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2014 News Archive
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$500 Juror’s Award + additional prizes

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art celebrates the 39-acre Santa Inés Mission Mills property by inviting visual artists inspired by the site to submit work to be considered for inclusion in the upcoming art exhibition, “Art From the Groves | Santa Inés Mission Mills.”

Artwork may document, interpret or embody any aspect of this historic and diverse site which includes the ruins of the grist and fulling mills, olive groves, re-introducing Mission-era agriculture, flora and fauna, the Alamo Pintado Creek, and vistas of the Santa Ynez Mountain range and Old Mission Santa Inés. All visual media are welcome, including painting, drawing, sculptures, mixed media and digital art and photography; imagery can be literal, figurative or abstract. ENTRY DEADLINE IS SATURDAY MAY 3.

Paint Out Paint Out

Juror for this group show is award-winning contemporary fine art painter and international juror Robert Burridge. Awards include the $500 Juror's Award, $250 First Place, $150 Second Place, and honorable mentions. Accepted entries will be exhibited in the Museum Gallery June 14 to September 28. Recipients of awards will be announced at the Opening Reception, June 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Mr. Burridge is a painter in all media, national juror, college and international workshop instructor and is the Honorary President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). A Signature Member of both the Philadelphia Water Color Society and ISAP, his honors include the prestigious Crest Medal for Achievement in the Arts and the Franklin Mint awards. His work is featured in many books and magazines, on Starbucks Coffee mugs, Pearl Vodka bottles and on commercial tapestries. His popular work hangs in permanent collections of international embassies, corporate galleries, art colleges as well as television and the entertainment industry. Visit www.robertburridge.com for a look at his extensive background.

A nonrefundable fee of $30 enables each artist to submit up to three entries for consideration. The competition is open to ages 18 and up.

Solstice Sundowner

2nd Annual Event June 21st

On Saturday June 21 Elverhøj Museum of History & Art will celebrate the year’s longest day with Solstice Sundowner, a benefit party with fun, fine food and local wines, entertainment—and a solstice bonfire.

Guests will congregate at 5 pm under a canopy of oaks on the greens alongside the picturesque lake at Jonata Vineyards. The bucolic setting lies off Ballard Canyon Road within the boundaries of the nearly 9,000 acres that Solvang’s founders bought in 1910 for their new Danish colony.

Superb wines will be flowing along with a Sundowner cocktail special. Tray-passed appetizers, and a gourmet dinner will be followed by a decadent dessert. Tickets for the evening are $100 per person. Seating is limited to 150.

Following Danish tradition, a Solstice “Sankt Hans Aften” (St. John's Eve) bonfire will be lit at lake's edge as the sun sinks behind the vineyards and hills in this magnificent location. From signed wine magnums to one-of-a-kind experiences, the live and silent auctions will include a wide range of specialty items ready to go home with the highest bidder.

Your attendance at an unforgettable evening helps support Elverhøj Museum and its mission to collect, preserve and exhibit the history and Danish culture of Solvang and to promote the arts.

For information, sponsorship opportunities or to request an invitation, email info@elverhoj.org or phone (805) 686-1211.

Elverhoj Around TownPop up galleries in 5 Solvang locations

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is on the move with pop up galleries in five locations around the town of Solvang. The displays, called “Elverhøj Around Town,” will be staged while the Museum is temporarily closed for maintenance and restoration work. These will be up for the month of March and may remain ongoing.

“The pop up galleries pay tribute to Solvang’s historical and cultural roots, creating a community storytelling space in alternative venues,” said Elverhøj Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates. Images digitally restored with clarity and elegance featured are historical photos of Solvang’s early years, showcasing the legacy of the city.

“Elverhøj Around Town” occupies space at these Solvang businesses: First Street Leather, 1634 Copenhagen Drive; Montecito Bank and Trust, 591 Alamo Pintado Road; Petersen Village Inn, 1576 Mission Drive; Rasmussen's, 1697 Copenhagen Drive; and Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Drive.

UPDATE: Ongoing exhibits past March can be found at these two locations: Montecito Bank and Trust, 591 Alamo Pintado Road, and Petersen Village Inn, 1576 Mission Drive.

Elverhøj will reopen on March 26 with a fresh, updated look following 6 weeks of maintenance work. The offices remain open Monday through Friday as work permits.


Elverhøj celebrated the history and cultural roots of Solvang at the Living History Festival, September 20 and 21. Over 1,000 visitors poured through the doors of the museum on Danish Days weekend to observe artisans, storytellers and craftspeople demonstrating their skills and entertaining visitors throughout the weekend event.

“There were hands-on activities for all ages and lots of variety,” said Esther Jacobsen Bates, Elverhøj Executive Director. “Artisans demonstrating woodworking, blacksmithing, and Viking chain mail construction joined with some of our visitors’ favorite crafters showcasing lace making, Danish papirklip (papercutting), and fiber arts.”

Living History 2014

Additionally, there were demonstrations of weaving and spinning. Skilled craftsmen instructed visitors about the centuries-old fiber arts of Viking knot making which incorporates into jewelry design.

Rick Marzullo paid a visit to the museum gallery and left tiny pieces of cut paper behind after his demonstration of the ancient and painstaking art of papirklip. Bobbin lace makers created samples of their intricate work and offered guests an opportunity to try their hand at this centuries-old art.

Blacksmith Hans Duus pounded out metal pieces at his anvil in the garden gazebo while woodworkers crafted wooden bowls and vessels from their spinning lathes.

Docents clad in colorful Danish folk costumes made woven paper hearts and stars, a time-honored Danish Christmas tradition. Storyteller Randall McGee, always a Festival favorite, performed spoken stories in the shade of the Elverhøj grounds, posing as world famous author Hans Christian Andersen.

Merie Weismiller Wallace

Saturday November 1, 4 pm

Shooting Sideways—
On location with photographer
Merie Weismiller Wallace, SMPSP

Wallace, widely known for her still photographic work in feature film production, also contributes to various publications and gallery exhibits. She received her Master’s degree from USC Film School, and has since worked around the world with noted filmmakers including Clint Eastwood, James Cameron, Alexander Payne, Kathryn Bigelow, and Terrence Malick. A member of the Society for Motion Picture Still Photographers (SMPSP), she served as president for two years.

Wine and refreshments will be served. The talk will conclude with the drawing of the winning ticket for the Sideways wine package—a 12 bottle selection of wines and experiences featured in the film.

November 7 & 8

The Queen of Arts Show and Sale takes over the gallery and garden at Elverhøj Museum, November 7 and 8. Elverhøj combines a few of the Santa Ynez Valley’s favorite things—art, wine, food and business—at this popular annual arts and crafts sale.

Queen of Arts kicks off with a lively reception on Friday, November 7, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Guests can enjoy wine and appetizers while shopping for unique items handcrafted by 33 area artists and craftspeople.

The show and sale continues on Saturday November 8, from 10:00 to 5:00. In addition to perusing a great variety of one-of-a-kind items, guests are invited to enjoy the latest food trend—gourmet food truck cuisine by Alfresco Picnic. There is no charge for admission on either day.

“From unique folk crafts to fine art, there is a great variety of imaginative arts and crafts with a wide range of prices,” said Elverhøj Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates. “We have eight new ‘royal’ artists who will join the 25 returning for Queen of Arts 2014.”

Fiber artists offer striking fashion and home décor accessories, incorporating hand-painted fabric, hand spun fibers, and/or felted fabric. Exquisite hand crafted leather and fabric bags will delight even the most seasoned shopper. Jewelry artists use vintage and contemporary beads, resin, feathers, semi-precious stones, hammered silver and more in their beautiful creations.

Glass work, collage, and mixed media work will be available. Pit-fired, hand-built, or thrown pottery work will be for sale alongside wood furniture, handcrafted of repurposed wine barrels. 

Choose from a wonderful selection of handmade holiday ornaments and decorations to brighten your home and provide a lifetime of smiles.

Queen of Arts 2014

“Royal” artists are: Emily Abello, Georganne Alex, Dinora Amaya, Diane Arnold, Lee Avillanoza, Kristen Bates, Norah Bierer, Shaun Boyd, Laurie Burnaby, Gabriel Bustamante, Patty Desmond, Kathy Pareti Donahue, Debbie Donley, Shari Eynon, Sukey Hughes, Carol Kemp, Cindy Knight, Robin Laroche, Mary Ann Mammone, Jill McCutcheon, Kerri Meeks, Monika Miehle, Lorna Morck, Shelley Nakano, Shelly Niro, Diana Paul, Petti Pfau, Christy Renken, Sue Sattler, Mabel Shatavsky, Deborah Simpson, Cari Summer and Cherie Virden.

Funds raised are used for operations of Elverhøj Museum of History and Art and to support exhibitions and education programs.


Thanks to all of our Volunteers who decorated the Christmas tree in the gallery:

2014 Christmas Party

The Members and Friends Christmas Party was a memorable evening. Volunteers made a record 916 Danish open-face sandwiches, dozens of dozens of Christmas cookies—all of which were enjoyed by more than 340 guests. Santa and Mrs. Claus dropped in to see the kids and have dinner. Guests enjoyed the music, festive atmosphere and the Danish tradition of dancing around the Christmas tree. It was a treat to see many young families along with our long-time guests.

Glaedelig Jul from the Elverhøj team!


2014 Christmas Party

2014 Christmas Party

2014 Christmas Party

2014 Christmas Party

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