Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Shugah Rush

...Jewelry that's Delish...
...Fiber Art with a Twist...

Saturday, February 12th, 2011, 1 - 5 pm
(Just in time for Valentine's Day!)

Bring the girls & your favorite guy or two and spend the afternoon with us!

Back by popular demand is our fun-filled jewelry trunk show. Meet the designers/artists or their representatives. See and try on more jewelry than you can imagine! Learn about their techniques and have tons of fun with us sampling the sweets - edible and wearable!

Linda Smith
This just in! Glass artist Linda Smith will be joining us with her delectable fused glass panels and dichroic glass jewelry. She creates delicious mosaic inspired glass pendants, bracelets and earrings and pairs them with fine silver, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass beads and semi-precious stones. Linda will also be sharing her son's yummy lampworked glass heart necklaces with us. These hearts hang at a jaunty angle from sterling silver chains accented with crystals.

Michelene Berkey
Proving yet again that silver and creativity are two ingredients that produce sweet results, Michelene Berkey joins us all the way from Colorado with her latest treats. Harnessing the textures of nature, Michelene will bring her signature array of twig rings, pendants and bangles. Don't worry if twigs aren't your thing, she also makes adornments out of silver, gold, semi-precious stones, and pearls. Her recent concoction of twigs and bees are just so cute, we can't get enough! She's been creating lots of new looks just for our show, so be sure to check them out!

Joanna Craft
Local gal Joanna Craft mixes it up with flavors of the east and west. Her decorative papers, textiles and kanji symbols set in resin and silver hit the spot, as do her yummy handmade silver designs. Lately she's been working on a new collection with sterling silver, mixed metals and resin, playing with textures and shapes. Joanna's trinkets can be dressed up or down for a look that's simply enticing. Her jewels are easily customizable to satisfy all tastes.

Amy Kekst
Take a bite of the newest tidbits from Amy Kekst! Forever expanding her horizons, Amy cooks up fun and flirty finery using assorted gemstones, crystals, chains and one-of-a-kind vintage elements. Lately she's been playing with large off-centered focal gems and cascading fringe-like chain. Amy constantly tweaks her recipes to ensure that she's on top of the trends. She's sure to have a few surprises up her sleeve for us!

Barbara Lanci
If it's bold, eye-catching design you're craving, check out Barbara Lanci's show-stoppers! We carried her work a number of years ago before she moved to New York to study jewelry-making. We're so glad she's made her way back to southern California. Barbara continues to study with master jewelers to improve her already amazing skills. She works in fine silver, sterling silver and argentium (this mixture means her pieces don't tarnish-how sweet is that?) and seeks out unique stones to incorporate into her confections.

Bringing us timeless, classical styles, Liz Yesachar will be showcasing Dinna's feminine polymer clay, beadwork and Swarovski crystal pieces. Liz and Dinna collaborate from afar and fuse their styles together seamlessly. Scrumptious color combinations, intricate designs and unexpected materials are a signature of this mother-daughter team. Dinna strives to reinvent herself as a designer to develop luscious treasures. From petite rose rings to contemporary beaded Cleopatra collars, Dinna and Liz are sure to have something for every pallet. Don't forget their decorate bowls, vases and more!

Mary Hammond
If it's delicate pattern and whimsical design you want, check out Mary Hammond's fabulous hand-sewn scarves! Perfect to adorn yourself, drape over a table or frame as a wall hanging, Mary's pieces are created with fabrics, threads, ribbons and trims. Her tasty textiles invite you to touch and feel the varying textures. She brings us her goodies all the way from northern California. You're sure to feel simply scrumptious in one of her creations!

Pick Box from Ayala Bar
Tuck in to the latest delicacies from Israeli artist Ayala Bar. She's sent us a box of goodies for you to savor in her newest colors and designs. Always a crowd pleaser, Ayala Bar's jewels are like tiny wearable mosaics and range from the subtly understated to bold and notice-me big. A big plus...her line is redesigned every six months, so each mouthwatering piece is a limited edition.

Follow the links above to see works that we currently have in the gallery.
However, artwork for this show is NOT on our website.
We'll have trunks full of treasures especially for the day of the event!

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Enchanted by Kristina Swarner

8 new one of a kind mixed media prints from the talented Kristina Swarner! You may remember her from our 2009 Children's Book Illustration Show. Her small-scale illustrations are just too charming to pass up!

Woman With Long Hair by Kristina Swarner

Kristina knew she wanted to be an artist since she was a child. She was heavily influenced by her grandmother and her basement stuffed full of children's books. Thanks to Grandma Swarner, Kristina was forced out of the magical basement and into the sunny outdoors. Those early memories of exploring gardens and woods led her to create her heart stopping small wonders today.

House with Red Roof by Kristina Swarner

Although you can view all of Kristina's enchanting work on our website, they really are so much better in person. Every piece has a unique quality about it that just makes you want to hold them in your hands and hang them on your walls. We're sure you'll agree, these are truly little treasures!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy 2011!

"Holding Hearts" by David Diaz, from the book De Colores

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a safe and happy holiday. It's business as usual here at Chemers, but we wanted to let you know about the jam-packed year we have in store for you. Mark your calenders now, and be sure to sign up on our email list if you want to be kept apprised of all the goings-on (just click the button below).

Sat, Jan. 22 - Dinner with a Scholar, hosted by the Bureau of Jewish Education. Includes a sit-down catered dinner, call for more information. (BTW, we also rent out Chemers Gallery for private functions. Interested? Just give us a call!)

Sat, Feb. 12 - Jewelry Trunk Show, featuring Michelene Berkey, Joanna Craft, Amy Kekst, Dinna & Liz Yesachar, and more TBA. Just in time for Valentine's Day, so grab your sweetie and head over our way!

Tues, Feb 15 - "Escape from Sobibor" 7:30pm. Meet Philip Bialowitz and hear his firsthand account of how he helped to free fellow prisoners at the Nazi death camp, Sobibor, by joining a prisoner-led revolt. Call 714-508-2150 or visit http://www.jewishtustin.com/ for more information.

Sat, Feb. 26 - Laguna College of Art & Design student & faculty juried art show. Runs until March 12th.

Sat, April 30 - Sat, May 14
Tustin Art League "Scenes of Tustin" juried. Artist reception April 30th.
United Society of Pastel Artists juried exhibit. Artist reception May 7th.

Sat, Dec. 3 - 20th Annual Children's Book Illustrators Show & Signing. OMG can you believe it's been 20 years?? We're already kicking around ideas to make our next children's book illustration show one of the best ever!

We're sure to add more events throughout the year, so be sure to keep checking back!

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