Monday, July 21, 2014

It's here! It's here! It's finally here!

Tiger Lily Necklace by Ayala Bar

The new season of Ayala Bar jewelry has finally arrived, and believe us, it does not disappoint! Heading into Fall/Winter (hard to believe when it's still so dang hot!) the new collection dazzles with earthy colors, lush jewel-tones and a smattering of all-new shapes and sizes. As if all that weren't enough, the talented Ms. Bar has created a new style collection made from mostly silver pieces with tiny accents in muted greens, golds and pinks. Can you say LOVE??

Rosario Necklace by Ayala Bar
With a background in set and costume design, is it any wonder that Ayala's creations carry a theatrical flair? Instantly recognizable, we see over and over how people flip for her unique necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Some clients have collected her work for years - we even know a woman who brings her earring collection in for a little show-and-tell from time to time!

Amaranth Earrings by Ayala Bar

As always, these beauties are available for a limited time - only 6 months! You can see a sampling of what's available on our website, and there's more to love in person at #ChemersGallery. Hurry in before they're gone! #AyalaBar

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nothing Says Summer Like Art & Music!

Summer is in full swing at Chemers Gallery, and that means artist demonstrations and live music around these parts! Mark your calendars for the Enderle Center Summer Concert Series and Artist Demonstrations at Chemers Gallery! Events are happening the third FRIDAY July through September from 5-8pm.

August 15, 5-8pm
Wight Litening play Classic Rock
Wight Litening - click here to listen!
There's nothing like a night spent dancing along to your favorite Classic and Modern Rock hits! Local band Wight Litening originally got together in the '70s and have kept their musical stylings going strong!

Plus special artist demonstrations from the following artists at Chemers Gallery:
Lorraine Bubar - papercut | Dana Cooper - oil |  Suzanne Currie - mixed media
Dori Dewberry - pastel | Bonnie Holmes - oi
Susan Horton - weaving | Steve Kell - oil
Ian Montelongo - acrylic | Soraya Montelongo - beaded jewerly
Pete Roberts - watercolor | Kim Vanderhoek - oil | Jim Wodark - oil
More TBA!

September 19, 5-8pm
Ricardo Valenzuela & Friends play Oldies
Sorry - no artist demos this month!

Say goodbye to the endless summer with Ricardo Valenzuela & Friends! Sing along to your favorite hits of the '50s, '60s and '70s as we bring the Enderle Center Summer Concert Series to a close for another year.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Enjoying the View

Last week's opening reception for Viewpoints: Orange County All Media 2014 was such a success, and we couldn't have done it without our talented participating artists, wonderful volunteers and YOU, our loyal fans! The house was packed! Special thanks to Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) and Enderle Center for helping to sponsor our 7th annual showing of amateur and professional artists.

Viewpoints is up for another week, so hurry in! PLUS we'll be joined by 12 of the participating artists on Saturday, May 10th for special painting demos!

Here's just a taste of what the artist reception & awards ceremony was like:

Ian Montelongo discusses his painting techniques with our friend Jeff

What a crowd!

Steve takes in Lore Hold's prize winning painting
Fellow artists Pamela Panattoni, Max Ollendorff and Jim Wodark meet and mingle

Shelby Montelongo with her trusty camera

Art discussions among artists Ian Montelongo, Lisa Mozzini-McDill, Rita Pacheco and Michael Ward

Honorable Mention winner Kim VanDerHoek with her daughter, Lily, TACFA President Bonnie Atzeff and Chemers Gallery owner Karen Raab
Bonnie Atzeff introduces TACFA
The ever-lovely Rita Chemers

Karen Raab and Rita Chemers with artist Max Ollendorff
Karen Raab and Bonnie Atzeff with 1st Place Professional Winner Michael Ward

Pastel artist & Enderle Center Choice winner Dori Dewberry making new friends with Dick and Marg
For a chance to watch some of these talented artists do what they do best, join us Saturday, May 10th from 2 - 5p!

Sherry Marger . Max Ollendorff . April Raber . Pete Roberts 
Janine Salzman . Kelley Sanford . Kim VanDerHoek

Monday, March 24, 2014

Announcing Viewpoints: Orange County All Media 2014

Updated 4/22/14
 Chemers Gallery and Tustin Area Council for Fine Art (TACFA)* present
Viewpoints: Orange County All Media 2014
Juror: Jim Wodark
Crystal Cove Morning Stroll, pastel by Dori Dewberry
Artist Reception April 26th 5:30 - 8:00p
Show continues through May 10th
Please join us for special artist demos:
Sat. May 3 - 2p - 5p
Ian Montelongo, Soraya Montelongo, Sandra Morrison, Lisa Mozzini-McDill
Erich Neubert, Paige Oden, Kathleen Strukoff, Michael Ward, Jim Wodark
and enjoy the music of the Laguna Swing Society at
Enderle Center's Spring Swing

Sat. May 10 - 2p - 5p
Steve Kell, Sherry Marger, Max Ollendorff, Pete Roberts, Janine Salzman
Kelley Sanford, Kim VanDerHoek

Chemers Gallery and Tustin Area Council for Fine Art (TACFA) have joined forces to bring you Viewpoints: Orange County All Media 2014,  the 7th annual juried show of professional and amateur artists from around southern California. With the help of 49 artists and one tough juror we present 70 unique viewpoints of Orange County from north to south!

The growth of this exhibition over 7 years has been astounding - we've gotten more entries this year than ever before! Jim Wodark, juror and artist extraordinaire, accepted the challenge to select this year's participating entries from almost 140. (You may remember Jim's 1st Place painting from last year's show...) Everything from architecture to seascapes, abstract to traditional was considered. Featured artworks include oils, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, photography, glass, mixed media and even beadwork! We think you'll agree, this is an exhibit not to be missed.

Come on in to discover a new favorite vista or two and meet the artists at the opening reception Saturday, April 26th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.  If you can't make it that evening, you can still catch the show through May 10th. 

All works are available for sale and can be previewed on our website
or in person after April 23rd.

Windbreak, oil by Linda Rogers

Participating Artists
Robert Ball | Roger Bennett | Steve Bjorkman | Gary Blackwell | Dorothy Cavanagh
Jean Choi | Dana Cooper | William Crawley | Barbara Davidson | Rick Delanty 
Dori Dewberry | Kay Flierl | Candace Foster | Deborah Harold | Julie Hill
 Thomas Hill | Irene Horiuchi | Mark Hosmer | Esther Jacks | Steve Kell | Greg LaRock
Susan Marosz | Emet Martinez | Ian Montelongo | Soraya Montelongo
 Lisa Mozzini-McDill | Erich Neubert | Paige Oden | Rita Pacheco
Pamela Panattoni | April Raber | Richard Rice | Pete Roberts
Linda Rogers | Sharyn Sakimoto | Janine Salzman | Kelley Sanford | John Sawyer 
Albert Stanchfield | Kathleen Strukoff | Kim VanDerHoek | Michael Ward

Lore Hold | Sherry Marger | Shelby Montelongo
Sandra Morrison | Max Ollendorff | Ursula Olsson

Stay tuned for updated information as we get closer to the artist's reception!
A special thank you to Enderle Center and TACFA for helping to sponsor this exhibit!

Plus, come in Saturday, May 3rd and 10th to watch these talented artists 
demonstrate their abilities from 2-5pm

*Founded in 1992, the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) funds and administers programs which expand the arts in the greater Tustin, California area, and enrich the entire community. The Council raises funds through individual and corporate contributions and fundraising events. These funds subsidize elementary students' participation in The Art Masters program, support students' creativity and interest in the arts, and allow TACFA to produce an annual affordable and live production of a classic Broadway musical at a local outdoor venue.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Designs on Framing

At Chemers Gallery, it's all about the art, but we bet you didn't realize that we consider the framing to be a part of that! Custom framing is an art form in itself, and we strive to create just the right tone to fit not only your artwork but your life as well.

We love it when new mouldings are introduced - our imagination runs wild with the sheer scale of possibilities that open up. Over the years we've seen trends come and go and return once again. We've also seen some crazy ideas that just might work. (Remember when we brought badass to the OC??)

We're always searching for the latest and greatest trends to share with you, and we were shell-shocked with how gorgeous this one is! That's right, a veneer of mother-of-pearl shell creates soft translucence in three finishes and sizes. Available in shimmery white, champagne gold and, well, think of a glistening sea urchin for the third color! You'll just have to see what we're talking about in person. Perfectly elegant for bridal portraits and vanity mirrors and absolutely adorable for baby snaps, these frames are sure to make a splash.

Tortoise Shell
Speaking of shell, faux tortoise shell is back and better than ever! Frames like these haven't been available for about a decade, and we're thrilled to see their return. Elegant and stately, they make us think of manor homes, men's smoking rooms and natural history museums. Thoroughly suited for antique prints including botanical and Audubon style, the depth of color lends a richness to the presentation and elevates your art to the next level.
What's old is new again - the "reclaimed" wood look has been reclaimed in today's shapes and colors! Rustic with a modern twist, these beautifully textured mouldings look like they've led former lives as wine barrels, barn siding, and factory flooring. Clean lines fit in with the current feel for simple shape and form. We can see these frames on folk art and seascapes, giving a real period look to the finished product.

We've seen color remaining strong despite a 10 year hiatus, and there are some vibrantly playful frames keeping pace! New on the scene are acrylic mouldings that can be easily personalized in more than 80 colors to exactly fit your style. Choose a glossy or frosted finish in single, double and now, even triple color - patterned frames are also available! Vivid hues provide a real pop of personality.  The possibilities are endless to turn your treasures into a work of art that's as unique as you are.

Welded Steel
We continue on with our color trends
to an unlikely material for picture framing - painted welded steel! Cool and modern with an industrial edge, these new frames are surprisingly versatile, fit for anything from movie posters and abstracts to the more traditional "slice of life" and even plein air. Scrubbed & sanded antiquing keeps the look from being too finished. Available in as many color combinations as you can imagine, we dare you to try this look out! 

As a lucky-strike extra, the first 20 people who come in, even just to look, and mention this blog will get a free SoapRock!

All natural glycerine soaps, made in America!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Jim Wodark Achieves Greatness

Sunset Surf, oil on canvas by Jim Wodark
Local plein air oil painter, Jim Wodark, is a force to be reckoned with. Long established as a talented artist, the gigantic leaps his work has taken in the last several years have made him "one to watch." Painting everything from majestic stands of eucalyptus, California coastline and the rugged terrain of the High Sierras, Jim's creations stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Inner Courtyard, oil on canvas by Jim Wodark
Born and raised in Colorado, it's not difficult to see where Jim's love of the outdoors came from. In a former life, he worked as a cartoonist while he honed his artistic skills. After moving to California, Jim began experimenting in the plein air style using watercolor and acrylics, and finally oil paints.  Inspiration comes from the beauty of nature and capturing a single, fleeting moment of light, mood and atmosphere. Every new painting is approached as an opportunity to achieve greatness and create a masterpiece.

Chicken Farm, oil on canvas by Jim Wodark
Often compared to Edgar Payne and William Wendt, Jim's work reflects his love of putting paint to canvas. His commitment to an artistic life has taken the form of a daily painting practice, either in his studio or out in the landscape. He is an active member of Oil Painters of America, a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and an Artist Member of the California Art Club. Jim travels all over the United States to participate in "paint outs" and exhibitions, garnering awards and recognitions wherever he goes.

Look for a show at Chemers Gallery sometime in late 2014 or early 2015 featuring Jim's masterful canvases!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

The Whimsical World of Denise Duong

Less than a month into 2014 and it's looking to be a busy year! Already, we have announced two upcoming events and received artwork from new artists and familiar faves. Plus, we're throwing around some ideas for future events and even a Kickstarter project!

However, we're never too busy to share what's new and exciting around here!

Let us introduce you to...

New Artist: Denise Duong
Lost in the Abyss, mixed media on canvas by Denise Duong
Denise Duong is one of our newest additions to Chemers Gallery. Karen found her work on a trip to Park City, Utah, and fell in love. After more than 2 years of phone calls and emails, Denise sent us some paintings and we absolutely flipped! Opening a box of her artwork is like opening a treasure chest - that same heart-in-your-throat feeling can be felt whenever Denise sends us her newest creations. Her whimsical cast of characters are always on the go, always with an air of celebration. Men and women play instruments, ride bicycles and old fashioned motorcycles, enjoy hot air balloon rides and toast one another aboard boats in the sky. Denise will often add her beloved bull terrier to her fanciful creations.

An Amusing Hunt, mixed media on canvas by Denise Duong
Every canvas is rich in color and texture. There's nothing like standing up close and personal to see the details of paint, pen & ink, and layer upon layer of decorative papers collected from the artist's travels. Each painting is constructed like the set of a play in which Denise is playwright, set & costume designer and director. Her players always steal the scenes and make you want to jump up and join them.

True, mixed media on canvas by Denise Duong

Denise not only exhibits around the United States, she also contributes art to causes like Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundations and Planned Parenthood. Trained at the University of Central Oklahoma and the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Denise is based out of Oklahoma, but, like her characters, she is a free-spirited nomad at heart! She believes her artwork should be lighthearted and fun, created in celebration of the joys life has to offer.

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