Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Witch Tree~

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!" ~Dexter Kozen

Happy Halloween & Best Witches~

Awhile ago, a friend, wanted to show me this tree, called "The Witch Tree", located somewhere in the San Jacinto mtns. I've been sworn to secrecy of its location . . .

these poor souls told bout the witch tree . . .

Flying Pigment Studio Gallery, Halloween, 07

Skelton acrylic sketch used in

by Gene L. Gerdes, illustrations by Darcy Gerdes.
52 pages; quality trade paperback (soft cover);
illustrated; catalogue #04-1781; ISBN 1-4120-3974-6

International Artist Day wow, how cool~


October 25th every year has been selected as International Artist Day.

This worldwide tribute to artists will honor and bring recognition to the contributions they have made to civilization. Everyone around the world can do something special on that day to enhance the visual arts: take an artist to lunch, host an exhibition, buy a piece of art, attend a gallery show, visit a studio of your favorite artist. Blog each other, let your local news papers and tv be aware.. Also try and have your city proclaim this wonderful day. If we don't help make this happen worldwide it will not perpetuate itself. Please get involved.

If you would like to help promote this important day please put our link on your web site. As artists we need to network together. Please let me know when you do this and we will link yours as well.

Marilyn Hurst Canada
IAD Shirts

Here are some suggestions for events, on International Artist Day.

1.Have the Mayor of your city proclaim this day, October 25th, as International Artist Day every year. The mayor has the right to make proclamations. So a council vote is not needed.

2.For a visual exposure have your local media film an interview and do an article about the Artist(s) in your area.

3.Have businesses sponsor an Artist by purchasing a painting for their lobby, or hosting a show.

4.Treat your favorite Artist to lunch or dinner.

5.With so much up and coming new talent out there, why not help sponsor an emerging artist, through a weekend workshop or fundraiser.

6.Advertise International Artist Day by downloading our logo and using it to print posters or invitations for events.

7.As a gallery owner, host an Open House with as many of your represented Artists in attendance.

8.As an individual art lover, throw a house party featuring your Artist friend(s) and their artwork, of course!

9.Host an “Art Auction” in a restaurant with a guest speaker to talk about art appreciation, art history (briefly) and the importance art plays in our society. Charge per plate. This money can be used to help sponsor new talent in the schools.

10.Send International Artist Day greeting/post cards to all your supporters to show your appreciation and thank them for honoring Artists and supporting the arts.

11.If you have any type of website, add the International Artist Day link and feature a different artist of the month, every month with a short biography.

12.Most of us drive so why not have some magnetic decals or bumper stickers made to promote International Artist Day to display on your vehicle. This would help the awareness to develop.

Think its a brilliant idea~ good studio event, planning mine for Oct. 25, 2010!

Kind Regards, Darcy
"Art is a pigment of your imagination"

Painted oak leaf, Shadow box framed: "Rain drops keep falling on my head" sold

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Flying Pigment Studio Gallery

With regret, I would like to let you all know, that I closed the gallery on the Wkend of Oct. 10, after the Art Walk and Wine Tasting. Its been a very tough year. I've really enjoyed the gallery & was wonderful experience, meeting the public, showing artists work and mine. The Gallery Opened on Art Walk 3 yrs ago & so closed on Art Walk 09. My very last hr of business I sold an original, "Power Vision" 10x20" acrylic. Who knew? LOL~

ALOT GREAT MEMORIES~ friends, family, clients, 4th of July parades, Halloween Parade, AAI events..and the very special talented artists: Kathleen Chaney, Dore Capitani, Sherry Chaney, Carol Rice, Jan Jaspers-Fayer, Marcia Cox, Robin Latimer. Local Musicians: Ron Boustead, Joey Latimer, Change Required & Sandii Castleberry. Most of the artists that were in the gallery have galleries that have taken them in. The studio will only feature artist Darcy Gerdes originals, prints & giclee's.

I'm not going far. Its an adjustment of location~ Ive a beautiful studio and NO rent~LOL~ No worries~ just a change and change is good. I am joining AAI as a studio and do most of their events. I also learned that Im an artist, not a merchant & that running a business took too much time away from painting.

Call to make appointment or you might catch me in my pj's!!
Thank You to all Idyllwildians, Clients & Artists~ ...

Warmest Regards, Darcy Gerdes

Flying Pigment Studio
"Art is a Pigment of Your Imagination"
P.O. Box 1557
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(951) 659-8812

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Flying Pigment Studio Zonnin out today~

The Studio, a room to which the artist consigns himself for life, is naturally important, not only as a workplace, but as a source of inspiration. And it usually manages, one way or another, to turn up in his product" Grace Glueck quote

This is SOoo true~
Flying Pigment Studio

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

It’s time for AAI’s 12th Annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting!

IDYLLWILD, CA, 10/2/09 – Mark your calendars for October 10, one of the most fun and festive days of the year in the mountain town of Idyllwild. From 2 – 5pm, art lovers and wine enthusiasts will come together for the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s Annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting.

This is the AAI’s 12th year of celebrating the art and wine event, which has evolved from a affair thought up by two local gallery owners to bring traffic to Idyllwild galleries, into an event that draws excellent wineries and visitors each year to the San Jacinto Mountains.

The event is sponsored by the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. Representatives from as many as 20 of the association, as well as other local area wineries, will be on hand at AAI galleries to show off their wares. Taste their new releases and enjoy tried and true favorites. Middle Ridge Winery, Hart Winery, Stuart Cellars, Wilson Creek Winery, Shadow Mountain Vineyards, and St. James Spirits are some of the wineries participating.

A commemorative wine glass, which can be purchased through the Town Crier web site as wellas at the event, serves as your ticket. Stroll along the gallery route, or hop on the complimentary shuttle, and join the fun. Wine glasses sell for $25 each.

Proceeds from the Art Walk and Wine Tasting promote art and art education in local schools. The event helps fund the smARTS program at Idyllwild School and contributes to the scholarship fund at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Four Corners Gallery will display the work of esteemed painter Ying Liu. Liu, a native of China, has work in private homes across the United States and took first prize, in 2004, in the national juried exhibition of Art Methods and Materials, sponsored by American Artist Magazine.

Also featured is the work of artist and gallery owner Elena Kern. Kern is known for her exquisite landscape paintings and is a two-time winner of AAI’s Artist of the Year award. The Super 300 Blues Band will perform as well as vocalist and guitarist Gene Geno.

Florist in the Forest and Gallery is featuring award winning artist Shirloz, also known as Shirley Jordan. Jordan is a certified Terry Madden watercolor Instructor who works, primarily, in the medium of watercolors. She also paints in acrylics, pen and ink, colored pencils, chalks and oils. Jordan’s goal is to illustrate children's books. While at the gallery, enjoy brownies from Gary's Deli and live musical entertainment.

To honor the late artist Ed Bucher, creator of the Curious Critters, Florist in the Forest will be giving away one of Bucher’s creations in a free drawing. Bucher, who recently passed away, was a WWII veteran who moved to Idyllwild in 2004. His contributions to the Idyllwild art scene included wood working and metal welding.

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.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Sandii Castleberry will lead a musical ensemble that will perform jazz standards and other songs reaching back as far as the 40s.

The sounds of the band "Dorojo,” comprised of musicians Don Reed, Robin Rabins and Joey Latimer, will be enjoyed at Courtyard Gallery, along with the work of Courtyard regulars Carol Mills, Judith Lepuschitz, Helen Atik, Terry Rothrock, Chinlee Chang, Debbie Crowell, Robin Rabins and Trish Tuley. Also on display will be the work of Courtyard’s guest artist Nel Ivancich, who currently has a solo show at the Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City.

“Each of the paintings for my Courtyard Gallery exhibit is a response to the moment,” said Ivancich. “the relentless wind stirring things up in my garage where I paint, a passage from something I read the night before, the sound of birds having what seems to be serious dialog, or nothing more than the earlier layers of paint I’m about to add to.”

Quiet Creek "Living Room" Gallery, at Quiet Creek Inn, one of Idyllwild's newest galleries, hopes "walkers" will jog a bit further and go another mile below the village to view one of Idyllwild's largest collections of fine art paintings, vintage posters, photography, pottery, and glass art. On six acres along Strawberry Creek, the Living Room will offer a selection of wines to complement pleasant music, a peaceful setting and a wide selection of award-winning artists.

The Art Alliance of Idyllwild is a 501()3 organization. For more information, visit the AAI web site at

Contact: Lon Mercer