Local plein air artists had a chance to get a preview of the Sierra Madre Wistaria Vine six days prior the Wistaria Festival, and the Chamber announced the names of six members of the community, who, through their long-term contributions, earned the title of the first Wistaria Festival “Treasures of Sierra Madre.”
It was a pleasant morning and Bob and Nel Solt opened their back yard to local artists who enjoyed breathtaking view of the vine, which is looking as good as it has in several years. Barring rain prior to the festival, the vine should be spectacular on the day of the Festival.
The Chamber worked with the Friends of the Arts to invite local artists Tori Wahlstrom, Gail Radice, Star Higgins and Loni Kaiser to take advantage of a rare opportunity to practice their art at the vine, as Ann Luke performed on the hammered dulcimer in the background, contributing to a tranquil atmosphere of serenity.
The Chamber of Commerce introduced six long-time Sierra Madreans as the Treasures at about 10am. Bean Town Coffee House provided coffee and breakfast pastries.