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)
Marie Tippets, “Celebrating Cherry Blossoms” (pastel)
Michael Evans, “Walnut Natural Edge Bowl” (wood)
Monique Selwitz, “Labradorite & Sterling Necklace”
James Minidis, “Still Flying” (music box)
Christine Head, “Full Tilt” (fused glass)
Andrew Matsev, “Mahogany & Resin Plate” (wood)
Denise Tabari, “Beneath the Canopy” (oil)
Jason Li, “Whitewater” (watercolor)
Maaria Kader, “Let Me Out” (scratchboard)
Amanda Fish, “Mandarins with Asian Vase” (oil)
John Sawyer, “The Peaceful Morning” (oil)
Dave Chapple, “Spring Vista” (oil)
Sarah Ciavarella, “Ticket to Ride” (oil)
Arpad Petrass, “Gentle Giant” (photography)
Kara Bullock, “And so it Goes” (oil)
Taffy Van Calcar, “Nature’s Salad” (oil)
Nick Capaci, “Reflective Whispers” (mixed media on panel)
Ellen Kirwan, “Reaching High” (oil & cold wax)
Ryan McGarrity, “Side Street Streams” (photography)
It’s hard to imagine a better show next year…but we are planning!
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!
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
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.
All you Orange County creatives! It’s time to submit your masterpieces to our upcoming juried exhibition, The heART of Orange County All Media 2020, presented collaboratively with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA). Your deadline is now MAY 3rd and that will be here before you know it! Click here to enter!
You know us, we like to mix it up! Diversity makes an interesting exhibit, so the subject matter is up to you! Our only requirement is that you live or work in Orange County. That means you can submit artwork in any STYLE, any SUBJECT and any MEDIUM to showcase your talents!
Submit your best work – nearly anything goes: abstract, acrylic, botanical, ceramic, contemporary craft, drawing, fiber/textile, figurative, floral, glass, jewelry, landscape, mixed media, metal, oil, pastel, photography, printmaking, still life, watercolor, wood and more.
We’re pleased to announce that our juror will be the award-winning fine artist, Naomi Shachar.
So… you know the focus on your creativity. You know who our amazing juror will be. You know when the submission deadline is (hint hint… it’s MAY 3RD!). But, did you also know that there will be at least $1600 in CASH AWARDS announced at the opening reception on June 27th? It’s true! Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Traditional, Contemporary, and Contemporary Craft. Could yours be one of the names announced?
We need YOUR help in spreading the word. Be sure to share the call to artists with all your artistic friends and any arts organizations you belong to. And lastly, HAVE FUN! The more creative you are, the better your chances are of being selected for exhibiting and for winning one of those cash awards.
Once More, your submission deadline in May 3rd!
Click this link to OnlineJuriedShows.com for full show details and to submit your work.
Watch this space for development details, new artisans, sneak peaks, and artist spotlights!
Meet the 24 talented artisans joining our 2-day Holiday Artisan Faire.
Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss our 6th annual event on December 7th & 8th!
It will be here before you know it!
Enjoy the warm glow and velvety touch of turned wood from Tom Borusky! Meticulously rounded keepsake boxes are made from domestic and exotic hardwoods then accented with resin, minerals and metal. If that’s not enough, Tom also crafts pens, ice cream scoops, corkscrews and more.
Sterling silver and gemstones mesmerize in Monique Berman Selwitz’s organic free-form jewelry designs. One-of-a-kind cuffs, pendants, earrings and rings materialize from abstract nature. Monique’s alluring signature gemstones give body to her forms.
Sparkle up your hair & holidays with HAIR TINSEL! Megan Jones will take your hair to another level with an array of glistening colors! Placed with the utmost care, you’ll shimmer the whole holiday season and beyond. We know she will be here for sure all day on the 8th… still waiting to hear about potential afternoon on the 7th.
Santa’s workshop always has new surprises in store for you. For the first time . . . Joey USA! Cozy up with your electronics by adding this handy dandy helpful accessory! To see more, you’ll just have to stop by!
Travel across the globe with Janet Seward’s eclectic jewelry! This intrepid world traveler collects trade beads, medallions, amulets, ancient coins and charms on her exotic forays. She crafts stunning one-of-a-kind assemblages fit for the globetrotters (or wanna be) on your list.
Colorful, playful, and charismatic… that is Kirsten Denbow & her metal-crafted jewelry. Clever creations include blooming florals, abstracts, Dia de los Muertos and object-based designs. Find merriment in copper, enamel, silver, and gemstones.
What’s that buzzing? It must be the bees at Harris Family Apiaries working up a frenzy to bring you the best local honey. Exquisite flavors from sage blossoms, fruit trees and wildflowers impart their essence for distinctive sweetness in every bite. Boost your immune system with a jar of bee pollen. Oh, won’t you be a honey and buy a jar for yourself and your friends?
Put some oomph in your ensemble with Mary Hammond‘s colorful and versatile fiber-licious 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. Hint Hint… use her textiles as a runner to dress up your table or buffet!
Carve some room in your heart for the skillfully made bandsaw wood boxes by Lisa Dallendorfer. These sleek layers come from a multitude of woods including walnut, oak, rosewood, douglas fir, cherry, sapelle, maple, and adler. All turned into handsome, curvy organic forms, keepsakes never felt so cherished.
Decadent chocolate makes every occasion filled with richness! Luisa of Luisa Chocolatiere has all of your favorite confections. Truffles, dipped almond, dark, milk, white; sugar-free, vegan & kosher too, Christmas & Hanukkah collections are always top of the list for gift giving treats.
Marvel at Elizabeth “Betty” Nadler‘s romantic bohemian jewelry. Travel through time with her mystical use of crystals to spark your inner spirit. Betty is a consistent best seller at our Faire with affordable and oh-so wearable baubles.
Mixes of vintage buttons, buckles, Bakelite and resin combine in Merry Daniel Wennerberg’s creative hands to form eye-catching adornments! Her vivid colors are bold and add a splash of seasonal sensation. For the more demure, Merry’s understated metallic designs complete a look. Can’t choose just one? The more the “merrier!”
No Faire would be complete without a little lovin’ for your skin! Our new vendor Raya & creator of Petals for Jean, blends luscious skin, hair, and body care from hand-picked and fair-trade seasonal ingredients. Using only the best organic ingredients with nourishing vitamins and oils, Raya packs loving kindness into every product and wraps it in recycled/sustainable packaging, all at affordable prices!
Nature provides with gold, silver, and gemstones! The beauty of it all is captured by Michelene Berkey with motifs of bees, dragonflies, leaves, and twigs all branched in organic harmony. She’s going out on a limb to join us from Colorado!
You’ll be shattered if you miss out on Krista Bermeo’s glowing smooth glass-work. Jewelry has never been so vibrant with light. Each piece is hand-torched to beaming perfection. Spread some holiday cheer with kaleidoscopic lamp-work glass.
You gotta love Stache Coffee Company a whole “latte”! Artisan roasted, sustainably sourced, and veteran-owned Stache beans come direct from their Oceanside roastery to your table. Satisfy your thirst with this rich, aromatic caffeinated (or decaf) pick-me-up. Now that’s faire-trade!
Snug as a bug in Beth Marx delightfully soft nuno felted scarves, ponchos, and other one-of-a-kind garments. Convertible & reversible means no limits to your wild style.
All the way from Colorado, Jennie Milner brings unmatched creativity to her quirky mixed media sculpture and funky jewelry. Rows of tiny wooden houses for your soul and distinctive adornments come together for an overall ahhhh!
All natural, award winning and family owned are words that only begin to describe Nuvo Olive Oil. Their exquisite olive oils and balsamic vinegars complement all of your gustatory pleasures. “Olive” them and you will too.
Lisa Mertins‘ ceramics are delightfully charming with organic and whimsical designs. Cups, masks, bowls, and birdhouses are some of her curious creations. Rebar is the foundation for her more series sculptural work.
Colors galore in glossy brilliance mark Suzanne Currie’s jewelry, key-chains, and home goods. Playful with a splash of flash, her contemporary mixed media style makes for gleaming gifts.
You can’t call our bluff because no holiday table is complete without artisan farmstead goat cheese. Straight from the happiest goats, Drake Family Farms Goat Dairy California is back with their “udderly” delicious chevre & raw goat milk cheese. Handmade in small batches, they guarantee their product is top quality and packed with love.
Metal Magic by Joanna Craft! That’s how she works her traditional metalsmithing with a slight Asian flare. Her organic mix of enthralling mixed metal, enamel and raw gemstone jewelry beckon to be worn.
Cozy up this holiday with the woven warmth of Deanna Deeds textiles. Her fiber fantastic creations are heavenly to touch, and even better to wear! If you’re lucky she’ll bring her loom so you can watch her in action!
Oh baby… Raw Baby that is! Chef Arlena Connor will delight your taste buds with organic, vegan, and gluten-free confections. She has vastly increased her selection to include Chocolate Chai Pie, Vanilla Cranberry with an Orange Zest Cake, sumptuous cookies & more. Oh my tummy is rumbling already! Slices and full cakes available to purchase and order.
Mark your calendars!
One-of-a-kind gifts to wear, to share, to simply enjoy!
Indulge with Chemers Gallery and 22 artists, artisans and epicureans for our 6th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Look for updated blog posts featuring our imaginative participants…we will be featuring artist spotlights and more as we prepare for your extravaganza.
Click on each artisan’s name below, to see examples of their work… but remember, they’ll each be bringing fresh new designs and exquisite new looks just for you and our Faire!
Beth Marx limited collection – colorful, creative & versatile nuno felted wearables
Petals for Jean organic, vegan, and botanically based luscious lotions
Harris Family Apiaries local honey of the season
Get into the holiday season with Hair Tinsel by Megan Jones! You’ll be sure to dazzle your friends!
With your purchase, enter our raffle for a chance to win one of our many artist/artisan crafted prizes!
Next blog post… Meet the Artists!
Artist spotlights to introduce you to or reacquaint you with our talented artists and artisans joining us December 7th & 8th.
Look for frequent updates on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. Follow our continuing blog with “what’s new” starting in November.
Click HERE to RSVP for Saturday, December 7th, 11a – 5p and Sunday, December 8th, 11a – 4p
If you forget to RSVP, don’t worry, be happy. The Faire is open to one and all!
Note: Links are in GREEN and Orange
Click the artist’s names to see more of their work!
Acrylic on canvas
Acrylic on canvas
| Maria Counts
Ceramic teapots, vases, and hearts
Wood vases and bowls
Ceramic sculptures and vases
Silver and gold necklaces and rings
“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″.
To see all works on-line click this link.
Even more heARTistry happening here!
Saturday, May 11th 1pm – 5pm
Featuring these heARTful artists confirmed to date…
Loretta Alvarado · Roger Bennett · Steve Bjorkman · Suzanne Currie · Lisa Dallendorfer · Dori Dewberry · Jean-Louis Domerego Joanna Craft · Steve Kell · Prerana Kulkarni · Julie Leah · Jason Li · Ian Montelongo · Marilee Nielsen · Patricia Prescott · Pete Roberts · Janine Salzman · Janet Seward · Teri Starkweather · Kim VanDerHoek · Sabrina Weld
Enderle Center Awards
“Gipsy Lady” Janine Salzman, oil
“Inspired by Frieda” Julie Leah, fiber
Enderle Center Choice Award:
“Indian Bride” Maaria Kader, scratchboard
“Malachite Inlay Lidded Box” Tom Borusky, wood
“Untitled” Nick Capaci, fused glass
“Sycamore Bowl w/ Brass” Michael Evans, wood
“Spring Pendant” Monique Selwitz, jewelry
“Flights of Fancy: Release” Randy Au, ceramic
“The Dance” Christine Head, fused glass
“Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA” Roger Bennett, photography
“Green Pears on Linen” Amanda Fish, oil
“Indian Bride” Maaria Kader, scratchboard
“Sunlight and Shadows” John Sawyer, oil
“The Gift Box” Marie Tippets, pastel
“Floating Leaves” Jason Li, watercolor
“Run of the Mill” Greg LaRock, oil
“Sycamore Twilight” Jim Wodark, oil
“Connectivity 1” Katlin Evans, mixed media
“L.A. Basin” Steve Kell, oil
“Golden Hills” Konnie Kim, oil
“Augmentation” Karen Liba, acrylic
“Outdoor Fashion” Pamela Panattoni, oil
“At MoMA with Andy” Nancy Egan, oil
“Alice” Kara Bullock, oil
“L.A. River Bridges” Kim VanDerHoek, oil
Best of Show:
“Afternoon Walk” Patricia Prescott Sueme, pastel
It’s hard to imagine a better show next year…but we are thinking!
Artist reception April 27, 2019 5:30 – 8:00pm
show continues through May 11
Better & bigger every year! 64 Orange County artists & more than 90 works of art will grace our walls and display stands. This will be our 7th year partnering with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA), to bring you this unique annual juried exhibition.
The only show of its kind in Orange County, “The heART of Orange County” exhibit features 2-D wall art, as well as, contemporary craft including wood, ceramics, glass, fiber and jewelry. A wide range of styles, subjects and media will be represented. Whether you lean to abstract or traditional works, you will likely find works of interest. Everything is available for purchase. Help our arts community thrive!
This year’s juror is Barbara Thompson, MFA. She has been a respected artist, judge and coordinator in the fine art world for more than 25 years. Barbara has served as a juror for the San Diego County Fair Fine Art Photography Competition, as the Visual Arts Coordinator for the Orange County Fair for 16 years and as the Fine Art Coordinator for the California State Fair in 2017. Barbara was the Director as well as Exhibition Coordinator during her 12-year association with the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art where she oversaw both curated and juried exhibits. She now installs and curates exhibitions for the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum at the Fullerton Arboretum.
It all happens April 27th, 5:30 – 8:00pm at Chemers Gallery… artist reception, awards ceremony and, of course, TACFA’s Broadway in the Park REVEAL!
Be among the first to know which rousing Broadway production will be performed this summer in Tustin’s own Peppertree Park. Past productions include Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid. Now in its 19th year, TACFA’s annual Broadway in the Park event brings together community and professional performers from Chance Theater to enjoy an evening of visual magic under the stars.
Join us and more than 20 artists on Saturday, May 11th 1-5 pm to stroll the artist demonstrations as you soak-in the last day of the juried show. Pick up the work you purchased during the show or buy that one you’ve been eyeing for 2 long weeks before someone else snaps it up!
To see the list of participating artists click this link to our Facebook events page for more up-to-date information.
We are loving what has been delivered…Can’t wait to see who and what have been chosen for awards!