During the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s spring weekend, many artists, including Eric Yandell, demonstrated their talent at various locations around town.
Photos by Peter Szabadi

Caryn Gilbert was awarded the blue ribbon for her photography.

This past Saturday’s Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s judged art show featured 49 artists and 75 pieces of art. The show also included several artists demonstrating how they create.

The guest judge was David Reid-Marr, current chair of Visual Arts at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Reid-Marr described the show as “a wonderful experimentation of art.”

Ribbons were awarded to the following artists.


  • 1st place: Mandy Johnson (graphite)
  • 2nd place: Jana McCullough (pen/ink)
  • 3rd place: George Companiott (assemblage)


  • 1st place: Cher Townsend (clay)
  • 2nd place: Shanna Robb (glass mosaic)
  • 3rd place: Kirk Evans (electrical wire)

Wearable Art

  • 1st place: Judy Aussenhofer (wire wrapping)
  • 2nd place: Patrick Barry (African trade beads)
  • 3rd place: Robert VandenBurg (leather satchel)

Photography / Digital Art

  • 1st place: Caryn Gilbert
  • 2nd place: Peter Szabadi
  • 3rd place: Trish Tuley

Honorary Mentions were given to Terri Vandenberg for her painted bag and Su Cheatham for block printing.

The artist reception, attended by more than 80 guests, was held at Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery Saturday evening.

Shanna Robb, event chair, shared that Reid-Marr was born in England and receiving his master’s in fine art at Royal College of Art. His art work has exhibited widely across the U.S. Reid-Marr’s eclectic background includes managing a farm in Dorset, being a member of a punk band, and studying printmaking and painting with masters in both fields.

For more information about future art shows, including the June 10 Plein Air Competition, visit www.artinidyllwild.org.