Art Alliance mounts third judged show and gallery tour

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The Art Alliance of Idyllwild presents its third judged show for AAI member artists coupled with a working artist gallery tour the weekend of July 19 and 20.

Artists may enter one piece to be judged, in one of six categories — oils and acrylics; water-based media; pastels, charcoal, drawings and print making; mixed-media, collage and jewelry; sculpture, bas relief and found objects (3D); and photographic art.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the art will be judged with results — three ribbons and honorable mention in all categories — to be announced at a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Judging is open to the public. All events are at the Rainbow Inn. Judged points for entered pieces are added to previous year events to determine AAI’s Artist of the Year, to be announced at a subsequent event. If not currently members, those desiring to submit may join AAI prior to the event. See www.artinidyllwild.org for registration and event information.

In addition to judged awards, two other category awards, “People’s Choice” and “Artists’ Choice,” will be presented. “Artists’ Choice” is by vote of participating artists. Neither “People’s Choice” nor “Artists’ Choice” awards count toward point totals for artists of the year.

Member artists may also showcase two pieces on the optional “Under $100” gallery wall for sale.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20, the show is open to the public both for viewing and purchasing. During the two-day event, attendees may also tour local galleries, many of which feature working artists.

AAI President Gary Kuscher noted the revival of a Frank Vrabel award in the 3D category in honor of the well-respected and now deceased artist. “I’m very proud of AAI and what we do for the community,” said Kuscher, who reminded attendees that the event is free to the public and that hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served at the Saturday evening reception.

Check the AAI website for more events in the year as well as for information about the AAI drive to raise money for more public art in Idyllwild.

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