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

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