Friday, August 12, 2011

Have a Merry Auld Time!

Summer is winding down, but we certainly aren't! Our last concert in the Enderle Center Summer Concert series is upon us, featuring Celtic tunes with a Bluegrass twist by Sligo Rags, two-time winner of the OC Folk Band Music Award. Get your Irish up and dance a jig or two, it's bound to be a rip-roaring good time! Chemers is extra-jazzed to have the musicians set up right outside our front doors! There will be Italian Ice available with 20% of sales going to Chapman University College of Educational Studies K-12 Literacy Programs, the beneficiaries of this year's Children's Book Illustration Art Show & Book Signing. Sorry, we won't be pulling pints o' Black Gold, aka Vitamin G....

Dori Dewberry demonstrates her pastels

For the past two shows we've invited some of our local artists to come and demonstrate their talents. We've had pastels done by Mary Aslin and Dori Dewberry, oil paintings by Anthony Salvo, Dana Cooper, Jim Wodark and Kay Flierl, watercolors by Julie Hill and Pete Roberts, acrylics and mixed media by Ian Paul and textile weaving by Susan Horton. We've had such a blast, and the artists have too. How could we resist these wonderful and talented people begging to demonstrate once again? Just take a look at some of the great shots our photographer friend Guillermo LeFranc captured and shared with us!

Pete Roberts, watercolors

Ian Paul, acrylics

Kay Flierl, oils, with our friend Patricia

Julie Hill, watercolors

Dana Cooper shows Susan her oils

Susan Horton, woven textiles

Mary Aslin, pastels

Dori Dewberry, pastels

So, join in the fun Thursday, August 18th from 5 - 8pm!
How can you pass up great music and great art?

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Whimsy & A Touch of Class!

Royal Party, mixed media on board by Laurie Meseroll

It's been years since we've had work from Laurie Meseroll, but the times, they are a-changin'! She's finally sent us new work! Laurie's work is playful and full of personality. She works on canvas and board with paint, paper, fabric and glitter, and will even embed essential oils into her artwork so they have evocative scents. Her folksy figures can be seen sewing, carrying baskets of eggs, eating soup and playing tug of war. These treasures would be perfect for a niche or placed on a shelf or bookcase.

Small Kimono Boy with Two Birds, ceramic by Maria Counts

Maria Counts has been having fun in her studio! Her recent ceramics are otherworldly Asian-inspired figures. Not quite human and not quite animal, Maria mixes birds, frogs, cat's ears, kimonos and toadstools to achieve truly sophisticated results. If you're a fan of her classic vessels adorned with the faces of women, don't worry, she brought those, too! Always a calming presence in the gallery, Maria imparts her particular ease within her ceramic art.

Oxidized Gemstone Hoop necklace by Mashka

Influenced by her Siberian heritage at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Mashka creates her elegant, sophisticated jewelry in her studio in northern California. Using fine metals and semi-precious gemstones, her look is timeless, elegant and ever-so-slightly ethnic. Karen found Mashka's work at one of the trade shows where she hunts out new talent. Her muted palette is perfect to wear with evening wear or even jeans and a white top.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Spa Quality Skin Care from Bonnie Holmes? Yes, Please!

It's August, and you know what that means! It's time to pamper yourself with Bonnie Holmes Skincare! Choose from her gentle and natural lines of skin cleansers, cremes, masques and scrubs. If you're a first time user we can help you choose the products that are right for you. So go on and indulge yourself. Trust us, your skin will thank you!

Don't forget to view Bonnie's latest plein air oil paintings on our website or in the gallery!

Lathering Facial Cleanser.....$33
A pH balanced water-soluble cleanser that gently lifts away makeup and impurities from the skin.

Creme Cleanser.....$35
The combination of water, glycerin, wheat germ oil, apple pectin and oils from California oranges makes this the ideal cleanser for drier, more mature skin types.

Skin Refreshment.....$35
Alcohol-free and packed with nutrients in a purified water base, Skin Refreshment restores depleted vitamins and minerals to the skin.

Sheer Skin Moisturizer.....$48
This is the ideal creme for all skin types, but will especially be enjoyed by those with more natural oils in their complexion.

Super-Rich Skin Creme.....$60
Packed with anti-oxidant nutrients to promote moisture and healing, this is creme is suited to drier, more sensitive and mature skin types.

Eyelid Balm.....$38
The delicate skin surrounding the eyes gets ultimate support and protection from this blend of vitamin e, grape seed extract, aloe vera and evening primrose oil.

Original Skin Creme.....$48
Ideal for skin that's sun damaged or over 30, Original Skin Creme contains an alpha hydroxy acid that increases skin's metabolism leads to younger-looking complexion.

Clay Refining Masque.....$35
Denser than traditional clay masques, the Clay Refining Masque has been specially formulated to dry slower to allow the skin to absorb as many nutrients from the clay as possible.

Mineral Skin Polish.....$45
An ultra-fine pumice exfolient meant for everyday use, Mineral Skin Polish helps to prevent the build up of dead skin cells and leaves your face smelling rosy.

Roll-Away Creme.....$68
A light exfolient that adheres to the dead skin cell buildup on the skin's surface and leaves skin feeling soft and fresh.

Therapeutic Sinus Toner.....$40

Serious Sunblock.....$25
Contains SPF 25 and is perfect for sensitive skin.

Satin Body & Bath Oil.....$49
Almond-scented body oil enhances moisture retention when used regularly while skin is still damp and doesn't leave skin feeling oily.

Ultra Velvet Body Creme.....$70
Silky creme for use all over the body.

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