Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Art Alliance Of Idyllwild Artists Celebrates with 10 year Anniversary Show!

Art Alliance of Idyllwild Artists Celebrates with 10-year Anniversary Show!

IDYLLWILD, CA, 4/23/08 - If you're eager to start a new art collection, or add to an existing one, you won't want to miss the Art Alliance of Idyllwild's 10th Annual Members Show, a 3-day event that showcases the work of talented local and regional artists. The Courtyard Building, located at 26120 Ridgeview Drive, provides an intimate and interesting venue for the show and, whether your taste leans toward oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, water colors, photography, ceramics or sculpture, you're sure to find a one-of-a-kind treasure that could be adored for generations.

The works of the 75 member artists will be on display from May 2 - 5. A highlight of the event is the Friday evening reception, on May 2, which runs from 7 – 9 PM. The exhibition will be open Saturday, May 3, through Monday, May 5, from noon until 5 PM. The festive event offers art lovers a chance to enjoy some delicious refreshments and mingle with the artists. The reception is open to the public at no charge. Cast your vote for the "People's Choice" award and see whom the artists award the "Artist's Choice" prize. Awards will be given to the first and second place winners.

The Members Show is part of the Art Alliance's "First Saturdays" series, which runs each year from March through October. The AAI presents a noteworthy art event on the first Saturday of each month, designed to promote art and art education while supporting local artists and galleries. Author and art critic John Villani dubbed Idyllwild one of the "100 Best Art Towns in America" in his book by the same name. Part of the Art Alliance's mission is to celebrate and expand that distinguished title.

This year's show promises some spectacular works of art. Idyllwild photographic artist John Simpson will present his serene yet powerfully moving image "Lovers on a Pier, Kauai."

Taken in November, 2007, this stunning panoramic view captures a dream-like moment amid the visually stunning light and atmosphere of a late afternoon on the Pacific. Shimmering, silvery seas and angelic sunlight beam down upon the silhouetted figures and illuminate the emotional drama unfolding in the distance.

Artist Kathleen Chaney is entering "The Mermaid," who sits about 15" x 12" and is made of and embellished by many interesting fabrics, natural shells, crystals and hand crafted accessories. Check out her intricately beaded fin! The Mermaid sits on her own blue rock, which is decorated with a regal shell back rest and shelves. Taking three months to complete, she is a true labor of love.

Kathy Harmon-Luber is a 5-year veteran of the AAI Member Shows. This year, she is showing her black and white photograph "Agave Dream." A former teacher at Loyola Marymount University, George Washington University, Smithsonian Institution, the Human Potential Foundation, and the Idyllwild Elementary School, Harmon-Luber has a deep love of nature and a knack for capturing life's fleeting moments with her lens.

Other works by AAI Member Artists include:

Doug Bernhagen will be submitting a pencil, ink, and gesso drawing on piece of luan panel. The title is, "See It, Touch It."

Daniel Fiddler's "LOVE ON THE ROCKS" is a mixed media piece of Paua shell and stone, 12x15,

Irene Corey's entry is an 18" x 18" oil painting called, "Ladies' Day."

Zane Ott presents, "Indian Blanket," an acrylic on canvas.

Back by popular demand is the "Under $100" section, where affordable, original works of art are offered for sale by talented AAI artist members. Each piece is priced under $100, which offers guests a great opportunity to pick up some fine, one-of-a-kind art for a bargain.

Sponsored by Lois and Dave Butterfield, the10th Annual Members Show is sure to be one of the most popular AAI events of the year. The Art Alliance is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to promoting art and art education. For more information on this and other AAI events, call 866-439-5278 or visit our web site at:

Flying Pigment Studio

Contact: B. Bailey

Thursday, April 10, 2008

MUSICIAL REVIEW: Audible Art Tour 2008, Music & Art In the Air

Audible Art Tour 2008

As a gallery, the Flying Pigment Studio takes special pride in showing local artists and musicians. This year , the musical talent for Audible Tour featured folk, blues and bluegrass music . The musicians preformed outside on the street side deck at Flying Pigment Studio art gardens.

The gallery was busy with artists present, Kathleen Chaney, Marcia Cox & Darcy Gerdes. The event drew in over 100 visitors to the gallery, enjoying the fresh air, shady oaks and refreshments.

Our favorite banjoist Ron Daigh along with musical pals,
songstress Kathleen Johnson (vocals and autoharp) of 29-Palms & Harry Joe Reynolds (guitar, harmonica & bass) from San Diego County perform for Art Alliance's Audible Art Tour 2008

Kathleen's deep, strong and rich voice compliments HJ's gutsy blues vocals and harmonica, and Ron's multi-styled banjo rounds out this fun, eclectic group. HJ and Kathleen perform as the band: "The Folkin' A's" and have been performing together for over three years at festivals and special events throughout the Southland.

Please feel free to comment!
Darcy Gerdes

For more information, please contact
Flying Pigment Studio at 951-659-4010

P.O. Box 1557
54325 North Circle Dr.
Mile Hi Plaza, Unit 101
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Music, Art in the Air

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, March 31, 2008
By ERICA SHENThe Press-Enterprise

The Audible Art Tour in Idyllwild will appeal to all of its visitors' senses.
Galleries with the Art Alliance of Idyllwild welcome art lovers with a variety of musical acts and original art with drinks and snacks during the tour set from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Last year, the tour attracted 500 to 1,000 visitors, said Lon Mercer, president of the alliance.
"The Audible Art Tour is one of eight events the alliance puts together throughout the year," Mercer said in a telephone interview. "It's a great way to link and showcase the performing arts and the visual arts from Idyllwild."The Art Alliance of Idyllwild was formed 11 years ago to garner the forces of artists and galleries to better promote art from the region.

Amanda Taylor, owner of Artisans Gallery said members of the alliance are just a "tight group of pals."This year's tour will feature a variety of artists from potters to painters to photographers. Outside of the galleries, there will be music ranging from folk to rock.

At Artisans Gallery in Oakwood Village, a block up from the center of town, the works of photographer Mac McCowan will be on exhibit for the tour. McCowan shows his 'audible' side with a portrait of B.B. King. His photographs are CARBRO-printed, which gives the photographs a unique, grainy texture, Taylor said.

Next door at Baker Galleries, there will be woodturnings in many shapes and forms. Known for their wooden lamps and lamp shades, the gallery also carries pottery, paintings and jewelry.
Back by popular demand, Oakwood Village will feature recorder music by Lois Sheppard and Friends.

Located in the village center, the Idyllwild Gallery of Fine Art will feature jewelry from Lynn and Don Bodenberg. In their Reversibles Collection, each piece of jewelry has two sides. They create reversible jewelry with mother of pearl, coral, paua shell and gemstones.
Outside of the gallery there will be a performance by Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter Rie Sinclair and recording artist Bryan Head.

Cafe Aroma will contribute an array of culinary art and feature work by photographer Peter Irrgang. Cafe owner Frank Ferro said Irrgang donates all the money from his photos to medical missionary work in Peru.

Visitors can pick up a walking map at one of the 14 Art Alliance galleries, or hop on a free shuttle for a ride through the gallery route.
Reach Erica Shen at 951-763-3466, or