Keeping Art Alive in Idyllwild

Plein Air Outdoor Painting Competition

  • Sat, May 26, 2018
  • 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Courtyard Gallery, 54240 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549




Choose anywhere in Idyllwild to paint, including several private gardens and one location with a female model.   Our map will guide you.

Paint during the day and sip wine with us in the evening.  Open to the general public, the Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony at the Courtyard Gallery takes place from 5-8pm with your artwork for sale and an opportunity to:

  • mingle with artists and visitors
  • congratulate the winners
  • meet the judge
  • promote your artwork

Exhibit your work at the AAI's Courtyard Gallery from May 26 to June 17 or take your unsold painting home after the reception.  You may also exhibit up to 3 pieces of your other Plein Air artwork from May 26th to June 17th in the Courtyard Gallery.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy:

  • Shuttles to Plein Air Artists from 10am to 2pm
  • Visit our galleries and art hot spots to see live art demonstrations and shop for unique, original gifts
  • Plein Air Workshop taught by Jessica Schiffman from 8am to 12pm. Cost $30.  Sign up here
  • Walking Sketchbook Tour around Idyllwild starting at 10am.  
  • Artist Demo by Valentina Lamdin at Cafe Aroma from 12:30-2pm
  • Beer and Wine Garden at the Art Alliance Visitors Center at the Courtyard Gallery from 3pm to 8pm

We will set up an event information booth at the AAI's Art Visitors Center at the Courtyard Gallery on Saturday, May 26th from 7:30am to 2pm.

Our Patron Inns will be happy to welcome you to Idyllwild and make your stay memorable.  

Artists Information

  • Online registration required.  Register by May 21st  at 5pm.  
  • Awards and prize money will be given to 1st place $300, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $100.
  • No limit to the number of artists but, once registered, there are no refunds.   
  • Mediums accepted are Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Gouache, and Pencil. 
  • Click here to download the Artist Information document.      
  • AAI members get a discount.  To become a member and enjoy additional member benefits throughout the year, click here
  • A 30% commission to the AAI will apply for all artwork sold while in the Courtyard Gallery.
Important Dates for Artists

Location:  Courtyard Gallery, 54240 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild, 92549

  • Event Registration Deadline:  Sat. May 21st (5pm)
  • Optional Early Artist Check-In:  Fri. May 25th (Noon to 4pm)
  • Day Of Artist Check-In:  Sat. May 26th (7:30am-8:30am)
  • Completed Art Check-In:  Sat, May 26th (12:30-2pm)
  • Artist Reception: Sat, May 26th, (5:00-8:00pm)
  • Unsold Art Pick Up:  Saturday, May 26th (8-9pm), Sunday, May 27th, 11am-4pm or you may leave your artwork in the gallery until June 17th.  
Event Chair is Desert Chavez.  You may contact him on 213-447-1413 or by email at 


Telephone: 951-692-6135 , Address: PO Box 472, Idyllwild, CA 92549                     © Copyright Art Alliance of Idyllwild


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