by Anne Petersen
On June 14, 2014 the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in Solvang opened a new exhibit in partnership with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation called Art from the Groves: The Santa Inés Mission Mills. The exhibit includes artwork for Santa Ynez Valley artists who painted the Santa Inés Mission Mills property over a course of several scheduled “paint outs.” The Mills property, owned by the State of California and managed by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, is an idyllic spot with a tranquil creek, olive groves, and of course the two stone mill structures and attached reservoirs, providing plenty of fodder for the artistic imagination. The resulting exhibit includes an amazing array of media from watercolor, oil and pastel, to photography, collage, and even jewelry.
The opening reception included many of the featured artists, along with membership and staff of the Elverhoj and SBTHP. The exhibit will be open until September 28, and the two organizations are partnering on several related programs including a children’s art event at the Mills on July 26 and a lecture on the history of the property on September 6. For more details on the exhibit and other related programs, visit the Elverhoj website here.