Monday, January 12, 2015

Call to Artists! Viewpoints: Orange County All Media 2015

Tustin Area Council for Fine Art (TACFA) & Chemers Gallery
Call To Artists
Viewpoints: Orange County
All Media 2015
Juried Exhibition
Juror: Greg LaRock

April 18 - May 2, 2015
Artist Reception April 18, 5:30 - 8:00p

Deadline for entry is Wednesday, March 4, 2015! 

Award-winning art from Greg LaRock, Ursula Olsson and Michael Ward from the 2014 show
Calling all artists! Get those creative juices flowing because we're looking for entries to the 8th annual juried exhibition of outdoor scenes of Orange County, presented by Chemers Gallery and Tustin Area Council for Fine Art (TACFA)! We need your unique interpretations of Newport Beach, Crystal Cove, downtown Orange, Irvine Park and more! The show is open to all media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, glass, mixed media, encaustic, printmaking, sewing, beading, etc. The more innovative, the better. The best part is...there are cash prizes!

Our show has been evolving year by year and we're sure this will be our best exhibit yet. One major change this year is the elimination of the "amateur" and "professional" categories. All are welcome to enter regardless of experience level - entries will all be juried to the same level. Another major change is the addition of award categories. All entries will fit into either "Oil and Acrylic" or "All Other Media,"giving you more chances to win an award!

Just like last year, all entries will be pre-juried online at - you can find the prospectus and links to enter HERE.

We are honored to announce that Greg LaRock, award-winning plein air oil painter, will be this year's juror.

Get ready and get creative - the deadline for entry is 
March 4, 2015 
and it will be here before you know it! 

Award-winning art from Dorothy Cavanagh, Lore Hold, Sherry Marger and Linda Rogers from the 2014 show
Important Dates & Deadlines:
March 4, 2015: Deadline to submit your entry form and .jpg photo to Click HERE for prospectus and links to enter. (For help using click here.)
March 11, 2015: Notification of acceptance by email
April 6 - 10: Hand-delivery of accepted work to Chemers Gallery between 10am - 5pm. Shipped entries are not accepted.
April 18, 2015: Exhibition opens to public, Artists' Reception 5:30 - 8:00pm
May 2, 2015: Exhibit closes
May 4, 2015: Pick up work at Chemers Gallery between 10am - 5pm

Cash Awards:
$600 Grand Prize

Oil & Acrylic
$450 First Place
$300 Second Place
$200 Third Place

All Other Media (including watercolor, pastel, glass, photography, mixed media, etc)
$450 First Place
$300 Second Place
$200 Third Place

Artwork Specifications:
Entry must be an outdoor scene from anywhere in Orange County, California. If not easily recognizable as an Orange County scene, a source photo may be required. Work must be created during the year since the last exhibition (May 2014).

All 2-D artworks such as, but not limited to, painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking and photography will be considered. The maximum allowed size is 24" x 36" not including the frame. Photographs must be printed on photo or fine art paper - they may not be printed on canvas or mounted to panels. Works must be framed to Chemers Gallery specifications (see framing requirements below), properly wired and ready to hang. The juror reserves the right to disqualify any work not suitably presented or that varies from the submitted image. All works must be for sale.

Sales commission: 50% artist 50% Chemers Gallery.

Framing Requirements:
Chemers Gallery will be happy to assist in framing your work. If you choose to frame it yourself, please bring your frame for approval prior to delivery. Oils, acrylics & mixed media can be unframed if gallery wrapped edges are painted, but other two-dimensional work must be framed. No photography on canvas. All 2D work must be properly & securely wired and ready to hang. Simple frames are preferred and must be either black or dark wood. Mats: neutral white, acid free (like Bainbridge 8655), acid-free colored filets ok, and either double 4-ply or single 6 or 8-ply mats. No non-glare glass. Space and weight limits apply to non two-dimensional work, see Karen Raab at Chemers Gallery.

Examples of black (left) and dark wood (right) frames

Examples of gallery wrapped canvases

Entry Procedure:
Non-refundable entry fee is $35 for one or two entries, payable when you submit to

PLEASE NOTE: When filling out your information while entering the show at, please be sure all information is correct - spelling, title, pricing of your artwork. All information is input by the Artist and is used by Chemers Gallery for reference, printed materials and online postings.

Diptychs and triptychs are considered one work. Works are juried by digital image only.

For help using please refer to the Help page and the How OJS Works page. Likewise you can call 949-287-8645 or email

Entry Image Guidlines:
Works will be juried by digital image only. Images must be sized to 1920 pixels on the longest side and at a resolution of 72 dpi. No mat, frame, or extraneous material should appear other than your artwork.

Save the painting with a new name, as follows: Your last name, first initial, ENTRY REFERENCE (A, B, C, D, or E), and abbreviated painting name. For example: Jane Doe's Entry A is titled New York Sunrise, the name given to the digital image would be: doej_a_nysun.jpg.

Save the image as a high quality jpg.

Images are used for jurying and web and printed materials.

All work will be handled with great care. Neither Chemers Gallery nor TACFA or its representatives will accept responsibility for loss or damage of work. Artists are responsible for safety of work during transit to and from the gallery. Submission by an artist will indicate agreement by the artist to these conditions.

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 exceptions artists, both local and international. Chemers Gallery is located in the Enderle Center, 17300 17th Street, Tustin, 714-731-5432. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm.

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.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Spotlight Chemers Gallery Handmade Holiday - Meet the Artisans!

Updated 12-1-14

'Tis the season! The holidays are right around the corner and we can't wait for our first ever...

Over the next few weeks leading up to our Holiday Artisan Faire we will be shinning a spotlight on our Artists & Artisans and sharing a sampling of their delightful goodies with you. Keep checking back, because we'll be updating weekly!

Keep scrolling to the bottom for details about our raffle drawings, benefiting The Wooden Floor!

OC Local Honey
Bee detective by day and honey expert by night! Amy has the sweetest gifts around. After "bee"ing in the industry for 9 years, Amy really knows her honey and has since perfected the recipe. Her honey is collected from local Orange County bee farms and produced in small batches. Each batch has a slightly different flavor profile depending on where it came from and all packed with natural goodness. Amy will have a variety of jar sizes and fun honey sticks that will melt in your mouth!  

Amy Kekst
Are you are looking for something sparkly this holiday? Look no further than our Holiday Artisan Faire for jewelry by Amy! Gemstones, crystals, one-of-a-kind vintage elements and chains feature in her titillating trinkets. Her extensive selection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets change with the seasons offering mixed metal chains and nuggets paired with sparkly stones and beads. Her selections for Dec.6th are sure to provide you with an assortment of choices!

Lori Lawson
Stand out this season with Lori's wearable fibers! After retiring from law, she decided to take hold of her creative side and finally get serious about her first love, fiber. For the past 15 years she has perfected her skills in knitting, crocheting, weaving, and felting. Passionate about her work, Lori hand-dyes and spins all of her yarns to make uniquely designed garments, scarves, shawls. Pick out a great new accessory for all your winter outfits or make it a special gift, either way Lori’s creations will enhance your already gorgeous style!  

Elizabeth Nadler
Love beads? Then be sure to see Elizabeth at our Holiday Artisan Faire! Fall in love with Elizabeth’s simply elegant designs that are perfect for every occasion. She uses gold and silver paired with gemstones and crystals of all colors to create her one-of-a-kind necklaces and earrings. Choose from elegant faceted stones, lustrous pearls and intricate filigree to complete your holiday look. Most prices are $25-75 to stock up on your stuffers!

Joanna Craft
For your fill of eclectic mixed metal jewelry, be sure to visit Joanna! Her contemporary designs range from geometric to free-form and are just the right portions of silver, copper and brass. Her modern forms allow for color and design to shine for any occasion. Joanna’s newest pieces feature enamel and unpolished stones, and are so stunning you won’t want to miss them while they are here! 

 Leona Hawks
Traveling all the way from Utah, Leona will be sharing her extensive range of fused glass! Leona begins with recycled clear glass and artfully adds color in the form of metal oxides, ground and dichroic glass, copper pieces or other materials to produce chemical reactions in the heat of the kiln. The results are striking fused glass trays, dishes and light catchers that are organic in nature and ecstatic in hue. Explore Leona’s spectacular glass for yourself Dec. 6th!  

Michelene Berkey 
Although jewelry artist, Michelene, can’t make it to our Holiday Artisan Faire, her sister Cathy will be bringing her latest "twiggy" treasures just for YOU! Try on her newest tidbits that use bees, hearts, flowers, dragonflies and even twigs in her designs. Silver and gold complement her assortment of pendants, rings, bangles and more. Longtime fan favorite Michelene will have the perfect gift for the nature lover in your life! 

Diva Desserts
Calling all sweet tooths… Diva Desserts is to tempt your taste buds. Our longtime friend Jan mixes up the smoothest cheesecake, devilicious Kahlua cake and simply sinful chocolate chip cookies. Take them with you or place an order for the holidays, whichever you choose… your mouth will sing! Jan has been cooking up a signature, never before sampled cake using fellow artisan Tatratea liqueur… Woo-hoo is it scrumptious!  

JC Milner
The imaginative JC Milner will be sharing her quirky jewelry at our Holiday Artisan Faire. Twirly birds, homing birds, tweety birds, painted birds, preening birds, lovely flowers... and dwellings of all kinds... this is the most ridiculous fun jewelry can be! Jennie works her magic with acrylic paint, resin and silver to create whimsical earrings, necklaces, pins and more. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Don't miss your chance to meet Jennie!
Lisa Mertins
Lisa is bringing the ceramic love to our Holiday Artisan Faire! Working in as many mediums as she possibly can, Lisa does it all! From intriguing ceramics and fine art to jewelry and children's book illustrations, this talented lady is always up to something new. Lisa's creativity satisfies the whimsical palate with her stamped fine-walled porcelain creations. Always creating something new, we can't wait to see what she brings us! 

Holiday gift ideas got you in a “jam?” Have we got a treat for you! Sola Foods specializes in fantastic sweet and spicy salsas, jams, spreads and relishes, all 100% natural and 100% sure to win your heart! Using only the best ingredients from local farmers markets, Sola Foods takes their time to create a unique and tantalizing experience. All products are made in small batches enabling them to pack one pound of fruit in every 10oz jar of jam & spreads! Be sure to sample their famous "Cheeky Kiwi" jam! 

Barbara Lanci
Feast your eyes on Barbara's gorgeous treasures! Her tempting earrings, bold "elevation" cuffs and intricate necklaces are crafted entirely by hand from fine silver, argentium and unique stones. Trained under master jewelers, Barbara continues to challenge herself to come up with new designs craftier than the last. She just might have your new favorite piece of jewelry!  

Elaine Hyde
Always a crowd pleaser, Elaine's beautiful art glass creations shimmer and shine with iridescence. Starting her glass career at the Brooks Institute of Fine Arts in California, she went on to work and train at the Pilchuck Glass Center under Dale Chihuly during the formative years of the renowned institute. Elaine has exhibited her glass worldwide and has won numerous awards for her work. The way the colors shift and change under different light is simply magical. We are sure you'll agree that her vases and perfume bottles are little treasures!

Bistro Blends offers the most amazing and unique Balsamic Vinegars and Gourmet Olive Oil Blends. They adhere only to the highest standards, requiring only the best of Barrel-Aged Balsamic Vinegars from the Modena Region of Italy and Olive Oils from around the world, including California’s own, Napa Valley. Bistro Blends provides a distinct and enlightening blend of flavors, herbs and spices in every selection, assuring any self-proclaimed food connoisseur their rightful place in culinary heaven.

Suzanne mixes up paint and paper to create her brightly-hued mixed media on wood melodies. She constructs a frenzy of bright colors and attractive patterns, and then finishes them off with a layer of epoxy resin to give them a nice shine. Her creations take the form of small, one-of-a-kind contemporary images, large bold statement pieces, artsy bangle bracelets and fun throw pillow.

Local gal Soraya has a flair for gemstones, beads and crystals! She labors over her stunning hand-beaded creations to craft wearable magic. A mostly self-taught artisan, Soraya's jewelry follows intricate designs and color schemes that could only be paired by her intuitive eye. Soraya continues to push her beaded work to the limit with innovative techniques and designs, all the while silencing voices that claim “it can’t be done!” Come see her latest designs and find just the right one for yourself or a friend!  

Ready to get your tea on? Tea liqueur that is! Made in Slovakia, Tatratea unites the finest brewed black Assam tea with a number of hand-picked botanical ingredients and fresh fruit in a unique fermentation process. Enjoy as an addition to traditional hot tea or sip chilled neat, on the rocks, or in an endless variety of delicious cocktails if you are in the mood for something festive! Available in six flavors of Coconut, Citrus, Peach, Original, Bohemian and Outlaw and range in proof from 22% to 72%. Rado will be mixing up some knock your socks off libations.

Monique Selwitz
New & Exclusively at Chemers Gallery!
Silver and gemstone jewelry with an oh-so-contemporary flair are the hallmarks of Monique's rings, pendants and earrings. This talented artisan takes inspiration from her creative upbringing surrounded by artists, galleries, goldsmiths and musicians. Originally from Switzerland, Monique comes from a background of biological science. She possess a keen interest in melding both traditional and new metalsmithing techniques.

Mary Hammond
Mary's delightful handmade fiber designs are the result of dabbling in domestic crafts, sewing clothes, and needlepoint. While working alongside her mother, Mary fabricated her own process by combining knitted fabrics with quilting and collage techniques. Inspired by designs found in nature, Mary sews together various yarns, fibers and silk pieces and then washes them to ensure every creation is soft and wearable. Her elegant creations can be hung on the wall, draped over a table or bureau, or worn as an eye catching scarf! 

Custom chocolate house, Luisa Chocolatiere, features delicious handmade gourmet chocolates of premium grade and absolute freshness. Luisa learned the art of chocolate making from Monsieur Sender, Master Patissier and Chocolatier in Paris. She received additional training in advanced specialty chocolate courses in Nanterre, west of Paris. Luisa crafts a variety of delectable confections with the highest quality ingredients, assuring rich, silky smooth chocolate goodness in every bite. We are so excited to have Luisa participate in our Holiday Artisan Faire and can’t wait for you to meet her and her oh-so-yummy chocolates! 

Raffle Benefiting The Wooden Floor
We are happy to announce that we have at least 15 raffle prizes, donated by our lovely artisans, Enderle Center and ourselves, to give away on Dec. 6th! That means there will be a minimum of two winners per hour! One free entry ticket will be provided with your first purchase and additional entries are available for $5 each or 5 entries for $20. Raffle winners do not have to be present to win.
All money collected will go to The Wooden Floor, a nonprofit organization in Santa Ana that seeks to empower low-income youth with strong self-esteem, self-discipline and a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic and family programs. Since 2005, 100% of their students have graduated from high school on time and have gone on to pursue higher education. This is about 3 times the national average of their socio-economic peers.
To learn more about The Wooden Floor please click here.

But wait! There's more!
We will have complimentary gift wrapping and if the mood strikes you our voluntary wrapping elves will be happy to accept donations to The Wooden Floor.
See you December 6th!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Come to our Shindig December 6th!

To Wear, To Share, To Simply Enjoy!
Meet more than 18 artisans 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 
11am - 5pm

New This Year...
Specialty Gourmet & 
Raffle drawings throughout the day!

Find something special for everyone on your list...maybe even yourself!
(We won't tell!)

Click any of the names below to see samples of each artist and artisan's work.
Don't worry, this is just a small sampling of the goodies that will be here on December 6th!

Handcrafted Jewelry

Wearable Fiber

Glass & Ceramics

Mixed Media

Epicurean Treats
Bistro Blends - Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegar
Diva Desserts - Specialty Cakes
Luisa Chocolatiere - Handcrafted Chocolates
Sola Foods - Salsa, Jam, Spread and Relishes
Tatratea - Tea Liqueurs
& More to Come! 

Keep checking back periodically for updated information, 
pictures and added surprises!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

David A. Wade: Continuing the Legacy

Now introducing...

Creating fine woodwork for more than 25 years, David worked side by side with Sam Maloof honing his skills. As WadeMade, he carries on this extraordinary tradition while expressing his own design sense with his "tribute to Maloof" and by incorporating re-purposed industrial objects.

From an early age, David was known to be "good with his hands." His boy scout troop leaders and school report cards noted his interest and talent for arts and crafts. David's hands were always busy exploring car culture, making jewelry, working with metal, and finally, working with wood. While making an elaborate clock in his high school Shop class, a fellow student told David that he ought to meet her grandfather, renowned woodworker Sam Maloof.

David Wade in the studio
David slowly worked his way into Sam's workshop, doing everything from raking leaves and sweeping out the studio. He was given more and more responsibilities."It was like The Karate Kid," David jokes. He eventually worked his way up to being one of Sam's three assistants, and worked closely with the master craftsman for 20 years.

Although the "Maloof flair" is intrinsically tied up with David's aesthetic, he brings his own artistic voice to sumptuous wood design. His design sense goes back to his love of car culture and ties in with his admiration of mixed media and assemblage.

Clockwise, from left: Side Table; Cutting Board; EnoCraft wine display
A key element in David's design is the combination of wood and metal. The contrast of the warmth of the wood and the coolness of the metal create a comfortable tension. Aircraft and industrial parts are given a new lease on life by being re-purposed as table bases and feet structure. That Maloof influence is never far away, appearing in the fine quality of woodcraft, softly sweeping lines and satiny finishes. David also credits his mother's Old World Dutch roots as an influence on his creativity.
Cocobolo Stool

In addition to hands-on training at the Maloof Studios, David also studied carpentry and woodworking technology and received formal training at Cal State Fullerton, where he studied under Frank E. Cummings. His years of creative collaboration with Mike Johnson, Larry White and Sam Maloof served to instill in him an unparallelled work ethic developed to meet the demands of his mentor. "It was an honor and a privilege to work with Sam," David says. Likening the workshop to an Olympic training center, he and the rest of the team were always kept on their toes. In David's mind, they made some of the world's best furniture.

Meet David and his woodwork on Friday, September 19 from 5-9pm at Chemers Gallery! While you're here, don't forget to stroll Enderle Center to enjoy music of the 50's, 60's and 70's performed by Ricardo Valenzuela & Friends, rounding out the Enderle Center Summer Concert Series.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Home is Where the HeART is!

You don't need to have tons of wallspace to fill your home with eye-catching artwork! From shelves and side tables to windows and bathroom vanities (yes, even your bathroom can be an art mecca!), we love to bring art into every layer and facet of your abode.

If it's translucent vessels and trays in bold colors your looking for, we've got you covered! In the mood to fill your windows with luminous glass? No problem! Chemers Gallery will send Nick Capaci and Leona Hawks to the rescue...

Nick Capaci
Keeping her son on the straight and narrow was motivation for Nick Capaci's mom to become a Cub Scout Den Mother. A self-proclaimed "hooligan of the neighborhood," Nick's first encounter with art was during one of his mom's Cub Scout meetings where he and the other boys had a lesson in potato printing. The wonder of carving into an object to create artwork was addicting and from that point on, Nick was a determined artist. Thank you, Mama Capaci!

Nick's dual focuses of monotype printmaking and glass working go hand-in-hand. Both require an intricate process of layering and building forms to create the final image, whether two- or three-dimensional. Nick's glass trays and vessels are an intriguing mix of rigid geometry and organic fluidity, much like the make up of glass itself. Utilizing techniques of fusing, slumping, fire polish and cold working, Nick creates stunning works of art in beautiful jewel-like colors.

Leona Hawks 
Playful and bright, glass gets the star treatment from Utah artist, Leona Hawks! In a previous life, Leona was a professor at Utah State University but chose to leave academia to pursue her passion for glass. Favoring recycled clear glass as her starting medium, Leona artfully adds color in the form of metal oxides, ground and dichroic glass, copper pieces or other materials that produce chemical reactions in the heat of the kiln. The results are fused glass trays, dishes and light catchers that are organic in nature and radiant in hue.

Be on the lookout for a special announcement concerning Leona and her stunning glass!
Contrast the airiness of glass with the solid and earthy form of wood to create a new layer in your home. We welcome local wood turner, Michael Evans, to Chemers Gallery!

Local woods and exotic timbers feature in every object Michael Evans produces. Working on a wood lathe with individual lengths, Michael's turned forms are both decorative and functional. It's impossible not to want to run your hands over the silken contours of a bowl made from eucalyptus or African mahogany. Select vessels are inlaid with tiny pieces of turquoise, creating a feel of organic luxury. Whether smooth-edged or roughly natural, Michael lets the true beauty of the wood shine though. That exquisite luster that gleams from within is the result of sanding, buffing and oiling every piece 10 or more times.

Not only is Michael a talented wood turner, he is also a musician, playing upright bass with the South Coast Symphony and in outdoor productions in Branson, Missouri. 

Speaking of fine wood, don't forget to mark your calendars for next week's reception of 
WadeMade Fine Wood Craft!

We'll see you next Friday!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Kim Kauffman - Moving Beyond Realistic Interpretation

Finding the special in the ordinary comes naturally to photographer, Kim Kauffman. She has found her own unique way to translate her dual passions of photography and gardening into stunning imagery that simply begs to be noticed. We are thrilled to introduce Kim's striking artistic vision to Tustin!

A Peaceful Place, photography by Kim Kauffman
Kim continues the tradition of botanical discovery that blossomed in the 1600 and 1700's with artistic documentation of horticultural treasures found by European travelers. Her photographic series, Florilegium, pays homage to those explorers and travelers with its name, meaning "a gathering of flowers." These images evolved along with her growth as a curious artist and an avid gardener. Kim is drawn to her garden for the lessons nature affords if one simply slows down and looks. Flowers, leaves, seed pods and other objects collected from the environment provide her with the building blocks of her cameraless and filmless photographs.

Blue Clematis, photography by Kim Kauffman
How can a photograph be both cameraless and filmless, you might wonder? Kim has developed a special technique that utilizes both a flatbed scanner and digital process that she's been working with since the late 1990's. You might be surprised to consider that cameraless photographic techniques have been around since the birth of photography! Kim has taken inspiration from techniques of the 1830's and 40's developed by William Henry Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins. Anna is considered by some to be the world's first female photographer.

Equipoise, photography by Kim Kauffman
Images from the Florilegium series are composed of multiple layers that present a specimen straight from Kim's imagination. New environments emerge from these layers over time, much like a garden that is continually renewing itself. Each building block of the final image is carefully considered for its texture, color and pattern, and assembled into a photo collage that invites us to appraise with the eyes of a gardener and wonder with the eyes of an explorer.

Come in and discover these beautiful photographs for yourself, or preview on our website

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