Monday, May 24, 2010

A Letter to Carol Jessen

Dear Carol Jessen,

We were so excited to see you recently. We're honored that you drove down from San Francisco to visit us! Imagine our delight when we learned you had brought us six delicate woodblock prints and one playful oil painting!

The Paper Makers, woodblock print by Carol Jessen

So reminiscent of the time you spent living and studying in Japan, The Paper Makers captured our attentions immediately. Your tutiledge under master printmakers Toshi Yoshida and Richard Steiner must have been inspirational to your creative process. The way you have captured the mood of the paper studio, with the two workers cooperating to lift the mold and deckle out of the vat of pulp, is exquisite. We can almost hear the rush and drip of water through the screen, feel the damp on our hands. We sit with you outside of the frame, perhaps perched on a table observing the magic happen before us.

Edge of the Bamboo Forest, woodblock print by Carol Jessen

In your woodblock print Edge of the Bamboo Forest, we admire your skill in leading the eye from the left foreground, across the middle ground to the structures on the right, and then back again to the suggested buildings in the background. Your use of linear patterns and subtle color variations evokes misty dawns and the fog rolling in during the late afternoon. Did this make you homesick while you were away from your beloved San Francisco? Edge of the Bamboo Forest makes us feel peaceful, zen-like and just a little bit wistful.

Ponto Cho Lanterns, oil on canvas by Carol Jessen

The oil painting you shared with us, Ponto Cho Lanterns, is vibrant in color and light. Your classic style of inwardly lit subjects shines through in brilliant Technicolor. Did you see any geisha as you strolled along the Kamo River in Kyoto's Old Town? We can picture the steep roofs of the old Japanese buildings brimming with light from these lanterns, their luminosity reflected in the water illuminating the narrow streets. The small scale of this painting - only 12 x 9"! - lends itself to the intimacy of memory.

Thank you, Carol, for sharing your talents with us yet again! We love your work, and we know many of our loyal clients do, too. We hope to see more of you and your artwork in the very near future.

Your Friends at Chemers Gallery

Monday, May 17, 2010

Playful Tustin

Nick Capaci, Karen Raab & Jonde Northcutt with Jonde's winning piece

The 3rd Annual juried exhibition with the Tustin Art League opened last weekend to a great crowd. Thank you to all who attended Saturday's artist reception for "Live & Play in Tustin" - talented artists, supportive friends and family, and art lovers alike! We saw the faces of friends - both old and new - everywhere we looked. We hope you had as much fun as we did! If you couldn't join us Saturday, don't despair! "Live & Play in Tustin" will be up through May 29th!

Talented Harpist Margot Revet (A very poised 12 year old!)

TAL's Marsha Lindsey with Brigham Allebes, 1st Prize Winner for Amateur Division

Carl Lind, 1st Prize Winner for Professional Division

Cathy Arneson accepts her Honorable Mention

Jim Wodark with fans Larry & Trisha Kligerman

Prize Winners:
Amateur Division
First Place: Brigham Allebes, Side Steps
Second Place: Janice Hunter, Play in the Garden in Tustin
Third Place: Cris Hatfield, Welcome to Citrus Park
Honorable Mention: Beverly Weber-Fow, Neighbors

Professional Division
First Place: Carl Lind, BBQ on El Camino Real
Second Place: Jonde Northcutt, City of Trees
Third Place: Steve Kell, John's Place
Honorable Mention: Cathy Arneson, Between Heaven and Earth

Gallery Choice Awards
Linda Warwick Smith, Citrus Ranch Park
Jim Wodark, Morning Bread

You can view all of the award-winning pieces on our website, or better yet, come into the gallery to see them in person! The show continues until May 29th.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Live and Play in Tustin Juried Exhibition

Chemers Gallery and the Tustin Art League

"Live and Play in Tustin"

3rd Annual Juried Exhibition
Local Amateur and Professional Artists

After School, pastel by Mary Aslin

Artist Reception
Saturday, May 15, 2010
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Exhibition runs from May 15th until May 29th

It's time for the 3rd annual juried exhibition in association with the Tustin Art League and we've got recreation on the brain! Maybe that's because this year's theme is "Live and Play in Tustin" and Orange County's local artists have been playing in Tustin's parks, gardens and neighborhoods to bring their creative visions to life. The walls of Chemers Gallery will be decked out with cheerful scenes in a range of watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, encaustic, fused glass, monoprint, oils and acrylic on canvas. All artwork is for sale and can be previewed on our website. To meet the faces behind the talent join us for the artist reception on May 15th!

Morning Bread, oil on canvas by Jim Wodark

Participating Artists:
*Brigham Allebes
*Cris Hatfield
Lou Henkel
*Janis Hunter
Marsha Lindsey
*Beverly Weber-Fow

*Cathy Arneson
Mary Aslin
Tal Dvir
Jennifer Geisert
Nancy Goldman
*Steve Kell
Linda Keyes
*Carl Lind
Sally Masteller
*Jonde Northcutt
Pete Roberts
Max Rodriguez
Sharyn Sakimoto
John Sawyer
Kate Settels
Linda Warwick Smith
*Jim Wodark

Join us Saturday, May 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 for this special artist reception!
*Prize Winners


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