Monday, January 27, 2014

The Whimsical World of Denise Duong

Less than a month into 2014 and it's looking to be a busy year! Already, we have announced two upcoming events and received artwork from new artists and familiar faves. Plus, we're throwing around some ideas for future events and even a Kickstarter project!

However, we're never too busy to share what's new and exciting around here!

Let us introduce you to...

New Artist: Denise Duong
Lost in the Abyss, mixed media on canvas by Denise Duong
Denise Duong is one of our newest additions to Chemers Gallery. Karen found her work on a trip to Park City, Utah, and fell in love. After more than 2 years of phone calls and emails, Denise sent us some paintings and we absolutely flipped! Opening a box of her artwork is like opening a treasure chest - that same heart-in-your-throat feeling can be felt whenever Denise sends us her newest creations. Her whimsical cast of characters are always on the go, always with an air of celebration. Men and women play instruments, ride bicycles and old fashioned motorcycles, enjoy hot air balloon rides and toast one another aboard boats in the sky. Denise will often add her beloved bull terrier to her fanciful creations.

An Amusing Hunt, mixed media on canvas by Denise Duong
Every canvas is rich in color and texture. There's nothing like standing up close and personal to see the details of paint, pen & ink, and layer upon layer of decorative papers collected from the artist's travels. Each painting is constructed like the set of a play in which Denise is playwright, set & costume designer and director. Her players always steal the scenes and make you want to jump up and join them.

True, mixed media on canvas by Denise Duong

Denise not only exhibits around the United States, she also contributes art to causes like Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundations and Planned Parenthood. Trained at the University of Central Oklahoma and the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Denise is based out of Oklahoma, but, like her characters, she is a free-spirited nomad at heart! She believes her artwork should be lighthearted and fun, created in celebration of the joys life has to offer.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Call to Artists: Viewpoints Orange County All Media 2014

Tustin Area Council for Fine Art (TACFA) & Chemers Gallery
Call To Artists
Viewpoints: Orange County
All Media 2014
Juried Exhibition
Juror: Jim Wodark

April 26 - May 10, 2014
Artist Reception April 26, 5:30 - 8:00p

Deadline for entry is Friday, March 7, 2014! 

Award-winning art from Jim Wodark and Max Ollendorff from the 2013 show
Calling all artists! It's time to get your creative juices flowing because we're looking for entries to the 7th annual juried exhibition of professional and amateur artists featuring local scenes! What started as joint showing of "scenes of Tustin" with the Tustin Art League (TAL) and Chemers Gallery has blossomed into a larger collaborative exhibition of views from all of Orange County with the Tustin Area Council for Fine Art and Chemers Gallery. All entries are now pre-juried online at - you can find the prospectus and links to enter HERE.

So, go ahead and create your own interpretation of Irvine Park, Newport Beach, downtown Orange, even San Juan Capistrano! You don't need to be a professional artist or a member of TACFA to enter - all are welcome to submit. All mediums are acceptable, the more creative the better. Get your paintbrushes, pens, pencils, cameras, sewing needles and printing presses ready for this exciting show!
Award-winning art from Shelby Montelongo, Greg LaRock and Julie Hill from the 2013 show

Important Dates & Deadlines:
March 7, 2014: Deadline to submit your entry form and .jpg photo to Click HERE for prospectus and links to enter. (For help using click here.)
March 17, 2014: Notification of acceptance by email
April 14 - 19: Hand-delivery of accepted work to Chemers Gallery between 10am - 5pm. Shipped entries are not accepted.
April 26, 2014: Exhibition opens to public, Artists' Reception 5:30 - 8:00pm
May 10, 2014: Exhibit closes
May 12, 2014: Pick up work at Chemers Gallery between 10am - 5pm

Cash Awards:
$600 First Place, Professional
$400 Second Place, Professional
$250 Third Place, Professional

$100 First Place, Amateur
$75 Second Place, Amateur
$50 Third Place, Amateur

Artwork Specifications:
Entry must be an outdoor scene from anywhere in Orange County, California. If not easily recognizable as an Orange County scene, a source photo may be required. Work must be created during the year since the last exhibition (May 2013).

All 2-D artworks such as, but not limited to, painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking and photography will be considered. The maximum allowed size is 24" x 36" not including the frame. Photographs must be printed on photo or fine art paper - they may not be printed on canvas or mounted to panels. Works must be framed to Chemers Gallery specifications (see framing requirements below), properly wired and ready to hang. The juror reserves the right to disqualify any work not suitably presented or that varies from the submitted image. All works must be for sale.

Sales commission: 50% artist 50% Chemers Gallery.

Framing Requirements:
Chemers Gallery will be happy to assist in framing your work. If you choose to frame it yourself, please bring your frame for approval prior to delivery. Oils, acrylics & mixed media can be unframed if gallery wrapped edges are painted, but other two-dimensional work must be framed. No photography on canvas. All 2D work must be properly & securely wired and ready to hang. Simple frames are preferred and must be either black or dark wood. Mats: neutral white, acid free (like Bainbridge 8655), acid-free colored filets ok, and either double 4-ply or single 6 or 8-ply mats. No non-glare glass. Space and weight limits apply to non two-dimensional work, see Karen Raab at Chemers Gallery.

Examples of black (left) and dark wood (right) frames

Examples of gallery wrapped canvases

Entry Procedure:
Non-refundable entry fee is $35 for one or two entries, payable when you submit to

PLEASE NOTE: When filling out your information while entering the show at, please be sure all information is correct - spelling, title, pricing of your artwork. All information is input by the Artist and is used by Chemers Gallery for reference, printed materials and online postings.

Diptychs and triptychs are considered one work. Works are juried by digital image only.

For help using please refer to the Help page and the How OJS Works page. Likewise you can call 949-287-8645 or email

Entry Image Guidlines:
Works will be juried by digital image only. Images must be sized to 1920 pixels on the longest side and at a resolution of 72 dpi. No mat, frame, or extraneous material should appear other than your artwork.

Save the painting with a new name, as follows: Your last name, first initial, ENTRY REFERENCE (A, B, C, D, or E), and abbreviated painting name. For example: Jane Doe's Entry A is titled New York Sunrise, the name given to the digital image would be: doej_a_nysun.jpg.

Save the image as a high quality jpg.

Images are used for jurying and web and printed materials.

All work will be handled with great care. Neither Chemers Gallery nor TACFA or its representatives will accept responsibility for loss or damage of work. Artists are responsible for safety of work during transit to and from the gallery. Submission by an artist will indicate agreement by the artist to these conditions.

Since 1978, Chemers Gallery has been providing fine art and quality custom framing in Orange County. the gallery hosts several shows each year and continually exhibits the work of exceptions artists, both local and international. Chemers Gallery is located in the Enderle Center, 17300 17th Street, Tustin, 714-731-5432. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm.

Founded in 1992, the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) funds and administers programs which expand the arts in the greater Tustin, California area, and enrich the entire community. The Council raises funds through individual and corporate contributions and fundraising events. These funds subsidize elementary students' participation in The Art Masters program, support students' creativity and interest in the arts, and allow TACFA to produce an annual affordable and live production of a classic Broadway musical at a local outdoor venue.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Are You Ready for Some More Shugah?

Artisan Faire & More!
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 1 - 5pm
Just in time for Valentine's Day!

It's that time again to bring you mouthwatering morsels from some of your favorite jewelry designers, textile, ceramic and mixed media artists! Our 2014 Eye Candy Artisan Faire will be chock full of glorious goodies to feed the eyes, soul and body. Here's just a taste of what will be available - each of our artists will be bringing a trunk full of new treats just for you!

Craving Jewelry
Michelene Berkey
Nature-lovers rejoice! Michelene is traveling back to California all the way from Colorado with her latest "twiggy" treasures just for YOU! (Don't worry, she won't forget to bring her pearls and semi-precious stones!) Sample her newest tidbits that use bees, hearts, flowers, dragonflies and even twigs in her designs. Silver and gold complement her concoctions of pendants, rings, bangles and more.

Elliott Chandler
For the tailored palate, try the exquisitely designed earrings, necklaces and bracelets that are the hallmark of Elliott Chandler. Based in San Francisco, the team creates treats that are timeless and elegant using gemstones and CZs, gold and silver. All jewelry is handcrafted in Italy and the results are oh-so-scrumptious! Sample rose gold with purple & lavender crystals, or delicately enameled drop pendants finished with a flourish of silver.

Joanna Craft
Favored ingredients of mixed metals are shaken (not stirred!) together by Joanna to produce tasty results. Her contemporary designs range from the geometric to the free-form and are just the right portions of silver, copper and brass. Lately, she's been using raw ingredients like unpolished stones as garnish. Create your own custom recipie from Joanna's extensive list of fixings. An old-school crowd pleaser are her special decorative paper in resin pendants and earrings with an eastern aesthetic.

Amy Kekst
Gemstones, crystals, one-of-a-kind vintage elements and chains feature in Amy's titillating tidbits. Her eclectic selection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets change with the seasons - most recently she's served up mixed metal chains and nuggets paired with sparkley stones, and beads. Her selections for this year's show are sure to provide you with a buffet of choices

Barbara Lanci
Feast your eyes on Barbara's scrumptious treasures! Her tempting earrings, bold "elevation" cuffs and intricate necklaces are crafted entirely by hand from fine silver, argentium and unique stones. Trained under master jewelers, Barbara continues to challenge herself to come up with new dishes tastier than the last. She'll also create a personalized statement piece just for you!

Soraya Montelongo
Local gal Soraya has an appetite for gemstones, beads and crystals! She labors over her delicious hand-beaded creations, and oh, my! What a luscious array of colors! A mostly self-taught artisan, Soraya's necklaces and bracelets follow intricate designs, some even based on Faberge eggs. Come see her latest concoctions and find just the right one for yourself or a friend!

Ayala Bar
If you're craving something decadently colorful, Ayala is sure to have a treat or two to satisfy! We're still riding high on the treasures she designed last season, and we are in love with Ayala's latest offerings. Her drool-worthy collections bring to mind sun-sparkling Spanish villas this season, with names like Sayulita and Mesa Verde. While Ayala won't be joining us, she will be sending a trunk-full of goodies in yummy fabrics, beads and charms for your enjoyment.

Miranda Konstantinidou of Konplott uses crystals, pearls, glass and metal to create jewelry that pops with color and sparkle. This talented designer whips up her creations in Germany and her delectable delicacies can be found all over the world. Miranda's recent influences include the colors and textures of India and the Art Deco period. Her ever-evolving line of Konplott jewels is sure to satisfy your more exotic moments. We'll also miss seeing Miranda at the show, but rest assured she's sending plenty of fun fare to try.


Susan Horton
Cotton, silk, wool and tencel are key ingredients in Susan's fine woven scarves and shawls. If you're craving soothing colors and soft fibers, you'll flip over Susan's creations. You only need to watch her at her loom for a few minutes to realize that "perfection" is her middle name. Her enticing treats are perfect for all seasons and are always in style. If we're lucky she will bring her latest creations of clutches and handbags that are 100% woven & 1000% awesome!

Valerie McLean
Added to our mix this year is felt artist Valerie, who hails from Santa Barbara. Her felted wool stylings are full of color, form and whimsey. This textile artist fell in love with felting after visiting New Zealand and encountering other artists willing to share their expertise and creativity to help give her a boost on her way. Valerie's felt scarves, hats and vessels utilize yummy colors both bright and muted and textures ranging from smooth and silky to heavily woven.

Passion for Clay
Maria Counts
Let the whimsical and sophisticated ceramics from San Diego artist Maria tempt your senses! Candy-colored glazes highlight her stunning designs. Maria's clocks, vessels, embossed kimonos, teapots and fun cast of characters enhance any setting, from dining tables to bookshelves to home offices. New creations include indoor/outdoor garden "totem" sculptures. Maria is always experimenting to whip up something new for you to savor!

Lisa Mertins
Working in as many mediums as she possibly can, Lisa does it all! From intriguing ceramics and fine art,  to jewelry and children's book illustrations, this talented lady is always up to something new. Lisa's creativity satisfies the whimsical palate with her stamped, fine-walled porcelain creations and asymmetrical shapes. Always cooking up something new, we can't wait to see what she brings us this year. 

Mixed Media Mania
Suzanne Currie
Pure, glossy color in free-form organic shapes? Can you say "yummy?" Suzanne mixes up paint and paper to create her brightly-hued mixed media on board medleys. Offering small, one-of-a-kind contemporary images and larger, bolder statement pieces, Suzanne stirs her creations into a frenzy of color and finishes them off with a layer of epoxy resin to give them a sugar-coated gleam. Her newest experiments include artsy bangle bracelets and furniture featuring her unique designs.

A small sampling from each artist is available online, but don't worry - everything will be new on Feb. 8th! Each artist is bringing a larder of new goodies! 

Don't forget - not only will we be serving up a feast for the eyes, we'll also be serving up a sweet feast for your tummies. So grab your girls or favorite guy and come spend the afternoon with us!

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Save the Date for Some Shugah!

Mark your calendars now!

 Stay tuned, more details to follow!


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