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Steve Hudson’s Idyllwild Fandango

I was walking through the library at Idyllwild Arts Academy one day when my attention was grabbed by hunks of color in the shape of a familiar local landmark: Suicide Rock. The colors were almost cartoonish, but the painting drew me in perfectly. On the wall near the painting I found a note with contact information. I had a hunch the man who painted Suicide in outrageous regalia knew his rock. But I could not have guessed at the many-layered story or the great spirit behind the painting. This is why I say: If you find a desert painting you…

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Film About Idyllwild Arts Legend Lora Steere Opens January 10th

Film About Idyllwild Arts Legend Lora Steere Opens January 10th

December 29, 2010–Lora Woodhead Steere taught for 16 years at the Idyllwild Arts Academy without ever taking a paycheck. She first came to the San Jacinto Mountains in 1890 as a toddler riding in front of her mother’s saddle. With her saint-like face and her mystical dedication to Tahquitz Peak, the acclaimed sculptor influenced scores of students to turn toward art and nature. Steere died in 1984. She’s becoming increasingly well-known these days thanks to exhibits and events organized by Idyllwild arts supporters. Now you can learn about Steere in a new film by 16-year-old Paris Deesing, a film student…

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Celebrate Lora Woodhead Steere, a Pioneer of Idyllwild Arts

Celebrate Lora Woodhead Steere, a Pioneer of Idyllwild Arts

Lora Woodhead Steere was only a baby in 1890 when she first rode a wagon into Strawberry Valley in the San Jacinto mountains. In 1946 she met Max Krone, who was founding a new school in Idyllwild, and Steere went on to teach the very first class at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (now the Idyllwild Arts Academy). Steere taught for 16 years at the influential academy without ever accepting a paycheck. Steere was an acclaimed sculptor and also a paleontologist and naturalist. (A background in natural sciences seems to be a plus for any artist.) Steere’s…

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