Friday, June 4, 2010

AAI's Plein Air Fest and 3-D Show June 12 & 13

Green Pillow by Paul Strahm

The weekend of June 12-13 promises to be one of the liveliest of the year in the art town of Idyllwild as the Art Alliance of Idyllwild rolls two of its most popular events into one fun-filled weekend. The annual Plein Air Festival and the annual 3-Dimensional Art Show and Gallery Tour are sure to thrill visitors and locals alike.

Plein Air is French for “Open Air” and, on Saturday, AAI artists will be scattered throughout the forest, capturing lovely and picturesque outdoor scenes on canvas. Enjoy appetizers and drinks as you stroll from gallery to gallery, watching the artists at work. The idea of Plein Air is to capture, with paint and canvas, a single moment in time. The result is a colorful “snapshot,” which will serve as a keepsake that will evoke fond memories for years to come.

The three-dimensional show presents art in 360°. AAI member galleries will open their doors to feature fine, original 3-D works that include ceramics, wood, clay, fiber, glass art, carved porcelain pottery, jewelry, furniture and mixed media. It all happens Saturday, June 12, from 12pm-5pm. Stop by any AAI member gallery to pick up your route map.

The culmination of both events takes place Sunday morning with a champagne reception, from 10am-noon, hosted by the Quiet Creek Inn (26345 Delano Drive). Come see the finished Plein Air creations and cast your choice for the Community Favorite Award. A juror will choose the First, Second and Third Place awards as well as Honorable Mentions.

For more information on these or other AAI events, please visit their web site at or call the toll free number: 877-439-5278. To download a copy of AAI's Gallery Guide, click :

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