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Art Walk and Wine Tasting in Idyllwild

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A glass of wine, a stroll through town, and art, art, art: It’s the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s most popular event of the year, the Art Walk and Wine Tasting on Saturday, October 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Now in its seventh year, the event, which literally takes over the town, will feature fresh art in 15 galleries, fine wine from 25 wineries, live music and hors d’oeuvres.

The cost of the event is $20 (AAI members $15) and your “ticket” is actually a monogrammed wine glass. The keepsake wine glass/ticket can be reserved by contacting any Art Alliance gallery or by calling the Alliance toll-free at 866-439-5278.

Tickets also will be on sale on the day of the event beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the event’s sponsor, Idyllwild Realty Capparelli and Associates, at its main office on North Circle Drive across from the Rustic Theatre in downtown Idyllwild. The ticket comes with a handy gallery map.

The weekend also includes the Art Alliance’s Annual Members’ Juried Show with a reception on Friday, October 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and continuing Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Four Corners Gallery. Four Corners Gallery, which was created so that individual Art Alliance member artists would have a place to show their work, is located at the top of Idyllwild’s main street at 54967 North Circle Drive. Phone (951) 659-1926. The reception and show are free.

This being the Big One, the galleries go all out to present the most incredible assortment of art they can muster. For instance, the Idyllwild Gallery of Fine Art will be presenting a show of work by Hawaiian artist Mapuana Schneider. While Schneider’s work is brilliantly colored expressions of Hawaiian inspiration, her personal story is just as colorful.

Schneider’s father was descended from missionaries and her mother was a Hawaiian native. She married young and became a single mother who worked the canneries by day and danced the hula at night to support her two children. She not only worked her way up to the position of president of a major Hawaiian hotel, but also became president and CEO of her own wine import business. Her artwork is an expression of her colorful life.

And Schneider is just one of the artists and stories to be found during this celebration of fine wine and fine art in Idyllwild.

Following is a list of the Art Alliance galleries and what they will feature during the event.

Parks Exhibition Center on the Idyllwild Art Campus. While the Center is about a mile from downtown Idyllwild, it is worth the short drive to see both the exhibitions in the Center and the Idyllwild Arts Campus, which is a famous art school for high-school aged students gifted in music, dance, theater, film and visual arts. 52500 Temecula Dr., (951) 659-2171 ext. 2251.

Courtyard Gallery, behind the Shell Station just off Hwy 243. Featuring the whimsical, fantastic and poetic painting of Los Angeles artist Patricia Krepps. 26120 Ridgeview Dr., (951) 659-2774.

Idyllwild Gallery of Fine Art, in the Fort. Featuring Hawaiian artist Mapauna Schneider’s show, “A Journey of Self Expression.” 54225 North Circle Drive, Suite 17, (951) 659-1948.

Everitt’s Minerals and Gallery, in the Fort. Featuring hand-made jewelry by Larry and Janet Everitt. 54225 North Circle Drive, Suite 10, (951) 659-7075.

Feats of Clay, in the Fort. Elizabeth Green of Palm Desert will feature her Southwest-designed gourd art. 54225 North Circle Drive, Suite 9, (951) 659-2692.

Earth ’N Fire, in the Fort. “Images of Buddha: The entire world is in the eye of the Buddha.” Various Idyllwild artists will be represented. 54225 North Circle Drive, Suite 5, (951) 659-4481.

Artspresso, just up North Circle Drive from downtown Idyllwild, will feature various new works from the mind of owner Gerry High. 54200 North Circle Drive, Suite D-1, (951) 659-6162.

Whirlwind Studios, in Oakwood Village. Ancient Native American pottery designs created on gourds by artist Brigitte Lopez. 54425 North Circle Drive, Suite 10, (951) 659-2306.

O’Neill-Peck-Jones Gallery, in Oakwood Village. Watercolors by Don O’Neill and clay sculpture by Rebecca Peck-Jones. 54425 North Circle Drive, Suite 7, (951) 659-3613.
Baker Galleries, in Oakwood Village. Susanna Dentons’ artwork hangs in many private collections in North America and Europe. Her latest endeavor, “Fine Art Silver,” will be featured. 54425 North Circle Drive, Suites 3, 4 and 5, (951) 659-2597.

Skye Gallery in Oakwood Village. “A celebration of trees,” by Kathy Harmon-Luber. See the artist’s stunning photography of trees in Idyllwild and other idyllic places. 54425 North Circle Drive. (951) 659-3339.

Joseph Zeval Fine Art Gallery, in the Fern Valley Collection, a little farther up North Circle Drive. Featuring the fine artwork of Joseph Zeval and other guest artists. 54750 North Circle Drive. (951) 659-9892.

Cafe Aroma Gallery, in the Fern Valley Collection. A very popular local bistro gallery featuring the work of local artists including JoAnne Tomsche Biley as well as musicians, poets and writers. 54750 North Circle Drive (951) 659-5212.

The Four Corners Gallery, Fern Valley Corners at the top of North Circle Drive. Location of the 6th Annual Juried Members’ Show and Reception. 54967 North Circle Drive, 659-1926.

Two Babes in the Woods Gallery, just east of Fern Valley Corners on South Circle Drive. Showcasing new works by Richard Stergulz and the gallery’s “Family of Artists.” 55750 South Circle Drive, (951) 659-8100.

The Art Alliance of Idyllwild is a nonprofit organization. For more information, visit the AAI Web site at: www.artinidyllwild.com or call toll free 1-866-439-5278.

For more information on Idyllwild, visit the Idyllwild Town Crier Newspaper’s Web site: www.towncrier.com.

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