Monday, January 18, 2010

The 3/50 Project - Support Local!

Robert Held Glass Hearts

Did you know that for every $100 spent in local, independently owned businesses, nearly $70 goes back into the local economy? That's huge! That's what keeps those small, one-of-a-kind businesses around for 30 years, like Chemers Gallery. One movement, The 3/50 Project, is setting out to "save the brick and mortars our nation is built on" through spending awareness. By picking 3 independently owned businesses and spending just $50 each month between those 3 businesses, you can significantly help to save your local economy. The 3/50 Project estimates that if only half of the employed population chose to do this each month, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. How's that for an economic stimulus package?

"Being" Figure by Jane Nishii

These 3 local independently owned businesses could be the corner florist (Tustin Florist), the one-of-a-kind coffee shop (The Coffee Grinder), the neighborhood restaurant (The Crab Cooker), or the family-run art gallery like Chemers. Just think how much you would help by spending $50 a month at any of these establishments! The Enderle Center alone is home to over 20 independently-owned stores and restaurants, from fashions to collectibles, fine art to fine dining.

Fused Glass Soap Dishes by Leona Hawks, shown with Soaprocks

You might be surprised to see just how many items Chemers Gallery has for $50 or less. Many jewelry, ceramic and glass works are affordably priced, and each is lovingly made by hand. Not only will you be supporting your local business community, you'll also be supporting the talented artists and artisans that we work with. We know you love the arts anyway, but wouldn't it be wonderful to share that love?

Crystal Filigree Earrings by Anne Koplik

We're also proud to carry Bonnie Holmes Skincare products, many of which are under $50 - try the Eyelid Balm for extra moisture, or the luxuriously silky Satin Body & Bath Oil! You won't be disappointed.

In the last few weeks we've heard about the closure of several of our favorite local establishments. We're sorry to see these businesses go, and we hope there won't be any more. We don't think you do either. Now, more than ever, is the time to be conscious of where we are choosing to spend our money.

Share this idea with your friends! The 3/50 Project needs everyone's help in spreading the word. To find out more, please visit

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mary Aslin Delights the Senses

Garden's Delight

Mary Aslin is one busy lady. She recently breezed into Chemers Gallery with several new pastel paintings and are they ever stunning! Stepping away from her floral still life fantasies and serene seascapes, Mary painted a gorgeous garden scene, bringing to mind an English rose garden on a warm summer day. This painting feels spontaneous, joyful and refreshing, much like Mary herself. Could this be a sign of works to come from this talented artist? We certainly hope so! Although Garden's Delight is already spoken for, we couldn't resist the temptation to show it to you.

And, speaking of temptation...

Cake and Punch

...isn't this still life mouthwatering? We love the playfulness of this arrangement and the luscious combination of pinks and browns. This scrumptious painting invites you to sit down with Mary and help yourself to a slice of cake and a cupful of punch. No need to worry about cheating on your New Year's diets with this beautiful feast!

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