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September 18, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is excited to announce the September 18th debut of Widening Circles: Landscape Portraits of Solvang, a new gallery exhibition with works by accomplished Santa Ynez Valley artists Chris Chapman and John Iwerks. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday September 25 from 4 to 6 pm. The public is invited to attend and celebrate art at the first Elverhøj event since February 2020!

The art on view focuses on the sites and structures located on the 8,883-acre parcel purchased in 1911 to establish a new Danish colony in the Santa Ynez Valley. The land extended far beyond present-day Solvang and, along with the layers of history, provides the inspiration for this exhibition.

Chris Chapman art

“Some of the layers on display are very much present tense, like Old Mission Santa Inés, cattle ranching and farming,” explains Chapman, “while dairy farms and other forms of livelihood no longer exist.”

John Iwerks art

“The pandemic postponed the exhibit opening,  allowing us more time to explore unique locations and make art,” continued Chapman. “Beautiful open landscapes, barns, mills, fields, the town and the river inspired us to paint them with the storied presence of layers of time.” Also included are tributes to habitat in the form of small works depicting native plants and wildlife.

Chapman and Iwerks—husband, wife and best friends—have been making art together for over 25 years. Most of their work is begun outdoors and finished in the studio. They enjoy painting adventures and the sensory aliveness of working outdoors. The studio offers a more meditative approach without racing the light and provides perks like music and comfort. Iwerks primarily works with watercolors and oils; Chapman uses pastels, watercolors and oils.

Chris Chapman art

This show will also be a special opportunity for art collectors as all the works on view will be available for purchase.

For programming information, visit the EVENTS page.


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.


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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