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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



Two front page articles in 2019 featured our most recent Elverhøj exhibit: The Santa Ynez Valley Star published a story August 6th: Eyvind Earle, John Cody works featured in “Crossing Paths.” The Santa Ynez Valley News published a story July 25: Elverhoj Museum in Solvang to debut “Crossing Paths” exhibit, featuring artist Eyvind Earle & John Cody.

The article Looking back, moving forward: While reminiscing about its 30-year history, the Elverhoj Museum in Solvang plants a foot firmly in the future was posted on August 23rd, 2018, in the Santa Maria Sun, Volume 19, Issue 25.

The publication My Livable City Vol. 4 Issue. 1, Apr-Jun 2017, included an article about Solvang in its Urban Blueprint section (“A series of case studies that capture the transformational qualities of well-designed cities”). Author Willem Swart gives an insightful and comprehensive analysis of Solvang’s development through the lens of architecture and what he calls 'allopatric urbanization.' For a PDF copy of the complete article, click the image below.



Grand Party and Visit from Danish Ambassador

Elverhøj celebrated its 30th anniversary and played host to various invited guests and local dignitaries during a private reception and dinner on November 28th. Ambassador Henrik Bramsen Hahn traveled from the Embassy of Denmark in Washington D.C., to join in the festivities.

The lively invitation-only reception, held at the Museum’s historic home, featured tray-passed appetizers served by student members of the newly-formed American Danish Club from the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. Reception guests included a good portion of the Solvang City Council, both incoming and present; Solvang’s Mayor Jim Richardson and Mayor-elect Ryan Toussaint; representatives from the offices of Supervisor Joan Hartmann and Congressman Salud Carbajal; founding and current Elverhøj Board Members; and Museum supporters. 

The pre-dinner reception also included a short program with remarks by Ambassador Hahn, whose sole reason for visiting Solvang was the Museum’s anniversary celebrations. “As a Dane, I am proud to go to this small, beautiful city in California where people still preserve the memory of Danish legacy and culture, “ remarked Ambassador Hahn. “Places like Solvang, and Elverhøj, have been instrumental in educating the American public about Denmark and our shared history.” He also spoke about Danish industry, including green-tech, and immigration.

Ambassador Hahn with Bent Olsen
Ambassador Hahn (right) with Bent Olsen.

“It is an honor to have Ambassador Hahn join us to celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary,” stated Elverhøj Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates. “Elverhøj has at its core a commitment to support art and culture, and preserve Solvang’s special history. And Elverhøj has truly become the link between the past and the future, maintaining the city’s historic roots and cultural authenticity.”  

A private dinner in Solvang followed the reception. The Ambassador’s visit to Solvang included a tour of the Village, a stop for some of the town’s famous Danish food, and talks with local officials.

Links to media coverage:

Recent editorial in the Santa Ynez Valley News about Atterdag College, Solvang’s history and Elverhøj as a keeper of Solvang’s Danish heritage:



The annual Member & Friends Christmas party on Sunday December 8th was a festive evening as nearly 300 guests enjoyed smørrebrød, Danish Christmas cookies, music and merriment! Our volunteers served almost 1,000 Danish open-faced sandwiches, made by our tireless cuisine crew earlier that day.

sandwich makers

Platters of Christmas cookies disappeared as guests enjoyed music, dancing and singing throughout the night. No Danish Christmas party is complete without multi-rings of generations dancing around the tree and skåls with friends and family. What a fabulous way to kick off the holiday season!

dancing around Christmas tree


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