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2015 News Archive
News Archive


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

Saturday January 10 at ElverhøjFelicia Cody

On Saturday January 10 at 4 pm, Felicia Cody will lead an art conversation about Earle’s life and legacy. For most of the ten year period from 1968-1978, he lived and worked in Solvang creating life-long friendships and a prodigious collection of work. The imagery derived from themes of the Santa Ynez Valley is unmistakable in many of his paintings and serigraphs.

“On my way back to Northridge we took a small detour to visit the little Danish community of Solvang,” Eyvind wrote. “And there, in between dozens and dozens of pastry shops, was a very large handsome art gallery. We walked in and I asked the owner if he was interested in exhibiting other artists. He said, ‘Why don’t you bring me a painting, and we’ll see if we can sell it.’ The Copenhagen Gallery in Solvang sold every painting I gave them.”

Eyvind Earle was an American artist, author and illustrator, noted for his contribution to the background illustration and styling of Disney animated films in the 1950s and his totally original perception of landscape. This acclaimed American artist is celebrated in “Eyvind Earle: An Original American Master,” the holiday art exhibition at the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art in Solvang.

Felicia Cody will offer attendees a unique perspective on the exhibition, highlighting Earle’s life and legacy. The free talk will end with a Q and A.

A social hour with refreshments will follow the talk.

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art, located at 1624 Elverhoy Way in Solvang, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Suggested donation is $5. More information at www.elverhoj.org or phone (805) 686-1211.

The Eyvind Earle exhibition remains on display through January 18.

Wednesday March 18: 5 to 7 PM

Frank GossGallery owner Frank Goss will address a wide range of topics, including what’s happening in the gallery world today, the business side of an art gallery, the profile of the average collector over the past two decades, and current buying habits. He will also talk about how to present yourself to a new gallery and finding an appropriate gallery fit as well as how the internet, eBay, 1st Dibbs, Lofty, Etsy and social media affects both gallery owner and artist.

Frank has been Vice President of Sullivan Goss – An American Art Gallery since 1994.  His wife, Patricia Sullivan Goss, is the President of the company which she founded in 1984 in Sierra Madre, CA, near Pasadena.  Frank has a Master’s degree from Cal State LA in literature and established Diagnostic Engineering which addressed environmental problems around the United States.  When he sold the firm in 1994 it was the 237th largest engineering firm in the world with over 400 employees. 

Since joining the Gallery he has worked with contemporary American artists as well as those of days gone by.  One of the Gallery’s specialties has been locating estates of American artists that have been in the closet or basement or a storage facility and working to bring their work into the contemporary art world.  Working with contemporary curator Susan Bush, he has represented a dozen living artists from across the United States. 

Saturday March 28: 4 PM
Social Hour immediately following — Event is FREE

Ro and LisaJoin artists Ro Snell and Lisa Kaftori for a stimulating conversation in the Museum Gallery at Elverhøj Museum of History and Art.

As an artist, Ro Snell responds to her natural surroundings and seeks out beauty in everyday observations and gestures. Her work is featured in a solo exhibition, Outside In, currently on display in the Museum Gallery. Her work derives from a childhood spent on a farm in rural England and her current home in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Valley. The repetitious disciplines and actions of farming methods and repairs are inherent in the motions of making her artwork. Incorporating both the salvaged and personal documentation, and using tools, branches and photographs as materials, the pieces on display are equal parts relic and record.

Social sculptor Lisa Kaftori creates artwork that is site-specific, intimate and often ephemeral. She searches the sacred in the ordinary. It is often her practice to create opportunities for viewers to become part of the artwork.

Saturday April 18: 5 to 7 PM
An evening of imaginative and occasionally irreverent fun!

live music Paint Out

Sample an infusion installation of artisanal aquavit inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions.  Enjoy live music and performance by Jim Connolly and Anna Abbey. Make a collaborative collage and taste local wines paired with specialty hors d’oeuvres that take their cues from Copenhagen’s NOMA, the “world’s best restaurant.”

$15 member; $20 non-member. 21 and over, please.

Solstice SundownerSaturday June 20: 5 to 9 PM

Thank you to all of our Sponsors, Donors, Volunteers and Guests who made this year’s Solstice Sundowner Benefit Party a great success! Live music, fine food and local wines were enjoyed as the sun set amid rolling vineyard hills, held lakeside at our favorite bucolic Solvang vineyard setting. Please watch for our Solstice event coming next summer when we’ll look forward to gathering around our Solstice bonfire!

September 19 & 20

Celebrate Solvang’s history and cultural roots during the Living History Festival, Saturday and Sunday September 19 and 20 at Elverhøj Museum of History and Art. Artisans, storytellers and craftspeople will demonstrate their skills and entertain visitors throughout the weekend event. The public is invited; admission is free. “Artisans demonstrating blacksmithing, carving wooden storks and constructing Viking chain mail jewelry will join craftspeople showcasing lace making, Danish Christmas crafts and fiber arts,” says Elverhøj Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates. “There will be hands-on activities for all ages and live entertainment both days.”

Visitors are invited to linger in the Museum garden where blacksmith Hans Duus will be pounding out metal pieces. Joining him will be woodworker crafting wooden storks (these  Danish symbols of good luck can be found perched on rooftops around Solvang). Docents clad in colorful Danish folk costumes weave paper hearts and stars, a time-honored Danish Christmas tradition. Storyteller Randall McGee, always a Festival favorite, will perform as world famous author Hans Christian Andersen.

Living History Festival

Saturday November 21, 4:00 PM

Social Hour immediately following

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art welcomes artist Carol Wood for a Gallery Talk on Saturday, November 21, at 4:00pm. “A Painter’s Journey” is the topic for the informal presentation followed by Q&A. Come to hear about the artist’s passion and process in creating the beautiful, abstracted paintings in “East to West: The Kimono Series” now showing in the Museum Gallery.

Carol Wood

A social hour will immediately follow the talk. Light refreshments and beverages will be offered. The public is invited to meet and celebrate with Wood, her collectors and followers.

Wood’s life-long interest in Asian textiles grew out of early experiences with her aunt, a costume designer, on Hollywood studio sets.  Viewing and studying kimonos in a museum setting continued to fuel her passion and was the impetus for this series.

Wood makes her home in Los Alamos and enjoys a career in art as well as interior and spatial design. The kimono series is a marked departure from her previous art which focused on local scenes and ranch animals in the Santa Ynez Valley and Central Coast area.


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