Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Events at Chemers Gallery

Summer is here and we're jammin' during the Enderle Center Summer Concert series again! This is your last chance of the summer to swing by to check out the free live entertainment Enderle Center has to offer and to watch your favorite artists demonstrate their talents. And, this time, we're turning it into a potluck! Bring your favorite appetizers or desserts to share, but don't worry if you can't bring anything. We'd love to see you with or without!

Vince, Bob & Buddy Band
Thursday, August 9th, 5-8pm
Vince, Bob & Buddy Band play Oldies

Slate of Artists Demonstrating Aug. 9th, 5-8pm
Dana Cooper - oil |  Joanna Craft - jewelry
 Susan Horton - fiber | Barbara Lanci - jewelry | Ian Montelongo - mixed media
Soraya Montelongo - jewelry | Shannon Richardson - oil
Pete Roberts - watercolor | John Sawyer - oil | Jim Wodark - oil

Stay tuned for a special announcement about the upcoming 
21st Annual Children's Book Illustration Show!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beautiful Contemporary Botanicals, Oh My!

Artichoke #22, chine colle woodcut by Ouida Touchon

New Mexico artist Ouida Touchon has homegrown roots in southern California - she attended Tustin High School! Karen found her at a recent show and fell in love with her textural botanical woodcut & chine colle prints. Each one is unique, owing to the variations in paper and colors used during the chine colle process.

Granada #28, woodcut with chine colle

"What is chine colle," you might ask? Simply put, it's a paper collage process that works hand-in-hand with printmaking. Fine papers like Japanese rice papers are adhered to a heavier paper to allow the printmaker to print on a surface delicate enough to pull minute details from the plate the printer is using. This provides background color and pattern to the print itself. In Ouida's case, she prints color and pattern onto uncolored Japanese papers by hand and then applies them to her plate, allowing her greater artistic freedom.

Ouida's sense of color and balance is impeccable.  Her garden botanicals have a slightly abstracted feel to them due to the patters embedded in the print. How great would these be above a mantle or in a grouping over a bed? Or, use Ouida's prints as a complement to Max Rodriguez's "Natural Impressions" series. Her contemporary botanicals are available both as a traditional print on paper or as stand-alone wooden boxes.

Ouida Touchon with a selection of chine colle woodcuts on panel
All of Ouida's work is available to view on our website or in person. 
Come in to see her beautiful creations before they are all gone!

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Wet Weather Can't Dampen Our Spirits!

Even though the weather on Thursday night was funky, we didn't let it rain on our parade! Our talented artists braved the precipitation and proudly shared their abilities with us while Hound Dog Dave & the Meltones played their fabulous American Roots & Blues in the background.

Susan Horton weaves on her loom next to Soraya and Ian Montelongo

Pete Roberts and a beautiful new floral watercolor

Lisa Mertins creating ceramic pendants and buttons

Soraya Montelongo helps visitors try on one of her beaded bracelets

Ian Montelongo hard at work on a new acrylic painting

Susan Horton on her loom

Dori Dewberry demonstrates her shadow puppet skills before getting into the serious work

Now Dori's got the hang of it!

Lisa Mertins shows Julia how to play with clay
Dana Cooper from last summer - we goofed and didn't get a picture of her on Thursday night! Julie Hill, although away on a trip, was with us in spirit! photograph courtesy of Guillermo Lefranc
Thank you, friends and artists who shared your Thursday night with us, despite the weather!

We're doing it all again next month, so mark you calendars for the final concert of the summer! Join us Thursday, August 9th from 5-8pm for oldies played by Vince, Bob & Buddy Band! Our artists are returning one more time to paint and demonstrate for you.

Mary Aslin - pastels | Dana Cooper - oils | Joanna Craft - jewelry
Julie Hill - watercolor | Susan Horton - fiber | Barbara Lanci - jewelry
Lisa Mertins - ceramics | Ian Montelongo - mixed media 
Soraya Montelongo - jewelry | Shannon Richardson - oils | Pete Roberts - watercolor
More artists TBD!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Glass Galore!

What's clear and cool and better than ice cubes on a hot summer's day? A feast for your eyes in glass, that's what! (And ice cream...our favorites are mint chocolate chip and cardamom, in case you were curious.)

Chemers Gallery has exquisite glass to share with you from new and familiar artists located from San Francisco to Virginia, Santa Barbara to Utah. 

Daniel Scogna
Afton Mounting Fall Tree Vase by Daniel Scogna

Daniel Scogna (that's "scone-yah") is a glass master. New to Chemers Gallery, Daniel has been blowing glass since the late 1980's and holds degrees in glass from both the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Illinois State University. Delicate and sophisticated in form, Daniel's glass pieces invoke the eastern landscape and take inspiration from the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. He skillfully replicates the impressions of changing seasons, new leaves and water-rubbed river rocks in his glass vessels and sculptural pieces. Daniel has studied extensively throughout the midwest, east coast and internationally, and has taught the art of hot glass at several higher educational institutions. We're so excited to show you the latest offerings from this talented artist!

Elaine Hyde

Elliptical Luster Disc Vase by Elaine Hyde
 At last, we have new blown glass vases from Elaine Hyde! Always a crowd pleaser, Elaine's beautiful art glass shimmers and shines with iridescence. Starting her glass career at the Brooks Institute of Fine Arts in California, she went on to work and train at the Pilchuck Glass Center under Dale Chihuly during the formative years of the renowned institute. Elaine has exhibited her glass worldwide and has won numerous awards for her work. We love the colors of the glass vessels she sent us. The way the colors shift and change under different light is simply magical.  We're sure you'll agree that her vases are little treasures. 

Leona Hawks

Light Catchers by Leona Hawks
Our windows are decked out in Leona Hawks' brand-new light catchers, and our gorgeous Soaprocks are nestled in her classy soap dishes and platters! Leona is a fused glass artist based in Park City, Utah. She combines chip & dichroic glass in intriguing shapes and styles. Her glass art is perfect as a gift to a friend or to yourself and can be used in a myriad of ways. Try her concave dishes as dessert bowls for an elegant end to your meal. Why not use her platters to serve cheese and crackers on to complement your favorite wine? Give a light catcher as a fun and unique wedding present - we're sure the lucky couple doesn't have one of these on their registry! Colorful and translucent, every piece of Leona's sparks the imagination.

Birgitt Hellemann

Multi-Stripe Bracelet by Birgitt Hellemann
San Francisco glass artist Birgitt Hellemann just sent us a ton of new fused glass jewelry! Just like little pieces of candy, every bracelet, necklace and earring is yummy to look at and to wear. Birgitt uses clear, opaque and dichroic glass in her fun, mod designs in bright colors and interesting patterns. Her dichroic pieces shift colors depending on how you look at them, so every piece is versatile and unique.

Bring a little sparkle to your life with these beautifully hand-crafted glass pieces!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bowers Museum, Chemers Gallery & John Sawyer Tempt Your Palates

If you need an excuse to venture out to take in the sights and flavors of our community, we've got a great one for you!

Peters Canyon Autumn by John Sawyer
A local jewel of cultural art and artifacts, the Bowers Museum is a neighbor to Chemers Gallery. Filled with evocative, changing exhibitions as well as permanent collections, the Bowers also offers fine dining at their award-winning restaurant, Tangata. The light, airy eatery features artwork from talented locals on the walls and is currently showing a collection of work by John Sawyer, a Chemers Gallery discovery!

Rolling Hills by John Sawyer
A native of Michigan, John became interested in 20th Century California landscape artists like Hanson Puthuff, Paul Grimm and William Wendt in the mid-1980's. He began by copying their work and later developed his distinctive style as he painted his own compositions of the local southern California vistas. John makes use of broad brush strokes and vivid colors, bringing to mind woodblock printmaking done on a large scale.

Eaton Canyon Sycamore by John Sawyer
Head on over to the Bowers to check out the current exhibitions of Faberge, California gold, and pre-Hispanic Colombian gold - we hear they've put together a feast for the eyes! Make a day of it and satisfy your palate with lunch and a glass of wine while you take in the sights of John's California landscapes. All of his works are for sale, and part of the proceeds support Bowers Museum and the California Arts Council. Once you're finished at the museum, head up 17th Street and stop in at Chemers to see what's new - we have a lot more of John's paintings to show you, and we're always receiving new and exciting artwork. There's sure to be something to satiate every taste! 

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