcycled items can be transformed into unique, iconic decor for your home. We’ve rounded up experts from Springdale to Duluth to help show you how.
Take a moment to observe your surroundings
Think before you throw. Take a look at the world around you and you will see something, most things that can be repurposed for the greater good. Utilizing an excessive amount of one item in a repetitive manner allows for the eye’s perception to change. – Minarc Living
New doesn’t always mean better
Upcycling items in our clients’ homes is always something that we try to do to help our clients save money! From repurposing old or unused books into styling a shelf, coffee table or open storage to turning an old TV Console or shelf into a bench with storage below. From turning an old car tire into a chic outdoor ottoman using a rope to repainting existing vanities and kitchen cabinets and changing out the hardware and countertops can really make a space feel brand new. Saving a few dollars for our clients really goes a long way not only for them but also for the overall design which can sometimes add value to your space. Everything does not always have to be new but simply using a bit of imagination, an old item can become such a beautiful focal point and usually gives our clients a bit of pride knowing that second life has been breathed into an item they already own. – Island Home Interiors
Photo courtesy of Sana Shaw Art
If you enjoy spending the weekend with your friends over a bottle of wine, don’t rush to throw away wine bottles! They can be useful for you as a unique decoration for your home. You can make your bottles amazing and extraordinary with the help of special molds and self-hardening clay! This is one of the most spectacular options for decorating bottles, vases, etc. You can see examples in my photo. Get inspired by them and start your project soon! – Sana Shaw Art
Repurpose vintage and rustic finds
Looking for a unique headboard for your bedroom? Stephanie loves repurposing vintage doors or room divider screens to create a focal point on the bed wall. Hang a vintage door horizontally behind your bed for a novel headboard look. Looking for more customization? Distress the door with sandpaper for a rustic touch, or paint the door a solid color in line with your color theme. In her own home, Stephanie placed a woven screen divider flat against the wall behind her bed, to create an eye catching headboard with tons of natural texture. – Heritage School of Interior Design
We love repurposing vintage and rustic finds to create unique art! Pictured below, we got the opportunity to reuse a windmill to create a focal point for this farmhouse living room. – Lambert Home
Photo courtesy of Lambert Home
Why spend the extra money on new furniture when you can salvage the old bar cart you’ve stored away in your garage? Dust it off and let’s polish that diamond in the rough! This multipurpose, modular piece just needs a fresh coat of paint and accessories to feel current. Help your guest room, welcome friends and family, with a delicious coffee bar or you can surprise your husband with a mobile whiskey and cigar stand! Your kids will love having all their supplies at their fingertips with an at-home study station. You also have a movable focal point with a live plant cart to freshen your interior air as well as decor. Add some baskets and create a mobile diaper changing station to keep essentials close in a cute and clever way for quick changes. We love multipurpose, modular pieces that do the heavy lifting in a home! – Indigo Interiors
I love to use wood guilt fragments: broken or separated small pieces from vintage or antique mirrors, frames or panels. The delicately carved wood can crown your favorite art piece, punctuate a gallery wall or be added to an otherwise ordinary headboard. Fragments are rarely symmetrical and often with inconsistent finish although I see tremendous decorative value in them. They are like structural abstract! – Masseria Chic
Have you ever been driving along and saw a hubcap? Turn one into a clock with all-purpose paint, jewels (if you want to get fancy) or you can even use stencils to create a unique design made by you. Another great idea is to turn those t-shirts you may have collected from different concerts or vacations into a quilt or blanket. Now all your memories are in one place and can provide warmth for you on a Fall evening! – Heights Arts
Keep it in frame
Repurposing and restyling your wall décor can instantly refresh your space. Breathe new life into an old mirror by framing it and making it a statement piece on your wall. Old frames can also be repurposed in a variety of unique ways, from framing succulents and plants, chalkboards, or collages to transforming them into decorative trays. Even reframing a piece of artwork that you already have hanging at home can reinvigorate your walls! – Third & Wall
At Chemers Gallery we know framing. What’s in a frame? Well, imagine a photo of you and your friend at your favorite concert framed alongside the tickets, or your great grandmother’s sewing scissors displayed in a majestic shadow box, or even the cutest antique handkerchief in a colorful frame to highlight the stitching. Not into knick-knacks but have updated your decor? Spruce up your art with a refreshed mat or frame choice. Whether you have an unusual, sentimental, or collectible object that needs its own spotlight or you’d like to freshen your decor with artwork, Chemers Gallery is experienced and up for the challenge! – Chemers Gallery
Photos courtesy of Chemers Gallery
Need something new for your wall? Salvage an old artwork: Take canvas painting or print and cut/divide into sections and frame each. You can create a new look by cropping a painting/print and re-framing. You can also create a “larger” piece by taking an artwork/print by doing this. You can also take a small canvas artwork or print, scan it and have it printed on a larger canvas or paper and then frame it. (Shown is painting 30” x 40” that has been cropped and reframed creating a new version | Small canvas artwork, scanned, cropped and printed at a larger size). – Abstract Art
Photo courtesy of Abstract Art
Bring life to those special pieces
It’s a great idea to repurpose special pieces when designing a space. When repurposing furniture by painting and reupholstering, the client is able to keep the pieces that are special to them, while giving them a fresh new look that works well with the overall design. Attached are a couple of examples of how we gave new life to our client’s most treasured pieces. – Pineapples Design Group
Oh, the versatility of mason jars
Whether you need a super cute storage container, a homemade candle holder, or an adorable place to plant your succulents…Mason Jars are my go-to items to use in my home decor projects. You’ll find them all over my home and office. BONUS TIP: you can paint them too or add a chalkboard label for an added touch! – Jen Peterson Photography
Don’t be afraid to move things around
When looking at your home and considering a fresh new aesthetic, give yourself permission to move larger furnishings from room to room. Just because the “dining room hutch” sounds like it should house your favorite dishes and remain in your dining space, doesn’t mean it can’t be repurposed to your den, home office or study and look just as beautiful serving as a library filled with books. Get creative with your larger furniture pieces and see them as items that have multiple uses to support your lifestyle. – Kerrie Kelly Design
Make use of old boxes as seasonal decor!
What are you going to do with ALL those moving boxes leftover after you move? I have an idea, for at least ten of them! Leave the boxes empty and wrap them up in some gorgeous Christmas wrapping paper and finish with festive ribbon. Now you always have Christmas presents ready to go to display underneath your Christmas tree and shhh…nobody will ever know that they are empty! 😉 After the season is over, store them in a few large garbage bags and you can reuse them year after year! XO Glam Girl. – Modern Farmhouse Glam
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.
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.
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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.
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.