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MAY 2 - JULY 26

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.

Artist Demonstration Saturdays

Experience art making up close as you watch artists create in real time and engage in an informal conversation about artistic processes. FREE.

June 13, 1 to 3 pm: C. Wood

June 27, 1 to 3 pm: Carol Carbine

July 18, 1 to 3 pm: Virginia Cooper

Artist Panel Discussion Saturday July 11, 4 pm with Social Hour immediately following. FREE.

“Last Call” Closing Reception Sunday July 26, 4 to 5pm.

August 1 through October 18
“Traditions on the Edge
Photographs of Mongolia and Myanmar by Richard Lindekens

Opening Reception: Saturday August 1, 4 to 6 pm

The Chin peoples of western Myanmar and the eagle hunters of western Mongolia share a common goal: holding on to tradition while rapid modernization threatens their identity, cultural history and way of life. Stunning photographs capture these wonderfully unique cultures and centuries of tradition. From the elaborately inked faces of the women of Burma to nomadic Kazakhs and the symbiosis between hunters and their majestic raptors, photographer Richard Lindekens documents these traditions at risk.


Elverhoj Around TownPop up galleries in 5 Solvang locations now

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 Landsby Inn, 1576 Mission Drive.


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.

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.


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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