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NOVEMBER 15 - JANUARY 18
EYVIND EARLE: AN ORIGINAL AMERICAN MASTER

Elverhøj will open a new art exhibition November 15 featuring Eyvind Earle, an original American master. This California artist, author and illustrator, is noted for his landscape painting and contribution to the background illustration and styling of classic Disney animated films.

The exhibit will offer a first look at oil paintings that hung in the artist’s home, never before seen by the public.  Also included are serigraphs, scratchboards, sculpture and prints. This is a special opportunity for collectors as many of the works will be available for purchase.  

You are invited to the Opening Reception on Saturday November 15 from 4 to 6 pm. Wine and refreshments will be served. There is no charge for admission.

Eyvind Earle (1916-2000) was born in New York but raised in Hollywood. An accomplished artist from an early age, he landed a job as an assistant sketch artist for United Artists while still in his teens. By the early 1950s he was working as a background painter for Walt Disney Studios, where he contributed to the classic animated feature films Sleeping Beauty and Lady and the Tramp. Concurrently with his work in film and, later, in television, he was achieving ever greater recognition for his personal work in fine art. From his first New York City solo show in 1938 until his death in July 2000, Earle exhibited regularly at prestigious galleries and museums across the United States.

For a ten year period between 1968-1978 Earle resided in Solvang. He found inspiration in the natural beauty of the area as is evident in the many artworks depicting Santa Ynez Valley and Central Coast locations.

Eyvind Earle had a totally original perception of landscape. He successfully synthesizes seemingly incongruent aspects into a singularly distinctive style: a style, which is at once mysterious, primitive, disciplined, moody and nostalgic. His landscapes are remarkable for their suggestion of distances, landmasses and weather moods. “For 70 years,” Earle wrote in 1996, “I’ve painted paintings, and I’m constantly and everlastingly overwhelmed at the stupendous infinity of Nature. Wherever I turn and look, there I see creation. Art is creating.... Art is the search for truth.”

Eyvind Earle

Join us for a Gallery Talk with Felicia Cody on Saturday January 10 at 4 pm. “The Life and Legacy of Eyvind Earle” will be the topic of the conversation with a question and answer session to follow.

Eyvind Earle: An Original American Master will remain on view through January 18.


Elverhoj Around TownPop up galleries in 5 Solvang locations now
ELVERHØJ AROUND TOWN

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is on the move with pop up galleries in two locations around the town of Solvang. The displays, called “Elverhøj Around Town,” occupies space at these Solvang businesses: Montecito Bank and Trust, 591 Alamo Pintado Road, and Petersen Village Inn, 1576 Mission Drive.


VIKINGS INVADE ELVERHØJ!

Viking PaulElverhøj Museum of History & Art invites visitors to learn more about Scandinavian ancestors of long ago. The new Vikings! display includes stone age Danish tools, replica pieces, and weapons. Informative text and photographs tell of the Vikings’ role in history and in popular culture. For younger explorers, there is a hands-on display table and handouts about the Viking runic “alphabet.”  

“Viking” is a term used by modern scholars to refer to the Nordic-speaking peoples from southern Scandinavia who raided, traded and settled in Europe and the British Isles roughly between A.D. 793-1066. In addition to being the fierce warriors of popular stereotype, Vikings were sailors, shipbuilders, farmers, master artists, craftsmen, shrewd businessmen, and fearless explorers. Their activities stimulated political changes in Europe and Russia; created lasting new societies in Iceland and Greenland; and led to the discovery of North America 500 years before Columbus.

Viking axeThe museum has had the opportunity to add new artifacts to the existing collection. These items include a Viking era sword, an ornamental replica axe, and jewelry.

Schedule a private tour for your group or class by phoning (805) 686-1211 or email info@elverhoj.org.


SOLVANG ROOM EXHIBIT
 
History, someone has said, is the stories we tell ourselves.  In Elverhøj’s Solvang Room, the so-called Scrapbook on the Wall — a series of large panels of photos and text — tells the stories of Solvang from 1910 to the present. A team of talented people have worked together for many months to assemble this special exhibit.
 
Just as with a personal scrapbook, material for these history panels has come from a variety of sources. We have rummaged through Elverhøj’s records to find historical treasures: oral history tapes, family genealogies, old letters, personal reminiscences, the museum’s extensive photo collection, local newspaper clippings, school board records, event programs, souvenirs and memorabilia, published and unpublished histories of Solvang, student theses on Solvang, and more.

The World at War      Reinventing Solvang

People have shared their personal photo albums, scrapbooks, and stories with us. Organizations have donated information about themselves. Other museums have generously assisted. A UCSB intern and a Cal State researcher contributed some expertise. Even the Danish embassy got involved and furnished photos of Denmark’s royal family.
 
What you can now see is a series of important vignettes or stories about key milestones in Solvang’s history rather than a complete and definitive history. The history panels start with Danish immigration to America, progress through the founding and growth of Solvang, and in a generally chronological way, guide the viewer through stories about local culture, influential people, and events. You can also read about Solvang cowboys, how the automobile came to the Valley, how Solvang reinvented itself, the three visits from Danish Royalty, and learn about ring riding and hitting the cat out of barrel, among other things.
 
Funding generously provided by The Valley Foundation, The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, MIS Associates, and Premier Imaging Products.


PROPOSALS FOR ART GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

The Elverhøj Museum of History and Art encourages art exhibition proposal submissions from individual artists and artist groups. The guidelines are intended to help expedite the review of these submissions by insuring that each proposal is as complete as possible. Proposals for exhibitions at the Elverhøj must include both written and visual components.

A copy of the artist proposal guidelines is available for download.

Click to DownloadArtist Exhibition Proposal Procedures PDF (or DOC version)
Click to DownloadArtist GROUP Exhibition Proposal Procedures PDF (or DOC version)

 
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