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August 26 - November 12, 2017
ART EXHIBITION: “BEYOND THE WINDMILLS
Barry Berkus & Family Collection

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Despite the lazy days of summer in Solvang, selected artists are working hard to create new artworks to be exhibited in Beyond the Windmills: Barry Berkus & Family Art Collection. The display at Elverhøj Museum of History and Art shows the combined works of 14 artists, featuring painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media.

Art Berkus

Rita Ferri, exhibition curator, stated: “Artists are being invited to revisit or reinterpret their original artwork in the Berkus Collection. Using the town of Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley as a springboard, artists will look beyond the Danish veneer, beyond the windmills and wooden rooftop storks, and see what new truths they can find.”

Barry Berkus (1935-2012) was a visionary architect whose work was recognized nationally and abroad. His extensive art collection included works by national, international and significant regional contemporary artists. In 2005 Berkus donated a large number of pieces from his collection, in honor of his late wife, to the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture. This exhibition is a collaboration between Elverhøj and the County Office of Arts and Culture, and represents a diverse mix of media.

Exhibition programming includes a slide lecture and workshops.

Exhibited artists:

R. Anthony Askew
Bob DeBris
Sky Bergman
Macduff Everton
Colin Gray
Mary Heebner
Lenore Hughes
Sheldon Kaganoff
Philip Koplin
Wayne McCall
Virginia McCracken
Nicole Strasburg
Dug Uyesaka
Seyburn Zorthian


Elverhoj Around TownELVERHØJ AROUND TOWN

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.


VIKINGS INVADE ELVERHØJ!

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.


SOLVANG ROOM EXHIBIT
 
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.


PROPOSALS FOR ART GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

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.

Click to DownloadArtist Exhibition Proposal Procedures PDF (or DOC version)
Click to DownloadArtist GROUP Exhibition Proposal Procedures PDF (or DOC version)

 
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