The Elverhoj Museum has long been central California’s home of Danish art and culture, residing in the recreated Danish village of Solvang, a town surrounding the wineries of Santa Barbara County and the Pacific Ocean.
Tomorrow, the museum will debut its new exhibition, “Past, Present, and Future: Celebrating 30 years of art in the community.” The special exhibition will be a tribute to those artists who are no longer living, along with living artists whose work has been featured in the gallery and are still producing art, along with up-and-coming artists who have been mentored by curators and committee members at Elverhoj. Curators Esther Jacobsen Bates, Elverhoj’s executive director, and Rita Ferri, a fine arts consultant, are excited to share these works and bring visitors into the lives of these featured artists.
“Their viewpoints and dialogue engage us on all levels,” Bates said. “It touches our hearts, challenges us and awakens us to new ways of thinking, connecting us to a wider world. It’s the largest number of artists represented in a single show in the history of the Elverhoj.”
Elverhoj Museum opened in 1988 and has featured more than 400 regional, national, and international artists. It’s a place where local children can learn about art through school programs and art lessons, and thousands of yearly visitors can be introduced to Danish art, culture, and history.
Featured artists include: Merv Corning, Eyvind Earle, Barbra Minar, Bud Tullis, Martha Mott (all past), R. Anthony Askew, Phoebe Brunner, Rebecca Gomez, Kam Jacoby, Lindy Kern (all present), Kristen Bates, Zoe Nathan, Mackenzie Duncan, Blakeney Sanford, Luis Ramirez, and Chelsea Ward (all future), among many more.
The “Past, Present, and Future” exhibition runs August 25 through November 11. There is no cost for admission, but there is a suggested donation of $5 for every visitor over 12 years of age.