In a departure from traditional Art Alliance of Idyllwild meetings, the group hosted a social Friday, Jan. 24, that attracted about 70 attendees eager to hear the organization’s plans for 2014. Shanna Robb organized the social and served as “timer” for the unique meeting that she compared to creating a “soup.” “Tonight we are not trying to make an entire meal,” Robb said. “What we are doing tonight is trying to make the Art Alliance something really special this year.”
Gary Kuscher, AAI president, offered a review of 2013. “This past year we introduced the Deer Sightings Project, which was led by Shanna Robb, and it was quite a successful project,” Kuscher said. The Art Walk and Wine Tasting, held in October 2013, was also a great success, according to Kuscher who cited an increase to 1, 224 over 2012’s 1,100 glasses sold. Kuscher’s goal for next year is to have 24 participating wineries, up from the 17 participants last year.
Banners displayed at the Art Walk were AAI collaborations with 13 artists. AAI sold the banners with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the artists. AAI also supported the 2nd Saturday Art Fair, the brainchild of Scott Finnell.
The AAI collaboration with the Idyllwild Master Chorale on the “One Lone Candle” performances at Idyllwild School in December was also a great success, according to Kuscher. “Quite a bit of art was sold and it was an incredible gallery set-up …” he said.
“The goals of AAI for 2014 are to increase membership, make the website more functional, and greater communication with the membership,” Kuscher said. “We’d like more involvement with other organizations. We are working on a banner project right now — 19 banners. We have two socials planned for the course of the year and these are potluck socials which we hope are going to encourage the community to get more involved with AAI.”
The breakout session began, following Kuscher’s presentation. In keeping with Robb’s soup analogy, attendees, who included many non-members, brought their own unique flavor to the mix. According to Robb, the breakouts were the real gem of the night, with the exchange of ideas about two specific areas — membership and shows. The information collected will be used to enhance AAI with the information being handed over to mini-committees. “In other words, the AAI is cooking up a lot of excitement in our community, which is evidenced by the 79 new members that joined the AAI in 2013,” Robb said excitedly.
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