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C. WoodOctober 24, 2015 – January 24, 2016
“East to West: the Kimono Series”
by Santa Ynez Artist Carol Wood

“East to West: The Kimono Series,” an art exhibition by C. Wood opens on October 24, 2015. In this solo exhibition, Wood pays homage to the tradition of the kimono with a series of large acrylic paintings which move from figurative to abstraction. She employs a variety of techniques and intricate detail to convey texture and contextualize the garments’ patterns, layers and folds.

The public is invited to meet the artist and celebrate at the opening reception on Saturday October 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. There is no charge for admission.

This exhibition also offers a special opportunity for collectors to experience and purchase fine works of art while raising funds to support operations and programs at Elverhøj Museum.

Wood’s life-long interest in Asian textiles grew out of early experiences with her aunt, a costume designer, on Hollywood studio sets. A display of kimono in 2014 fueled her passion and was the impetus for the kimono series. “I am inspired by artists whose medium is fabric,” says Wood, “and intrigued by the mix of patterns, colors and compositions.”

C. Wood paints in oils, pastels and acrylics, often focusing on everyday images and inspired by the area in which she lives. She fostered her painting style by attending seminars and takes inspiration from painters such as Van Gogh and Sorolla while pursuing her own interpretation. A resident of Los Alamos, Wood enjoys a career in art as well as interior and spacial design.  

“East to West: The Kimono Series” will remain on view through January 24, 2016.


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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