Saturday, December 29, 2012

In With the New!

It's time to bid 2012 a fond farewell and welcome in 2013!

Dancing, gouache by Giselle Potter

Thank you so much for your continued love and support of Chemers Gallery - we love what we do, and we couldn't do it without you! Here's hoping that the coming year will be full of fun surprises and positive growth, and oh yes, beautiful art to inspire the soul! 

We're hard at work planning for the coming year. Just take a look at what we have scheduled so far:

Jan 20: An evening with Eva Schloss, step-sister of Anne Frank, at Chemers Gallery.
5:30p Reception & Live Music, 6p Lecture. Click HERE for more information and tickets. 

Feb 9: Eye Candy Artisan Faire & More, 1 - 5p. Join us for a day of indulgence and sweet treats for your body, for your home and for your tummy! View the collections of talented jewelers, textile artists and ceramicists. More information coming soon!

Feb TBD: Book signing with Jim Doti, president of Chapman University, and illustrator, Lisa Mertins,  for their new book, Jimmy Finds His Voice. Click HERE for a book summary, excerpts, and more!

April 27: Viewpoints, Orange County All Media 2013. We're teaming up with the Tustin Art League and TACFA again to present favorite viewpoints of Orange County as presented by local professional & amateur artists.

Birthday Party, mixed media by Kelly Murphy

Holiday Hours
Sat, Dec. 29: 10a - 5p
Sun, Dec. 30 - Tues, Jan 1: CLOSED
Wed, Jan 2: CLOSED for inventory (half-day); OPEN in afternoon, please call for hours

See you in 2013!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Magic of Illustration

Tomorrow is the last day our children's book illustration show will be adorning our walls - can you believe it's been only 2 weeks?? Time has just flown by!

We're still reveling in the magic of the book show and we suspect you are, too. We've found some blog lovin' and wanted to share our findings with you...

Boris Kulikov & Heather Soodak, photo from Heather's blog

Heather Soodak Illustration
Heather, a local freelance illustrator and art teacher, shares pictures with the illustrators and of their talks.

Lauren Gallegos with Chris Sheban, photo from Lauren's blog

Lauren Gallegos Illustration
Another local illustrator, Lauren shares her admiration for the work of Chris Sheban and what it's like to meet her hero.

Matt Tavares' talk, photo from Diane's blog

Out of the Paintbox
Author / illustrator Diane Browning visits us every year and writes such lovely blogs in review of our show! This year she focused on the artist talks and demos.

Are there any more blogs to share out there? 
Don't be shy - we love seeing your pictures and hearing your thoughts!  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ooh La La! A Very Special Fancy Nancy Event!

"Decisions, Decisions;" "Bedazzled Boudoir;" "DeVine Delectables" - limited edition Fancy Nancy illustrations

Get out your tiaras and feather boas! Robin Preiss Glasser is stepping out in style next Thursday, December 13th at Bloomingdales Fashion Island! Chemers Gallery is teaming up with Bloomies to bring you this simply splendiferous treat! Meet Robin and get signed books and limited edition Fancy Nancy illustrations while supporting the National Charity League. 10% of all purchases (not just Fancy Nancy!) will be donated to NCL - just be sure to check in at the Ooh La La reception desk on the 1st Floor.

An afternoon with Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser? C'est magnifique!

Thurs, Dec. 13th 12-2pm and 4-6pm
Bloomingdales Fashion Island, Children's Department, 3rd Floor

Enjoy a day with the girls filled with special events and gifts with purchase. Get some of that holiday shopping done as you support a great cause!

Chemers Gallery has some exquisite Fancy Nancy original illustrations. Check out our delectable selection on our website!

"Simply Splendiferous;" "Bonjour Buddies" - limited edition Fancy Nancy illustrations
YES, you can still purchase signed books, limited edition illustrations and original artwork even if you're unable to attend next Thursday's extravaganza! Send us an email or give us a call (714-731-5432) and we'll be happy to help you get your fancy on!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!


What a great group of people! Authors Paul Brewer & Kathleen Krull with illustrators EB Lewis, Sylvia Long, Chris Sheban, Boris Kulikov & Matt Tavares
Wow! Saturday was an amazing day! Thank you so so much to our talented illustrators and authors who came from all over the country to spend the day with us! Thank you to our fabulous volunteers from The Wooden Floor and thank you to our friends and families who gave their time to help us put on a fabulous show! And, thank you to our wonderful clients who joined in the fun and had so many wonderful things to say!

If you missed Saturday's festivities, you can still see framed and matted original illustrations on our walls until December 15th. Although we sold out of several titles, we still have a ton of signed books for holiday gifts, birthday presents, or if you just can't stop thinking about that book you should have picked up.

Nothing but crowds & books!

We don't think Matt Tavares believed us when we told him there were a lot of books to be signed...
Still to come: more pictures PLUS, for the first time EVER, we will have video of all of the 
talks and demonstrations! 

And...a very special Fancy Nancy event in the very near future! More details tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Come for the Art & Books and Stay All Day!

Raul Colon at our 2011 Children's Book Illustration Show - photo courtesy of Guillermo Lefranc

Don't forget to mark your calenders! The 21st Annual Children's Book Illustration Art Show & Book Signing is fast approaching, and we don't want you to miss out! It all happens Saturday, December 1, 1 - 5pm.

While you're picking up your signed books, meeting the artists and viewing the original illustrations adorning our walls, why not pop out our back door and spend some time listening to your favorite illustrators & authors speak?

Schedule of
Talks & Demonstrations by the Illustrators & Authors

**Just added!**
1:30 Kathleen Krull, Dramatic Reading of "Fartiste"
1:45  Penny S. Bryan, PhD, "Setting the Scene"
2:00  Lisa Mertins, "Switching Gears, Illustrating for Children"
2:25  Matt Tavares, "Illustrating Non-Fiction Books"
2:50  Boris Kulikov, "Creating a Picture Book"
3:15  Chris Sheban, "From Point A (Arghh!) to Point B (Book)"
3:40  E.B. Lewis, "Mastering the Visual Language"

Plus, Kid's Storytime at 2pm & 3pm, read by Rita Hughes!

Penny S. Bryan, PhD of Chapman University College of Educational Studies will enlighten us as she introduces the world of children's literature and illustration. Discover how Lisa Mertins made the jump from working for the Orange County Register to illustrating children's books for Jim Doti, president of Chapman University. (Plus, be on the lookout for a very special book signing for Jim's & Lisa's new book, "Jimmy Finds His Voice!") Hear how Matt Tavares applies his illustration practices to create such wonderful historical and biographical stories. Boris Kulikov will let us in on his secrets to creating his bold, whimsical worlds. Chris Sheban will explain how he gets from the initial excitement of reading a manuscript to the finished picture book. Let E.B. Lewis guide you through his artistic journey from student to professor to illustrator.

And, to kick it all off, we've just added Kathleen Krull, author of "Fartiste" and the "Giants of Science" series! Kathleen has kindly offered to do a dramatic reading of "Fartiste," and we just couldn't resist!

Lectures and presentations are free of charge and open to everyone.

And, preview illustrations before your favorite is snapped up. Preview on-line or in person at the gallery.

Rob and Shirley, our amazing helpers, wading through our books
The anticipation is palpable as we get closer to the big day! We are so excited to see the framed illustrations as they're finished, to open the boxes and boxes of books as they're delivered (although we're not sure friends and helpers extraordinaire Rob & Shirley agree...) and to see the entire show slowly coming together. We can't wait to share it all with you on December 1st!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Special Guests Just Added!

Fartiste, written by Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Chemers Gallery is simply full of surprises, especially around this time of year! The authors of Fartiste, one of our most popular books this year, contacted us recently to ask if they could participate in our 21st Annual Children's Book Illustration Art Show & Book Signing, and we said "YES, PLEASE!" How lucky are we??

Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer will be joining us this Saturday, December 1st, for the opening reception and to sign their "explosively funny, mostly true story" about a man and his unique "talent." PLUS, they will be opening our talks and demonstrations at 1:30pm with a dramatic reading of Fartiste! It's music to our ears!

Kathleen is also the author of the Giants of Science series and will be signing alongside illustrator, Boris Kulikov. And, if that weren't enough, we'll have a limited number of copies of her Lives of series for signing the day of the show. (Sorry, no pre-orders on those!) Check out our book list for updated info!
See you Saturday!  

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Karen's Picks!

Even with the tremendous amount of preparation for our Children’s Book Illustration Art Show, this is my favorite time of year! Enchantment, excitement & emotions abound! It is always fun to see which books & illustrations are most popular and the adoring fans’ reactions.

The overall theme of this year’s books & illustrations seems to be “Let’s get serious.” Unintentionally, so many of our books are biographical & historical, portraying scientists to sports figures and slavery to the design of the Statue of Liberty. Don’t worry, we have books and illustrations that will just make you smile, too!

Before I give you my picks, I just want to say our illustrators are the nicest, most creative, most giving people on the planet! And, we are so excited to be partnering with The Wooden Floor as our beneficiary. And, thanks to all our volunteers, both personal friends and Chapman University associates!

Helen's Big World, illustrated by Matt Tavares
Let’s talk Matt Tavares We have no illustrations from his newest book, Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller, but I love the way the book is written and laid out. It has decorative endpapers (Barbara Sproat that is for you!), teaches letters of the alphabet in sign language and has inspirational quotes by Helen. It is a must read.

Liberty's Hands, mixed media by Matt Tavares
The illustrations for Lady Liberty, the story of the idea and construction, are nothing short of extraordinary. The book isn’t half bad either. My favorite piece from this book shows the construction of Lady Liberty’s hand.  Starting with the wood structure and spiraling up the arm. The detail and architecture is exquisite.

Cat and Chick, Prismacolor and watercolor by Chris Sheban
Something about Chris Sheban makes you wonder how he gets such depth, emotion and life in his watercolor and colored pencil illustrations. The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly is a wonderful chapter books with thoughtful black & white illustrations. This image shown here is the cover of the paperback book & is shown in black & white in the hardback. Sorry, it’s sold already… but you must come see how the eyes look real and the fabulous frame we put on it.

Watching Western, Prismacolor and watercolor by Chris Sheban
 I can’t stop thinking about this illustration from Night on the Range. The book is adorable but this stand- alone image is something to behold. It is little boy through and through. The magic of the young cowboy’s fascination with the T.V. and the glow around his body makes you want to giddyup and go. Pardner, you gotta come see this framing, too!

Sylvia Long's Mother Goose
Lovingly Sylvia Long Remember all those wonderful Mother Goose poems your mom read to you and then you read to your kids and grandkids? They are all beautifully compiled in Sylvia’s treasury. Vivid in color and filled with fantasy, they are full of life.

A Butterfly is a Traveler, watercolor by Sylvia Long
If you would rather learn something or teach a lesson, A Butterfly is Patient will fill that bill. This book explains the life cycle of the butterfly in breath-taking fashion. Great for little kids because of the beautiful pictures and good for a little older with its scientific interpretation. This picture of the field of butterflies is harmony in motion.

Across the Alley, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Emotions flow with E. B. Lewis Almost every book we have of E.B.’s is chock full of life’s lessons and sensitivity. The book that speaks to me is Across the Alley. It’s a book about a Jewish boy & African American boy who live across the alley from one another. They learn from each other and more importantly their families learn from them. It makes me teary just to type these words.

Laying on Beach, watercolor by E.B. Lewis

On the lighter side is The Secret World of Walter Anderson. It’s true story about the artist and his very private life. These watercolor illustrations and the one shown here, in particular, remind me so much of Andrew Wyeth in both the coloring and style. I just want to relax right next to Walter and gaze into the evermore.

At Blackboard, pen and ink by Boris Kulikov

Boldly Boris Kulikov First of all, I’ve always wanted Albert Einstein, to be my grandfather. So, how could I not choose both the book, Giants of Science: Albert Einstein, and this quintessential illustration of Albert at the blackboard? It calls to me with it's sweet scientific notation.

Pushing Baby Bugy, mixed media by Boris Kulikov
I love Boris’ bright array of colors and the way he combines them in his fanciful illustrations.  This illustration from Castle on Hester Street is a patchwork of color, personality and history. The way Boris combines the old world with the new delights the senses in this whimsical illustration.

Only one and a half weeks to select your favorite book or illustration! 
We hope to see you on Dec 1st 1-5pm, if not before.

Don’t forget, authors Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, will be signing along-side Boris Kulikov. And, we are so fortunate that Kathleen will be doing a dramatic reading of Fartiste, the hysterical true story of a Frenchman!

Woo-hoo! We’re almost there!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Jennifer's Book Picks

I've been told that if reading were an Olympic sport, I'd be a gold medalist. So you must know what my favorite time of year at Chemers Gallery is, right? That's right, it's Children's Book Illustration Show time, when we get wonderous artwork and fantastic books from five talented illustrators!

Unusually, this year's book selection is on the serious side, with a great number ranging from historical to biographical to scientific. And oh my goodness, as if choosing my favorite books weren't hard enough already, this year we have almost 70 books to pick from! What is a girl to do? Crack open the books, I guess!

Barnum's Bones
written by Tracey Fern
illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Looking at Bones, mixed media
I loved books about dinosaurs when I was younger - it's a subject that's not just for boys! Barnum's Bones would have been one that my little girl self would have enjoyed. It's all about Barnum Brown, the bone and fossil collector, who discovered his "favorite child," T.rex. He collected bones for the American Museum of Natural History, bringing their collection of dinosaurs from non-existent to the largest collection in the world! Barnum was quite an eccentric and would go prospecting in the desert dressed in suits and occasionally, fur coats. Boris Kulikov's delightful mixed media illustrations capture the excitement of first time discovery and make you feel like you're right there with Barnum and his "favorite child."

Each Kindness
written by Jacqueline Woodson
illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Jumprope, watercolor
The notion that any act of kindness, big or small, can impact the world and make it a better place is a pretty big concept, even for adults. That's why I love Each Kindness, a children's book that doesn't shy away from this lesson and instead shares it with grace and eloquence. E.B. Lewis makes the idea relateable to all ages with his wonderful watercolor illustrations. Instead of the happy ending you might expect out of a children's book, Each Kindness grants us an ending that is sad and cautionary, reminding us that to be kind to others is one of the greatest gifts we can give and one that we should give with unabandoned generosity.

written by Haans Christian Andersen
illustrated by Sylvia Long

Thumbelina in the Mole Hole, watercolor
For all classic fairy tale lovers, Sylvia Long's version of Thumbelina is simply enchanting! Thumbelina is a tiny, thumb-sized girl who is destined for huge adventures. She meets many friends like the kind-hearted field mouse who takes her in over the cold winter, and encounters unexpected foe during her journeys, like her neighbor the mole whom she's expected to marry. Thumbelina eventually finds her happily-ever-after with another tiny, thumb-sized boy. Sylvia's beautiful watercolor illustrations perfectly portray the story and lend an extra layer of magic. Each page is full of details that enrich the experience of reading this familiar tale.

The Lonely Book
written by Kate Bernheimer
illustrated by Chris Sheban

Peering Through Bookshelves, watercolor & Prismacolor
Is it any surprise that one of my favorite books this year is about a book? No, didn't think so. The Lonely Book is a wonderful story about a book that's beloved when brand new, but as time goes on and it loses it's shiny luster people read it less and less. The book feels very sad but then a little girl discoveres it and it becomes her favorite. They are eventually separated but find each other once again with the help of a kindly librarian. Chris Sheban's whimsical illustrations convey the wonder of truly connecting with a favorite book and sharing its story with the world.

written & illustrated by Matt Tavares

Team Picture, watercolor
When you're the shortest baseball player on your team and no one thinks you'll even hit the ball, much less a home run, what do you do? You step up to bat and prove them all wrong! Mudball places us right in the middle of a down by three, bases loaded, one out left game. All of a sudden, it starts to rain. Not just a drizzle, a regular downpour, turning the playing field into mud. Set in the early 1900's, Matt Tavares' sepia-toned watercolors capture the time period and atmosphere of that rainy day to perfection. And, did you notice that Matt is the author and illustrator? Now that's what I call talent!

Which books are your favorites? You still have a few weeks to decide, until close of business November 24th to be exact! Check out this year's Book List, complete with age ranges and pricing, or come on in if you need help choosing.

While you're browsing the books, don't forget to preview the original illustrations, both on our website and in person.

See you soon! 

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2012 Children's Book Illustration Art Show & Signing!

The countdown has begun...

Show continues through December 15th
Benefiting The Wooden Floor

 Featuring the talents of

We have more than 200 original illustrations available for purchase from these award-winning artists. Plus, over 50 books  are available for pre-sale from now until the close of business (5pm) November 24th or until each illustrator has sold 200 books, whichever comes first. Come in early to pick your books so you don't miss out! You'll still be able to purchase books the day of the show, but we can't guarantee the availability of titles. Follow this link for the 2012 Book List.

If you can't make it to Chemers Gallery the day of the reception and signing, no worries! We will take care of getting your pre-ordered books signed and dedicated for you. They will be ready for you to pick up at your convenience any time in the afternoon of December 1st and on. Even if you live out of the area, you may purchase art and books and we will ship them to you! All artwork is available to view on our website.  We are happy to answer any questions via phone or email.

Meet and mingle with our illustrators the day of the show, and enjoy their original artwork, books, talks and demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Click here for this year's lecture & presentation schedule. 
 Clients who purchase illustrations will be invited to a private evening with the illustrators.

Boris Kulikov
Returning to Chemers Gallery for a second time, Boris' illustrations really capture the imagination. His bold colors and exaggerated perspectives work hand in hand to bring the stories to life. A graduate of The Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema in St. Petersburg, Russia, Boris delights with a mixture of watercolor, gouache, pen & ink and pencil on highly textured paper. Boris won the Sydney Taylor Honor for The Castle on Hester Street and has had several books chosen as "Best Books of the Year."

E.B. Lewis
Sensitive, gestural watercolors are the cornerstone of the work of E.B. Lewis. The winner of both the Coretta Scott King award and a Caldecott Honor, E.B. has over 50 books to his credit with more to come. He began to study art in 6th grade at the influence of two artist uncles and later attended Temple University Tyler School of Art. His masterful watercolor illustrations portray stories of both cultural and historical significance.

Sylvia Long
An avid observer of nature with a keen eye for detail, Sylvia brings us brightly hued watercolors with a strong natural theme. In another lifetime, she wanted to become a veterinarian, but later discovered her true love in illustrating children's books. Her books have been chosen by Scholastic as part of the "Top 100 Children's Books of All Time."  Sylvia's vibrant watercolors sparkle with life and charm.

Chris Sheban
Chris's humorous watercolor & Prismacolor illustrations simply leap off the page! He has illustrated numerous books and book covers including Because of Winn Dixie. His process of layering color and medium lends a velvety texture that shows off the details of his work to a tee. With talent like that, is it any wonder he's won multiple gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators?!

Matt Tavares
Engaging us with graphite, watercolor and gouache, Matt has a style distinctly his own.  His first book, Zachary's Ball, began as a senior thesis project at Bates College, and later went on to win awards and honors, including an Oppenheim Gold Seal Award. Matt's subtle detailing works wonders in his many baseball and biographical books - you just have to see his work in person to catch every nuance!

Every year, the Children's Book Illustration Show benefits a local children's charity. This year, Chemers Gallery has again chosen to work with...

The Wooden Floor's mission is to empower low-income youth from diverse backgrounds to strengthen self-esteem, self-discipline and a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic and family programs. Since 2005, they are pround that 100% of their young artists graduate from high school on time and go on to pursue higher education. This is about 3 times the national average for their socio-economic peers.

Monday, October 29, 2012

2012 Book List

21st Annual Children's Book Illustration
Art Show & Book Signing

Chemers Gallery
Saturday, December 1st 2012 1:00 - 5:00pm
Show continues through Dec. 15th
Benefiting The Wooden Floor

Featuring award-winning illustrators

Over 50 books and more than 200 original illustrations are now available for pre-sale until close of business (5pm)  November 24th or until each illustrator has sold 200 books, whichever comes first! Although we always have books at the opening, many of you like to pre-select and avoid the crowds. Pre-order by November 24th and we'll take care of having your books signed and dedicated for you by the illustrators. You can pick up your books at the show or any time after at your convenience.

View all of the original illustrations on our website by clicking the artist's names below, or come in to see them in person!

For more details about the show, click HERE.


Please note: Signing only for books purchased at Chemers Gallery

Book list subject to change - this is a gazillion! We'll pare this down once we see which books are the most popular.

Boris Kulikov
*Whimsey, science, and a touch of humor for the young & young at heart
Albert Einstein.....Ages 10+.....$15.99
Barnum's Bones.....Ages 5-10.....$17.99
Carnival of the Animals.....Ages 5-10.....$17.95
Castle on Hester Street.....Ages 4-8.....$15.99
Charles Darwin.....Ages 10+.....$15.99
The Eraserheads.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
Fartiste.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
Franklin's Big Dreams.....Ages 3-7.....$16.99
Isaac Newton.....Ages 10+.....$15.99
Leonardo da Vinci.....Ages 10+.....$15.99
Marie Curie.....Ages 10+.....$15.99
Max's Castle.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
Max's Dragon.....Ages 4-8.....$16.95
Max's Words.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
Sandy's Circus.....Ages 6-9.....$16.99

E.B. Lewis
*Books of cultural and historical significance for all ages
Across the Alley.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
Circle Unbroken.....Ages 4-8.....$16.95
Coming On Home Soon.....Ages 5-8.....$16.99
D is for Drinking Gourd.....Ages 6-9.....$17.95
Dirt on Their Skirts.....Ages 8+.....$18.99
Each Kindness.....Ages 5-8.....$16.99
Homegrown House.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
Jackie's Gift.....Ages 3-5.....$16.99
The Legend of the Cape May Diamond.....Ages 7-10.....$17.95
Lily Brown's Paintings.....Ages 4-7.....$16.99
My Best Friend.....Ages 4-8.....$15.99
My Rows and Piles of Coins.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
Night Running.....Ages 5-8.....$16.99
The Other Side.....Ages 5-8.....$16.99
Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow.....Ages 6-9.....$17.99
The Secret World of Walter Anderson.....Ages 6-10.....$17.99
Stars Above Us.....Ages 5-8.....$16.99
Talkin' About Bessie.....Ages 4-8.....$17.99
Tea Cakes for Tosh...Ages 5-8.....$16.99 *AVAILABLE DEC. 1ST  BY SPECIAL PRE-RELEASE*
This Little Light of Mine.....Ages 5-8.....$16.95
Under the Baobab Tree.....Ages 4-7.....$16.99
When You Were Born.....Ages 3+.....$15.99

Sylvia Long
*Good for younger readers with inquisitive minds
Because You Are My Baby.....Ages 2-5.....$15.95
A Butterfly is Patient.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
An Egg is Quiet.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
Hush Little Baby.....Ages 2-4.....$12.99
Mother Goose.....Ages 4-8 .....$22.99
A Rock is Lively.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
A Seed is Sleepy.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
Snug as a Bug.....Ages 2-4.....$15.99
Thumbelina.....Ages 4-8.....$17.99

Chris Sheban
*Works of fiction for all to enjoy
Because of Winn Dixie.....Ages 9+.....$15.99
Brooklyn Bridge.....Ages 10-14.....$17.95
The Lonely Book.....Ages 4-8.....$17.99
Night on the Range.....Ages 4-7.....$19.99
One Dog and His Boy.....Ages 8-12.....$16.99
Rex Zero and the End of the World.....Ages 8-12.....$16.99 
Rex Zero King of Nothing.....Ages 8-12.....$16.95
Rex Zero the Great Pretender.....Ages 10-14.....$16.99
Six Innings.....Ages 9-14.....$16.95
The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly.....Ages 8-11.....$15.95
The Tiger Rising.....Ages 9-12.....$15.99

Matt Tavares
*For the baseball lovers & history buffs
The Gingerbread Pirates.....Ages 4-9.....$16.99
Helen's Big World.....Ages 5-8.....$17.99
Henry Aaron's Dream.....Ages 8-10.....$16.99
Iron Hans.....Ages 6-10.....$16.99 
Jack and the Beanstalk.....ages 3-6.....$16.99
Jack's Path of Courage.....Ages 5-8.....$17.99
Lady Liberty.....Ages 9-12.....$17.99 *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
Mudball.....Ages 6-10.....$15.99
Oliver's Game.....Ages 6-10.....$15.99
Over the River & Through the Woods.....Ages 3+.....$16.99
There Goes Ted Williams.....Ages 4-8.....$16.99
Twas the Night Before Christmas.....All Ages.....$8.99 *AVAILABLE ON DEC. 1ST*
Zachary's Ball.....Ages 6-10.....$15.99

These books will be available on December 1st ONLY:
E.B. Lewis:
Tea Cakes for Tosh.....Ages 5-8...$16.99
The official release date is December 6th but they're releasing 20 copies early, just for us! 

Matt Tavares:
Twas the Night Before Christmas.....All Ages.....$8.99
Timeless, black & white illustrations for all ages

Kathleen Krull, author:
Lives of the Artists.....Ages 9-12.....$22.00
Lives of the Athletes.....Ages 9-12.....$21.00
Lives of Extraordinary Women.....Ages 9-12.....$21.00
Lives of the Musicians.....Ages 9-12.....$22.00
Lives of the Pirates.....Ages 9-12....$21.00
Lives of the Presidents.....Ages 9-12.....$21.00
Lives of the Writers.....Ages 9-12.....$21.00
Kathleen will be joining us to sign these books, as well as the Giants of Science series and Fartiste, illustrated by Boris Kulikov!

Looking for a certain type of book? 

Holiday Books:
The Gingerbread Pirates.....Matt Tavares
Jackie's Gift.....EB Lewis
Over the River & Through the Woods.....Matt Tavares
This Little Light of Mine.....EB Lewis
Twas the Night Before Christmas.....Matt Tavares *AVAILABLE ON DEC. 1ST*

Chapter Books:
Albert Einstein.....Boris Kulikov
Because of Winn Dixie.....Chris Sheban
The Brooklyn Bridge.....Chris Sheban
Charles Darwin.....Boris Kulikov
Isaac Newton.....Boris Kulikov
Keeping the Night Watch.....EB Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci.....Boris Kulikov
Marie Curie.....Boris Kulikov
One Dog and His Boy.....Chris Sheban
Rex Zero and the End of the World.....Chris Sheban
Rex Zero King of Nothing.....Chris Sheban
Rex Zero the Great Pretender.....Chris Sheban
Six Innings.....Chris Sheban
The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly.....Chris Sheban
The Tiger Rising.....Chris Sheban

Biographical & Historical Books:
Albert Einstein.....Boris Kulikov
Barnum's Bones.....Boris Kulikov
Charles Darwin.....Boris Kulikov
Fartiste.....Boris Kulikov
Helen's Big World.....Matt Tavares
Henry Aaron's Dream.....Matt Tavares
Isaac Newton.....Boris Kulikov
Jack's Path of Courage.....Matt Tavares
Jackie's Gift.....EB Lewis
Lady Liberty.....Matt Tavares*LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
Leonardo da Vinci.....Boris Kulikov
Marie Curie.....Boris Kulikov
Sandy's Circus.....Boris Kulikov
The Secret World of Walter Anderson.....EB Lewis
Talkin' About Bessie.....EB Lewis
There Goes Ted Williams.....Matt Tavares

Monday, September 10, 2012

Get Your Calendars Out...It's Time!

Mark your calendars today! 

Show continues through December 15th
Benefiting The Wooden Floor

Come to meet and mingle with our illustrators and enjoy their art, books, talks and demonstrations!

More than 40 different books and over 200 original illustrations will be available for pre-sale beginning Oct. 1st. 

Featuring the work of these award-winning illustrators:

Boris Kulikov

E.B. Lewis

Sylvia Long

Chris Sheban   

Matt Tavares 

Yet another amazing array of talent!

Pre-sale of all books and artwork begins Monday, October 1st and will go until each illustrator has pre-sold 200 books or close of business (5pm) on Saturday, November 24th, whichever comes first.

Come for the art and books and stay all day!
As in the past, we'll have our tent set up for the illustrator talks, demos and presentations. Where else in California can you view original children's book illustrations, meet the artists and get your books signed and dedicated all at the same time?

The Wooden Floor's mission is to empower low-income youth from diverse backgrounds to strengthen self-esteem, self-discipline and a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic and family programs. Since 2005, they are pround that 100% of their young artists graduate from high school on time and go on to pursue higher education. This is about three times the national average for their socio-economic peers.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Gold Medal Day

1964 Olympic Gold Medal
When it comes to custom framing, Chemers Gallery really goes for the gold! We love projects that are not your average frame design - it really allows our creativity to shine for our clients to ensure their artwork or objects are shown off to their best potential. One recent project was the framing of an Olympic gold medal in a custom display box.

Rex running hurdles - photo from
Lynn wanted a special surprise for her husband, Rex. He was a participant in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and won the gold for hurdles. She wanted to create a display for him to proudly showcase his medal. Rex takes his medal on school visits and to group meetings to talk about his Olympic experience, so the display case had to be easy to open. With a little discussion and collaboration, we found the perfect moulding for her: a simple mahogany with a hand-carved leaf motif on the corners.

Hand-carved mahogany corner sample

Laurel Wreath - don't the leaves look similar?
What was especially appealing about the corner motif is its resemblance to the laurel leaf, like the wreathes Olympians wore in days of yore. We customized the frame by making it wider than our original corner sample, and took it a step further by having a light rubbing of gold leafing applied to the carved details. Part of the magic of using a hand-made frame is that the possibilities are nearly endless!

Sometimes a little gold makes all the difference!
We lined the case inside with deep burgundy linen fabric to offset the medal and the ribbon it's attached to. Finally, we created a custom hanger inside the case to hang the ribbon. No part of the medal is permanently attached to the case, so Rex can remove and replace at will. For added clarity, we used Museum Glass, which provides 99% UV protection and has a special coating to make it virtually reflection-less in most light.

Rex's Olympic Gold
You may have noticed during the recent summer games in London that all medals were attached to royal purple ribbons. Did you know that the ribbon colors change every year and are significant to the particular games the medals were presented at? Neither did we! This particular ribbon ties in nicely with the official Olympic colors (white, blue, yellow, black, green and red). Designated in 1912, the colors were chosen to represent all of the colors on the flags of all participating nations, showing them coexisting in harmony side by side. Isn't that a great notion?

Do you have a piece of art or a meaningful object or collection that you want to frame? Bring it in to Chemers Gallery! We always strive to present you with the best possible options for your treasured art and heirlooms to suit your style and your wallet. We do all of our framing on-site and adhere to conservation standards. 

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