In March of 2009 several Copper Mountain College art students and I discussed how we as artists could help contribute to preserving the history of the arts and tradition of filmmaking in the area, established in the 1940s by Roy Rogers, Russell Hayden and Dick Curtis.
The arts in any form have always been shared and enjoyed by both tourists and those of us who live here in the desert. Art is medicine to the soul. We wanted our art project to mean something important and to help do something good for the community.
For the last five years at a location that was 23 acres of trash, bad history and the memory of more than 200 animals that died here, Gold Mountain Studios was born.
We have built a magical place of beauty and wonder with waterfalls and ponds, a geyser, a fort and a scaled-down authentic reproduction of a circa 1940s Western movie set.
I have received letters from the Copper Mountain College Art and Media Clubs thanking us for providing Gold Mountain as an incredible teaching tool for the art and film students. Also letters and emails by Los Angeles and New York Film School students as well.
Come and feel the magic at Gold Mountain Studio at 55468 Pipes Canyon Road, Yucca Valley. I am seeking the support of the community to help save Gold Mountain as the powers that be seek to destroy her.
Thank you, peace and much love.