Monday, March 25, 2013

Upcoming Exhibit: Viewpoints Orange County All Media

 Chemers Gallery and the Tustin Art League* present
Viewpoints: Orange County All Media 2013
Juror: Mary Aslin

Artist Reception April 27th 5:30 - 8:00p
Show continues through May 11th
Special judges walk through with Mary Aslin, Sat May 4th, 2pm
Visit our website to preview the artwork today!
Corona del Mar Tide Pools, acrylic on board by Ian Montelongo
Updated April 24:
Chemers Gallery is busy transforming into a slice of orange...Orange County, that is! With the help of 40 different professional and amateur artists and one very thoughtful and considered juror we present close to 80 unique viewpoints of Orange County from north to south!

Mary Aslin takes her role as judge seriously - she spent over 3 contemplative hours at Chemers Gallery yesterday choosing the prize winners, which will be announced during the artist reception on Saturday, April 27th. In addition to Mary's choices, the Enderle Center is awarding their own prize!

Come during the day on Saturday to enjoy the Enderle Center Spring Swing, featuring the live music of the Laguna Swing Society from 1-4pm. Grab some dinner and then join us for the Viewpoints artist reception from 5:30-8:00pm!

Chemers Gallery and the Tustin Art League have once again teamed up to bring you their annual juried show of professional and amateur artists from around southern California. You may remember our annual Scenes of Tustin show, and this year that same show has become Viewpoints: Orange County All Media. For our 6th annual exhibit, we stepped up the competition by expanding the scope of the show to all of Orange County. The response was tremendous, and we received more applicants than ever before - over 130! Mary Aslin had the difficult task of selecting almost 80 pieces to showcase.

We're so excited to see the growth of this show over 6 years. We know this show will be our best to date!

Viewpoints Orange County All Media 2013 brings you familiar images of the Orange County area from both professional and non-professional artists. Artworks range in medium from oils, watercolor and pastel to photography, mixed media and encaustic.

Come on in to discover a new favorite vista or two and meet the artists at the opening reception Saturday, April 27th from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.  If you can't make it that evening, you can still catch the show through May 11th. Don't forget to put May 4th on your calender, too, for a special judges walk through with Mary Aslin at 2pm!

All works are available for sale and can be previewed on our website or in person after April 24th.

Laguna Light, oil by April Raber

Participating Artists
Roger Bennett | Janet Bludau | Gobind Boyes | Jean Choi | Dana Cooper | Katie Costello
William Crawley | Barbara Davidson | Rick Delanty | Dori Dewberry | Nancy Egan
Kay Flierl | Candace Foster | Jorn Fox | Jennifer Geisert | Nancy Goldman | Dennie Hahn
Deborah Harold | Julie Hill | Bonnie Holmes | Terry Houseworth | Steve Kell | Greg LaRock
Jacki Long | Christine McCowan | Ian Montelongo | Erich Neubert | Jonde Northcutt
Rita Pacheco | Janel Pahl | Pamela Panattoni | Lori Quarton | April Raber
Pete Roberts | Sharyn Sakimoto | John Sawyer | Albert Stanchfield | Victoria Templeton
Kim VanDerHoek | Carolyn Westfall | Jim Wodark

Robert Ball | Marci Cortese | Lou Henkel | Carolyn Hoffman | Michelle Howard
Janis Hunter | Gerrie Karczynski | Marsha Lindsey | Judy McCoy | Shelby Montelongo
Sandra Morrison | Max Ollendorff | Beverly Weber-Fow | Kathleen Williams | Eric Wolff

Stay tuned for updated information as we get closer to the artist's reception!

A special thank you to Enderle Center for helping to sponsor this exhibit!
*The Tustin Art League (TAL), a Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) program, is an organization of visual artists whose purpose is to provide a venue for information, exposure, and growth of each member artist and to focus their talents in an effort to enhance the visual arts within the community to enrich and energize citizens of all ages. For more information about TAL, please visit their blog. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Where Has the Time Gone??

Wow, have we been busy this year, and it's only mid-March! So busy there's been no time to write any blogs! We've been hard at work planning new shows and events and searching out new artists and artisans to share with you. Here's what's been happening at Chemers Gallery...

"Seen Through a Child's Eye" - original children's book illustrations at John Wayne Airport, on loan from Chemers Gallery
We are so proud to announce that we were chosen to exhibit a selection of 147 original children's book illustrations at John Wayne airport! Artwork can be viewed in the display cases on the departure level in Terminal A across from Gates 2-5 and Terminal C across from Gates 18 - 21. More than 30 illustrators are represented in this exhibition. The display will be up from now until mid-June. So when you take your next vacation or business trip, book it through John Wayne Airport and be sure to plan a little extra time to enjoy the inspiring children's book illustrations throughout the concourse!

Original children's book illustrations by Rafael Lopez displayed at John Wayne Airport, on loan from Chemers Gallery

Isaac Newton, original children's book illustration by Boris Kulikov, displayed with book
Original children's book illustrations displayed at John Wayne Airport, on loan from Chemers Gallery
A huge thank you to Tru-Vue Glass, Gryphon Moulding and Bainbridge Mat Boards for their help in making this exhibit possible!

Our next big event is right around the corner...join us this Thursday, March 14 from 6-9pm for a special book signing to celebrate the release of Jimmy Finds His Voice, written by Chapman University's own President Jim Doti and illustrated by the ever versitle Lisa Mertins. You may recall the duo from their 2010 release of A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy. The pair are at it again to bring Little Jimmy, his family, and his beloved dog Blackie to life. This special book signing will benefit the Communication Sciences and Disorders program within the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. Click HERE for more details!

And, just in case you haven't had a full fix of children's book illustration, we have photos to share with you from our 21st Annual Children's Book Illustration Show! Just follow this link to our Facebook album to see all the fun that was had way back in December.

Gorgeous new goodies from Israeli jewelry designer, Ayala Bar
February was filled with goodies for the eyes, body and soul. (And just a few for the tummy, too!) Our annual Eye Candy Artisan Faire grew to showcase 15 different jewelry, ceramic, textile, mixed media and glass artists. The buzz was astounding, and we had an absolute blast. Just take a look at some of the pictures from the day!

Mixed Media mania by Suzanne Currie

Linda meets jeweler, Barbara Lanci

Karen, Rita and Julia

Karen and Jennifer wave hello

Whimsical ceramics by Maria Counts

Suzay Cha displays her unique mixed media creations

Still to come - We are knee-deep in entries for the upcoming "Viewpoints: Orange County All Media" exhibition with Tustin Art League! Formerly known as "Scenes of Tustin," we stepped things up this year by opening the show up to all of Orange County. We've received over 120 entries and are currently awaiting the judging results from juror, Mary Aslin. "Viewpoints" opens on April 27th and runs until May 11th, so mark your calenders now!

Stay tuned for all of the wonderful new art and artists we have to share with you! 
Like we said, we've been busy! 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

They're At It Again!

Updated March 9, 2013:

Many of you are familiar with Dr. James L. Doti through his work as the president of Chapman University, but did you know he's also the author of two children's books? It's true! Both books are illustrated by talented artist Lisa Mertins, whom you may know through her delicate, whimsical ceramics.

Jimmy Finds His Voice, written by Dr. James L. Doti, illustrated by Lisa Mertins
We're excited to invite you to a very special reception for Dr. Doti and Lisa to mark the release of their second book, Jimmy Finds His Voice. Please join us on Thursday, March 14th from 6 - 9pm to meet both the author and illustrator, purchase original artwork and books, and sample Nonna's wonderful meat pie and biscotti recipies that are so dear to Dr. Doti's heart. A portion of all sales will benefit the Communication Sciences and Disorders program within the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University.

As the only major book signing for this dynamic duo, this promises to be an extra-special event! We will be joined by 30 graduate students from the Communication Sciences and Disorders program who will serve up their own delicious, award-winning chili.  Be sure to sample the yummy mini cupcakes and treats provided by Celebrate Now!

Jimmy Finds His Voice is a true story about little Jimmy's speech impediment and his journey to overcome his fears to become an inspiration to his peers.

Lisa's adorable mixed media illustrations are a perfect complement to the narrative. Her vivid colors are arresting and convey the mood and tone of Dr. Doti's works seamlessly.

Jimmy Finds His Voice
book signing and reception with Dr. James L. Doti and Lisa Mertins
Chemers Gallery
Thursday, March 14, 2013
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15
Benefiting the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Chapman University


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