Tuesday, July 31, 2007

You Are Cordially Invited to the Premiere Showing of Sam Abrams-Widdicombe Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House

Chemers Gallery
Presents the Premiere Showing of
Original Oil Paintings and Watercolors by
Artist's Reception
Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 5-8 p.m.
Her work will be exhibited for a limited time from August 22nd thru the 26th

100% of the proceeds from Sam's artwork & 10% of all other Gallery sales will benefit the Orange County Ronald McDonald House.

A Word from Sam

I have been taking art lessons on Saturday afternoon's for the past eight years. I have been working with pastels, sketching, watercolors, and most recently, oil painting. I have completed seven oil paintings and several watercolors, which I will be selling as part of my Bat Mitzvah project. The proceeds will be donated to my family's favorite charity, the Orange County Ronald McDonald House.

The idea of the Ronald McDonald House is simple: it provides a "home-away-from-home" for families of seriously ill children who are at nearby hospitals. Besides the comfort of the Ronald McDonald House, they are building a "Family Room" at CHOC in Orange. They already have one at CHOC in Mission Viejo. A Family Room consists of four guest rooms, a kitchenette, living room, a family computer resource library. In 2006, the Ronald McDonald House helped 737 families, or a total of 1905 people. In addition, the house paid for 171 hotel rooms for families who did not have a place to stay because the House was full.

Thank you for supporting my Bat Mitzvah Project.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

New Works from Oil Painter Gerald Schwartz

Schwartz, Gerald. Balboa. Oil on Canvas, 50" x 40".

Recent works of Gerald Schwartz are now available at Chemers Gallery. Schwartz has been painting for over 50 years and his works vary from photo realism to pop art genres. He has mastered the art of capturing light and color of a scene. Balboa (above) depicts the Balboa Island Fun Zone in Newport Beach, Ca. The scenery in this piece was painted as the sunset and the sky was painted from a photograph earlier that afternoon. The two components in this piece add drama and emotion to this landscape.

Happily Ever After! Summer Exhibit of Children's Book Illustrators a SUCCESS!!

traveled from lands far, far away.
That is: North Hills, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, etc.

Special Thanks to Karen Raab,
owner of Chemers Gallery,
Jane Smith and Joan Charles,
Schmooze Co-coordinators of SCBWI Westside Illustrators.

View more photos from the event at Smugmug.com

Definitely visit this fun and fantastic exhibit!! Open until August 11th at Chemers Gallery.

Friday, July 20, 2007

New Glass Artisans


Randi Solin, founder of Solinglass, has practiced the art of blown glass for over twenty years. Solin utilizes styles and techniques from both Venetian glassblowing and American Art Glass movement. She uses optics, such as artists that paint on canvas, to create a window to view her creations. The process of Solin's labor is intricate and varied. She layers many particles of glass with many variations of color and size. She often incorporates sheets of sterling silver, fine strands of steel wool, and even hand draws in black glass cane. Her pieces can be found all over the world, from the White house to Algeria.

Husband and wife team, Ken and Ingrid Hanson, have been glass blowing for fifteen years. They enjoy creating traditional forms of glass and using unconventional colors to create very unique, vivid, and contemporary pieces of art.

"It is the unpredictability of the medium of glass that inspires constant change in our work. By collaborating on our work, each new idea presents a multitude of possibilities."

The internationally acclaimed work of these artists can now be found at Chemers Gallery.


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