Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lift Your Glasses For…

IDYLLWILD, CA, 9/23/08 – Each year, on the first Saturday in October, lovers of art, music and fine wine gather in the mile-high town of Idyllwild to celebrate their passions. This year’s festivities mark the 11th year of the tradition that is the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s Annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting.

The event was thought up by local gallery owners, in an effort to draw art Lovers to Idyllwild. It has evolved into one of the most celebrated events of the year.
“It is our largest event of the year and promises to be a spectacular one,” said AAI President Lon Mercer. “We will have representatives from wineries who belong to the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association placed at all of our gallery locations.”

This year’s Art Walk takes place on Saturday, October 4. Meet at the town center at 2pm to pick up the commemorative wine glass that serves as your ticket. Then, spend the next three hours wandering through the alpine village, enjoying the scent of pine and cedar that helps set the tone for the day. You may want to take advantage of the complimentary shuttle that stops along the gallery route.

Representatives from nearly 20 wineries will be on hand to delight visitors with their new releases and some old favorites. Wineglasses can be purchased online, through the Idyllwild Town Crier web site, for $25.

The Art Walk is the year’s finale of the Art Alliance’s “First Saturdays” series, which presents an interesting art event on the first Saturday of each month from March through October. Proceeds from the event support arts education in Idyllwild. The Art Walk helps fund the smARTS program at Idyllwild School and also goes toward scholarships at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

AAI galleries go all out in presenting exclusive art displays of painting, sculpture, glass art and more.
The artist members of Idyllwild’s Courtyard Gallery welcome artist Nel Ivancich, of Pinyon Crest, CA. At times, her work captures the essence of the wilderness area of the Santa Rosa Mountains, where she lives. Other times, her paintings ponder the mysteries of the universe.
“A few of my paintings relate to the possibility of unfolding mysteries gleaned from the Hadron Collider,” said Ivancich. “At this stage of my life, it doesn't take much to excite my curiosities.”

Courtyard visitors will view her exhibit, "Above, Below, Beyond " while listening to the lively sounds of "Rumble Chicken." The members of this popular group are: Sue Parker, Pete Holzman, and Alex Watson.

Up the street, the Keifer Gallery and Cafe Aroma will host a wine tasting in Keifer Gallery courtyard. The gallery will feature wine still life paintings of Thomas Arvid along with Clifford Bailey and owners Kathleen and Jim Keifer. The Keifers will also host a trunk show of acclaimed Los Angeles jewelry artist Linda Kail. The fun continues into the evening with an art exhibit with the theme, "Wine, Women, and Song."

At Artisans Gallery, owner/artist Steve Taylor will display work that illustrates his love of wood, a trait Taylor says he inherited from his father who was a fine woodworker. Taylor crafts gnarled manzanita into items like corkscrews, bottle stoppers, candleholders, and clocks. He shows the unique qualities of the wood by slicing it open to reveal its deep red core.

Musician Lois Sheppard will serenade guests with her recorder, playing the perfect variety of music to set the mood for fun.

At Flying Pigment Studio Gallery, AAI member artists, including artist/owner Darcy Gerdes, Kathleen Chaney, Dore Capitani, Carol Rice, Jan Jaspers-Fayer and Marcia Cox. The artists will show new work in acrylics, oil, photography, raku, bronze and art rocks. The eclectic mountain boutique gallery features an outdoor art garden and a work patio where you’re likely to find one of the artists at work.
The Idyllwild Gallery of Fine Art welcomes glass artist Mark Hines for a special presentation of all new work entitled “Finishing Touches.” A self-taught fused glass artist, Hines’ work has been featured in Architectural Digest, selected by Henredon Furniture and sought after by furniture and fabric designer Marge Carson. At the Art Walk, Hines will introduce his new collection of vases, wall pieces and candleholders.

Be sure to visit:

Everitt’s Minerals & Gallery – featuring "Feats of Clay", fine ceramics and famous clay baskets by David Salk as well as art gourds by Brigitte Lopez and handmade stone and silver jewelry by owners Janet & Larry Everitt.

Florist In The Forest & Gallery – showcasing the fine multi-media works of Donna Lori Parker.

Four Corners Fine Art Gallery – with paintings by owner and AAI Artist of the Year for 2005 and 2006 Elena Kern. Kern’s work is strongly influenced by watercolorist Percy Gray and the work of early California Plein Air painter and family friend Granville Redmond. Kern’s love for her native California can be seen in her oil landscapes.

L’Image Art Galerie – offers ever changing works in acrylics, oils, giclees, collage, monotype, raku, photography, bronze casting and constructions. Local artists Claudine Barrett, Marcia Cox, Cathy Kelly and artist/owner Denise La Force

La Petit Galerie – presents the art of owner and artist Holly Wojahn. Wojahn’s work is greatly influenced by the time she lived in France. Her work is infused with color, expression and “joie de vivre” that is reminiscent of Matisse, Dufy and Picasso. La Petite Galerie is a whimsical, French-flavored experience.

Mountain Metals – invites you to explore the two galleries and unique outdoor art garden, that winds across seven acres of mountain beauty. Mountain Metals will show the work of local artists, including four AAI Artists of the Year.

Oh My Dog Gallery – features the splendid black and white photography of renowned photographer Frank Bruynbroek. Bruynbroek specializes in portraits of rescue dogs and candid shots of dogs around the world.

Singerton Gallery – is the new gallery on the block, which brings together a colorful variety of media including paintings, sculpture, glass art and jewelry, designed and created by owners Ron and Darla Singerton.

Two Babes in the Woods – will be showcasing new work from their family of artists

Contact: Lon Mercer
For more information about Art Alliance of Idyllwild:
Flying Pigment Studio Gallery

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

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Art Walk & Wine Tasting!!!!

11th AnniversaryArt Alliance of Idyllwild
Art Walk & Wine Tasting

Sponsored by
Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association
& Village Market

2-5 pm Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008

Meet the winery owners
Sample new releases
Experience new & original works of art
Stroll down the streets of beautiful Idyllwild
$25 ticket includes commemorative wine glass!
Visit these exciting participating galleries!

Artisans Gallery “What's wine without manzanita corkscrews and bottle stoppers?" Or without watercolors, pottery, pastels, jewelry, scarves, oil paintings or a poster of Lily Rock? Come up to Midtown Idyllwild to see what the locals are up to!

Café Aroma A one-of-a-kind bistro gallery experience showcasing the talents of local artists, musicians and writers. Also featuring the works of artist in residence Rachel Welch. Neo-traditional culinary art and gourmet coffee.

Courtyard Gallery ”Above, Below, Beyond” features the work of guest artist Nel Ivancich. Nel draws her inspiration from the sky, earth, and miracles of nature that surround her in the Santa Rosa Mountains where she lives.

Everitt’s Minerals & Gallery Features "Feats of Clay", the fine ceramics and famous clay baskets by David Salk. Also handmade stone and silver jewelry by Janet & Larry Everitt. Art gourds by Brigitte Lopez.

Florist In The Forest & Gallery Featuring the multi-media works of Donna Lori Parker.

Flying Pigments Studio "Art is a pigment of your imagination" featuring the works of artists Darcy Gerdes, Kathleen Chaney, Dore Capitani, Carol Rice, Jan Jaspers-Fayer, & Marcia Cox. Refreshments and entertainment at Mile High Plaza.

Four Corners Fine Art Gallery 2005 & 2006 AAI Artist of the Year, Elena Kern’s art is greatly influenced by the work of early California Plein Air painter and family friend, Granville Redmond and watercolorist Percy Gray. Elena’s love for her native California can be seen in her oil landscapes.

Idyllwild Gallery of Fine Art "Finishing Touches" features self-taught glass artist Mark Hines’ fused and slumped glass decorative objects that complement both traditional and contemporary homes. Featured in Architectural Digest, he was selected by Henredon to accessorize their furniture line.

Keifer Gallery The gallery offers a collection of contemporary mountain, desert, and coastal landscapes, iconic still lifes, and kinetic sculpture. Our nationally acclaimed artists Lucy, Kathleen and Jim Keifer celebrate life in Southern California and beyond.
La Petit Galerie Influenced while living in France, Holly Wojahn’s work is infused with color, expression and "joie de vivre" reminiscent of works by Matisse, Dufy, and Picasso. Holly has transformed a gallery in the historic village lane into a quaint, whimsical French flavored experience.

Mountain Metals Explore a unique outdoor art garden, sculptures and two galleries winding across seven acres of mountain beauty. Along with local artists we’re showing four AAI Artists of the Year.

Oh My Dog Gallery Black and white photography by renowned photographer Frank Bruynbroek. Rescue dog portraits and candid shots of dogs around the world. Commissions available.

Singerton Gallery This new gallery brings together a wide venue of media in paintings, sculpture, glass art, and jewelry all designed and created by the owners, Ron and Darla Singerton.

Two Babes in the Woods Featuring new works from their family of artists.

Please call 877.439.5278 for more information about the Art Walk & Wine Tasting.

Temecula Vallery Winegrowers Association

Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association
34567 Rancho California Road
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1601Temecula, CA 92593

Media Contact:
Phone: 800-801-9463

Flying Pigment Studio Gallery


Monday, September 1, 2008

Art in the Outdoors at Flying Pigment Studio Art Garden

Art in the Outdoors – Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s 2008 Plein Air Art Fest

IDYLLWILD, CA, 8/27/08 – In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, before the advent of color film, Plein Air painters used lively brush strokes and a vivid portrayal of light to capture a colorful moment in time. During the first weekend of September, artists will carry on the Plein Air tradition with the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s 2008 Plein Air Art Festival.

The 3-day event begins Friday evening, September 5th, with a panel discussion featuring prominent artists. The Quiet Creek Inn, located at 26345 Delano Rd., will host the event.

On Saturday, peer over the shoulders of nearly 30 participating Art Alliance artists as they capture the town’s spectacular mountain vistas and pastoral forest settings with their paintings, drawings and sculptures.

“I think a lot of the excitement of Plein Air is that people aren’t used to seeing artists at work,” said AAI artist Jim Keifer, of Keifer Gallery. “It’s a little bit of magic and always draws a crowd.”

“The thing about Plein Air is that it is really challenging,” said Elena Kern, AAI artist and owner of Four Corners Fine Art Gallery. “You have to fight the elements. Sometimes the wind will come along and pick up your canvas and you have to go chase it. Sometimes a bug will crawl onto your painting and get stuck. Then there’s the constant changing of light.“

Plein Air is French for “open air” and it’s straightforward approach to painting calls for quick and accurate observation and the ability to quickly express that image on canvas.

“It’s basically drawing with the paintbrush,” said Keifer. “When you go out in nature there’s so much there, you can’t paint it all. You don’t paint exactly what you see. You capture the essence of it.”

“To sit in your studio and have time to make corrections and fine tune, that’s one thing,” Kern said. “But when you’re outdoors and you have changing light and changing shadows it’s difficult to capture what you’re looking at in just a few quick brush strokes.”

The artists will be working in various parts of town, providing a chance to wander and explore the lovely town that ranks among the “Top 100 Art Towns in America.” Pick up a map of the artists’ locations at the Village Centre Gazebo and watch them work from 8 am until 3 pm.

Look for artist Irene Corey in the art garden of Flying Pigment Studio Gallery. Her superb work is influenced by her deep appreciation of the folk arts of Mexico she developed while living in Guadalajara.

”My landscapes are intended to draw the viewer into the scene and experience the elements with all the senses,” said Corey. “In painting people I hope to arouse a curiosity as to who they are… their thoughts and experiences.”

Artist Cindy Triplett will be on hand at Artisans Gallery, in Oakwood Village. Triplett crafts her colorful landscape painting in a loose and spontaneous style, achieving a radiance with her use of color to portray light and space.

“I find watercolor paint to be both transparent and brilliant,” said Triplett. “For me, the medium is very suitable for expressing shapes, shifting atmospheric changes and the illusions of water.”

The artwork will be evaluated by juror Risë Parberry, a San Diego artist and former art educator who is a juried signature member of the Northwest and San Diego Watercolor Societies. Then, on Sunday morning, from 10am until noon, the festivities continue with a reception, sponsored by Guaranty Bank, at the Courtyard Building at 26120 Ridgeview Dr. Winners will be announced and the completed artworks, which were created before your eyes, will be made available for purchase.

The 2008 Plein Air Art Festival, sponsored by Hemet Ophthalmologist William Kern, is part of the AAI’s First Saturday’s series, which offers a key art event on the first Saturday of each month from March through October. The Art Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to support art and art education while promoting local galleries and artists. For more information about the Plein Air Art Festival or the Alliance of Idyllwild, please call 877.439.5278 or visit the AAI web site:

Flying Pigment Studio

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