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Past Exhibits

February 18 - May 21, 2017
featuring artists Rosalie Lopez and Luis Ramirez

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday February 18, 4:30 to 6 pm

“Recuérdame/Remember Me,” a new art exhibition featuring artists Luis Ramirez and Rosalie Lopez, debuts February 18 in the Museum Gallery. The work on display is the union of two different Latino experiences focusing on the remembrance and veneration of people and places from the artists’ past and present. 

Both artists are Mexican American; Luis represents a first generation rural immigrant perspective and Rosalie represents a second-generation Chicana urban perspective. They use paintings, prints, and installations to create experiences that encourage interaction and connection with the viewer.

Remember Me

Luis Ramirez’s paintings and installation art analyze the intimate experience of family within the culture of California’s agricultural community. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Luis grew up in rural Santa Ynez. He studied at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China and CSU Long Beach where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. Says Ramirez of his paintings for this exhibit: “These are individuals and spaces I have interacted with in my immigrant experience and in my agriculture career. The artworks serve as icons to personify, venerate, and remember.”

Rosalie Lopez is a conceptual artist who primarily uses printmaking, papel picado (paper cutting), and installation artworks in the form of contemporary nicho/retablo style to relay experiences of survival, loss, and hope. Born and raised in Gardena, CA, her upbringing and the realities of loss and violence influenced her values on culture and community. She earned dual BFA degrees in graphic design and printmaking and a MFA in printmaking and has exhibited at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, the Indianapolis Art Center in Indiana, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.

Exhibit programming includes a Painting Demonstration with Luis Ramirez on Saturday, March 18, 2 to 4 pm. At 4 pm there will be Conversation with the Artist followed by a social hour. On Saturday, May 6 Elverhøj will host “Club de Cultura” from 5 to 7 pm. It will be a cultural cocktail of art, food, music, specialty drinks and fun one-night interactive happenings.

All events are offered with free admission.


Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is on the move with a pop-up gallery at the Montecito Bank and Trust, 591 Alamo Pintado Road.


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.

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