Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery, is once again introducing a new art exhibit in its 4,000-square-foot gallery. “The Idyllwild Collection: Wanderlust” features a variety of works that capture the many wonders of adventure and the creative, inquisitive mind.

Defined as an irresistibly strong desire to travel or explore, the word wanderlust conjures up romantic visions of distant lands, exotic locales and flights of fancy. With more than 200 works of art from 36 of Southern California’s most talented artists, the exhibit invites viewers to explore the world through the artists’ eyes as they travel the globe or share a personal journey expressed through paint, clay, metal, photography and a variety of other mediums.

Expanding on the theme is the “exhibit within the exhibit” in the Loft Gallery upstairs where 10 talented photographers use the lens of their camera to take you places you may have only imagined.

With exhibits that rotate every three months, new artists and works are featured regularly in the Tasting Gallery. Ten artists are brand new to the Tasting Gallery with this exhibit: ceramic artist Gary Cominotto, watercolorist Steve Gruber, watercolorist Alannah Kern, abstract painter Greg Stogner, watercolorist Rebecca Wyko, and photographers Scott Bump, Joel Crisp, Marshall Hawkins, Carl Kravats, Chris Martin and John Wayland.

Middle Ridge’s popular “Afternoon With the Artists” is open to the public on from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Visitors will have the opportunity to sip, talk and walk through the Tasting Gallery while getting to know the artists.

In addition to enjoying the art and award-winning wine, guests attending the reception will be treated to the soulful soft and pop rock sounds of Miles Thomas, who will be performing from 2 to 6 p.m. Middle Ridge Winery invites visitors to “spend the afternoon and with us … and the day in Idyllwild.”

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