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

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