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Elverhøj Museum of History and Art celebrates the 39-acre Santa Inés Mission Mills property with a new art exhibition, “Art from the Groves│Santa Inés Mission Mills.” Debuting June 14, the show features the artwork of 26 jury-selected artists and their interpretation of the historic and diverse site.

The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. A Juror’s Award of $500 and additional awards and honorable mentions will be presented during the reception. The public is invited to meet and celebrate with the artists. There is no charge for admission; refreshments will be served.

The historic and diverse Santa Inés Mission Mills property includes ruins of the grist and fulling mills, olive groves re-introducing Mission-era agriculture, flora and fauna, the Alamo Pintado Creek, and vistas of the Santa Ynez Mountain range and Old Mission Santa Inés. The property, located below Old Mission Santa Inés, is stewarded by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation on behalf of California State Parks.

Guest juror Robert Burridge is a painter in all media, national juror, college and international workshop instructor and is the Honorary President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). “This wondrous exhibition is a clear example of artists celebrating their skills and their respect for historical sites,” said Mr. Burridge. “It also represents the results of artists’ passion, demonstrating what I call ‘the fire in the belly.’ There is a variety of points of view, creative passion and surprises.” 

Selected artists are: Elizabeth P. Alvarez, Kit Boise-Cossart, Peggy Brierton, Christopher L.T. Brown, Chris Chapman, Jean Demro, Jim Farnum, Ellie Freudenstein, Karen Gearhart-Jensen, Julie Gifford, Ron Guthrie, Patricia Hedrick, John Iwerks, Joan Jones, Renée Kelleher, Teresa McNeil MacLean, Paulette Post Miller, Ann Raleigh, Libby Smith, Kristen Strickland, Frank Swanson, Judy Villa, Nina Warner, Melinda Weymouth, C. Wood and Pamela Zwehl-Burke.

A variety of activities, presented in partnership with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, will be held in conjunction with the exhibition. “Fourth Saturdays at the Mills” will include a guided walking tour on June 28 and a Kid’s Art Day on July 26. A cooking class, “Perfect Your Vinaigrette,” will take place on Saturday July 19, as participants move from “mission to table” while learning to make olive oil a flavorful dressing for summer salads. “Wheat, Wool and Water” will be topics for discussion as archaeologist Mike Imwalle discusses the history of the Mills on Saturday September 6. Wheat beer and snacks will be available to guests attending the 4 p.m. talk.

Elverhoj Around TownPop up galleries in 5 Solvang locations now

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. More information.


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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