Culture

Explore Idyllwild’s unique blend of natural beauty and culture

Idyllwild Art & Culture

Featured in the “100 Best Art Towns in America,” Idyllwild is celebrated for its vibrant artistic community and rich cultural tapestry. With a plethora of galleries, studios, and workshops dotting its picturesque streets, Idyllwild offers an inspiring haven for artists, craftsmen, and art lovers from all walks of life.

The town’s commitment to nurturing creativity is evident in its eclectic mix of art events, festivals, and educational programs, all set against the backdrop of its breathtaking natural scenery. Idyllwild’s unique blend of natural beauty and artistic vibrance not only makes it a coveted destination for those seeking inspiration but also underscores its rightful place among America’s most cherished art towns.

Idyllwild Arts Academy

52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild CA 92549
(951) 659-2171

The Idyllwild Arts Academy is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian institution. Students entering the Academy undertake a combined curriculum of pre-professional arts training and college preparatory academic studies.The Idyllwild Arts Academy (Sept.–May) (9th-12th; PG) provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists from all over the world.The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program provides arts instruction and experiences of the highest caliber to a diverse student population of all ages and abilities. They constantly have impressive student shows for your viewing pleasure!

Idyllwild Arts Academy

54380 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
(760) 797-5602

Enjoy anything from abstract to woodwork here! Featuring the photography of 2012 Artist of the Year Kathy Harmon Luber and the art of Muralist Gerry High, Colleen Mettler, Sergio Naduville, Terry Casella, Gene Peebles, Diane Morgan and many others. Beautiful pottery, jewelry, glass and fine art.

Artspresso Gallery

26120 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549
(951) 659-0394

Contemporary Fine Art in Idyllwild; featuring Painting, Sculpture, Photography & Ceramics, all by local area artists. The Courtyard is an artist-operated gallery! Representing the legacy of founder and artist Carol Mills, The Courtyard offers a vital and diverse selection of contemporary fine art, featuring sculpture, photography, painting, glass art, and more by local artists Cher Townsend, Trish Tuley, Debbie Crowell, Helen Atik, Lisa Coffaro and Mark Alan Meader. A rotating selection of unique and talented guest artists is always showing.

The Courtyard Gallery

Everitt’s Minerals

54300 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
(951) 659-2171

Lapidary artists and silversmiths, Larry and Janet Everitt meld nature’s gems, minerals and fossils into beautiful jewelry. As well as handcrafted pottery and antique Japanese woodblock prints. This artist owned gallery also features other local artists.

Everitt's Minerals

Pure Bean IDY

54245 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
(951) 659-1379

Come enjoy a exceptional cup of coffee, roasted in shop, poured by enthusiastic baristas. If coffee isn’t for you, they also serve hot chocolate, smoothies and other iced drinks that taste delicious with their delightful homemade muffins, natural or gluten-free. Postcards, prints, metal sign art are also available for purchase.

Pure Bean IDY

Mountain Pottery

54245 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
(951) 659-2504

Free Pottery Demonstrations Second Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM (Weather permitting). The demonstrations will be in the Art Garden otherwise join us in the Mountain Pottery Studio. Mountain Pottery has shelves full of beautiful one-of-a-kind handcrafted pottery and ceramics by 10 local Idyllwild artists. Perfect for holiday and gift shopping.

Mountain Pottery

The Spruce Moose

54225 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
(951) 659-5556

Featured at this unique woodland gift shop are award-winning works by Jennifer Ali, Jerry Baccaire, Karlis Dabols, Donna Elliot, Lissa Evans, Fariad, Darcy Gerdes, Mark Nelthorpe & Denise Selby along with breathtaking photography and handcrafts of other local artisans. Their soy-blend candles, hand-poured in Idyllwild, ship all over the globe. 

The Spruce Moose