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Saturday March 28: 4 PM
ART CONVERSATION WITH RO SNELL & LISA DAFTORI
Social Hour immediately following — Event is FREE

Ro and LisaJoin artists Ro Snell and Lisa Kaftori for a stimulating conversation in the Museum Gallery at Elverhøj Museum of History and Art.

As an artist, Ro Snell responds to her natural surroundings and seeks out beauty in everyday observations and gestures. Her work is featured in a solo exhibition, Outside In, currently on display in the Museum Gallery. Her work derives from a childhood spent on a farm in rural England and her current home in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Valley. The repetitious disciplines and actions of farming methods and repairs are inherent in the motions of making her artwork. Incorporating both the salvaged and personal documentation, and using tools, branches and photographs as materials, the pieces on display are equal parts relic and record.

Social sculptor Lisa Kaftori creates artwork that is site-specific, intimate and often ephemeral. She searches the sacred in the ordinary. It is often her practice to create opportunities for viewers to become part of the artwork.

Saturday April 18: 5 to 7 PM
DANISH MODERN — OUTSIDE IN
An evening of imaginative and occasionally irreverent fun!

live music Paint Out

Sample an infusion installation of artisanal aquavit inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions.  Enjoy live music and performance by Jim Connolly and Anna Abbey. Make a collaborative collage and taste local wines paired with specialty hors d’oeuvres that take their cues from Copenhagen’s NOMA, the “world’s best restaurant.”

$15 member; $20 non-member. 21 and over, please.

Solstice SundownerSaturday June 20: 5 to 9 PM
SOLSTICE SUNDOWNER
SAVE THE DATE!

Join us in celebrating the year’s longest day at the Solstice Sundowner Benefit Party, held lakeside in a bucolic Solvang vineyard. Live music, fine food and local wines will be staged as the sun sets amid rolling vineyard hills. Come for dinner al fresco with live and silent auctions and end the evening with song as we light the Solstice bonfire!

Sponsorship opportunities or to request an invitation:
info@elverhoj.org or (805) 686-1211

Wednesday March 18: 5 to 7 PM
ART SALON WITH FRANK GOSS

Frank GossGallery owner Frank Goss will address a wide range of topics, including what’s happening in the gallery world today, the business side of an art gallery, the profile of the average collector over the past two decades, and current buying habits. He will also talk about how to present yourself to a new gallery and finding an appropriate gallery fit as well as how the internet, eBay, 1st Dibbs, Lofty, Etsy and social media affects both gallery owner and artist.

Frank has been Vice President of Sullivan Goss – An American Art Gallery since 1994.  His wife, Patricia Sullivan Goss, is the President of the company which she founded in 1984 in Sierra Madre, CA, near Pasadena.  Frank has a Master’s degree from Cal State LA in literature and established Diagnostic Engineering which addressed environmental problems around the United States.  When he sold the firm in 1994 it was the 237th largest engineering firm in the world with over 400 employees. 

Since joining the Gallery he has worked with contemporary American artists as well as those of days gone by.  One of the Gallery’s specialties has been locating estates of American artists that have been in the closet or basement or a storage facility and working to bring their work into the contemporary art world.  Working with contemporary curator Susan Bush, he has represented a dozen living artists from across the United States. 

EYVIND EARLE ART CONVERSATION
Saturday January 10 at ElverhøjFelicia Cody

On Saturday January 10 at 4 pm, Felicia Cody will lead an art conversation about Earle’s life and legacy. For most of the ten year period from 1968-1978, he lived and worked in Solvang creating life-long friendships and a prodigious collection of work. The imagery derived from themes of the Santa Ynez Valley is unmistakable in many of his paintings and serigraphs.

“On my way back to Northridge we took a small detour to visit the little Danish community of Solvang,” Eyvind wrote. “And there, in between dozens and dozens of pastry shops, was a very large handsome art gallery. We walked in and I asked the owner if he was interested in exhibiting other artists. He said, ‘Why don’t you bring me a painting, and we’ll see if we can sell it.’ The Copenhagen Gallery in Solvang sold every painting I gave them.”

Eyvind Earle was an American artist, author and illustrator, noted for his contribution to the background illustration and styling of Disney animated films in the 1950s and his totally original perception of landscape. This acclaimed American artist is celebrated in “Eyvind Earle: An Original American Master,” the holiday art exhibition at the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art in Solvang.

Felicia Cody will offer attendees a unique perspective on the exhibition, highlighting Earle’s life and legacy. The free talk will end with a Q and A.

A social hour with refreshments will follow the talk.

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art, located at 1624 Elverhoy Way in Solvang, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Suggested donation is $5. More information at www.elverhoj.org or phone (805) 686-1211.

The Eyvind Earle exhibition remains on display through January 18.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS CHRISTMAS PARTY WAS FUN FOR ALL

Thanks to all of our Volunteers who decorated the Christmas tree in the gallery:

2014 Christmas Party

The Members and Friends Christmas Party was a memorable evening. Volunteers made a record 916 Danish open-face sandwiches, dozens of dozens of Christmas cookies—all of which were enjoyed by more than 340 guests. Santa and Mrs. Claus dropped in to see the kids and have dinner. Guests enjoyed the music, festive atmosphere and the Danish tradition of dancing around the Christmas tree. It was a treat to see many young families along with our long-time guests.

Glaedelig Jul from the Elverhøj team!

PHOTOS OF DECEMBER 7 CHRISTMAS PARTY:

2014 Christmas Party

2014 Christmas Party

2014 Christmas Party

2014 Christmas Party

“SPIRIT OF SOLVANG” BOOK CELEBRATES SOLVANG’S CENTENNIAL

Spirit of SolvangElverhøj has published a new book, Spirit of Solvang, drawing on photos and historical information from its archives. Like the exhibit of the same name, the 56-page book is replete with engaging black and white images of Solvang. These 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.  Both the exhibit and the book celebrate Solvang’s Centennial by paying tribute to the rich cultural history and heritage of its 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 info@elverhoj.org.

DVD CHRONICLES SOLVANG HISTORY

Danes are curious people. When they immigrated to America they often kept in touch with each other. When a group of Danes found a good place to farm and live they told others to come join them. Such a place is Solvang, California. . . .

Solvang DVDSo begins a newly-produced DVD now 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.
 
Personal interviews bring to life the pioneering Danish families that made Solvang flourish. These early settlers had a great capacity for work, but also for enjoyment. When times were tough they persevered and helped one another. They came to love their new home, but always treasured their Danish background. Priceless old photographs and more contemporary images supplement their rich oral history.
 
June Christensen, Elverhøj board member, was the executive producer and researcher on this project. People interviewed include: Elise Lindegaard Bates, Thor Brandt-Erichsen, Harlan Burchardi, Elisa Larsen Duus, Erik Gregersen, Leona Ibsen, Regina Iversen, Ivo Nedegaard Jacobsen, Marie Tarnow Jaeger, Florence (Flossie) Jensen, Eiler Johansen, Anker Johnson, Monica Fauerso Kramer, Elna Larsen, Daryl Nielsen, Donald Nielsen, Kathryn Iversen Nielsen, Roger Nielsen, Edna Paaske, Abeline Jensen Petersen, Robert Petersen, William Petersen, Else Jensen Statom, Marian Johnson Walker, Gerda Svendsen Willis, Lucille Wulff, and Viggo Richard Wulff.
 
An informative narration by videographer Bent Myggen sets these interviews in context. Myggen also did camera work, editing and production. Funding for the DVD project came from the Santa Barbara Foundation, The Valley Foundation, and private donors.
 
To order the Solvang, Danish Colony in California DVD for $15, email info@elverhoj.org or call the Museum at 805-686-1211. This will be a keepsake to treasure and an imaginative gift for family and friends.

Weddings at ElverhojWEDDINGS AT ELVERHØJ

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. 

   

 
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