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Elverhøj Museum of History and Art welcomes artist Carol Wood for a Gallery Talk on Saturday, November 21, at 4:00pm. “A Painter’s Journey” is the topic for the informal presentation followed by Q&A. Come to hear about the artist’s passion and process in creating the beautiful, abstracted paintings in “East to West: The Kimono Series” now showing in the Museum Gallery.
A social hour will immediately follow the talk. Light refreshments and beverages will be offered. The public is invited to meet and celebrate with Wood, her collectors and followers.
Wood’s life-long interest in Asian textiles grew out of early experiences with her aunt, a costume designer, on Hollywood studio sets. Viewing and studying kimonos in a museum setting continued to fuel her passion and was the impetus for this series.
Wood makes her home in Los Alamos and enjoys a career in art as well as interior and spatial design. The kimono series is a marked departure from her previous art which focused on local scenes and ranch animals in the Santa Ynez Valley and Central Coast area.
The 56-page book Spirit of Solvang is replete with engaging black and white images of this Danish colony in California. The carefully restored images document Solvang’s story from its founding to its transition to a Danish-themed downtown. Informative text gives readers an overall view of Solvang’s development, as well as fascinating tidbits of local history. The book pays tribute to the rich cultural history and heritage of the town’s Danish pioneers.
Elverhøj is very grateful to Paul Roark, who expertly and lovingly restored the photographs; to Joan Mitchell, who wrote and edited text; to Ann Dittmer, who tirelessly did research and checked facts; and to the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation and Nancy Brandt-Erichsen for granting funds for printing and design expenses. Thanks are also due to Museum volunteers, especially the History Committee and Photo ID Committee (a.k.a. the “White Glove Gang”). Over the years they have expanded the Museum collection by organizing, identifying, and conserving numerous images.
The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store for $17.50. Special orders are welcomed. Please phone (805) 686-1211 or email email@example.com.
So begins a DVD screening in Elverhøj’s Solvang Room and available in the Museum Store for $15. Entitled Solvang, Danish Colony in California, it tells the fascinating history of a little town that grew into an internationally-known tourist destination.
The historic building and carefully manicured cottage gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for intimate weddings. The garden with its abundant year-round blooms and corner gazebo creates a lovely setting for any wedding party. The bell in its stately tower can chime, marking the presentation of the newly married couple.
The garden area comfortably accommodates up to 150 guests. Call (805) 686-1211 for information about availability and the reasonable rates.