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2019 News Archive
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Unmasking the Mysteries of Acrylic with Nancy Yaki

Thursday, February 28 - Saturday, March 2, 10-4 each day

Immerse yourself in an invaluable and empowering three-day workshop exploring the techniques of acrylic painting. This workshop will encourage an investigative and intuitive approach with a focus on the accessibility of basic tools to help you turn what you see and feel into expressive works of art.

Fee is $300/museum members, $325/non-members. Fee Includes instruction, snacks & water, plus Closing Party on last day. Materials and lunch not included. Suggested materials list will be provided.

Workshop takes place at Bethania Lutheran Church Parish Hall

Workshop Schedule

Day 1 - Exploring the Medium
Experiment and discover the range of what you can create with these fast drying and reliable paints on different surfaces. Learn how they can be used transparently, translucently or opaquely.

Day 2 - Getting Comfortable with Color
Color relationships and value intensity will be addressed with the use of a color wheel. Complementary, analogous, and triadic color schemes will be explored throughout the day as well as prepping and under toning a surface.

Day 3 - The Art of Layering + Closing Party
Practice combining different acrylic mediums such as gels, retarders and modeling paste to create depth and add brilliance to your work. Closing party with open discussion and comments.

Reservations limited. Call 805-686-1211 or email jody@elverhoj.org to sign-up.


Adventures in StorytellingADVENTURES IN STORYTELLING


Listen to each author read their book then answer questions. For ages 3-10, but all ages welcome. FREE ADMISSION! 


  • 10am Patricia Eubank - Natalia's Favorite Color
  • 10:30am Grady Hall - On the Trail with Seymour the Snail
  • 11am Robert Byrne - Like Mother Like Daughter
  • 11:30am Ayn Cates Sullivan - Sparkle & The Gift


  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • Mosaic Paper Butterfly Craft
  • Rainbow Color Wheel Craft
  • Coloring Station
  • Plus-Plus Makers Table (with free gift while supplies last)

Yummy Baked Goods provided by National Charity League. Visitors are also welcome to bring lunch and enjoy a picnic in the museum garden or gazebo.



Elverhøj Museum of History and Art invites you to enjoy the beauty and convergence of art, culture and nature with a series of fun and educational excursions. Conducted in partnership with the Wildling Museum and Solvang and Buellton Parks and Recreation, each outing includes transportation, entrance fees and support from museum curators who provide insider appreciation for the various experiences and exhibits. Space is limited and excursions sell out early so please act quickly.

The BroadPrivate Tour of The Broad
Tuesday, February 26, 8 am-7:30 pm
$49, depart from the Buellton Rec Center

The Broad holds one of the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art in the world and offers innovative rotating contemporary exhibitions in their beautiful new home in downtown Los Angeles. The visit starts with a one-hour guided tour highlighting key pieces from the collection along with the building’s innovative design. After the tour, enjoy lunch at adjacent restaurant Otium or area eatery, followed by several hours to explore the museum on your own. There will be time for a walk across the street to view the architecturally stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall or the LA Museum of Contemporary Art. Hosted by Elverhøj Museum & Buellton Rec Center.

Carrizo Plain National Monument
Thursday, March 14, 2019 8am-7pm
$68, depart from Buellton Rec Center

Visit the unique and beautiful Carrizo Plain, touring Soda Lake and learning about the plants, animals, and geology of the San Joaquin Valley. Local artist John Iwerks will join the group to share his experiences living in Carrizo while painting a wildlife mural of this special natural area. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase food on the way to dine al fresco. Hosted by Wilding Museum & Buellton Rec Center.

Getty CenterArt & Architecture at The Getty Center
Wednesday, April 10, 8am-7:30pm
$40, depart from Solvang Vets Hall

Visit the incredible Getty Center where art and architecture converge high atop the Los Angeles skyline! The visit will include a 45-minute guided Architectural Tour and plenty of time to do lunch and explore on your own. On the drive down enjoy a brief history of The Getty from an Elverhøj Museum of History and Art representative. Hosted by Elverhøj Museum & Solvang Rec Department.

Island Wildlife Cruise
Friday, May 10, 7:15am-4pm
$65, depart from Solvang Vets Hall

This 3-3.5 hour Island Wildlife cruise will take you through the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Channel Islands National Park known to have more marine mammals than any other area on the planet. After, explore the Ventura Harbor Village for a late lunch and stroll the diverse collection of restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Hosted by Wilding Museum & Solvang Rec Department.

RESERVE trips by calling host Rec Department or through their websites:
Buellton Rec Center, 805-688-1086, www.buelltonrec.com
Solvang Rec Department, 805-688-7529, www.cityofsolvang.com/188/Adult-Programs
Reservations cannot be made through the museums.

FOR QUESTIONS regarding trip themes and content contact the museums:
Wildling Museum, 805-688-1082, www.wildlingmuseum.org
Elverhøj Museum of History & Art,  805-686-1211



Christmas at ElverhojThe museum glows during the holidays! A 12 foot Christmas tree is the focal point, decorated with handmade Danish paper ornaments including woven hearts (julehjerter) and paper stars (julestjerner). Visitors can also view a display about Danish Jul traditions, including fun facts about Nisser and their mischievous ways.

The Museum Store offers a unique shopping experience with products reflective of the treasured heritage of Denmark and the vibrant art of the present. Affordable, collectable and one-of-a-kind finds fit a range of tastes and ages. Browse through a selection of paper items created by a local papercutting artist. A fine selection of handmade Scandinavian inspired jewelry incorporates Danish coins and vintage stamps into one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets made by a local artists. Amber, silver and pewter jewelry selections are both beautiful and affordable. PlusPlus blocks, the Danish-made construction toy with one shape and endless possibilities, is a favorite with kids and educators alike. The beautifully luxurious selection of silk scarves from Danish artist Katja Bie incorporates historically accurate depictions of Viking Rune stones and motifs as well as royal monograms from Danish castles and designs inspired by storyteller H.C. Andersen. The Ekelund fine Swedish linens are a favorite with local shoppers and visitors alike. Elegant table runners and dishcloths, woven of all-natural materials in an environmentally-conscious way, offer designs that are sophisticated and range from classic to contemporary.

The annual Elverhøj Members & Friends Christmas Party was Sunday, December 2, with all of the usual joy and merriment surrounding the Christmas tree. Music was provided by Vince & Ellen Pillow and local girls’ choir Mystique. More than 300 guests attended, consuming nearly 1,000 Danish open-faced sandwiches and many more Danish Christmas cookies. Santa greeted visitors, accompanied by our very own docent Alma Lancaster, dressed in her Danish finest (photo below). Akvavit flowed and local wine and beer was enjoyed by all. What a great kick-off to the holiday season!

Alma and Santa



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