Monday, July 19, 2010

Old World Charm

Tradition is alive and well in Tustin, as evidenced by exceptional artists Jennie Tomao and William Galvez. Travel back through time with us, and let Jennie and William be your guides!

Ancient Hills, oil on illustration board by Jennie Tomao

We were delighted to get 8 new paintings from the talented Jennie Tomao. With her exquisite attention to detail and characteristic use of light, her paintings are rich in hue and content. Ancient Hills brings to mind the landscape paintings from the European masters in times gone by. Rich russets and ochres come alive in this beautiful vista. Jennie's skilled hand draws your eye down the path and up to the Turner-esque sky. Her traditional oil paintings vary in subject from spawling landscapes to birch groves to florals.

Still Life with Onions, oil on canvas by William Galvez

Classically trained painter William Galvez is a new addition to Chemers Gallery. His studies began at the tender age of 14 when he was accepted into the prestigious Instituto de Bellas Artes in Cali, Colombia. He continued to pursue his training under modern masters Richard Peterson and Roberto Lupetti. Now splitting his time between his native Colombia and southern California, William paints his beautiful still lifes with rich, bold colors that capture the imagination.

Left: The Road Less Traveled by Jennie Tomao
Right: Still Life with Onions by William Galvez

So you've found the perfect painting but need some guidance to find the perfect frame? Let us help you turn your art into the priceless, museum-quality piece you know it is. Pictured above are just two of the hundreds of choices of expertly finished hand-carved and gilded frames.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Lilia Venier & Kristina Swarner: We Just Can't Get Enough!

Chemers Gallery loves to bring you unique and exciting paintings, contemporary crafts and more. Lilia Venier and Kristina Swarner, two of our very creative artists, have been hard at work and we couldn't wait to show you the fruits of their labors.

Birdy Casserole, functional hand-built earthenware by Lilia Venier

Lilia Venier's ceramics are full of pattern and whimsy - she's always trying something new! Whether she's carving shapes into her hand-built vessels or creating a new glazing technique, this South American artist's mind is never idle. Lilia visited Chemers Gallery with 5 new ceramic pieces and dazzled us with her sparkling charm and personality.

Lilia's ceramics just call out to be touched and experienced through the fingertips. Drawing from her vivid imagination, she employs a variety of techniques such as raku, low-fired earthenware, stoneware and porcelain to form her one-of-a-kind pieces. We're sure you'll agree that her new creations are fun-filled and magical.

The Princess and the Pea, mixed media on paper by Kristina Swarner

You might remember the work of Kristina Swarner from the 2009 Children's Book Illustrators Show & Signing. Well, Chemers Gallery and collectors can't get enough! We just received 4 charming new works from this talented artist and there is more on the way. Her figures and colors hold our attention captive and keep us asking "How does she DO that?"

Kristina's work is a delightful mixture of linoleum cut printing, watercolor, pastel and colored pencil. A lot of her imagery has to do with her memories of exploring among gardens, trees and older houses during her youth. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in Chicago.

Changing the subject...

...Question of the Day: What does Chemers Gallery and Fancy Nancy have in the works for you? This isn't a rhetorical question! Be the first to guess correctly and receive a signed and dedicated Fancy Nancy book! Ooh la la!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Southern Comfort

We all know that even when Karen is relaxin' she's also workin'! Check out the goodies she found on a recent trip to the south.

Scarves from Doris Grieder

Originally from Switzerland, fiber artist Doris Grieder now calls Savannah Georgia "home." After nurturing an early talent in knitting, sewing and quilting, Doris spent many years traveling the world, collecting unique threads, fibers and beads that became her "fiber seeds" of creativity. She makes beautiful scarves out of her stash of textiles and ribbons, narrow and light enough for the warmer weather, and colorful enough to match just about anything in your wardrobe. Doris' scarves can double as a belt, sash or table runner. Her vibrant color pallet is continuously eye-catching, and each scarf packs enough punch to be an artful focal. These babies are flying like hot cakes, so hurry in to catch them while you can!

Karen's nephew, Noah...he'll do anything for a chocolate milkshake!

John Mitchell
Shotgun Houses from John Mitchell

John Mitchell delivers a real taste of the south in his charming mixed media pieces. A native of North Carolina, John worked in the Bahamas and in Germany before moving to Savannah for graduate studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design. It was in Georgia that John began exploring themes of "shotgun houses" with collage, paint and wood. He achieves a folk art feel in his three dimensional representations that tell stories of jazz musicians in the doors and windows. We love the small, intimate scale of these houses. They can hang on the wall or be placed anywhere from a shelf or mantle to the kitchen counter. He also does larger collage paintings, like the one below. Sorry, Karen already snagged it for her front entry, but we're expecting more in the near future!

Shotgun Playground by John Mitchell

View works from both talented artists on our website, or come on in to kick your heels up and relax. Let Chemers Gallery share some southern hospitality with you!

Keep a look out for our new jewelry designer Karen found in Charleston...
The jewelry arrives in 2 weeks and we can't wait!

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

Fourth of July Fireworks by Robin Preiss Glasser, from "America, A Patriotic Primer"

We hope everyone has a fun and relaxing holiday weekend!

Chemers Gallery Holiday Hours
Sat, July 3rd, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun, July 4th, CLOSED
Mon, July 5th, partially open, please call

Chemers Gallery
17300 17th St, Ste. G
Tustin, CA 92780


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