Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Inspiration of "Crow Spirit", Story of the Rescue!

Story of the Rescue by Janice Toepfer, owner of the bike used for "crow spirit"

She said it was love at first sight. Well, she is a kind soul and looks past the obvious.I was derelict and unable to get myself off the side of a barn in an apple orchard I had been living in for quite some time.The woman I had been living with just couldn’t get me going and wanted a divorce. “I will find you a good woman who will love, inspire and care for you,” she reassured. I sat silent for months waiting for “that woman” to rescue me.Early one cold January morning many years ago, a truck pulled onto the dirt road and backed up next to the barn. The cold keeps people in their beds longer in the winter, so in the quiet and solitude, she got out of her truck and started to hunt for me.

She looked weary from driving all night through snow, rain and hail. In jeans and a black leather jacket, she quietly searched the barn. The dog, Flea, gave her away. Flea is a nasty little thing always pissing on me. Alerted, the woman came out in her bathrobe and asked her inside. I had been moved up beside the house, silent and shabby and waiting. She came up the walk and smiled and ran her hand across my back as she passed and went inside. The woman told the story of my demise and the divorce and all the other sordid details. She listened, then quietly laid out hundred dollar bills on a table and shook the woman’s hand. I had been rescued.
My life changed dramatically that morning. I now live in California away from the cold. She had the best in their field give me back my youth and vigor. I wear leathers made in England embedded with silver conches from New Mexico. People comment that I am positively dashing. I turn heads and stop traffic. Everyone wants to talk about me and I am now rather famous.My portrait was painted at Flying Pigment Studios and can be seen on that web site. I have been in parades, worshipped in Laughlin Nevada, vacationed in Monterey and Yosemite and lovingly cared for since that cold January morning. I am now proud to represent my Milwaukee birthplace. At fifty-nine-years-old, life is somewhat bittersweet as she ages gracefully, yet I remain timeless. “You will always have a good woman who will love, inspire and care for you,” she reassures. I trust she will.

By: Janice Toepfer

Whaaaaaaaaaat??? Flying Pigs sighted at Ebay!!!

whaaaaaatt?? Flying Pigs sighted at Ebay:

"Pigasus, When Pigs Fly?
18x24" open edition, signed "Reproduction" white border, text center from Artist, Darcy Gerdes. Original: 24x36" acrylic on canvas, artist's collection (NFS)~artist's proofs $75.00 (Sold out) Date of Production: (c)1991, Open Edition

"Surrounded by an enchanted woodlands, a family of flying pigs playing tag you're "it" with butterflies while picnicking near the lake."

I normally send the print in a tube, wrapped in tissue
To View at website


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Plein AIr & 3-D Festival, Idyllwild

Idyllwild Plein Air & 3-D Art Festival:
Sponsored by Dr. William Kern
www. 877/439-5278

Saturday, June 12th 12pm-5pm: Idyllwild Galleries feature 3-D art

Saturday, June 12th, 2010 8am-2pm: Paint, draw and sculpt outdoors in Idyllwild

Sunday, June 13th, 2010 9am-1pm: Champagne Reception, Awards & Art Sale to be held at: Quiet Creek Inn Living Room Gallery

Directions to Inn: Take 243 from Town, Make Right Turn on Tollgate Rd., First Right Turn, take Delano Drive. Inn is located on left, block and a half from turn.

26345 Delano Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549 (951)659-6110


Artist: Darcy Gerdes
"Art is a pigment of your imagination"
Flying Pigment Studio

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

12 Annual Member's Show Award Winners!!

12th Annual Members' Show Award Winners

Artist's Choice -
1st Place, Darcy Gerdes "Earth Rising"
2nd Place, Kathleen Chaney "Eyes on You"

People's Choice -
1st Place, Ethan Stward "New Day"
2nd Place, Elena Kern "Wild Lilies"
2nd Place (tie), Norm Deesing "Defending the Earth"
Getting Ready for June 12 - 9th Annual Plein Air & 3-D Art Festival

View the progress of artist's site specific creations around the village ofIdyllwild. See finished work and vote for your choice for the Community Favorite Award. Member galleries feature three dimensional artists in clay,glass, fiber, furniture, jewelry, and mixed media. Member galleries havemaps of the tour.

Flying Pigment Studio
Darcy Gerdes
"Art is a pigment of your imagination"

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Idyllwild Offers Plenty of Art this Weekend!

Idyllwild offers plenty of art this weekend

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 5, 2010
By DIANE A. RHODESSpecIal to The Press-Enterprise

I've always enjoyed the cooler temperatures and beautiful environment of Idyllwild.

The creative juices that flow from artists and musicians practically run down the streets of North Circle Drive. It seems like there is an art gallery on every corner, much like gas stations in other cities. Walking through the town, you meet locals and tourists who share an interest in loving good art and listening to good music.

Each year, the Art Alliance of Idyllwild holds events to showcase local talent and offer people a chance to meet artists and learn about the specialties of different galleries.

On Saturday, the nonprofit organization will combine two of its most popular events into one weekend of activities. The Member Show and the Treasure Hunt and Gallery Tour will give visitors a chance to enjoy viewing -- and hopefully buying -- some original objets d'art.

Sponsored by Middle Ridge Winery, Oakwood Village will host the 12th annual member show. The Open Exhibition will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. As always, there will be an "under $100" section where people can pick up a work of art by an AAI artist for a bargain price.

An artists' reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and is a great opportunity to chat with local artists to learn about the history or inspiration for a particular piece.

"Quite a few galleries opened in the last year (mine included); more than in the recent past," wrote Mike Ahern of Quiet Creek Inn's Living Room Gallery in an e-mail. "Signs of 'new growth' are steadily appearing after a dreary year or more of economic woes."

Ahern said a new and revitalized AAI Board of Directors felt it would be good to streamline some events and combine AAI gallery member and artist member participation.

"Earth Rising" 12x36" acrylic, by Darcy Gerdes will be at the Member Show!

Another gallery on the map for the Treasure Hunt and Gallery Tour -- but not in the downtown area -- is Flying Pigment Studio.

"I named the studio long ago, because of a favorite quote a fellow artist told me: 'Art is a Pigment Of Your Imagination,' plus I've done a bit of skydiving and also fling the paint around," said artist Darcy Gerdes. "My studio features, wildlife, sci-fi, whimsical, religious, still life, landscapes art, and licensed work done for several different publishers."

Treasure maps to the AAI member galleries can be picked up at the Village Centre gazebo anytime after noon but must be returned before the 5 p.m. drawing to win prizes provided by local businesses, artists and organizations.

The Oakwood Village is at 54425 N. Circle Drive. Treasure maps are $3 each or two for $5.

Information, 877-439-5278 or

Reach Diane A. Rhodes at 951-763-3461 or dianealease@hot