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Nestled among the majestic pines of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is one of the premier art towns of Southern California. The Art Alliance of Idyllwild strives to promote the artistic nature of this mountain hamlet as well as its artisans. The Art Alliance of Idyllwild is an organization that is dedicated to the Arts and Art Education. We bring art alive in our community with our annual events we put on throughout the year. We hope that you take a minute to explore what we do and look forward to having you up for our events.

Upcoming events

    • Tue, November 13, 2018
    • Tue, December 31, 2019
    • Village Center

    Town Monument and 

    Town Monument Sign

    After the Town Monument sign was damaged last year, the AAI commissioned David Roy to design and install a new one.  David Roy is the artist who created the Town Monument. “Harmony” is a wooden sculpture that weighs five tons and towers 25 feet over Idyllwild’s Village Center.  


    David Roy has lived in Idyllwild off and on for 24 years putting his talent to work as an artist working with wood and chainsaws. David worked for 5 years on “Harmony” and completed it in July, 2012.  David’s inspiration for his creation was endangered species.  That is why the California Condor and the Grizzly Bear feature prominently.  His favorite part is the Mountain Lion.  Four large cedar trees were glued together to create a raw block into which these life-sized native animals were carved.  It is a tribute to Gorilla Glue.  In fact, Gorilla Glue features Idyllwild’s Town Monument as one of their “Tough Stores” and as one of the largest projects using their products.  They dubbed it a “Monumental Task.”


    When the Monument was dedicated, Roy said:  “the work represents the balance of nature and the harmony of Idyllwild’s inhabitants.”


    Nearly every day, visitors honor this work of art by lining up for photographs with it.


    The new 4 foot by 8 foot sign has 13 characters on it:  A raven, squirrel, raccoon and other native birds add color and significance to the sign. Of special interest is the stone-colored wooden bench at the base of the sign with a realistic sculpture of a rattlesnake and gecko.  David Roy has spent the last two months creating this new photo opportunity for visitors.  


    The Art Alliance of Idyllwild owns the monument and sign and shares the responsibility of maintenance with the Rotary Club.  



    • Fri, April 26, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Idyllwild Town Hall, 25925 Cedar Street, 92549

    Self-Portrait by N S David

    Free to the public.  Only artists need to register. 

    The Eye of the Artist event is AAI's second largest fundraiser.  Artists donate a piece of art to be raffled.   The money is used by the AAI to fund art education, exhibitions, grants and public art projects.  Because this is a fundraising event, artists are welcome to enter one piece of artwork for judging in more than one art category.  

    People who buy raffle tickets at the event may win up to 5 pieces of art.

    Artist Registration Information:

    • The optional theme for this year's Eye of the Artist is "Awakening".  Have fun with this expansive theme. 
    •  Click here Art Show Overview.doc to see a description of each art category, For this fund-raising event, Artists are invited to enter a piece in more than one category.
    • Not sure what you plan to donate and enter for judging?  No worries!  You can still sign-up and determine the category, title, price later.  Complete your registration by contacting artinidyllwild@gmail.com at least a week in advance of the event.
    • All hanging pieces must be wired and ready for hanging.
    • There are no limitations on size or medium for this show.
    • Because this is a fundraiser, non-members may donate a piece for our cause.  However, only an AAI Member's artwork may compete for ribbons.  Click here to  Join or Renew Membership
    • In exchange for donating your artwork, any hanging fees for AAI's 2019 shows will be waived.
    • You will be asked to read and acknowledge a Limited Liability Waiver
    • Please send photos of your artwork to artinidyllwild@gmail.com and promote the event on social media.
    Important Dates:      
    • April 24 - Deadline for registering
    • Drop off entries at the AAI Art Visitors Center at the Courtyard Gallery any week-end on Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm.
    • Drop off entries at the Town Hall from 10:30am to 12pm on Friday, April 26th.
    • April 26- help set up, hang artwork, and take down (register your option online)
    • April 26 - attend the event and join in the fun!

    Our patron inns look forward to welcoming you.  

    • Sat, April 27, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 26409 Saundrers Meadow Road, Idyllwild, 92549

    Join an active group of Painters, Photographers and Sketch Artists who hone their life figure drawing and photographic skills each month.  Capture the best each life figure model has to offer.  

    We employ male and female models, nude or clothed, sometimes in costume.  If you would like to model, contact artinidyllwild@gmail.com

    Please register for planning purposes, though walk-ins are welcome.  Students under 18 welcome with written consent from their parents or legal guardians.


    The venue is Elanie Moore's studio, 26409 Saunders Meadow Road, Idyllwild, CA 92549.  To access the studio, walk down the dirt road between 26409 B and the Idyllwild School's Ball Field.  Call Elanie on 626-347-3616 for directions or information.

    • Sat, May 11, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Start at Courtyard Gallery, 54240 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549
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    Idyllwild Artist Studio Tour

    See our creative artists in action, listen to live music, enjoy refreshments, see art demonstrations and create your own art.  Each studio has its own special offers.

    At each studio you visit, you will get 2 FREE raffle tickets and a chance to win one of three art-filled Raffle Baskets.  Visit all 8 studios to improve your chances!

    Start at the Courtyard Gallery at 54240 Ridgeview Drive (behind the Shell Station and the Fort) to get your maps, earn your first raffle tickets and see the Raffle Baskets...

    Join us at 4pm at Mountain Pottery for the Raffle Draw and to enjoy some refreshments.

    • Thu, May 16, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Mountain Pottery, 54716 N. Circle Dr., Idyllwild, 92549
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    Want to try something new or improve your skills?  

    Here is your opportunity:  You pay only $30

    Register soon:  Limit of 8 People

    Here is an example  of what you may create and then return 3 weeks later after it is glazed.  

    • Sat, June 01, 2019
    • Sun, June 02, 2019
    • To be announced
    Registration is closed

    Plein Air Workshop

    After an unusually wet winter, the lakes should be deep and clear at Lake Fulmor or Lake Hemet. Jessica can help develop your understanding of water and reflection, and guide you through her step by step process of capturing light and shadow in oil paint or acrylics.

    Jessica has been a working artist for twenty-five years and has created hundreds of landscape paintings. Her background also includes figurative and abstract art, and illustrations for numerous children's books. Her work is widely collected.

    The cost is $175, $50 of which is payable in advance as a registration fee. For further information, contact Jessica at 951-212-3783, jscaschiffman@gmail.com

    • Sat, June 15, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Courtyard Gallery, 54240 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549

    Choose anywhere in Idyllwild to paint.   Our map will guide you.

    Mediums accepted:  Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Gouache & Pencil, ink.

    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 (54240 Ridgeview Drive),  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 June 15th  to June 30th or take your unsold painting home after the reception.  You may also exhibit up to 3 pieces of your other Plein Air artwork from June 15th to June 30th in the Courtyard Gallery.

    Bring your family and friends to enjoy breathtaking scenery and visit our galleries and art hot spots to shop for unique, original giftshere

    We will set up an event information booth at the AAI's Art Visitors Center at the Courtyard Gallery on Saturday, June 15th from 6:30am 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 June 8th.  
    • 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 2019 Plein Air Artist Information.pdf 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:  Saturday, June 8th 
    • Optional Early Artist Check-In:  Fri. June 14 (Noon to 4pm)
    • Day Of Artist Check-In:  Sat. June 15th (6:30am-8:30am)
    • Completed Art Check-In:  Sat, June 15th (12:30-2pm)
    • Artist Reception: Sat, June 15th, (5:00-8:00pm)
    • Unsold Art Pick Up:  Saturday, June 15th after 8pm or Sunday, June 16th from 11am to 4pm or you may leave your artwork in the Courtyard Gallery for sale until Sunday, June 30th  or July 1st with pick up between 11am and 4pm
    Questions?  Emails to artinidyllwild@gmail.com. 
    • Sat, October 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Idyllwild, California


    An all day art experience followed by an afternoon of wine.  

    Mark your calendar for the biggest fundraiser of the year!  The money raised funds art scholarships, art exhibitions, drama, music, film productions, dance, visual and public art.

    Please check out our Patron Inns to book your accommodation early.  This is a popular event and our inns fill up quickly.

    Come and enjoy award-winning wines from our Patron Wineries

    Click the register button if you want to receive notice when tickets sales open for our October 12th event.    If you have any questions, email Donna Elliot at artinidyllwild@gmail.com.

    Like us on Facebook to learn of all our exciting events!

Past events

Thu, April 18, 2019 2019 Board Meeting Schedule
Sat, March 30, 2019 Fused Glass Workshop with Scott Finnell
Sat, March 16, 2019 The Imagery of Words - a collaboration between visual and written word artists
Tue, March 05, 2019 Annual Member Meeting & Mingle
Thu, December 06, 2018 "Call of the Wyld 2018" CD Release Party & Member Mingle
Thu, November 29, 2018 2018 Board Meeting Schedule
Sat, November 24, 2018 AAI Booth at the Christmas Tree Lighting
Wed, October 31, 2018 Halloween Face Painting
Thu, October 18, 2018 Idyllwild Town Monument
Sat, October 13, 2018 Ticket Purchase for the 21st Annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting (2018)
Sat, August 11, 2018 Jazz in the Pines 2018 - AAI Art Booth
Sat, July 07, 2018 Capturing Great Photos With Your Smartphone
Sat, June 16, 2018 Herd Gathering
Fri, June 08, 2018 Panel of Experts: Judging Art
Sat, May 26, 2018 Plein Air Artist Workshop with Jessica Schiffman
Sat, May 26, 2018 Plein Air Outdoor Painting Competition
Mon, May 14, 2018 Focus on Photography: People/Places
Sun, May 06, 2018 Mother & Daughter Afternoon Tea and Textile Art Creation
Sat, April 07, 2018 Eye of the Artist - Visions of Unity
Mon, February 19, 2018 February Life Figure Drawing (Female)
Sat, February 17, 2018 Annual Member Meeting & Mingle
Sat, January 20, 2018 The Imagery of Words - a collaboration between visual and written word artists
Mon, January 15, 2018 January Life Figure Drawing (Female)
Sat, December 16, 2017 Winter Solstice Art Show
Mon, December 11, 2017 Film Festival 2018 Program Cover Design Competition
Sat, November 25, 2017 AAI Booth at the Idyllwild Tree Lighting Event
Sat, November 18, 2017 November Life Figure Drawing (Female)
Sat, November 18, 2017 Fused Glass Class
Wed, November 15, 2017 Beyond the Broken - Tips for Photographing the Salton Sea
Sat, October 28, 2017 Life Figure Drawing - Male Nude Model
Thu, October 26, 2017 Cafe Aroma - Members Mingle
Tue, October 17, 2017 Painting with Watercolor on Yupo Paper
Sat, October 14, 2017 Artist Booth Registration for Art Walk & Wine Tasting, October 14, 2017
Fri, October 13, 2017 Winery Reception on October 13, 2017
Sat, September 30, 2017 AAI Booth at the Howl & Yowl Musical Event
Sat, September 16, 2017 La Femme dans le Jardin Model Session
Wed, July 19, 2017 3rd Annual - La Casita Members Mingle
Sat, July 15, 2017 Eye of the Artist - Landscapes of the Mind
Sat, June 10, 2017 Plein Air Outdoor Painting Competition
Fri, June 09, 2017 Live Painting Demonstration by Rich Stergulz (Free/Limited Seating)
Sat, June 03, 2017 Art Booth - ARF Paws for Rhythm and Brews
Fri, June 02, 2017 Appreciation Event - Invitation Only
Thu, May 11, 2017 "Kaleidoscope" - 4 DAY Judged Art Show
Sat, April 29, 2017 Lilac Tea and Art Show - FILLED
Fri, March 24, 2017 Community Mural Coloring and Social - FREE
Sat, March 11, 2017 Facebook 101 - Learn to use FaceBook to Promote Art
Fri, March 03, 2017 Annual Membership Meeting
Sun, February 12, 2017 Secrets to Framing, Matting, Wiring and Hanging
Sat, February 04, 2017 Musical Spoons Making Youth Workshop with Sandii Castleberry
Sat, February 04, 2017 Under $100 Art Fair - A Sweetheart of a Deal
Sat, January 28, 2017 Members Only - Special Bylaw Amendment Meeting
Sat, January 28, 2017 Learn to Create an AAI Online Art Gallery
Sat, November 26, 2016 Idyllwild Tree Lighting
Fri, November 18, 2016 NEW: Mini Show at Higher Grounds Gallery
Fri, November 04, 2016 Beginner Fused Glass Class
Tue, November 01, 2016 Election of 2017/2018 Board of Directors
Mon, October 31, 2016 Halloween Carnival - Face Painting
Thu, October 20, 2016 Cafe Aroma - Members Mingle
Sat, October 08, 2016 19th Annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting (2016)
Sat, September 17, 2016 Watercolor Workshop: The Illusion of Depth
Sat, September 10, 2016 Community Potluck - FREE
Wed, September 07, 2016 Nominations for 2017/2018 Board of Directors
Wed, August 24, 2016 La Casita Members Mingle
Fri, August 19, 2016 NEW: Jazz in the Pines - AAI Art Booth
Tue, July 26, 2016 Members Mingle @ Higher Grounds Gallery
Sat, July 16, 2016 Judged Art Show - Rescheduled
Sat, June 25, 2016 The Science of Art - Youth Art Workshop
Thu, June 23, 2016 Member Mingle at Bake Shop and Brew
Sat, June 11, 2016 Artist Studio Tour - CANCELLED
Fri, May 20, 2016 "Front and Center" Three Day Judged Art Show and Gallery/Art Hot Spot Tour
Sat, May 14, 2016 Prepare Your Art for Sale and Show!
Sat, May 07, 2016 Interactive Stretching Workshop for Hands and Upper Body - Educational Series
Sat, April 30, 2016 Assemblage Artist Workshop "Creating Your Own Femme Fatale Art Piece"
Sat, April 23, 2016 Lilac Tea and Art Show - EVENT FILLED
Sat, April 23, 2016 FREE Educational Series - Keys to a Successful Art Business
Tue, April 19, 2016 Members Mingle at Creekstone Inn - ONLY $5
Mon, April 04, 2016 Gallery & Art Hot Spot - May Event Planning Meeting
Fri, February 26, 2016 Annual Membership Meeting
Sat, February 13, 2016 Under $100 Art Fair - A Sweetheart of a Deal
Sat, February 06, 2016 Community Potluck - FREE
Sat, January 30, 2016 Appreciation Event - Invitation Only
Tue, January 19, 2016 Idyll Awhile Members Mingle - Tacos and Wine Margaritas!
Sat, January 16, 2016 RESCHEDULED: How to Create an AAI Online Gallery - Educational Series
Sat, December 12, 2015 NEW! Winter Lane Pop-Up Gallery
Sat, November 28, 2015 Idyllwild Tree Lighting
Sat, October 31, 2015 Halloween Carnival - Community Event
Thu, October 22, 2015 Cafe Aroma - October Member Mingle
Sat, October 10, 2015 "Art Hot Spot"
Sat, October 10, 2015 2015: 18th Annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting - OCT 10TH
Wed, September 16, 2015 Member Mingle at Bake Shop and Brew
Wed, August 19, 2015 AAI Members Mingle at La Casita
Sat, July 18, 2015 NEW - ART UNCORKED - Judged Art Show & Gallery Tour
Sat, June 13, 2015 Sizzling Summer Plein Air & Working Artist Gallery Tour
Sat, May 16, 2015 CANCELLED - Judged Artist Members Show and Gallery Working Artist Tour
Sun, May 03, 2015 CANCELLED - Young Adult & Youth Art Show
Sat, April 25, 2015 CANCELLED - AAI Artist Series "The Art of DOTilism" with Jerry Baccaire
Thu, April 23, 2015 Lilac Tea and Art Show
Sat, April 11, 2015 CANCELLED - Community Social Potluck
Sat, March 28, 2015 AAI Artist Series - How to Photograph your Art with just your Cell Phone
Sat, March 07, 2015 Eye of the Artist Judged Art Show and Fundraiser!!
Sat, February 21, 2015 AAI Artist Series - Nuno Felted Silk Scarves
Sat, February 07, 2015 Under $100 Art Fair - A SWEETHEART OF A DEAL
Fri, January 23, 2015 General Membership Meeting and Social
Sat, December 20, 2014 Winter Solstice Art Sale and Musical Fusion
Sat, December 13, 2014 Invitation Only - Appreciation Dinner
Sat, November 29, 2014 Idyllwild Tree Lighting
Sun, November 16, 2014 Community Social Potluck - FREE
Sat, October 11, 2014 Art Walk and Wine Tasting
Sat, September 27, 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Sat, August 30, 2014 Idyllwild's Art and Treasures Weekend
Sat, August 30, 2014 AAI Yard Sale - CANCELLED
Sat, July 19, 2014 Judged Artist Members' Show and Gallery Working Artist Tour
Sat, June 21, 2014 Idyllwild Deer Sightings MIDDLE RIDGE Wine Release
Fri, June 06, 2014 Plein Air Festival
Sat, May 24, 2014 Judged Artist Members' Show and Gallery Working Artist Tour
Sat, April 26, 2014 Art Workshop with Local Artist ~ Rachel Welch!
Sat, April 19, 2014 Lilac Walk and Art Show
Sat, April 12, 2014 Community Social Potluck - FREE
Sat, March 29, 2014 Art Workshop with Gerry High!
Sat, March 22, 2014 Enhancing Your Online Presence Workshop - SPACE LIMITED
Sat, March 08, 2014 Eye of the Artist Judged Art Show and Fundraiser!!
Sat, February 22, 2014 "More Than Words" Mixed-Media Workshop w/Joann Tomsche
Sat, February 08, 2014 Under $100 Art Fair - A SWEETHEART OF A DEAL
Fri, January 24, 2014 AAI 2014 Unveiling & Social Gathering
Sat, December 21, 2013 Winter Solstice, Jazz Fusion and Art Sale
Sat, November 30, 2013 Banner Bidding 11/30/13 - 1/14/14
Sat, October 12, 2013 2013 Art Walk and Wine Tasting Oct 12
Sun, September 15, 2013 "Deer Sighting" Herd Gathering
Sat, August 31, 2013 Idyllwild's Art and Treasures Weekend Aug 31 - Sept 1
Sat, July 13, 2013 Judged Artist Member's Show & Gallery Working Artist Tour July 13-14
Fri, June 07, 2013 Plein Air Festival June 7 -9
Sat, May 25, 2013 Judged Artist Member's Show & Gallery Working Artist Tour May 25 - 26
Sat, May 11, 2013 Lilac Walk & Art Show May 11-12
Sat, March 09, 2013 Eye of the Artist Judged Art Show & Fundraiser: Theme is "Sensuality" March 9
Sat, December 01, 2012 Appreciation Dinner - By Invitation Only December 1
Sat, May 26, 2012 Idyllwild's Art and Treasures Weekend May 25 - 27

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

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