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

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