Last Saturday, the Art Alliance of Idyllwild held its annual Eye of the Artist event at the Rainbow Inn. John Simpson provides the inn for the event. “The attendance and participation by local artists and the public exceeded our most hopeful expectations and broke, by far, all our previous records in both attendance, donations and funds raised,” said Peter Szabadi, AAI board member.
More than 82 artists, galleries and art hot spots donated works to the raffle and the silent auction. The event adds to AAI’s finances the ability to promote local art opportunities and projects, art education and scholarships in keeping with the organization’s nonprofit objectives.
James Jared Williams, judge, awarded prizes to the following AAI members in the seven categories in competition:
Oil and Acrylics
1st place: “Saunders Meadows” by Jessica Schiffman
2nd place: “Eye Bloom” by Lisa Coffaro
1st place: “Froggy Dreams” by Jana McCullough
2nd place: “Blue Flowers” by Janet McAlpine
1st place: “Sanctuary” by Mandy Johnson
2nd place: “Free Bird” by Pam Goldwasser
Honorable Mention: “Wild Swan” by Helen Molles
1st place: “Traveler” by Das Seastrand
2nd place: “Cosmic Birth of Eve” by Gerry High
Sculpture/Bas Relief/Found Objects
1st place: “Unknown at this Time” by Dore Capitani
2nd place: “Dreams” by Trudy Levy
1st place: “Impending Peace” by Kathy Harmon-Luber
2nd place: “Fire Scape” by Trish Tuley
Honorable Mention: “Wild in Cuba” by Peter Szabadi
Jewelry & Wearable Art
1st place: “Inside Look” by Patrick Barry
2nd place: “Hand-Wrought Copper” by Linda Meadows
The Art Alliance is now getting ready for the upcoming members’ art show in May.