The Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s 20th-annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting on Saturday Oct. 14, came alive with laughter and music. The day attracted

Ticket holders line up at the Idyllwild Area Historical Museum for wine tastings at the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s 20th-annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Photo by Jason Cleghorn

more than 1,100 art and wine lovers.

The AAI staged 12 galleries and art hot spots with more than 40 artists, 17 Southern California wineries showcasing their signature selections and more than 100 volunteers.

New features this year included musicians who played at locations all along North Circle Drive and a well-attended open mic Poetry Reading at the Idyllwild Area Historical Society.

Art Alliance President Donna Elliot, said: “Many shops, inns and restaurants thanked the AAI for the increased business the event brought to town.”

This year’s event broke previous fundraising records, raising more than $30,000, said Elliot. “AAI will continue to promote local art scholarships, events, artist workshops and community art projects to enhance and expand Idyllwild’s reputation as a thriving art community, thus fulfilling one of AAI’s key goals,” she wrote.

AAI’s major sponsors include: Shane Stewart of Idyllwild Realty; Frank and Lori Ferro of Ferro and Idyllwild Brew Pub; Luis and Michelle Solis of Fratello’s Italian Ristorante, The Lumber Mill Bar & Grill and Tacos Los Gorditos; Harold Hochberg of The Cigar Box; Ed Carol of P&R Paper Supply Company; and Chris and Melody Johnston of Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery.