Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Art Alliance of Idyllwild

“Celebrating Art…Creating Community”

Art is a never-ending process.  The need to create is not limited to a season, month or time of day. Inspiration can wake you up in the dead of night or grab you while you are eating dinner.

It is because of this that the Art Alliance of Idyllwild exists.  

(Artwork by Donna Elliot) 

A nonprofit endeavor, the AAI is a volunteer-based organization formed many years ago to expand the opportunities for artists in Idyllwild and the surrounding areas. Bringing artists and non-artists together to share their experiences and ideas, providing seminars on techniques, mediums and marketing, and creating venues to exhibit and sell, are just a few of the many opportunities offered by the AAI. 

Workshops, demonstrations, gallery shows, judged competitions, mixers and art exhibitions also offer opportunities for artists, community members and visitors to come together and enjoy the talent and inspiration Idyllwild has to offer.

(Artwork by Jessica Schiffman) 

Their focus is not just on their membership but also the community at large. The AAI is the driving force behind the smARTs program that promotes art education through hands-on activities for students attending the local elementary school. Thousands of dollars are donated annually to community projects and organizations endeavoring to improve the quality of art and life in Idyllwild including homeschoolers art programs, Idyllwild Historical Society, Idyllwild Help Center, and the summer concert series. In addition, the AAI has organized fundraisers for others in need, such as the victims of the devastating Cranston Fire.

Idyllwild beautification is another important focus for the Art Alliance of Idyllwild. Imaginative hand painted deer sculptures are located throughout the area and a new Town Monument sign, commissioned by the AAI, was recently installed in the center of town.

(Wood carver David Roy) 

Headquartered in the Courtyard Gallery on Ridgeview Drive, the AAI gallery, open weekends, provides an excellent opportunity to view the work of the many talented members in one easily reached location. Additionally, they support other art enterprises including the Mountain Pottery Center and Idyllwild Art in the Park.

Membership in the AAI is not limited to those living nearby.  They encourage others from off the hill to join, enhancing the quality and allowing for a wider range of collaboration. Plus, many of those involved in the AAI are not artists. Musicians, business owners, visitors and those who just love art, are welcome to share in all the AAI has to offer. Membership information is available at

Although Idyllwild Art in the Park is not an AAI event, we are pleased to partner with them during functions such as the annual AAI Art Walk and Wine Tasting held on the second Saturday of October.  And, many of our participating IAP artists are members of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild. 

(Aaron DeMarco) 

(Miles Thomas)

While IAP focuses primarily on the warmer seasons in Idyllwild, the Art Alliance of Idyllwild is serving artists and our community twelve months a year, providing never-ending opportunities to feed creativity and inspiration.

Stay up-to-date with all of our artists and AAI events by checking the column of the right.

We are currently accepting applications for artists for 2019. We suggest submitting applications as soon as possible as all artists must be juried in for participation.
Applications can be requested through our website:
(Please do not ask for applications on this blogsite.)

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