Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is honoring the group of artists who opened their studios to visitors over the past ten years with a new exhibition debuting May 2. “Santa Ynez Valley Artists: All Together Now @ Elverhøj” will showcase artwork by 26 local artists.
Fans, followers and art lovers are invited to view the latest work by this creative and diverse group while the popular annual Santa Ynez Valley Artists Tour is on hiatus awaiting county decisions on art tour regulations.
An Opening Reception will take place Saturday May 2 from 4 to 6 pm. The public is invited to meet and celebrate with the artists. Wine and refreshments will be served. There is no charge for admission.
“The exhibit provides a glimpse at the wealth of talent and the diversity of the local art community,” said Elverhøj Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates, who has been working with Curator/Juror Colin Gray as he selected his favorite picks for the show. “He chose artwork that displays creative passion and a wide variety of art media,” said Bates.
The exhibition includes artwork by: Donna Anderegg, Wesley Anderegg, Carol Carbine, Gwen Cates, James Cleland, Virginia Cooper, Jim Farnum, Karen Gearhart-Jensen, Rebecca Gomez, Anna Jud Hallauer, Suzan Hamilton-Todd, Chris Hansen, Patricia Hedrick, Rick Hubbard, Suzanne Huska, Kam Jacoby, Renée Kelleher, Joseph Knowles, Teresa McNeil MacLean, Marianne Muldowney-Hofmann, Zoë Nathan, Larry R. Rankin, Pat Roberts, Judi Stauffer, C. Wood, Nancy Yaki and Seyburn Zorthian.
Exhibition programming includes artist demonstrations from 1 to 3 pm on Saturdays May 9 and 23, June 13 and 27, and July 18. On Saturday July 11, there will be an artist panel discussion. The topic of the 4 pm talk is “Inspiration and the Creative Process.” A social hour will immediately follow the discussion.
The exhibit will remain on display through July 26.
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.
Elverhøj 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.
The 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 email@example.com.
SOLVANG ROOM EXHIBIT
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.
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.