If you’ve a taste for treasure and a thirst for adventure, the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s Art and Treasures Weekend is certain to please. This Labor Day weekend, Idyllwild will be transformed into a treasure hunter’s paradise. Discover fine works of original art, enjoy lively musicians, and seek precious objects at community-wide yard sales.
That Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the Art and Treasures art festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1. Observe working artists and peruse art for sale at the Idyllwild Community Center site (across from the Shell station on Highway 243). Take home some unique additions at artist-direct pricing.
There’s special treasures to be found all over town. AAI galleries hold a treasure trove of original art in a host of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass art and ceramics. Visit local businesses, inns and restaurants to seek out weekend specials.
For early birds with a hankering for collectibles and other wares, the fun begins Friday at 9 a.m. Pick up a copy of the Town Crier for a map of community-wide yard sales. With Idyllwild’s reputation as one of the 100 best art towns in America, you’re sure to find an unusual assortment of art and treasures.
AAI is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded to promote artists and galleries in the mountain town. AAI hosts several key art events each year, including the Art Walk and Wine Tasting, where visitors enjoy exquisite art, live music, local dancers and delicious appetizers while sampling wine from dozens of participating wineries.
This year’s event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The souvenir wine glass serves as a ticket to the day’s festivities. Register online (www.artinidyllwild.org).
Idyllwild’s Chris Trout is sponsoring this year’s Art and Treasures weekend. For information on all AAI events, call 877-439-5278 or visit www.artinidyllwild.org.