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

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