Arbor Gallery to present Meet The Artist: Hemme


The Arbor Gallery in downtown Merced is holding a “Meet & Greet the Artist” on Sunday, June 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., to give the community an op-portunity to meet standout local painter Tonia Hemme.

During the event, Hemme will demonstrate her painting skills. Light refreshments will be available.

“I have been passionate about painting since childhood, honing my skills through self-teaching via books and watching ‘The Al-mighty Brush,’ Bill Alexander and Bob Ross on TV,” says Hemme. “Although I couldn’t afford oil paints initially, I started with acrylics, pencil, charcoal, and ink. Despite using acrylics, I strived to emulate the richness of oils. Over the years, I experimented with various surfaces, but canvas remains my favorite.”

At the Dorothy Indelicato 34th annual Fine Art Show in February 2024, held at Delicato Family Wines, Hemme won the People’s Choice Award. Her mesmerizing painting, “Emergence,” featuring butterflies, captured the hearts of many.

Says Hemme: “The Delicato Art Show representative who called with the good news said ‘normally the People’s Choice vote is close, but for this painting, you won by a landslide.”’

In March 2024, Hemme led the March Art & Spirits class held at the Multicultural Arts Center painting “Moonlight Dream.”

Art & Spirits is a paint night taught by a different Arbor Gallery Fine Art artist each month, on the third Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, please see the website at:

Arbor Gallery Fine Art is a local co-op gallery that has been a part of Merced’s downtown for the last 40 years. The local artists that run the gal-lery along with Hemme are: Jackie Anderson, Wendy Bright, Frank Calvo, Gretchen Curry, Penny Dugay, Laura Eckman, Leslie Frazier, John Har- rell, Tonia Hemme, Carole Kamerer, Pope Lawrence, Karen McComb, Stephanie McLeod, Donna Wayman-Maurer, Ethel Nelson, Lori Nelson, Eileen Partlow, Su- san Regert, Rose Tripp, Daryl Van Dyke, Penny Waha, and Denice Woyski

The gallery is located inside the Multicultural Arts Center at 645 W. Main St. in downtown Merced. Gallery hours are Wednesday- Friday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Monday-Tuesday. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Some of Hemme’s paintings are on display all over town at: Arbor Gallery Fine Art, 645 Main Street; Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main Street; Tioga Apartments Mezzanine Gallery, 1715 N Street; and Tonia’s Studio and Fine Art, at 561 W. 18th Street.

At Hemme’s studio location, she offers art classes, painting workshops, sewing sessions, and family-friendly paint nights.

For more information call her at (209) 431-0278 or visit her website at

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