The event begins on Friday, June 9, when visitors and artists may attend a FREE live painting demonstration by well-known plein air artist, Rich Stergulz. This will take place at the Grand Idyllwild Lodge, 54620 Pinecrest Rd. Idyllwild, at 6:30 pm. Space is limited and seats must be reserved by visiting artinidyllwild.org website and clicking on reserve a seat. 

On Saturday, June 10, 2017 the Art Alliance of Idyllwild will hold a Plein Air (outdoor painting) competition with cash prizes. The competition is limited to 25 artists, who will be painting in and around the scenic mountain community of Idyllwild. Artists will paint from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm, when they will submit their painting, (along with 1 additional painting) to the Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery, 54301 N. Circle Dr. Idyllwild, Ca 92549. 

The paintings that are painted during the day will then be judged and become available for sale during a wine & cheese reception. Featuring the participating artists, the event will be open to the public, starting at 5:30 pm at Middle Ridge. This opportunity to congratulate the winners and mingle with the artists with a glass of wine is sure to be a fun and exciting event.Cash prizes will be awarded: $300. for first place, $200. For 2nd place and $100. for 3rd place. The gallery will stay open thru Sunday, June 11. 

Many local galleries and hot spots will be featuring live painting demonstrations from 10am to 2pm. See our website for more details on where these will take place. 

Plein Air painting is derived from the French “en plein air” which simply means “outdoors.” The first painters credited with painting en plein air were the French artists of the Barbizon School impressionist period when painters such as Rousseau (1812-1867) rejected the conventions that stressed studio painting even when painting landscapes. These artists immersed themselves in nature and “chased the light” for a period of 2 hours or so while painting outdoors. Generally, one can determine the time of day in a plein air painting by the light and shadows. In California, plein air painting became popular in the beginning of the 20th century, with a resurgence of interest starting in 1995 in Laguna Beach, with the founding of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA.org).