Saturday, June 28, 2008

"Ho Down!" Saturday, July 12 at the Rainbow Inn, Idyllwild


Star of stage and film, Tommi Rose will headline in "Ho Down!"Saturday, July 12 at the Rainbow Inn, Idyllwild. This enchanting varietyshow features an entertaining range of musical and theatricalperformances as well as original works of art from members ofIdyllwild's unique alpine artist colony.

Last year Tommi's performance thrilled the packed house with his wittyrepartee, comedic delivery and stunning vocal talent as he lit up thenight sky on the Rainbow Inn's magical outdoor performance stage.

Proceeds from the event which includes a silent auction help fund theArt Alliance of Idyllwild's (AAI) art and education program, assistingartists of all ages in advancing their craft.
Whether it's as host, Mae West, Carol Channing or Totie Fields he istruly the star of the show mixing his own style of humor with that of themany characters he portrays...and looking fabulous while doing it.

Tommi Rose began his career as a female impersonator July 4thweekend, 1976. Today he remains one of the most respectedentertainers in his field. He currently maintains his home in sunny PalmSprings where he performs at the desert night spot, Toucans TikiLounge. He hosts his own show on Sunday evenings that includessome of the brightest talent in the desert.

Tommi has appeared on stages in London, Amsterdam, Thailand,Japan, Australia, and cruise ships across the seas. He served as emceefor the world famous Finocchio's in San Francisco for several years, thehit show "Puttin on the Glitz" and made appearances in dozens oftelevision and film roles.

Tickets for the July 12, 6-10:00 p.m., event are $25 and include buffetdinner. The Tommi Rose performance is at 8:00 p.m. Call the RainbowInn for tickets or further information at 951/659-0111.

The Rainbow Inn is located at 54420 South Circle Dr., Idyllwild, CA92540. The mailing address is PO Box 3384, Idyllwild CA 92549.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"LOOK MA", I made it in the Idyllwild Town Crier "Mountain Folk" section!

Our local editor, Becky Clark of the Town Crier, (blurb, submitted by Grace Reed, from a brief talk at the Creekside ) surprised me with a short blurb and photo in our local paper...all about the awesome opportunity to exhibit my art at the Colony Theatre up in Burbank..

Thank you..such a nice surprise~ and I love surprises..

PS..i DID not do set designs..just hung my paintings in their lobby gallery..

Check out:
Idyllwild Town Crier

Colony Theatre Web site:
Or call (818) 558-7000.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Juried Members Show July 4-6, 2008

"Two Doors Down"
Art work by Darcy Gerdes, 16x20" acrylic

IDYLLWILD, CA, 6/23/08 – Artists in Idyllwild will put their artwork to the test next month at the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s 10th Annual Juried Members Show. A Friday evening reception (7-9 PM) on July 4 kicks off the festivities at the Rainbow Inn on South Circle Dr. The fun continues, with an open exhibition Saturday and Sunday (July 5-6) from 11 am – 4 pm. The event is free to the public and everyone is welcome.

AAI’s artist members will present their work to juror Brian Trimble, Curator of Education for the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach. Trimble will choose the best of photography, representational art, three-dimensional pieces and abstract works. Those on hand will vote for the “Artists’ Choice” and “People’s Choice” awards.

The artists may choose from a variety of medium, including painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, metal work, photography, furniture and fiber arts.

Award-winning sculptor and art educator Norm Deesing, known for his high-fire clay figures, will
be submitting “Nova,” the first sculpture of his new “Star Series” collection. “Although the figures in this piece are easily recognizable as women, the intent behind it is to visualize the gravitational pull of two separate stars,” Deesing said. “This ‘gravity dance’ will eventually fuse the two stars into one. It’s sort of a cosmic love story.”

Painter Kathleen Keifer is submitting a landscape that depicts Highway 74, a beautiful back road to the desert where the old television show Bonanza was filmed.

“When you’re a kid growing up on the flat plains of the Midwest, and the highest object on the horizon is a water tank, mountains seem a little surreal,” said Keifer. “T.V. shows like Bonanza, with its backdrop of Ponderosa Pines and mountains (instead of cornfields, housing tracts, and water tanks) did not seem real-just smoke and mirrors-nothing could be that beautiful.”

AAI artist Bob Schraff is putting the finishing touches on an art table he will enter into the competition. Schraff uses his formal training in architecture, engineering and graphic design to create award-winning tables from metal and glass. Each contemporary complex metal sculpture is topped by clear glass, adding a sharp contrast, which results in a memorable work of art.

Artist Joann Tomshe is entering “Forest Memories.” “I was thinking of the underlying aspects life that seem more permanent and stable, and how they contrast and provide support for those more fragile elements undergoing change, shifts, and decay,” said Tomsche. “Nothing is permanent – these colors will fade, these twigs will snap – but as in life, beauty will remain.”

The Juried Members Show is part of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s “First Saturdays” series, which hosts a noteworthy art event on the first Saturday of each month from March through October. The AAI’s mission is to promote local artists and galleries as well as enhance the town’s reputation as one of the “100 Best Art Towns in America,” as dubbed by artist and author John Villani.

The Art Alliance of Idyllwild is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, which promotes art and art education. For more information on the Juried Member Show, and other AAI events, call the Art Alliance at 877-439-5278 (877-IDYLART), or visit the AAI web site at:

877-439-5278 (877-IDYLART)

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"Bricks and Lace"

18x24" acrylic
Artist: Darcy Gerdes

Saturday, June 14, 2008

AAI's presents the 10th Annual Member's Show

The Art Alliance of Idyllwild presents the

10th Annual Juried Members' Show

Sponsored by Hart Winery

Join Us at the Rainbow Inn, 54420 S Circle Dr

Friday, July 47:00pm - 9:00pm Reception Selection of Artists and People's Choice Awards.

Juried Awards: Representatonal, Abstract, Photography, 3-Dimensional, Best of Show.

Saturday, July 6 & Sunday July 7 11:00am - 4:00pm Open Exhibition View paintings, drawings, and sculptures created by more than 75 member artists of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild for this 10th Annual Juried Members Show.

"Under $100" - affordable originals by our talented members offered for sale!

Please call 951.659.0111 for more information.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Art with Theatre! Colony Theatre

Special Invite: Show up in Burbank
Colony Theatre
June 18-July 27 2008

Directed by David Rose

Before talk radio,
Before shock jocks,
Before Garrison Keillor,
There was country boy
Davey Quinn.

From the artistic shores of Laguna Beach to the art colony in Idyllwild, CA., Darcy Gerdes has enjoyed a professional art career for over 25 years. Recently, her wildlife & landscapes were discovered thru the artist’s website at by the Colony Theatre in beautiful downtown Burbank, CA by art gallery curator, Jude Walder. Her artwork has been selected as part of the gallery exhibition for “The Voice of the Prairie” a John Olive play production, scheduled to run from June18th to July 27th. In addition to her finished subjects, Darcy was inspired to paint nine new pieces of the Midwest prairie, featuring fields of grain against a blue sky filled with wispy clouds. “Nature always inspires me,” explained Darcy, “and I identified with the lead character, Davey Quinn.” He discovers storytelling as I have discovered art. Growing up in Anaheim, surrounded by strawberry fields, just as he grew up looking at acres of grain waving in the wind.

The play captures the beginning stages of radio storytelling in the heartland of America during the 1920s. Before talk radio, before shock jocks, before Garrison Keillor, there was country boy Davey Quinn. Davey’s special storytelling grabs the ear of an early radio hustler who puts him on the air – and a star is born. Quinn’s homespun yarns become a hit with the hearts of America, including one whose childhood memories are mysteriously stirred to life. An epic adventure of young love and redemption – with 3 actors playing more than 20 roles – that will enchant the entire family.

Darcy’s art career has included juried art, commissions and licensed art, but this is her first venture into theater gallery exbitions. Her paintings will be featured with a showing as theater subscribers enjoy cocktails, buffet, meet the artist and enjoy the pre-show debut. Come to the Colony Theater, and enjoy Darcy’s artistry inside the dramatic art of the play.

For more information about Darcy Gerdes or “The Voice of the Prairie,” contact:

Darcy Gerdes
Flying Pigment Studio

Press release by:
Georgie Rhein
Idyllwild Life Magazine

"There's always light at the end of the tunnel"
12x36" acrylic, gallery wrapped.

"Quilt Day" 10x20"
Gallery wrapped acrylic

The Voice of the Prairie

Featuring Tom Dugan, Michael Matthys, Ashley Bell

On the 1920s prairie, Davey Quinn's special storytelling grabs the ear of an early radio hustler
Who puts him on the air -- and a star is born. Quinn's homespun yarns become a hit with the
Hearts of America, including one whose childhood memories are mysteriously stirred to life.
An epic adventure of young love and redemption -- with 3 actors playing more than 20 roles.
Directed by David Rose, the award-winning director of "Master Harold" ...
And the boys and ...Young Lady from Rwanda.


"A deft and witty valentine to a pioneering spirit and to
the value of words that will delight all within earshot." -- LA Times

Tickets are $37 to $42
Student, Senior & Group Discounts Available
Or call (818) 558-7000.


Welcome to our 34th Anniversary Season! Our first production of the season is John Olive's The Voice of the Prairie, a uniquely American story that is rooted in midwestern tradition and history, and I want to share with you why we are so excited to bring you this play. .

The Voice of the Prairie is set in the 1920s during the birth of radio, and within 10 years of the play, the radio had changed the world. This sounds like such a long time ago, but the reality is that we all know what it's like to have new technology impact our lives. With the creation and evolution of the internet -- which is still unregulated, just as the early days of radio were -- we are experiencing our own technological revolution that is changing our world on a daily basis.

But this play isn't just about technology; it's also about storytelling. The character David Quinn shares the captivating stories of his youth to an ever-growing radio audience, and as human beings, there's something in our DNA that compels us to respond to a well-told story. As it is written, The Voice of the Prairie cannot be presented as a television show or a movie. It is a uniquely theatrical event where 3 extremely talented actors play more than 20 roles, and this theatricality makes it especially exciting to produce and share. The Voice of the Prairie is unlike anything The Colony has ever done, and I hope you enjoy it.

Warm regards,
Barbara Beckley
Artistic Director

The Colony Theatre
555 North Third Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Tel: (818) 558-7000
Fax: (818) 558-7110

The award-winning Colony Theatre is Burbank's premiere professional theatre and has been
named "LA's Best Live Theatre" by the readers of the LA Daily News and named
one of "25 Notable US Theatre Companies" by Encyclopedia Britannica's Almanac six years in a row. The Colony won the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Play in a Larger Theatre two years in a row and was named as a "Critic's Choice" by the Los Angeles Times five productions in a row. For more information, visit our website:

The Colony Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Flying Pigment Studio 951-659-4010

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Just an update..

My old pc of 6 years, past away this past Fri....

i do have a new pc and LCD flat screen..and currently working on uploading all information..

My website, will not be updated until i get the new programs

Just wanted to let ya all know..
The website is still up..just wont be updated for a week or SO..
email me if you need info on up coming shows, events, new work..