Elverhøj is pleased to announce the opening of “Outside In,” a solo exhibition featuring multi-media artist Ro Snell. The public is invited to a reception honoring the artist on Saturday January 31 from 4 to 6 pm. Wine and refreshments will be served. There is no charge for admission.
As an artist, Ro Snell responds to her natural surroundings and seeks out beauty in everyday observations and gestures. 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. Snell positions herself between control and randomness in her watercolors, collage and prints on paper.
Recognizing that time is the ultimate mark maker, Snell brings Nature into the formal space of the museum, a space traditionally associated with preservation. Carefully wrapped branches with no edges touching are piled up like pick-up sticks and once utilitarian tools laid out in a grid become an industrial reliquary. By bringing these found and reclaimed objects to our attention, Snell includes us in a specific moment in time and space. Her marks, impressions, distillations, deposits and actions fix these objects, making them fossilized poetry. Viewers are invited not just to observe, but to open up to the magnetic and enigmatic pull of the imprint of time—of real, remembered and natural history brought from outside, in.
Exhibition programming includes a bookmaking workshop led by Snell on March 21 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. On Saturday March 28, multimedia installation artist Lisa Kaftori joins Snell for an art conversation in the gallery. Art and the poetics of real, remembered and natural history will be the topic of their 4 pm talk.
Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is on the move with pop up galleries in two locations around the town of Solvang. The displays, called “Elverhøj Around Town,” occupies space at these Solvang businesses: Montecito Bank and Trust, 591 Alamo Pintado Road, and Petersen Village Inn, 1576 Mission Drive.
Elverhøj 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.
The 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.
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SOLVANG ROOM EXHIBIT
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.
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.