Sunday, July 27, 2008

Have a thirst for adventure?? Head to the AAI Treasure Hunt!!


"Who are our art treasures, that are a great measure of visual pleasure?"

Stop by the gallery to get the answer!

IDYLLWILD, CA, 7/25/08 – If it’s treasure you’re seeking, a bounty awaits in the mountain village of Idyllwild. Artists and gallery owners are gearing up for the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s Annual Art Treasure Hunt and Gallery Walk. You hold the map to the treasure as you search for clues scattered throughout each of AAI’s 16 member galleries. Chart the answers on your treasure map for a chance to win some prized booty.

The Treasure Hunt takes place on Saturday, August 2, from noon until 4pm. The event is part of the Art Alliance’s First Saturday’s series, which presents a noteworthy art event on the first Saturday of each month from March through October. Pick up your treasure map at the Village Centre Plaza gazebo. A map will cost you $3 or grab two for $5.

Enjoy a refreshing walk through the pines, stopping to uncover clues and enjoy some tasty refreshments at each AAI gallery. Or, hop aboard a complimentary shuttle that will carry you along the gallery route. Bring your completed maps back to the gazebo by 4:00, in time for the 4:30 pm drawing. Be sure to stick around… winners must be present to collect their prizes.

The Grand Prize is an “Art Walk and Wine Tasting Weekend” for two at the Quiet Creek Inn, a delicious lunch at Café Aroma, tickets to the Art Alliance’s Art Walk and Wine Tasting event and a gift basket of wine related goodies. This year’s event takes place October 4. Other treasured prizes include gift certificates and works of art. There is even a gift basket of art supplies that will be offered as a prize for kids.

Whether you’re seeking treasure or simply looking for some fine, original pieces to enhance your art collection, the AAI’s Treasure Hunt and Gallery Walk offers something for all. Enjoy exquisite creations in a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass art, furniture, fiber arts and ceramics.

Local artist Rachel Welch is the artist in residence at Café Aroma. The bistro displays several of Welch’s creations including the acrylic on canvas El Presidente.

“I wanted to show the pride of a man who works seven days a week and takes heart in his role at the restaurant,” said Welch. “I think he was flattered and also a little embarrassed that I choose him to paint.”

Everitt’s Minerals and gallery presents gourd art sculptures by Brigitte Lopez as well as hand carved, museum-quality flutes by her husband Mac. The Macs’ creations are frequently found in Native American collector shows in Arizona.

The Idyllwild Gallery of Fine Art welcomes James Aarons and his presentation of Drawn Lines. Aarons won Best of Show in last year’s Art Alliance Members’ Show. His dual career as a dancer offers an infusion of movement and energy to Aarons’ work.

“I have always found dancing and the making of pottery to be kindred-spirited art forms,” said Aarons. “Each has been a very physical experience for me. In my years as a dancer I discovered the value that abstract gesture and form holds and I try to represent that value in my ceramic pieces.”

The featured artist at Florist in the Forest and Gallery is Ed Bucher, with his whimsical metal creations. A World War II veteran, Bucher is enjoying his retirement by creating and sharing curious artistic critters made from garden tools, bike parts, scrap metal, and an assortment of other salvaged materials. Bucher’s latest creation is a “scrap metal angel.”

Flying Pigment Studio features original acrylics, giclees and prints by owner/artist Darcy Gerdes, art rocks by Kathleen Chaney, metal sculptures by Dore Capitani and hand-painted cards and jewelry by Sherry Chaney. The Gallery also proudly displays local images by photographer Carol Rice, bronze works and oils by Jan Jaspers-Fayer, Raku and Bronze by Marcia Cox and ceramics by Robin Latimer.

The Art Alliance of Idyllwild is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote art and art education. For more information, call the Art Alliance’s toll-free number (877-439-5278)or visit the AAI web site at

Contact: Lon Mercer

Flying Pigment Studio Gallery

studio hrs:
Gone Painting Days: Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs & Fri.
Open: Sat., 11am-5:00pm
Sun., 11-4pm

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

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Wood Land Creatures at Flying Pigment Studio

This is so exciting, Our gallery has been featured in the July/August Issue of Idyllwild Life Magazine.. use the link to upload a pdf file.. pages: 22-23 (see below)

July/August 2008
Woodland Creatures and Backyard Pets

Exciting Articles in This Issue
● Summer Camps - A Kids Get-A-Way
● Animals On & Off the Hill
● Gallery Profile - Flying Pigment Studio
● Baxter - ARF Rescue Dog Turns Actor
● Living Free - Animal Sanctuary & Adoptions
● Cheeta the Chimp - Retires in Palm Springs
• Real Estate Profiles - Great Homes for Sale
● Good Times Pub Restaurant

Idyllwild Life Magazine

Flying Pigment Studio

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

AAI's 10th Annual Juried Members Show This Weekend!


Two of Flying Pigment Studio Gallery artists, Marcia Cox and Dore Capitani each won honourable mentions at the 10th Annual Juried Members Show!!

Stop by the gallery and see Marcia's Bronze, "Eve" and Dore's work in the art gardens~

Happy Hat

AAI’s 10th Annual Juried Members Show This Weekend!

IDYLLWILD, CA, 6/30/08 – The countdown is on for the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s 10th Annual Juried Members Show. The event takes place this weekend at the Rainbow Inn on South Circle Dr. The fun begins Friday evening, with a reception from 7 – 9 pm. Juror Brian Trimble, Curator of Education for the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach, will choose the winners in the categories of photography, representational art, three-dimensional pieces and abstract works. Visiting guests and artists will cast their votes for the “Artists’ Choice” and “People’s Choice” awards.

The mediums include painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, metal work, photography, furniture, fiber arts and glass. The exhibition will remain open both Saturday (July 5) and Sunday (July 6), from 11 am until 4 pm. There is no charge for the event and everyone is welcome.

Metal sculptor Dore Capitani is creating a metal sphere for the show. “I made molds that squeeze it into the radius and I assemble it in a heavy duty wok, which is actually a propane tank,” said Capitani. “They’re just a natural round shape, to me they look like big dandelion puff balls. They look cool in the yard because they have a natural look to them.”

Stuart Funk’s painting, “Monument,” is part of a series of male nudes. “I let the poses inspire surreal, dreamlike images that, like a dream, are cryptic, only partially understood and difficult to verbalize,” said Funk. “It was first painted in monochrome and the color was added in transparent glazes.”

Artist Daniel Fiddler is submitting “Dream Catcher Bowl,” a piece made of ceramic and turquoise. Fiddler is working on a series of ceramic bowls with a southwest, Native American feel. “I have always been fascinated by their belief in dreams and the dream-catcher,” said Fiddler. “I am incorporating dream catchers in some of the bowls that will be displayed as wall hangers.”

Photographer Paul Duval’s entry is titled, "Waning Moon & Lone Pine Peak,” a photograph taken shortly after dawn at Lone Pine Creek Campground.

“My black-and-white photography takes it inspiration from the work of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz,” said Duval. “Idyllwild, Mt. Baldy and the Eastern Sierra are areas of great photographic potential. I was lucky enough to be there when the waning Moon set behind Lone Pine Peak.

Brenda Underwood’s watercolor “The Perfect Fishing Spot" was inspired by the sport. “Fishing is much more than casting and retrieving and playing in your catch,” Underwood said. “It's the wind on your face and the sound of waking birds as the sun peeks over the horizon. It's discovering the magic in new places and unlocking the mysteries that lurk there.”

Ying Liu will enter her 24” x 18” oil painting titled “Earl.” "I really like the glow created by the light on his face... which shows the dignity of the person," Liu said.

Terry Casella’s "Variations 2008" is made of 5 pieces of fused glass mounted on a framework of copper tubing. “I was intrigued by the wavy form for the base glass pieces so I created some patterns with the glass pieces fused onto them that complement the basic glass form,” Casella said. “The copper tubes were used to pick up some of the colors in the glass.”

Monique Marino’s entry is an oil painting called, “What A Day," a painting based on a photograph of modern dance legend Martha Graham. “As a whimsical artist I am always drawn to things which are quirky and unconventional,” said Marino. “I fell in love with the odd positioning of Martha's body, the beautiful flow of her dress and her pained, exasperated expression.

More than 8,000 screws were used to accent the features of Daniel Aronson’s "Screwed." The mixed medium piece is made of ponderosa pine, screws and bronze. It was “inspired to make art out of a new idea and create my sculptures with a new medium,” Aronson said.

“Cherished Moments," by Trudy Levy, is is made of low fire clay and glazes. “It’s an exploration in color, space and texture” said Levy. “The use of turquoise stones to decorate the piece adds a new dimension of texture and color.”

The Art Alliance of Idyllwild is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, which promotes art and art education. The Juried Members Show is part of the AAI’s “First Saturdays” series, which presents an interesting art event on the first Saturday of each month from March through October. 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:

Contact: Lon Mercer
877-439-5278 (877-IDYLART)

Flying Pigment Studio

"Road Not Taken" Sold at the Colony Theatre

Update on Show:
How exciting!!
Sold 4 originals!! The staff

and crew were a delight to work with!!
Thanks to Colony Theatre for a great show!

Flying Pigment Studio