Keeping Art Alive in Idyllwild

Upcoming Events

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.  



    • Thu, November 29, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Thu, December 13, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • AAI Visitors Center at the Courtyard Gallery, 54240 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild

    Members and the General Public are invited to 

    attend the AAI's Board Meetings

    • Fri, February 01, 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Mon, April 08, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 54240 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild 92549

    AAI Artist Members are invited to take part in a judged art show at the Courtyard Gallery (54240 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild, 92549).

    The Artist Reception will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 5-9pm.  Enjoy Wine, Music , Friends and Art.

    The exhibition will be on display until Monday, April 8, 2018.  We offer our members a longer opportunity to sell their art.

    We encourage members to submit a new piece of art, recently created, never exhibited before.  Here and Now is about fresh and new.  Be part of it!

    Here's the deal:

    • Register online with details of your art.  All mediums welcome.
    • If you do not yet know the details of your piece, simply put TBD and email the details to when known.
    • Bring one piece of art for judging and sale on Friday 1, 2019 from 12-4pm or on Saturday, February 2 by 11am.
    • If you can't attend, we can make special arrangements to get your art (call Donna  at 562 822 5479)
    • Judging will take place during the afternoon of February 2, 2019.
    • We will charge 30% commission to cover expenses (commission to our landlord and sales processing fees, etc.).  There is no hanging fee.
    • The maximum size of framed artwork is 36" x 36" and it must be properly wired for hanging.
    • When you register, you acknowledge the AAI's conditions for liability, click here to download Limited Liability Waiver.doc
    • Choose a convenient date  and time to spend at the gallery promoting the sale of your art. This is your gallery.  Please help make it successful.
    • For those artists who also exhibit at Middle Ridge Tasting Gallery, you may remove your art as necessary to comply with their contract.  
    • We will be happy to promote any other place where visitors may see your art.  Be sure to provide details for your label.

     If have questions email

    or call 562 822 5479.

    • Fri, February 08, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Don't Wait to Be Discovered:  

    Social Media 101

    It used to be that someone had to "discover" you in order to increase sales and your overall success. Now, in the age of social media, you have far greater control of your exposure. 

    Join Lissa Evans to learn her 10 tips to mastering social media.

    Friday, February 8, 2019

    Town Gallery, 54425 N. Circle Drive, Idyllwild, 92549

    Nibbles, Wine, Knowledge...

    Please register so we can plan hospitality.

    Visit Lissa's website to see her beautiful photographs and style.

    • Sat, March 16, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Idyllwild Town Hall, 25925 Cedar Street

    The Art Alliance of Idyllwild and Idyllwild Storytellers present

    You hear the words of a poem or a song and, with a bit of imagination, you visualize what these mean to you.  It is a natural response to audible clues.  This is exactly what Artists and Photographers will be doing in collaboration with Poets and Lyricists.  

    We are calling all Artists and Photographers to take up the challenge to create a visual interpretation of the words provided by Poets and Lyricists.  There are no size or medium limitations.  

    We invite the Artists, Photographers, Poets, Songwriters, Wordsmiths and the general public to this intimate and engaging evening on Saturday, March 16th with a:

    • Community Potluck,
    • Refreshments  (wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee, tea, etc)
    • A Silent Auction of the featured Art/Poetry
    • Poetry Readings
    • Live Music
    • People's Choice Vote
    • Artist Demonstrations

    Poets & Lyricists, click here for Poet-Lyricist Submission Guidelines.jpg

    Artists, click here for Artist Participation Guidelines.jpg


    Click here for a poster to share on social media 2019 Imagery of Words Poster.jpg

    Organizers:  holly parsons 858.866.6474 and

    brian tracy 760.285.3285


Past events

Thu, December 06, 2018 "Call of the Wyld 2018" CD Release Party & Member Mingle
Sat, November 24, 2018 AAI Booth at the Christmas Tree Lighting
Sat, November 24, 2018 AAI Life Figure Open Studio
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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