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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

    • Fri, June 05, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Wed, September 30, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Idyllwild, California

    What is the “I made this for you” community art project?  

    The Art Alliance of Idyllwild (AAI) thought it was time to cheer up the community. After weeks of lockdown and social distancing, AAI’s artists stepped up to create some unique art gifts.  These gifts have been distributed throughout the town and the AAI continued to do so until they all had new homes.  


    The gift give-away started on May 4th when handing out art kits to local families.  The AAI set up tables in front of the Post Office and accosted unsuspecting locals with these colorful tokens of creativity and kindness.  It continued to local businesses, individuals and to those organizing food banks.  People receiving food parcels could then be surprised with an artistic memento.  The project culminated in a final gift give-away on June 5th.

    Generously taking part in this community art project are Artists Donna Elliot (Flower Cards), Martha Lumia (Felted Bookmarks and Bowls), Lois Sheppard (Cards and Books), Kathy Harmon-Luber (Postcard Sets), Ken Luber (Books), Scott Finnell (Fused Glass Crosses), Karen Johnston (Sun Catchers), Norma Jean Watts (Sun Catchers and Key Chains), Carol Landry (Paintings), Wayne Sheets (Magnets), Chris Siems (Cards and Tea Lights), Naomi Cohen (Cards), Delphine Bordas (Card Sets), Doris Lombard (Walking Sticks), Joe Oakes (Paintings), Paula King (Assemblage Art Piece), Wax Apothecary (Candles and Soap,) Mimi Jacaruso (felted paperweight), Trish Tuley (Death Valley DVDs) and Don Dietz (Fused Glass Tray),   Such was the appeal of this project that several artists who live “off the hill” also shared their talent and love of Idyllwild by sending art gifts. 

    Each gift has a branded “I made this for you” tag with the Artist’s name.  In addition, the AAI commissioned Sasha Nicol of The Spruce Moose to make 100 bars of her natural and organic soap.  Helen Hixon at Mountain Pottery created 200 ceramic magnet hearts with “Idy” embossed on each one.  These, too, are meant to spread joy throughout the community.  

    The Art Alliance of Idyllwild is dedicated to inspiring artists, both young and old, as well as art lovers. Over the years, the AAI supported the Idyllwild School PTA smARTS program, homeschool student art classes, artist workshops, exhibitions, student scholarships, the Courtyard Gallery and Visitors Center and the Art Walk & Wine Tasting. The Painted Deer throughout Idyllwild is an art legacy that delights visitors and locals alike.  Although events have been postponed due to the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, these will be rescheduled once it is safe to do so.

    For updated information on AAI events and plans, visit www.artinidyllwild.orgor the AAI’s Facebook page.

    • Sat, October 17, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Idyllwild, CA 92549

    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.

    This year and this event only, the AAI will be awarding cash prizes to ribbon winners in each category as follows:

    First Place, Best of Show and Best Theme - $200

    Second Place - $150

    Third Place - $100

    Artist Registration Information:

    • The optional theme for this year's Eye of the Artist is "20/20 Vision".  Have fun with this expansive theme.  A ribbon is awarded for "Best Theme" as well as a $200 cash prize.
    •  Click here Art Show Overview (updated February 2020).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 by October 13 with the final details.
    • 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 2021shows 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:      
    • Registration complete by October 13, 2020
    • Drop off artwork by October 16, 2020.  Contact Cyn Grady on 774-277-1071 to make arrangements
    • Because we want to make this a COVID-safe event, we will need as many volunteers as possible.  Please sign up to help when you register.

    Our patron inns look forward to welcoming you.  

    Judge for the 2020 Eye of the Artist

    • Sat, October 09, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Idyllwild, California

    Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, the 2020 Art Walk & Wine Tasting Event has been cancelled.

    SAVE THE DATE FOR 2021!!!

    We look forward to welcoming you to Idyllwild for an even more spectacular event in 2021.  It is 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

    The ticket price for non-AAI members is $35 and includes the wine tasting, a keepsake wine glass, live music, nibbles of cheese, grapes and crackers, a free shuttle and a gift bag.  The price for AAI members and groups over 15 is $30.  All prices increase on September 15, 2021 so be sure to get your tickets early.  

    Ticket sales are limited so don't miss out!

    Become an AAI "Art Lover" and receive discounts on all AAI events.  Click Join or Renew Membership!

    Click the register button if you want to receive notice when tickets sales open for our October 9th event.    If you have any questions, email Donna Elliot at artinidyllwild@gmail.com.

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Past events

Sat, September 05, 2020 AAI Booth at Art in the Park
Sat, May 23, 2020 March-May 2020 Life Figure Open Studio
Sat, May 09, 2020 Artist Studio Tour
Tue, April 14, 2020 2020 Quarterly Board Meeting Dates
Wed, March 11, 2020 Annual Member Meeting & Mingle
Sat, February 22, 2020 "Something to Hold Onto"
Sat, February 08, 2020 March Life Figure Open Studio
Sun, January 26, 2020 Current Exhibition at the Courtyard Gallery
Sat, January 11, 2020 Scholarship for Summer Program at Idyllwild Arts Academy
Sat, December 14, 2019 AAI December Life Figure Open Studio
Sat, December 07, 2019 Holiday Open House and Gift Show
Sat, November 23, 2019 AAI November Life Figure Open Studio
Thu, October 31, 2019 AAI Halloween Face Painting Booth
Sat, October 26, 2019 AAI Life Figure Open Studio
Wed, October 23, 2019 AAI Mingle & Meeting
Sat, October 12, 2019 Art Walk & Wine Tasting
Sat, September 28, 2019 AAI Life Figure Open Studio
Thu, September 26, 2019 Rocking Your Business Workshop
Mon, September 02, 2019 Call of the Wyld 2019 Concert
Sat, August 24, 2019 AAI Life Figure Open Studio
Sun, August 11, 2019 Current Exhibition at the Courtyard Gallery
Sat, July 27, 2019 AAI Life Figure Open Studio
Sat, July 20, 2019 Carol Mills re-tre-'spek-tiv
Thu, June 20, 2019 2019 Board Meeting Schedule
Sat, May 11, 2019 Artist Studio Tour
Fri, April 26, 2019 Eye of the Artist - Awakening
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

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