Category Archives: -Arts / Museums

Solvang Fine Art

Solvang Fine Art
Address:
482 First St
Solvang, CA
93463
Phone:
(805) 691-9702
Hours:
Thursday - Monday: 11 am - 6 pm
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Website:
www.solvangfineart.com
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Solvang Fine Art

Here at Solvang Fine Art, we offer historic museum quality and contemporary prints and sculptures by American and European artists. We have assembled an expertly curated selection of fully authenticated works by some of history’s greatest artists and the best artists living today, with a collection including original etchings by Rembrandts and limited-edition lithographs by Joan Miro.

The gallery recently opened at the remodeled Shops at Clök Tower in the heart of Solvang, California’s tourist district. ​​​​​​

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Standing Sun Wines

Standing Sun Wines
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Address:
92 Second Street Unit D
Buellton, CA 93427
Phone:
8056939413
Hours:
Thursday-Monday 11am-5pm
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Standing Sun Wines

Buellton

Standing Sun Wines specialize in small lot, Rhone variety wines, from Santa Barbara County… with Standing Sun LIVE and ART Gallery. Celebrating WINE, ART & MUSIC… concerts, events and more.

Winemaker John Wright

Standing Sun Wines are handcrafted in small lots from some of Santa Ynez Valley’s premiere vineyards. Winemaker John Wright welcomes you!

Laura Wright, “quality control manager,” has spent the last twenty years on daytime television on such shows as The City, Guiding Light and now General Hospital, and is an Emmy winning actress.

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Mendenhall Museum

Mendenhall Museum
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Address:
24 Zaca St.
Buellton CA, 93427
Phone:
805-689-2402
Hours:
Museum Tours are by appointment only. 
Please call (805) 689-2402 to schedule your tour.
There is a $15 donation per person for tours.

Website:
www.mendenhallmuseum.com
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Mendenhall Museum

Petroliana Collection

The Mendenhall Museum is a private collection located in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. The museum has one of the west coasts largest petroliana collections including gasoline pumps, globes, and porcelain gas, oil, & road signs. There are also race cars, racing memorabilia, license plates, gas & oil items, and other miscellaneous antiques.

This collection was started over fifty years ago by the late Jack Mendenhall and is carried on today by his son and daughter in law, Mark and Vickie.

We will schedule private tours for individuals and clubs. We host special events, such as weddings, birthday parties, class reunions, family reunions, anniversary’s, etc. We also have car and motorcycle club gatherings.

Museum Tours are by appointment only.
Please call (805) 689-2402 to schedule your tour.
There is a $15 donation per person for tours.

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Elverhøj Museum of History and Art

Elverhoj Museum of History and Art
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Address:
1624 Elverhoy Way
Solvang, CA 93463
Phone:
(805) 686-1211
Hours:
Thursday - Monday: 11 am - 5 pm
Please visit www.elverhoj.org for dates with extended hours and special events
Website:
www.elverhoj.org/
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Elverhøj Museum

Elverhoj Museum Solvang

Elverhøj Museum of History & Art is in the village of Solvang in a historic hand-crafted structure. It was built in a style derived from the large farmhouses of 18th century Denmark.

Located in Solvang, California, the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art stands as a cultural gem. Here we celebrate the rich heritage of Danish culture while also showcasing contemporary art. Nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. This museum offers a captivating journey through time, inviting visitors to explore the fascinating intersection of Danish history and creativity.

The museum’s diverse exhibitions delve into various aspects of Danish heritage, from traditional folk art to modern interpretations. Through carefully curated displays, visitors gain insight into the customs, traditions, and stories that have shaped Danish identity over the centuries. From intricate woodcarvings to vibrant paintings, each piece offers a glimpse into Denmark’s vibrant cultural tapestry.

Beyond its historical offerings, the Elverhøj Museum also serves as a vibrant hub for contemporary art, showcasing the work of local and international artists. Through rotating exhibitions and dynamic programming, the museum fosters a dialogue between past and present, tradition and innovation.

With its picturesque surroundings and engaging exhibits, the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art provides a captivating experience for visitors of all ages. Whether delving into the past or marveling at the latest artistic creations, a visit to this charming museum promises to be both enriching and inspiring.

Danish History & Art

Visitors to Elverhøj Museum (pronounced el-ver-hoy) view Solvang’s history through photos, artifacts and video displays. Enjoy exhibits celebrating the Danish-American pioneer spirit and the colorful heritage of Denmark. Stroll the attractive and spacious gallery which shows changing exhibitions of regional, national and international art. The Elverhoj Museum of History and Art offers activities, events, and classes.

Fun activities for the kids too!

Admission; suggested donation is $5.

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Gallery Los Olivos

Gallery Los Olivos
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Address:
2920 Grand Ave
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Phone:
(805) 688-7517
Hours:
Open Daily 10:00am -5:00pm
Dec & Jan 10:00am - 4:00pm
Website:
www.gallerylosolivos.com
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Gallery Los Olivos

Established in 1992 by a group of local artists with a passion for art. Now this fine art gallery has grown to become the largest art gallery in Los Olivos, displaying over 50 artists from Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties.

olivosMany of our skilled artists have received national recognition for excellence in their artwork. Whether your tastes are traditional or lean toward contemporary choices, our gallery exhibits art that will enhance your life and personal style. Our artists are selected based on the originality and quality of their work, which contributes to a balanced and exciting collection of art.

Fine Art Gallery

Our Gallery’s portfolio includes oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylics, mixed media, mosaics, silk painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, clay, woodturning, and jewelry. Our divergent compilation of works is enjoyed by local art enthusiasts as well as visitors from all over the world.

Each day, one of our artists is at the gallery in Los Olivos to welcome you and help you with any questions you may have about our art. Please stop by and enjoy this fine art gallery and the exceptionally friendly atmosphere.

Los Olivos gallery
2920 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos CA 93441

805-688-7517

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Art Spot on Wheels: Painting in the Vineyard

Art Spot on Wheels: Painting in the Vineyard
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Address:
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Phone:
(805) 325-8092
Hours:
By reservation only
Website:
www.ArtSpotOnWheels.com
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Painting in the Vineyard

Discover your inner artist at a Painting in the Vineyard event! We invite you to grab a glass of wine and a paintbrush and join us for a fun and relaxing outdoor experience. Bring your friends and family and capture the scenery on canvas. Our local vineyards provide a beautiful, stress-free environment that will both inspire your creative spirit and indulge the wine-lover in you.

Painting in the vineyardNo painting experience necessary–a trained, local artist will walk you through the entire two-hour painting process step-by-step, and you’ll take home a landscape painting of your own to commemorate your trip to wine country.

Consider a private painting event to celebrate birthdays, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, anniversaries, girls trips, family reunions, corporate team-building events and more.

Visit www.artspotonwheels.com to see our full array of Painting in the Vineyard classes. Or call 805.325.8092 to inquire about private events.

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Along with Painting in the Vineyard events that are already scheduled on our calendar, we host private events at local vineyards as well as your location.

Private Painting in the Vineyard
Private Events at your location--including bachelorette, bridal showers, family reunions, birthdays etc
Team Building Events
Birthday Parties
Weekend Workshops

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California Nature Art Museum

Wildling Museum
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Address:
1511-B Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
Phone:
(805) 688-1082
Hours:
Weekdays: 11 am - 4 pm
Weekends: 10 am - 5 pm
Closed Tuesday - Wednesday & Major Holidays
Website:
www.wildlingmuseum.org
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California Nature Art Museum

formerly Wildling Museum of Art and Nature

The California Nature Art Museum formerly Wildling Museum of Art and Nature located in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County offers 5,000 square feet of exhibition space featuring nature and environmental art and photography, providing visitors with a unique perspective on the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Through the eyes of artists, education, and field experiences, guests can renew their relationship with wild places and understand their fragile nature, hopefully leaving more committed toward ensuring those spaces remain for future generations.

Shopping

The museum store is also a great place to find a wide variety of unique gifts.

For more information, visit wildlingmuseum.org, call (805) 688-1082, or email.

California Nature Art Museum
1511-B Mission Drive
Solvang, California.

Open Hours:
weekdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Tuesday and Wednesday
weekends 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission is $5, children under 18 and active members of the military (with ID) are free.

Visitors receiving CalFresh/SNAP benefits are also eligible for free admission for up to 4 adults upon presentation of a valid CalFresh/SNAP EBT card and photo ID at check-in through Museums for All.

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Elevator
Water fountain and refill station
Air conditioning

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Old Mission Santa Inés

Old Mission Santa Inés
Address:
1760 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA  93463
Phone:
(805) 688-4815
Hours:
Gift Shop
Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Self-guided Tours
Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 3:30 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 4:30 pm
Website:
missionsantaines.org/history-summary
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Old Santa Inés Mission

19 of 21 California Missions

Solvang, California

The 19th of 21 California missions, Old Santa Inés Mission is located in Solvang, California. The Franciscan Fathers founded this historic Spanish mission in 1804.

Although, Padre Junipero Serra founded the first 8 missions beginning with mission San Diego de Alcala in San Diego in 1769.

  • The Spanish crown built these missions to controlled the secular activities of the Catholic Church in Spain and its territories. Consequently, together with the military, Spain could establish a presence in California and protect this territory from Russia and England.
  • The military established presidios close to ports and acted as a provisional government – Spain’s representative. They distributed funds for the Missions’ maintenance, and recommended how many padres would be allowed at the various Missions.

Old Mission Santa Ines in SolvangMission Santa Inés, offers a glimpse into the mission’s rich history, vibrant community, and ongoing activities.

Visitors can explore the mission’s architectural beauty, including its iconic adobe church and picturesque gardens.

Here you can take self-guided tours, attend special events, and educational programs,  immerse yourself in the mission’s cultural heritage.

From religious services to cultural celebrations, Mission Santa Inés remains a significant cultural and spiritual center in the region. Whether seeking a glimpse into California’s past or a serene retreat, the mission welcomes visitors with warmth and hospitality. Explore its grounds, attend a mass, or participate in one of its many community events to experience the enduring legacy of this historic site.

Mission Gift Shop is open 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday; 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday

Self-guided tours: 10 am – 3:30 pm Monday –  Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 Sunday

Wedding venue and gardens.

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PCPA – Pacific Conservatory Theatre

PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre
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Address:
420 2nd Street
Solvang, CA 93463
Phone:
Box Office: (805) 922-8313
Hours:
Santa Maria Box Office:
Wednesday-Sunday: 12:30-7pm
Tuesday: 3-7pm on show days

Solvang Box Office:
Wednesday-Sunday: 3-7pm
Tuesday-Sunday: 4-8pm on show days
Website:
www.pcpa.org
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PCPA – Performing Arts Theatre Company

For more than 50 years, PCPA – Performing Arts Theatre Company – has been presenting exemplary theatre and providing excellent training with a resident company of theatre professionals.

Beginning in the fall of 1964, the first summer season played in 1965. Founder Donovan Marley laid the ground work for a year-round professional theatre company.

Allan Hancock College

Following the insightful impulse of Allan Hancock College President Walter Conrad, “Because we are geographically isolated from population centers where artistic experiences are readily available to our students and our college patrons, we have an obligation to develop such experiences on this campus.”

The first company consisted of twenty-one actors, calling themselves the Platform Players. They converted an old barracks building into the Interim Theatre with seating for 100. The first production was A Man for All Seasons and enthusiastic standing-room only audiences packed all 10 performances.

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Renaissance Antiques

Renaissance Antiques
Address:
496 First Street
Solvang, CA 93463
Phone:
(805) 688-1976
Hours:
Open 7 Days a Week from 10 am - 6 pm
Website:
www.renaissanceantiques.com/
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Community Clayworks – studio & potter’s wheel

Community Clayworks
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Address:
37 Industrial Way, Unit 111
Buellton, CA 93427
Phone:
(646) 709-7861
Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Website:
www.communityclayworks.com/classes-camps
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Studio & Potter’s Wheel

Community Clayworks ceramic studio and potter’s wheel is an inclusive ceramics studio where people of all ages come to play, learn, and create. We offer a Saturday night BYOB Sip-N-Spin for visitors to experience throwing on a potter’s wheel.

Mission

Community Clayworks studio and potter's wheelThe mission of community Clayworks is to foster a love of ceramic arts and support a clay community in the Santa Ynez Valley

You can also host a private party and have your guests create a forever keepsake of their time in the Valley. Projects can vary from succulent holders to mugs and everything in between.

Whether it’s your first time at a potter’s wheel or you’re a seasoned potter there is a place for you at Community Clayworks – ceramic studio and potter’s wheel. Our shop also provides a variety of ceramic work and accessories for sale.

Community Clayworks
37 Industrial Way #111
Buellton, CA  93427

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Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

Santa Ynez Valley Historical  Museum
Address:
3596 Sagunto St
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Phone:
(805) 688-7889
Hours:
Open Thursday – Saturday, Noon – 4 PM
Appointments accepted for Tuesday - Friday
Closed Mondays
Website:
www.santaynezmuseum.org/
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Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House celebrate the rich history of the Santa Ynez Valley, its pioneering settlers and the five early townships that formed the foundation of this unique region.

Through its collection, exhibits and educational programs, the Museum honors the Valley’s past for the enjoyment of generations to come. See our website for a current list of exhibitions.

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum is also available for special events. Rental fees are very competitive and our friendly staff works with you to make everything perfect for your special event.

In 1961, a group of dedicated Valley residents who recognized the need to preserve local history organized The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society.

Over the years, a single room has developed into a large complex surrounding a beautiful courtyard. The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum houses exhibits from the Chumash period through early 20th Century ranching days.

The Parks-Janeway Carriage House

The Parks-Janeway Carriage House showcases a superb collection of horse-drawn vehicles and related tack. The Ellen Gleason Memorial Library is devoted to local and California history.

SYV Historical Society is a non-profit organization depending on the generosity of its members, benefactors, and visitors to maintain and improve its historical collections and to continue its educational activities.

Volunteers act as docents, arrange exhibits and lectures, organize fund-raisers and social activities, and preserve Society records for the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum.

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