Hot topics…besides the weather? Art. Of course!

By Angela Romeo

The brilliance of Stephen Baumbach continues to shine. His latest exhibition Faces runs through August 31. The faces may be familiar to some but the images don’t require familiarity. The works requires only the viewer to see the lines of time.

Hands. Faces. What is next?  “I created this series as a companion to the Hands edition because I could see the black and white renditions were turning up more detail. The detail in the faces shows the true nature of the person. The human form can tell us so many things. Hand gestures, smiles, eyebrow movements all tell what the subject is up to. So the final series will be titled Body Speak. The body language can tell us what is going on without saying a word,” shared Stephen.

Baumbach’s work continues to be meticulously effortless and endlessly fascinating.


The Stephen Baumbach Photography is located in the Palm Springs Backstreet Art District, 4116 Mathew Drive Palm Springs.

Idyllwild continues to stretch its artistic muscle. The Art Alliance of Idyllwild is presenting another opportunity for artists. I See You, a self-portrait/portrait challenge runs August 24 to September 17.

The challenge is open to any member of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild. Members are encouraged to submit one self-portrait and one portrait. Entries will be judged, and 35 artists will be exhibited. The challenge calls for imagination in any medium to interpret this theme. This exhibition will be on display at Courtyard Gallery, 54240 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild.

Entries are being accepted until August 20th. To join the Art Alliance visit /

As Idyllwild and the surrounding area recover from the Cranston Fire, the Art Alliance and Idyllwild Friends are hosting a benefit.  A benefit concert will be held on September 9, 2018 from Noon until 8pm at the Town Hall. The concert will feature music from local artists.

The Art Alliance is seeking donations for the Silent Auction to benefit those disadvantaged by the Cranston Fire. Items could include art, gifts, gift certificates, services, etc. Please contact to make arrangements for drop off or pick up of your donations.

What is better than a book shared with a nice coffee? A book reading with the author shared with friends. On Sunday, August 19 at 2pm Author Ulrike and Poet Anita Harmon will share their words and thoughts at Ristretto. The venue is located at 500 South Palm Canyon, Palm Springs.

Rejoining the local and international art scene is Colliding Worlds Radio. This popular weekly art show will be returning to Money Radio 1200 AM/ 99.3 FM on September 1. It will air on Saturdays from 11 am to noon. Like all other shows, the podcast will be available on iTunes and at

As creator and host, I can assure that the radio show will keep true to its original concept – to bring art in all its forms to as many people as possible. Listeners can expect to hear from local artists as well as artists from around the world.

“Remember that art is more than paintings. Art is dance, spoken word, film, books – virtually any and everything is art. We will continue to encompass all that is art!”