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.
“The heART of Orange County All Media 2019” Juried Exhibit drew a crowd
With our whole heART, we thank you! From the zillions of guests attending, our 64 talented artists, TACFA’s outstanding volunteers, the support of Enderle Center, to our thoughtful judge, Barbara Thompson….we couldn’t ask for more!
The 99 piece exhibit is an interesting mix of style, subject, & medium representing many of the best artists in Orange County. With careful deliberation, Barbara selected her prize-winners in three categories: Contemporary Craft, Contemporary, and Traditional. Sharyn Cable of Enderle Center, one of our generous sponsors, also contributed “Enderle Choice” awards. Congratulations to all!
BTW, TACFA’s Broadway in the Park production will be “West Side Story”. We are hoping Rita Moreno will reprise her role!
If you couldn’t join us on Saturday here they are, the prize-winning artworks from “The heART of Orange County All Media 2019″.
Watch this space for developing details, new artisans, sneak peeks and artist spotlights!
Meet the 21 talented artisans joining our 2 day Holiday Artisan Faire. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss our 5th annual event on December 1st and 2nd! It will be here before you know it!
Sparkle up your hair and your holidays with HAIR TINSEL! Megan and Nancy Jones are joining us all weekend to make your hairdo glitter. Choose from a rainbow of colors to compliment your sparkling personality! Get your sparkle on all weekend long, but if you want to see Megan herself, she’ll be here Saturday, 3-5p and Sunday, 1-4p after her school sports and volunteer duties!
THIS WEEKEND is the big event! Indulge with 21 wonderfully talented artists at our 5th annual Holiday Artisan Faire! The fun starts Saturday, 11a-5p and continues through Sunday, 11a-4p. See you there!
Decadent chocolate makes every occasion filled with richness! Visit Luisa of Luisa Chocolatiere at our faire and stock up on your favorite confections. Truffles, dipped almond, dark, milk, white; sugar-free and kosher too, Christmas & Hanukkah collections are always top of the list for gift giving treats. Luisa has it all. Made from the finest ingredients, Luisa’s chocolate is what sweet dreams are made of.
Embrace your “boho” side with Betty Nadler! Crystals, leather and gemstones are key ingredients in her imaginative jewelry designs. Pendants, earrings and bracelets make a statement when worn alone or mixed together. Be sure to visit Betty to stock up on all your stocking stuffers! Time after time Betty’s designs are top sellers at our faire, both for their modest pricing & wearability.
Sterling silver and gold with a smattering of gemstones make Michelene Berkey’s jewelry a hit in any season! Her nature-inspired designs incorporate motifs of bees, dragonflies, leaves and more. Michelene’s signature “twiggy” style can be found in her collection of earrings, pendants, rings and bangles. Hailing from Colorado, Michelene is joining our Faire for the 5th year in a row!
Wonderfully soft nuno felted scarves, vests and garments for your delight! Beth Marx is in the house! Her limited collection of convertible, reversible, one-of-a-kind attire is completely art inspired. Beth lets her creativity flow by incorporating eco-dye, sumi ink and shibori techniques in her statement designs that will bring out your wild side!
Complete your holiday table with artisan farmstead goat cheese! Mike of Drake Family Farms is joining our Faire for the first time with “udderly” delicious chevre and raw goat milk cheese. Choose from flavors like Apricot & Honey or Herbs de Provence for a tasty treat. All cheeses are produced by hand in small batches with the finest goat’s milk from the happiest goats.
Skincare that is pure yum! Kimberly of Bare Naked Botanicals is back for a second year with her lotions and potions that provide a veritable buffet of goodness for your skin! Creams, cleansers and serums with tempting names like Coconut Cream and Cherry Frangipane Tart provide ultimate moisture and nourishment for your cheeks, elbows, hands etc. Choose faves for yourself and to give away. One for you, one for me!
Give the gift of positivity with jewelry from Karen Boelts! Joining us from Colorado for a second time, Karen’s designs are made from sterling silver and colorful gemstones. Many are inscribed with uplifting messages that make your heart soar. Plus, Karen donates a portion of sales to organizations that support equal rights for all.
Taste the delectable flavors of Raw Baby Desserts! Arlena is joining our Faire for the first time with her mouthwatering vegan raw chocolate. Choose from distinctive flavors like Raspberry Almond and Peanut Butter Crisp. Best of all, every Raw Baby product is dairy, soy and gluten free so you can have all the enjoyment with none of the guilt. Try one or try them all!
Sterling silver and gemstones mesmerize in Monique Selwitz’s organic, free form jewelry designs. Whether abstracted metal or cast directly from nature, you’ll flip for Monique’s unique aesthetic. Cuff bracelets, pendants, earrings and rings are all bursting with character and charm.
Enjoy the warm glow of turned wood from Tom Borusky! Beautiful rounded keepsake boxes are made from domestic and exotic hardwoods and are accented with resin, minerals and metal. With turned wood pens, ice cream scoops, corkscrews and more, there’s plenty to choose from to satisfy everyone’s cravings!
Cary of Harris Family Apiaries has been buzzing in a frenzy of production harvesting the best of his beehives to bring you the finest flavors of local honey! Mouthwatering selections from sage blossoms, fruit trees and wildflowers impart their essence for distinctive sweetness in every bite. Buy a jar for your pantry and give a jar to your friends to make the deliciousness last year-long!
With soft glazes and pressed pattern on porcelain, Lisa Mertins’ ceramic cups, birdhouses and sculptures are delightfully charming. Clay pairs with copper wire, twigs, cement and rebar for a quirky yet sophisticated aesthetic. As a woman of many talents, Lisa also turns her capable hands to illustration and fine art. Discover her all new and wonderfully captivating watercolor illustrations at our December show!
Meet Joanna Craft and her entrancing mixed metal and enamel jewelry! Raw gemstones are sprinkled like stardust among her creations of silver, copper and brass. Joanna’s contemporary aesthetic combines with a slight Asian flair to ensure her designs are as unique and stylish as everyone on your list!
Bill Bahret’s wooden bowls are elegantly artistic at every turn. With a touch of Bill’s lathe…maple burl, olive, myrtle and walnut become sleek and smooth vessels that are full of character. Deck your halls with his uniquely tactile vessels – you may even catch a glimmer of copper inlay here and there! Need a last minute gift? Don’t miss his range of turned wood pens!
Put some oomph in your ensembles with Mary Hammond‘s colorful and versatile fiber scarves and shawls! Fanciful florals, geometric garlands and fun surprises abound in her amazing creations. With fabric, yarn, ribbon and thread, Mary’s got all the trimmings to complete any outfit. A hint from our elves… use Mary’s fiber as a way to dress up your tables!
Journey to distant lands with Janet Seward’s diverse jewelry! This intrepid world traveler collects trade beads, medallions, amulets, ancient coins and charms on her exotic forays and crafts stunning, one-of-a-kind creations fit for all the globetrotters on your list.
Spice up your festivities with Spice Merchants! Paul is back with his mouthwatering array of gourmet salts, exotic spices, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and tea blends to turn your holiday into holi-YAY! Pep up your plates or give as hostess gifts.
Vintage buttons, buckles, Bakelite and resin combine in Merry Wennerberg’s creative hands to form marvelous masterpieces! Earrings, brooches and necklaces dazzle with the splendor of yesteryear. Complete your holiday look with Merry’s one-of-a-kind winsome baubles. Can’t choose just one? The more the “merrier!”
Bright color meets high gloss shine in Suzanne Currie’s playful jewelry, keychains and home goods! You’ll adore her hip collection of lightweight earrings and pendants that take inspiration from her oh-so-contemporary mixed media wall art. Perfect for gift-giving, Suzanne will be bringing a “sleigh-full” of goodies to put a twinkle in your eye.
“Fa-la-la-la-la” in love with the talent of Deanna Deeds! Her intricately woven scarves, shawls, table runners and coasters are made from cotton, wool, linen, silk and more. Ancient techniques of hand-manipulation and complex loom-controlled structure showcase Deanna’s keen eye for color and deft skills to ensure unique designs at every turn.
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Summer is in full swing at Chemers Gallery! While the sun’s been hotting up, we’ve been ramping up the talent joining us for not just one but TWO artful weekend events. Don’t forget to splash these seasonal happenings onto your social calendar…
Mini Artisan Trunk Show – 2 Days! Friday August 17th 4-8p Saturday August 18th 11a-3p with Friday night music 5-8p Blues by Hound Dog Dave & the MelTones
For a sweet taste of the good things to come in December, don’t miss our mini artisan trunk show! It’s hard to resist the temptation of jewelry, fiber, ceramics, leather and chocolate, so go ahead and indulge – we won’t tell! Enjoy Friday night Blues beats with Hound Dog Dave & the MelTones as you ooh and ahh to your heart’s content over all the deliciously creative goodies from our skilled craftswomen and men. If you don’t get your fill on Friday, we’re doing it all again on Saturday – minus the band!
Have you seen Karen and Jennifer sporting their sparkly tinsel hair strands?
Our friend Megan will be here to fancify your ‘do, too!
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Artist Demonstrations Friday July 13th 5-8p with Oldies music by Then Again Band
15, count ’em, 15 local artists confirmed to date! Join your favorite talents and watch their creative process at work as you move and groove to the Oldies tunes of Then Again Band. Oil, papercut, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, ceramic, weaving and jewelry making – observe and engage with our super-friendly, multi-talented artists!
Watch this space for developing details, new artisans, sneak peeks and artist spotlights!
Meet the 19 talented artisans joining our 2 day Holiday Artisan Faire. You won’t want to miss our 4th annual event, so make sure you’re free to come visit us December 2nd and 3rd! It’s right around the corner!
She’s back! Michelene Berkey comes to our Holiday Artisan Faire, from Colorado, ever year with her inventive “twiggy” creations. Ever changing and stretching her creative juices, Michelene works in gold and silver with gemstones, pearls and genuine diamonds. Large and small… Michelene does is all with artful class (even custom)!
Handcrafted chocolate goodness, combined with a confectioner that is “sweet” beyond words, makes for one delicious experience. Luisa Chocolatiere delivers the goods! Luisa uses top quality ingredients combined in small batches to create the freshest and smoothest chocolate available. With chocolate bars, truffles and special holiday goodies, her chocolate is great as stocking stuffers and hostess gifts… We won’t tell if you also sneak an indulgence for yourself!
Award-winning Deanna Deeds weaves with a twist! Using ancient hand-manipulated techniques and complex loom-controlled structure, Deanna’s masterfully woven scarves are just the thing to keep you stylish! Deanna is new to our Faire this year and we are sure you’ll want to wrap yourself in Deanna’s talent. Her textile home goods made a unique gift for a friend or your own holiday table!
The ever wonderful Mary Hammond is back with her playful designs and fabulous creations. The complexity of her textiles will leave you asking “How did she do that?” Bright fiber and materials bring the vibrancy of summer while subtle hues add in a mix of sophistication. Discover abstracted flowers in brilliant colors and sometimes even a favorite snuggly animal friend. Don’t forget about her wall pieces!
Dressed up or down, layered or alone, Elizabeth Nadler with her romantic crystals and boho beads, like Santa, are back in town. Find something fabulous to wear for any occasion or everyday! Betty’s necklaces are made in a variety of styles, lengths and colors, while her earrings will top off the look. Don’t forget about her hamsa and cross bracelets in silver, gold, bronze and crystal, or her new, totally savvy, adjustable styles! With prices that are oh-so-affordable, gift the gift of style to everyone on your list!
Something sweet, sticky, healthful and delicious… what could that be? Must be local honey from Cary and Harris Family Apiaries! It all started 40 years ago when the Harris family began providing honey to farmers markets in southern California, including the Golden State’s very first certified farmer’s market! Made from a variety of fruit and herb blossoms, their honey has us all a-buzz. Visit Cary Harris to gift your honeybunch or even a lil’ somethin’ for your own holiday table.
Lisa Mertins continues to captivate us! Visit her and marvel at her porcelain ceramic creations! Soft glazes, sophisticated designs and interesting forms make Lisa’s work extra special. Darling birdhouses, animated sculptures, boxes, cups and more… You’re sure to fall in L-O-V-E with L-I-S-A!
Handcrafted and totally luscious lotions in mouthwatering aromas? Yes, please! Kimberly of Bare Naked Botanicals creates “food for the skin.” Try her all-natural formulas featuring peach, lavender, citrus, rose and more. Everything is made in small batches with ingredients that contain the highest vitamin and antioxidant content, along with distillates from plants, teas, fruits or herbs. Your skin will thank you!
The very adorable Jennie Milner and her artistry are simply charming! She fashions delightful necklaces, earrings and brooches from silver, resin, paint and fabric to add cheer to your spirits. Each whimsical house, bird, tree, coffee cup and flower she makes is full of joy. Her lively mini wall sculptures will bring a touch of whimsy to your walls.
Joining our Holiday Artisan Faire SATURDAY ONLY is Sola Foods and their delicious jams, salsas, spreads and more! “Jam-packed” with fresh fruits, flavors and spices, Sola Foods is the perfect gift for food lovers everywhere. Enjoy sweet or spicy spreads like Pucker Up Berry, Shanghai Express and so much more. You won’t want to miss all the yummies Sola Foods has to offer, so set your mouth a-waterin’!
Meet one of our newest jewelry designers, Karen Boelts of Little Bridget Jewelry. Her inventive, inspirational designs will tug at your heart strings! Using recycled sterling and gems of all colors, her pendants and bracelets carry messages of encouragement. Simply put… all of her jewelry is made with love. Passionate about social justice, Karen donates a portion of her sales each month to organizations that support equal rights. For Karen, #lovealwayswins.
James Keniston, London transplant and husband to our own Jennifer, will charm you with his detailed architectural and zoological drawings and notecards. The Brit is back for a second year! Although small in scale, his work is mighty in detail and precision. Using watercolor, colored pencil and ink, James renders famous places and edifaces that move him, including his native London. He’s even produced a card collection of his favorite animals and holiday cards to boot! Brilliant!
Beth Marx is back! Wrap yourself in nuno felted shawls and wearables made from soft wool and silk fibers. Color and design are highlighted by unexpected combinations of mirror, yarn, beads and Sumi ink. Wear Beth’s fashions sideways, backwards, inside out or layered together for a look that’s unforgettable! Confused as to how to wear them? No problem… Beth will put you together in a snap!
Travel the world with Janet Seward and her one-of-a-kind jewelry designs! Not only will you love her globally-inspired creations, you’ll adore hearing her stories and legends. Brass and silver from India, the Middle East and beyond combine with ancient medallions, African trade beads, bone and gems for a look that is exotic and distinctive, just like you!
Just added! Welcome Patricia Prescott Sueme to our Holiday Artisan Faire and stable of artists! Working primarily in pastel, the level of detail and richness of tone in Patty’s small-scale artwork is simply incredible – you have to see it to believe it! She will be offering both original works and ready to hang archival prints at our Faire. Patty grew up surrounded by creativity and developed a love for the arts at an early age. She honed her artistic skills at Art Center College of Design, where she graduated with honors and embarked upon a career in graphic design. Then she inherited a vintage box of soft pastels from her grandmother and all bets were off! Daily devotion allows Patty to explore the medium and lend a freshness to its inherent old world charm. Moody seascapes, light-filled vistas, soothing still-life and holiday imagery all glow with life in Patty’s deft hands.
Put a little pizzazz on your palate with Spice Merchants! Joining us for a second time from Laguna Beach, Paul’s gourmet salt blends, exotic spices and delectable olive oils and vinegars are sure to entice you! Use in your holiday meal prep or give as a hostess gift. And, with tantalizing tea blends, you can’t go wrong!
Monique, oh Monique, so creative and unique! We’re thrilled that Monique Selwitz will be joining us once again with her stunning one-of-a-kind jewelry! Sterling silver, raw brass and a smattering of stones, large and small, are the hallmarks of this creative jewelry designer. Come and be tempted!
Mixed metal and enamel jewelry with a modern and slight Asian flair! Joanna “crafts” her designs using sterling silver, bronze, gold-fill, copper, brass and colorful enamel. Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, she transforms sheets of metal and wire strands into organic forms and geometric shapes. Raw gemstones and molten glass add that extra oomph of color! From large statement necklaces to small, everyday earrings, Joanna does it all!
Color and form dance under glossy resin in Suzanne Currie‘s mixed media wall art! Her modern and sophisticated creations reflect “the intricate simplicities of nature, the freely restrained movements of ballet and the unity of a multifaceted world-view.” Suzanne also brings her signature style to the handcrafted jewelry and accessories we hear she’s bringing in December!
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Set your alarm clocks and calendar reminders… our biggest show of the year is happening the first weekend in December!
‘Tis the season! Our promise to you is 2 days to shop and splurge to your heart’s content! With new artisans & food vendors, there’s always more to love.
Join Chemers Gallery and 19 different artists, artisans and gourmands for our 4th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Watch this space for developing details, new artisans, sneak peeks and artist spotlights as we get ready for this once-a-year extravaganza.
To preview our participating artisans, click their names below. However, they will all be bringing new and exciting creations to delight and enchant you on December 2nd and 3rd!
Shop for everyone on your list (naughty and nice!), try your luck in our weekend raffle and partake of our holiday cheer!
Coming up next month…Meet the Artists!
Artist spotlights to introduce you or reacquaint you with our talented artists and artisans joining us December 2nd & 3rd.
Look for daily updates on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, or read our continuing blog with “what’s new” right here!
Can’t wait to tell us you’re coming?
Click HERE to RSVP for Saturday, December 2nd, 11a – 5p and Sunday, December 3rd, 1 – 5p
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**Pssst…click the artist’s names above to see examples of their work! However, they’ll all be bringing a sack full of new goodies for the big event!
Clear your calendar for the first weekend in December because our biggest event of the year is upon us…
You’ve asked for more days and more hours and we’ve heard you! Now with 2 days to splurge and shop to your heart’s content, there’s even MORE to love!
Join Chemers Gallery and 21 different artists, artisans and gourmands for our 3rd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Keep checking back for more details, sneak peeks and artist spotlights as we get ready for this can’t-miss-event.
NEW this year is the addition of the ever popular Robert Held art glass, joining us all the way from British Columbia to share his latest glass hearts, ornaments, vases and more with you! He doesn’t do traveling shows any longer, but is making a special exception for us!
We’re also excited to welcome Ari Seth Cohen, writer of the independent documentary film Advanced Style and author of the books Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older & Wiser! Not only will Ari be signing books, he and his “fashionable ladies” will hold a panel discussion on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Anything you ever wanted to know about embracing personal style at any age will be revealed during this lively afternoon.
To preview our participating artists so far, click their names below. However, they will all be bringing new and exciting creations to delight and enchant you on December 3rd and 4th!
Advanced Style – Special Book Signing & “Meet the Ladies” Panel Discussion Ari Seth Cohen writer of the independent film, Advanced Style and author of the books Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older & Wiser Pre-orders limited to 75 books
with more available to purchase the day of the event