Keeping Art Alive in Idyllwild

You may email any of the board members at 

ROB PADILLA (President)

Idyllwild, being centrally located, draws a lot of creative folk.  There's no city buzz, so you can enjoy your own connection to yourself without outside interference.  It feels pretty good.

I'm adding new ideas, new motivation to the scene, with opportunities that have a lot of impact on how this art community recognized town for an art excursion.  We're nestled in a pretty nice hotbed region.

DONNA ELLIOT (Vice President)

I have been a photographer since my teen years.  Since then I have branched out to mixed media, hand-made greeting cards, fabric art, digital art, ink paintings and creative writing.  My introduction to Idyllwild was as a rock climber in the early 70's and I have been on the rocks ever since.  I joined the AAI in 2013 and have been involved in the deer project, leading and supporting many of art shows, volunteering with the smARTS program, and now I have the opportunity to support the AAI as a Board Member interested in finding out and delivering what our members want and value.


JUDY HOYT (Secretary)

I want to serve on the Art Alliance of Idyllwild board of directors for many reasons.  First, serving the community of Idyllwild especially in terms of enhancing art programs and events would be both challenging and rewarding for me. Second, I have always been involved in arts programs during my adult life. Third, my communications skill set would be complimentary to the ongoing work that has paved the way for the great contributions Art Alliance has provided.  Lastly, I've made some wonderful new friends and artists with whom I look forward to becoming more involved.

My association with the Art Alliance of Idyllwild began several years ago when I participated in the events, especially the Art Walk! I am currently on the board of the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children in Rancho Mirage and have served in this capacity for the past 7 years. During the 1990s, I was a founder of the Inner City Arts for Inner City Kids in Los Angeles. This program now provides art education to thousands of children in Los Angeles, who otherwise would not be exposed to art at all.

This year I volunteered to help with the exhibition at the Middle Ridge Winery and entered the exhibit as a member of the Alliance. This is how I began as a participant rather than just an observer. I'm impressed with the work that has been done so far, especially the expansion of art programs and the fund raising that provides help for up and coming artists. I would welcome the opportunity to help expand these efforts in any way that the organization can utilize me and the enthusiasm that I have for art in Idyllwild.   

  PETER SZABADI  (Treasurer)

My wife Michele Marsh attended elementary school in Idyllwild and returned here in the 1990's. I have been visiting Idyllwild for the last 18 years and became a fulltime resident in 2013. In my previous existence, I was civil rights attorney but photography has always been my passion. Since moving up here I have been able to devote my time to pursue my photography. I have been documenting life in Idyllwild examples of which you may have seen on Facebook and in the Town Crier.

The Art Alliance has a very important role to play in the life of this town. I feel it is and it must continue to be a leader in making this town a true haven for creative people. As a member of the new Board I would promote and vitalize our organization's role in creating public art events and expand our services to our members. I also believe accountability of the Board to its members and clear communication is essential for the future of our organization. 


Telephone: 877-439-5278 or 951-692-6135 , Address: PO Box 472, Idyllwild, CA 92549                     © Copyright Art Alliance of Idyllwild


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software