Wednesday, August 29, 2007

"The Art of a Healthy Heart" Lecture Series

join us for art, expert presentations and more...

The Center for Cardiovascular Wellness and

HeART Healthy O.C. Lecture Series:
"The Art of a Healthy Heart"

This special event includes 5 separate evenings featuring expert speakers, beautiful art and more...


September 25, 2007: Kelly Tucker, MD
co-author of Women and Heart Disease

October 24, 2007: Ari Babaknia, MD
founder of DrSoy Nutrition

November 14, 2007: Lawrence Santora, MD
author of the OC Cure for Heart Disease

January 16, 2008: Gena Kadar DC, CNS
developed the Get Healthy! Therapeutic Lifestyle Program

February 19, 2008: Special!
Wine & Your Heart: Wine Tasting Event
A special evening to conclude the series!

5:30pm - 7:00pm

17300 17th Street
Tustin, CA 92780
Light & heart Healthy refeshments will be served

Tickets for the complete series are only a $45 suggested donation
September 20th, 2007.
Thereafter, they are a $15 suggested donation per lecture.

100% of the event proceeds will benefit cardiac screening, awareness and outreach activities at the Center for Cardiovascular Wellness.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

NEW Artist, Lilia Venier

Introducing a wonderful new ceramics artist to Chemers Gallery!
Lilia Venier

Celadon Face Bottle
Stoneware porcelain thrown and carved
6"W x 7.5"H

"Ceramics has given me the opportunity to express my ideas and creativity in a different way. I create pieces that have a variety of colors, textures, interesting shapes and carvings which I especially enjoy. Each piece is different, unique, has its own personality and cries out to be touched."

A native of Mexico, Lilia Venier started out in business school, only to later realize her artistic talents from taking a ceramics class. She uses many different techniques, such as raku, earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Her pieces have a distinct personality which have given her universal appeal. She has pieces in private collections in the U.S., Canada and Thailand and has participated in such exhibitions as the Beverly Hills Affaire in the Park and the Laguna Beach Winterfest.

Please come in to view Lilia Venier's new collection
or visit our website,
to see more of her work.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

SAVE THE DATE! 16th Annual Children's Book Illustration Show & Signing


16th Annual

Children's Book Illustration
Show and Signing

December 1st, 2007 * 1-5 pm



Come for the Art & Books and Stay All Day
Lectures & Demonstrations by the Illustrators & Authors

1:30 Linda Zielinski: "Collecting First Editions"
1:55 Joe Cepeda: "Drawing from Home- How my upbringing influenced by artwork"
2:20 Laura Huliska-Beith: "Bubble Gum, Paint, and How one 'Bad Idea' Led to Another"
2:45 Stacia Deutsch: "Facts and Fiction in the Historical Novel"
3:05 Mordicai Gerstein: "Power of Drawing and Imagination"
3:30 Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson: "The Ugly Duckling" and Using Collage
3:55 Raul Colon: "How I Use Color"

October 1st, original art will be available for presale.
Choose from more than 40 book titles available to
preorder Oct. 1st through Nov. 24th.

Featured Illustrators:
click here for book list

Joe Cepeda

Raul Colon

Mordicai Gerstein

Laura Huliska-Beith

Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher

Samanth Abrams-Widdicombe Art benefits Ronald McDonald House Orange County

Samantha Abrams-Widdicombe's artist reception at CHEMERS GALLERY was a great success August 22, 2007. The event raised over $8000.00 for the Ronald McDonald House Orange County. The evening was exquisitely catered by Parties by Panache, Brea, CA.

Thank you to all who participated. Your generous support and enthusiasm is appreciated. And thank you Samantha for sharing your talents to help such worthy cause.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Orange County you may visit their website at

To see our photo album from the event CLICK HERE

shown above from left to right: Robert Widdicombe, Rita Chemers, Karen Raab, Patti Widdicombe, Samantha Abrams-Widdicombe.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Sam Abrams-Widdicombe's Reception's Getting Closer!

We're exited about the amount of interest in Sam's exhibit and really looking forward to August 22nd.

We will also display some of Sam's earlier pieces. You will be surprised how young she was when she drew this Octopus.

We'll see you at her reception!

For more information CLICK HERE

NEW Artist, Mirang Wonne

Introducing a wonderful new artist to Chemers Gallery!
Mirang Wonne

Variation - V
23.5 x 47.5
Mixed Media
ready to hang

"My art is a record of time, space and nature: a record of life... I see its beauty so clearly, but I can never hold onto it concretely. It is like trying to catch moonlight or a dream." Mirang Wonne

A native of Korea, Mirang Wonne studied art first in her native country, where she received a diploma in painting from the Seoul National University and studied in Paris, where she earned her MFA from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs. She continued on to receive a Ph. D., from Sorbonne (Universite de Paris 1), Paris, France.
Wonne has exhibited both in the US, Korea and France.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

When the Cat's Away, the Mice will Play!


10% OFF
your purchase

Saturday 8/11
join us for good deals
and refreshements too!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

NEW! Jim Wodark's been Painting up a Storm!

Well, it's more like a sunset, a moon rise, and canyon shadows!
Come into the gallery and see many new plein air paintings of beautiful South Orange County area by Jim Wodark. You're sure to find a favorite of your own!

Santiago Sundown

Laguna Sunset

Jim Wodark is an award winning plein air artist who was born and raised in Colorado. Throughout childhood, his parents, both artistic in their own right, were incredibly encouraging of his creativity, but drew the line (so to speak) when he filled his 2nd grade teacher's shoes with paint. He went on to earn his Bachelor's degree in Marketing from University of Northern Colorado and attempted to fulfill his passion for art by taking an art class each semester. After several years of working real jobs, and trying to fit art around his schedule, it occurred to him that he either was or was not an artist. Luckily for his many fans and patrons, he chose the former.

He started out putting his keen observation skills and humor to use as a cartoonist. Fourteen years later, attracted to the attitude and economy, He moved to Southern California. He found true love in Julie, now his wife of 11 years, and in fine art, as he began to explore the plein air technique, originally using watercolors and acrylics. "When you grow up in Colorado, it's hard not to love the outdoors. For me, being outside and capturing the light, mood and atmosphere on a canvas for other people to enjoy, is just an incredible feeling."

His next breakthrough came with the birth of his first child, and his discovery of oil paints as his medium of choice. As his family grew (twin girls!!!) so did his commitment to being a great father, husband and prolific painter, painting out in the field or in the studio every single day. "I paint to express myself. I feel compelled to share the inspiration that I feel when I see a beautiful scene, to be inspired and inspire in return. I want to translate the beauty around me -- a fleeting moment -- into something permanent and timeless that brings those same feelings to life for each viewer.

Having dedicated himself to art for the last 22 years and counting, Jim continues to challenge himself creatively by approaching each painting as an opportunity to try something new. "My intention is to paint my masterpiece every time I paint a picture. This gives me never ending room to grow and experiment with my art."

And whenever he hits the inevitable rough patch, he just thinks back to that moment when he decided to commit himself to art. The power of that decision, and the path it created, never fail to get that paint brush moving again. "I am doing what I love and hopefully that joy is reflected in my work. I strive very hard to make each and every piece reflect the person that I am and the artist I am becoming."

Jim is a member of several painting groups: Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Southern California Plein Air Painters Association and just recently he was juried into being an "Artist Member" of the prestigious California Art Club.

Shows and awards:

Honorable Mention Heritage Art Show Irvine Land Trust 2007

Honorable Mention LPAPA "Best of Plein Air" 2007

Two paintings Juried into the California Art Club's Gold Medal Show 2007

Second Place in the Raymar National painting competition out of 1,700 entries.

9th Place in the Raymar National painting competition.

15th Place Honorable mention in the Raymar National painting competition.

28 painitngs of the final 144 in the Raymar National yearlong painting competition.

Second Place in the LPAPA Members Show 2006

First Place LPAPA "Best of Plein Air Show" 2006

California Art Club "Artist Member" (Juried into membership 2005)

Art-a-fair Poster Artist 2006

Honorable Mention Crystal Cove Show 2005

Second Place San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition 2005

First Place at the San Clemente "Quick Draw" Competition 2005

Honorable Mention LPAPA Members Show 2005

First Place at the SOCALPAPA Best of the Back Bay 2004

First Place at the San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition 2004

First Place at the San Clemente "Quick Draw" Competition 2004

Artist Choice Award SOCALPAPA Best of the Back Bay 2003

LPAPA members show 2002, 2003, 2004,2005

NEW! Jennie Tomao's Newest Paintings

We've received beautiful new paintings by Jennie Tomao, fresh off the easel!

"Serenity" Oil on Canvas 24 x 18

Jennie Tomao was born in New York City where she attended the prestigious New York School of Music and Art. She received an Award of Excellence from the Pittsburgh Institute of Art. She has been painting for over 30 years.

Tomao is renown not only for her magnificent landscapes but also for her traditional images of women and children in imaginative settings. She is well known for her exquisite lifelike flowers arranged in elegantly detailed vases.

Her palette is both jewel-like and muted, light glistens off the focal objects, sometimes actually glowing with their inner radiance. Her style is strongly reminiscent of George Innes in its quiet feeling of warmth and space. Her work has been exhibited in Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Desert, Laguna, Portland, La Jolla, Vancouver, New Orleans, Palm Beach, and Carmel. Tomao is an internationally published artist.

You can see more of Tomao's work on our website:


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