(This story came from an AAI press release.)

Art lovers view original works submitted for judging in the Art Alliance of Idyllwild Eye of the Artist show at the Idyllwild Area Historical Society Museum on Saturday, July 15. Ribbons had already been awarded and attendees could participate in a raffle to take a piece of art home. A silent auction offered more artwork while live music, snacks and libations added to the ambience.
Photo by Tom Kluzak

The Art Alliance of Idyllwild held its annual fund-raising event the “Eye of the Artist” on Saturday, July 15. AAI partnered with the Idyllwild Area Historical Society where artists and visitors enjoyed the museum’s gardens, live music and refreshments.

N.S. David judged the many creative works art from more than 50 artists illustrating the theme “Landscapes of the Mind.”  She awarded the following ribbons:

Category Ribbon Title Winner

Best in Show “Hidden Lake”

Jan Priestley

People’s Choice “Adrift” Erin O’Neill

Wearable Art1st“Cowboy Clutch”

Robert VandenBurg

3D Art 1st “Bear Sighting” Mark Willden

2nd“Garden Girl”

Cher Townsend

3rd“Intrigue”Don Dietz

Erin O’Neill won first place in the Photography-Digital Art Category and People’s Choice Award for “Adrift” at the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s Eye of the Artist on Saturday at the Idyllwild Area Historical Society Museum.
Photo by Lissa Evans.

2D Art 1st “McKinney Lane”

Mandy Johnson

2nd“Mountain Memory”

Terri VandenBurg

3rd“Gathering of the Gods”

Gerry High


Mention“Play Ball”Rob Padilla


Mention“Lake Fulmor Sunset”

Alannah Kern

Photograph 1st “Adrift” Erin O’Neill

2nd “Revolution from Within”

Caryn Gilbert

3rd“Red Flyer”Lissa Evans

The AAI received sponsorship from Bel Vino Winery, Bake Shop and Brew, Mile High Café and Village Market.

Planning is now underway for the AAI’s 20th anniversary Art Walk and Wine Tasting on October 14.