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!

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