Monday, March 24, 2014

Announcing Viewpoints: Orange County All Media 2014

Updated 4/22/14
 Chemers Gallery and Tustin Area Council for Fine Art (TACFA)* present
Viewpoints: Orange County All Media 2014
Juror: Jim Wodark
Crystal Cove Morning Stroll, pastel by Dori Dewberry
Artist Reception April 26th 5:30 - 8:00p
Show continues through May 10th
Please join us for special artist demos:
Sat. May 3 - 2p - 5p
Ian Montelongo, Soraya Montelongo, Sandra Morrison, Lisa Mozzini-McDill
Erich Neubert, Paige Oden, Kathleen Strukoff, Michael Ward, Jim Wodark
and enjoy the music of the Laguna Swing Society at
Enderle Center's Spring Swing

Sat. May 10 - 2p - 5p
Steve Kell, Sherry Marger, Max Ollendorff, Pete Roberts, Janine Salzman
Kelley Sanford, Kim VanDerHoek

Chemers Gallery and Tustin Area Council for Fine Art (TACFA) have joined forces to bring you Viewpoints: Orange County All Media 2014,  the 7th annual juried show of professional and amateur artists from around southern California. With the help of 49 artists and one tough juror we present 70 unique viewpoints of Orange County from north to south!

The growth of this exhibition over 7 years has been astounding - we've gotten more entries this year than ever before! Jim Wodark, juror and artist extraordinaire, accepted the challenge to select this year's participating entries from almost 140. (You may remember Jim's 1st Place painting from last year's show...) Everything from architecture to seascapes, abstract to traditional was considered. Featured artworks include oils, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, photography, glass, mixed media and even beadwork! We think you'll agree, this is an exhibit not to be missed.

Come on in to discover a new favorite vista or two and meet the artists at the opening reception Saturday, April 26th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.  If you can't make it that evening, you can still catch the show through May 10th. 

All works are available for sale and can be previewed on our website
or in person after April 23rd.

Windbreak, oil by Linda Rogers

Participating Artists
Robert Ball | Roger Bennett | Steve Bjorkman | Gary Blackwell | Dorothy Cavanagh
Jean Choi | Dana Cooper | William Crawley | Barbara Davidson | Rick Delanty 
Dori Dewberry | Kay Flierl | Candace Foster | Deborah Harold | Julie Hill
 Thomas Hill | Irene Horiuchi | Mark Hosmer | Esther Jacks | Steve Kell | Greg LaRock
Susan Marosz | Emet Martinez | Ian Montelongo | Soraya Montelongo
 Lisa Mozzini-McDill | Erich Neubert | Paige Oden | Rita Pacheco
Pamela Panattoni | April Raber | Richard Rice | Pete Roberts
Linda Rogers | Sharyn Sakimoto | Janine Salzman | Kelley Sanford | John Sawyer 
Albert Stanchfield | Kathleen Strukoff | Kim VanDerHoek | Michael Ward

Lore Hold | Sherry Marger | Shelby Montelongo
Sandra Morrison | Max Ollendorff | Ursula Olsson

Stay tuned for updated information as we get closer to the artist's reception!
A special thank you to Enderle Center and TACFA for helping to sponsor this exhibit!

Plus, come in Saturday, May 3rd and 10th to watch these talented artists 
demonstrate their abilities from 2-5pm

*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.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Designs on Framing

At Chemers Gallery, it's all about the art, but we bet you didn't realize that we consider the framing to be a part of that! Custom framing is an art form in itself, and we strive to create just the right tone to fit not only your artwork but your life as well.

We love it when new mouldings are introduced - our imagination runs wild with the sheer scale of possibilities that open up. Over the years we've seen trends come and go and return once again. We've also seen some crazy ideas that just might work. (Remember when we brought badass to the OC??)

We're always searching for the latest and greatest trends to share with you, and we were shell-shocked with how gorgeous this one is! That's right, a veneer of mother-of-pearl shell creates soft translucence in three finishes and sizes. Available in shimmery white, champagne gold and, well, think of a glistening sea urchin for the third color! You'll just have to see what we're talking about in person. Perfectly elegant for bridal portraits and vanity mirrors and absolutely adorable for baby snaps, these frames are sure to make a splash.

Tortoise Shell
Speaking of shell, faux tortoise shell is back and better than ever! Frames like these haven't been available for about a decade, and we're thrilled to see their return. Elegant and stately, they make us think of manor homes, men's smoking rooms and natural history museums. Thoroughly suited for antique prints including botanical and Audubon style, the depth of color lends a richness to the presentation and elevates your art to the next level.
What's old is new again - the "reclaimed" wood look has been reclaimed in today's shapes and colors! Rustic with a modern twist, these beautifully textured mouldings look like they've led former lives as wine barrels, barn siding, and factory flooring. Clean lines fit in with the current feel for simple shape and form. We can see these frames on folk art and seascapes, giving a real period look to the finished product.

We've seen color remaining strong despite a 10 year hiatus, and there are some vibrantly playful frames keeping pace! New on the scene are acrylic mouldings that can be easily personalized in more than 80 colors to exactly fit your style. Choose a glossy or frosted finish in single, double and now, even triple color - patterned frames are also available! Vivid hues provide a real pop of personality.  The possibilities are endless to turn your treasures into a work of art that's as unique as you are.

Welded Steel
We continue on with our color trends
to an unlikely material for picture framing - painted welded steel! Cool and modern with an industrial edge, these new frames are surprisingly versatile, fit for anything from movie posters and abstracts to the more traditional "slice of life" and even plein air. Scrubbed & sanded antiquing keeps the look from being too finished. Available in as many color combinations as you can imagine, we dare you to try this look out! 

As a lucky-strike extra, the first 20 people who come in, even just to look, and mention this blog will get a free SoapRock!

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