By Julie Pendray
IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Residents and visitors to the mountain village of Idyllwild in Southern California were able to see working artists everywhere on Saturday.
Some artists worked in the great outdoors, while others added final touches to their pieces inside their galleries. These were part of the Sizzling Summer Plein Air & Working Artist Gallery Tour, which is presented annually by the Art Alliance of Idyllwild.
The Alliance is a non-profit group formed to support the growing reputation of the location as one of the top small art towns in the United States. Idyllwild is about an hour’s drive from Palm Springs and approximately two hours from San Diego and Los Angeles, making it a perfect day trip or weekend getaway for all of Southern California.
Visitors on Saturday also were able to wander through Idyllwild Community Park and see other art on sale as part of Idyllwild 2nd Saturday Art Fair.
That event is separate from the Alliance. It is presented on the second Saturday each month, May through October.
The annual Alliance event ends Sunday morning with a champagne brunch at Wilder Cabins, where ribbons will be awarded to participating plein air artists. The work of all artists participating in the Alliance’s event will be up for sale. The cabins are at 54550 South Circle. The brunch will be from 9 a.m. to noon. It is free of charge.
The following is a selection of some of the colorful work around the downtown area, including the Community Park, on Saturday. Photos are from both events. 550 South Cir
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