Thursday, June 23, 2011

Painting the Night Away

Last week we were joined by 7 talented artists and 1 creative jewelry designer for an evening of music, friendship and artwork at Chemers Gallery. As the Margaret Klemm Harp Trio played under the Enderle Center clocktower, Mary Aslin, Dana Cooper, Dori Dewberry, Julie Hill, Pete Roberts, Anthony Salvo and Jim Wodark set up their easels, oil paints, pastel trays and watercolor brushes outside our doors to paint the night away. Joanna Craft brought her eclectic array of jewelry to tempt us with her wearable treats and we indulged in edible sweets. Just check out some of the photos of the night, taken by photographer Guillermo LeFranc.

Jim Wodark hard at work

Mary Aslin talks to admirers

Dori Dewberry and Dana Cooper visit with friends

Anthony Salvo painting a delicious treat

Joanna Craft's jewels all decked out

Julie Hill explains her watercolor process

Jim Wodark with collectors Trisha & Larry Kligerman

Pete Roberts creates washes of color

Mary Aslin with her still life setup

Dori Dewberry painting the sunset in pastel

If you missed out on last week's fun, don't fret! We're doing it all again on July 21st with some returning artists and adding a few new faces to the mix.

July 21st, 5 - 8pm
Ellsworth A Capella vocals

Artist Demonstrations by
Mary Aslin * Dana Cooper * Dori Dewberry
Kay Flierl * Julie Hill * Susan Horton
Ian Paul * Anthony Salvo
Jim Wodark (Provided he comes back from painting in Colorado in time!)

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Monday, June 13, 2011

For Your Entertainment

Band on Stage by Laura Huliska Beith

Enderle Center Summer Concert Series
Every Third Thursday of Each Month
5 pm - 8 pm

Come celebrate summer with us! Every month on the third Thursday, the Enderle Center will host a free outdoor concert with some of the hippest tunes around. Chemers Gallery will be open until 8pm on concert nights, enjoying the music and, oh yes, watching some of our local painters demonstrate their talents. If you've ever wondered just how Mary Aslin captures the light with her pastels or how Jim Wodark's oil landscapes jump right off the canvas, you won't want to miss these special events.

Mint Chip Drip by Anthony Salvo

Join us on June 16th to watch these skilled artists at work:
Mary Aslin * Dana Cooper * Dori Dewberry
Julie Hill * Pete Roberts * Anthony Salvo * Jim Wodark
Jewelry by Joanna Craft

While you're viewing the artwork you can stroll the Center and enjoy classical music played by the Margaret Klemm Harp Trio. Soothe your soul as you listen to the soft sounds of the harpstrings and revive your spirit as your talk with our artists. Jewelry craftswoman Joanna Craft will have a table set up with her mixed metal and resin trinkets. She's been a very popular addition to our jewelry trunk shows in the past.

If you can't make it on Thursday, you're in luck because we're doing it all again in a month!

Sand and Rock by Dori Dewberry

Catch the a capella vocal stylings of Ellsworth as the all-female group sings easy listening oldies and current melodies. Be sure to spend some time with us at Chemers to see our talented artists busy at their easels again.

We won't have any artist demonstrations on August 18th because we'll be rockin' out to Sligo Rags playing their award-winning Celtic music! This time the music will be right at our door, so stop in for some snacks and enjoy the tunes. Sligo Rags won the OC Music Award for Best Folk Band not once, but twice, so you know they're gonna be good!

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714 - 731 - 5432

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

3 Artists, 3 Distinct Contemporary Landscape Styles

What is it about the changing seasons that makes us want to spruce up our surroundings? Is it the longer days? Is it the warming weather? Whatever it is, we at Chemers Gallery have been itching for new and exciting artwork and WOW, do these three talented artists deliver!

Ian Paul

Temporary Telephone Pole, acrylic paint/ink on board

New kid on the block, Ian Paul, is a recent BFA Illustration graduate from Cal State Long Beach. We flipped over his unique style and use of bold yet opaque colors. His subjects are unexpected and unusual, showcasing the temporary and the industrial landscape. Ian had 2 paintings of Peter's Canyon in our recent "Scenes of Tustin" exhibit with the Tustin Art League, and not only did he win an honorable mention, he also won the People's Choice Award. You may have seen Ian's work at the Tangata Restaurant at the Bower's Museum, the grand prize for the Bowers' 2010 Southern California Representational Invitational Exhibition.

Tina Sotis

The Little Prince, oil on canvas

At last! We have new work from Tina Sotis! Deliciously voyeuristic, these small-scale paintings pack a lot of punch. Characteristically her work suggests solitude and introspectiveness. Most significant are the intimations that the action is either just about to happen or has just occurred. As viewers, we are privy to what feels like a very intimate moment, one we were possibly not meant to see. Tina credits a wide range of influences from movies like Rear Window, Surrealist painters and the black and white photography of greats like Henri Cartier Bresson. Tina's paintings tell a small slice of a story and keep us wanting to know more.

John Maxon

Open Vista, oil on canvas

Oh, how we love John Maxon and his refreshing large-scale canvases. John drove down from northern California with his trusty van full of paintings and we had such a hard time choosing! His work is delightfully colorful and transitional, with just enough detail to hint at a seascape or an aerial landscape. Exposure to artists like Roy DeForest, William T. Wiley and Wayne Thiebaud during his college days gave John the insight to the level of dedication needed to pursue his choice of being an artist. John moonlights an an adjunct professor of art at Cabrillo College in Aptos, where he continues to paint and cultivate joy. We recently learned that he meditates for 2 hours every day - no wonder he's always so calm and collected!
Enderle Center Summer Concert Series &
Chemers Gallery Artist Demonstrations

While the music is play, our artists will be displaying!
Entertainment and demonstrations 5-8p

June 16: Margaret Klemm Harp Trio play classical music
painting demonstrations at Chemers Gallery by artists
Mary Aslin * Dana Cooper * Dori Dewberry
Pete Roberts * Anthony Salvo * Jim Wodark

July 21: Ellsworth: A Capella vocals
painting demonstrations at Chemers Gallery by artists
Mary Aslin * Dana Cooper * Dori Dewberry
Ian Paul * Anthony Salvo * Liz & Dinna Yesachar

August 18: Sligo Rags play Celtic music
2 time winners of OC Music Award - Best Folk Band
No demos - the music will be in front of us!

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