This past Friday kicked off a weekend full of live art in Idyllwild hosted by the Art Alliance of Idyllwild. During the Friday live painting demonstration, Richard “Rich” Stergulz, owner of The Green Art House in Bonsall, shared a wealth of information with more than 40 attendees at the Grand Idyllwild Lodge.
An Illinois native and artist since 8age 8, Stergulz also was the surprise guest judge for the Saturday Plein Air competition. Artists did not learn about his double role until the Saturday evening reception at Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery.
Stergulz had the arduous task of selecting three ribbon winners. Award winners were Terry Chacon ($300), Ginger Pena ($200) and Rafael Maniago ($100). Guest Artist designation was awarded to Opal Larkin, 5-1/2-year-old daughter of Rachel Welch and the late James Larkin, who also received an honorable mention ribbon from Stergulz.
The artist wine and cheese reception was attended by about 158 guests. A successful overall event, a total of seven pieces of art were sold before the show closed on Sunday at 4 p.m.