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$500 Juror’s Award + additional prizes
ELVERHØJ ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR
ART FROM THE GROVES | SANTA INÉS MISSION MILLS

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art celebrates the 39-acre Santa Inés Mission Mills property by inviting visual artists inspired by the site to submit work to be considered for inclusion in the upcoming art exhibition, “Art From the Groves | Santa Inés Mission Mills.”

Artwork may document, interpret or embody any aspect of this historic and diverse site which includes the 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. All visual media are welcome, including painting, drawing, sculptures, mixed media and digital art and photography; imagery can be literal, figurative or abstract. ENTRY DEADLINE IS SATURDAY MAY 3.

Paint Out Paint Out

Juror for this group show is award-winning contemporary fine art painter and international juror Robert Burridge. Awards include the $500 Juror's Award, $250 First Place, $150 Second Place, and honorable mentions. Accepted entries will be exhibited in the Museum Gallery June 14 to September 28. Recipients of awards will be announced at the Opening Reception, June 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Mr. 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). A Signature Member of both the Philadelphia Water Color Society and ISAP, his honors include the prestigious Crest Medal for Achievement in the Arts and the Franklin Mint awards. His work is featured in many books and magazines, on Starbucks Coffee mugs, Pearl Vodka bottles and on commercial tapestries. His popular work hangs in permanent collections of international embassies, corporate galleries, art colleges as well as television and the entertainment industry. Visit www.robertburridge.com for a look at his extensive background.

A nonrefundable fee of $30 enables each artist to submit up to three entries for consideration. The competition is open to ages 18 and up.

Solstice Sundowner

2nd Annual Event June 21st
SOLSTICE SUNDOWNER BENEFIT PARTY
Sponsorship Information [PDF]

On Saturday June 21 Elverhøj Museum of History & Art will celebrate the year’s longest day with Solstice Sundowner, a benefit party with fun, fine food and local wines, entertainment—and a solstice bonfire.

Guests will congregate at 5 pm under a canopy of oaks on the greens alongside the picturesque lake at Jonata Vineyards. The bucolic setting lies off Ballard Canyon Road within the boundaries of the nearly 9,000 acres that Solvang’s founders bought in 1910 for their new Danish colony.

Superb wines will be flowing along with a Sundowner cocktail special. Tray-passed appetizers, and a gourmet dinner will be followed by a decadent dessert. Tickets for the evening are $100 per person. Seating is limited to 150.

Following Danish tradition, a Solstice “Sankt Hans Aften” (St. John's Eve) bonfire will be lit at lake's edge as the sun sinks behind the vineyards and hills in this magnificent location. From signed wine magnums to one-of-a-kind experiences, the live and silent auctions will include a wide range of specialty items ready to go home with the highest bidder.

Your attendance at an unforgettable evening helps support Elverhøj Museum and its mission to collect, preserve and exhibit the history and Danish culture of Solvang and to promote the arts.

For information, sponsorship opportunities or to request an invitation, email info@elverhoj.org or phone (805) 686-1211.

Elverhoj Around TownPop up galleries in 5 Solvang locations
ELVERHØY AROUND TOWN

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is on the move with pop up galleries in five locations around the town of Solvang. The displays, called “Elverhøj Around Town,” will be staged while the Museum is temporarily closed for maintenance and restoration work. These will be up for the month of March and may remain ongoing.

“The pop up galleries pay tribute to Solvang’s historical and cultural roots, creating a community storytelling space in alternative venues,” said Elverhøj Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates. Images digitally restored with clarity and elegance featured are historical photos of Solvang’s early years, showcasing the legacy of the city.

“Elverhøj Around Town” occupies space at these Solvang businesses: First Street Leather, 1634 Copenhagen Drive; Montecito Bank and Trust, 591 Alamo Pintado Road; Petersen Village Inn, 1576 Mission Drive; Rasmussen's, 1697 Copenhagen Drive; and Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Drive.  

Elverhøj will reopen on March 26 with a fresh, updated look following 6 weeks of maintenance work. The offices remain open Monday through Friday as work permits.

“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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