Temecula, CA (PRWEB) May 21, 2013

Art in many forms celebrates Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Countrys culture, and rich history. The new Must-See-and-Do is inspiration for creative, imaginative stays, enthuses Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. Art-and-culture visits are easier-to-linger-and-enjoy, less-busy weekdays; and Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotel-resort nightly room-rates are appealing. Located 1-hour from San Diego, Orange County, Palm Desert; 1 hours from Los Angeles; the boutique-destination includes Downtown Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino.

1-Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival Posters Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival (TVBWF; May 31-June 2) launches Summerfest with hot-air-balloon glows; hot-air-balloon flights; award-winning wine tasting. Festival-poster contests winning artwork becomes years souvenir-poster. View (1986-to-present) and purchase (1998-to-current) posters: TVBWF office year-round.

2-Summer Concerts at Temecula Valley Wineries Temecula Valley winery-venues host musical-artists. Monte de Oro, South Coast, Wilson Creek present concerts; Thornton, Champagne Jazz (Hiroshima, George Benson, Keiko Matsui); Bel Vino, Callaway, Cougar, Europa Village, Falkner, Leoness, Lorimar, Miramonte, Mount Palomar, Oak Mountain, Wilson Creek: weekly wine-and-live-music.

3-Old Town Temecula Street Painting & Plein Air Festivals Grand-performance art (June 21-22-23) includes 100+ Street Painting-artists creating vivid, large-scale murals on asphalt; Plein Air-artists painting canvasses. Spectators paint 500+ smaller asphalt-squares (use-of-pastels, free). Temecula Art Festival features works of fine artists and aspiring young student-artists.

4-Temecula Summer Art Day Camps Visitors can pre-register children/teens for fun-and-popular Summer Art Day Camps. Temecula Community Services coordinates camps.

5-Hot Summer Nights in Old Town Temecula Live-bands perform Summerfest Fridays (July 12-19-26; August 2-9-16-23-30). Blues, tribute-bands, reggae, Cajun/zydeco, beach, big band, rock, country music flavor Old Town Temecula dining-shopping-entertainment district.

6-Todd White Fine Art at Pechanga Resort & Casino Pechanga Collection by Todd White includes 11 original, oil-on-canvas paintings by 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards artwork-creator. Rat Pack meets Picasso paintings depict lively-and-colorful, gaming scenes (Full House, No More Bets).

7-Lorimar Galleries: Temecula Valley Wine Country & Old Town Temecula Lorimar Winery features local-artwork (artist Jami Tobey; photographers: Robert Kaler, Heather VanGaale; metal-artist Eric Burnett). Old Town Tasting Room features art-exhibits (photographer Bodhi Smith).

8- Art with Grapeline Wine Tours Temecula Valley Wine Country group tours are Grapeline specialty. With advance arrangements, Grapeline incorporates fine-art experiences with winery touring, wine tasting, vineyard-view dining.

9-Dorland Mountain Arts Colony Overlooking Temecula Valley on 340 acres, Dorland provides working-retreats for artists-writers-composers-musicians. Dorland opens for occasional, public Open Studio Events.

10-Luiseo Basket-Artistry inspired Fountain in Old Town Temecula Fountain is Old Town Temecula photo-opportunity landmark. Flanked by granite walls with flowing water, 20-foot diameter, mosaic-tile bowl resembles Luiseo woven-basket textural-design (artist, Christopher Pardell).

11-Historical Old Town Temecula Walking Tour First travelers to Temecula were trappers-hunters-explorers; gold prospectors; Butterfield Stage passengers; in 1882, railroad-passengers. Some railroad-era structures still exist. Temecula Valley Visitors Center provides self-guided Old Town Historic Walking Tour map/brochure including 1890 Welty building (former hotel); today, Temecula Olive Oil Company.

12-History of Temecula Mural in Old Town Temecula History of Temecula mural spans nearly full-block; chronicles Butterfield stagecoach; railroad era; backcountry cattle-drives; vineyards, hot-air-balloons-in-flight (artist, Robin Golden). Saturday-mornings, mural is Farmers Market backdrop.

13-Old Town Temecula Gateway Arches Granite columns support Old Town ironwork-arches depicting Temecula history (cattle-ranching 1800s-to-1960s; U.S. Post Office, 1859; artist, Bob Morris). Nearby are They Passed This Way tribute and Temecula Valley Museum (Luiseo-Native-Americans-to-modern-day).

14-Vault at The Bank Mexican Restaurant Historic First National Temecula Bank is now Bank Mexican Restaurant. By reservation, guests dine in walk-in Vault with life-size, 3-dimensional, 1914-inspired, hand-painted mural (artist, Jill Roberts). Temecula Gunfighters reenact 1930 bank robbery (Western Days; May 17-18, 2014).

15-Old Town Temecula Community Theater State-of-the-art, 361-seat, Old Town Temecula Community Theater features theatrical productions (Grease, Anything Goes); concerts (Salute-to-the-Eagles, Stony-B Blues, Jimmy Dorsey Tribute); contemporary-dance-to-classic-ballet; holiday-season, Nutcracker, Christmas Carol.

16-The MERC and Gallery at The MERC Adjacent Old Town Temecula Community Theater, historic 1891 Mercantile is The MERC: gallery and club-style, 50-seat performance space (19th-century brick walls; excellent acoustics). MERC features chamber music; jazz; country; Broadway-style Cabaret.

17-Iron Art Sculptures near Vail Lake Massive iron-art sculptures are east of Vail Lake (along Highway 79-south, Palm-Desert-to-Temecula-Valley-Wine-Country Palms-to-Vines Highway). Artworks include giant, galloping horses with flowing manes/tails (artist Ricardo Breceda).

*Information believed accurate but subject to change.


With natural gifts of climate and geography (Pueska Mountain, Rainbow Gap, Santa Margarita Gap), Temecula Valley is widely recognized for its quality wines and wineries as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country; and recently received TripAdvisors Travelers Choice Best U.S. Wine Destination Top 10 award. The popular destination includes Downtown Old Town Temecula; Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country; Pechanga Resort & Casino.

Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau is online at VisitTemecula.org; Facebook, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country; Twitter, @Visit_Temecula. Temecula Valley Visitors Center (Downtown Old Town Temecula) is open-7-days. For visitor assistance, call 888/363-2852, 951/491-6085.

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