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Lompoc & santa ynez valley APRIL 2019


The Cypress Gallery - LVAA

119 E Cypress Ave, Lompoc p. 805-737-1129

Fostering a lifelong fascinaon with nature

PO Box 953, Los Olivos p. 805-886-2047

Elverhøj Museum of History & Art

Standing Sun Winery

Gallery Los Olivos

Sugarless Treats, non-fattening jewelry and glass

1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang p. 805-686-1211

2920 Grand Ave, Los Olivos p. 805-688-7517

Lompoc Mural Society PO Box 2813, Lompoc p. 805-733-4282

Lompoc Theater Project p. 805-380-6777

92 2nd St - Unit D, Buellton p. 805-904-8072

Joellen Chrones p. 805-588-2261

Terramonary Porcelain Dinnerware 466 Bell St., Los Alamos p. 805-453-5075

Wildling Museum of Art & Nature

1511-B Mission Dr, Solvang p. 805-688-1082


We are proud to count non-profit organizations and businesses as community partner members. Together, we advocate for each other, local artists, and collaborate on projects to create an enriching environment for the Arts Community within Lompoc and the Santa Ynez Valley.

Michele Knecht - Mosaic Art Gallery Los Olivos

Lompoc Mural Society

Fostering a lifelong fascination with nature NaturaTrack

Permanent Collection Wildling Museum of Art & Nature

Elverhøj Museum of History & Art

Terry Taylor, A Gift From the Tree Lompoc Valley Art Association



Art Hunt Lompoc Valley Arts Council Message from the LVAA President The Cypress Gallery Artwalk Spring Show & Competition Winners Sugarless Treats, non-fattening jewelry & glass LVAA Artists Talk Cypress Gallery Lompoc Mural Society

Wildling Museum of Art & Nature Elverhøj Museum of History & Art LOS OLIVOS Gallery Los Olivos NatureTrack BUELLTON Standing Sun - LIVE LOS ALAMOS Terramonary Porcelain Dinnerware

All Artwork and Photos shown remain the sole property of the artist. No reproductions are permitted without express permission from the Lompoc Valley Art Association and/or the artist.


Jerome Parker, Portrait of Francesco, Oil. "A Central California native, Jerome comes from a family of artists and musicians. A quiet and introspective figure, Jerome is active in galleries in this beautiful region of his home state. Figurative compositions, closely observed from life, comprise many of this artist s rich work in oils and charcoal. Though clearly inspired by the masters, Jerome s intriguing subjects nevertheless capture a certain contemporary view of life in the moment." Courtesy:

Lompoc Valley Art Association 119 E. Cypress Ave Lompoc, CA 93436 805.737.1129

The Lompoc Valley Art Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, supporting the arts within the Lompoc & Santa Ynez Valley through affordable opportunities for artists to show and sell artwork, collaborations with non-profits and businesses on programs and events, investment in higher education for high school art students through scholarships, and a variety of outreach avenues, such as this digital arts magazine, that bring greater awareness to the cultural heart beat of the area.



October 17–20,. 2019 Like our Facebook Page "Cypress Gallery" and watch for more details.

OCTOBER 17 – 20, 2019 Lompoc Valley Art Association invites the community to “find” pieces of art work that will be “hidden” throughout Lompoc. You find the art – you get to keep it! Social Media will be used to give clues as to where you can find the art work! This Free event is open to everyone and to all ages. Like our Facebook page “Cypress Gallery” to get more details.


LOMPOC VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL Recognizing the Value of Lompoc Arts Come to Stone Pine Hall on April 18th to hear our new mayor, Jenelle Osborne, speak on this topic and exchange ideas with her. This invitation goes out to the entire community – artists, their supporters, their critics, and anyone else who wishes to attend. Our mayor welcomes you in these words: “I look forward to discussing the economic impact of the arts. Lompoc has a unique role in providing a supportive community for artists, and we benefit greatly from all the art created here.” The Thursday evening talk will be hosted by the Lompoc Valley Arts Council. It begins at 7 pm, preceded by a business session of the arts council board at 6 pm and a social break at 6:45 pm. Stone Pine Hall is located at 210 South H Street, and fully accommodates the disabled. Don Adams, President Lompoc Valley Arts Council

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Our annual Spring Show is on display in Cypress Gallery through April 28th. Our judge this year was William Durham, a Professor of Art at Allan Hancock College, who did an admirable job at what I would consider a formidable task. Over thirty pieces of art in categories including oils, acrylics, watercolor, 3D, mixed media, photography, and computer graphics were all lumped together for judging. Mr. Durham chose Best of Show, 1st-3rd and a few honorable mentions over several categories showing his knowledge of a wide range of art. Stop by the gallery to see the display, if you can’t make it by photos of the artwork entered are included in this month’s issue. The month of May will feature birds in our ‘Come Fly With Me’ exhibit. We are selling plywood bird cutouts in the gallery for $5.00 and leaving the embellishments up to you. So far some of the birds returned to the gallery for display have been painted, decoupaged, decorated with strips of paper to resemble feathers, wrapped in pieces of material, and one covered in sea glass. You can decide to offer your finished bird for sale at a price you decide, the gallery collects 25% commission or enter it as NFS (not for sale). You still have a few weeks to get your bird and complete it with your own interpretation; all birds must be returned to the gallery by 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28th. Tom Chrones President Lompoc Valley Art Association


119 E. Cypress Ave, Lompoc • Open Tue–Sun, 12-4PM

CYPRESS GALLERY ARTWALK • BY ELIZABETH MONKS HACK The Annual Spring Show Report! It'! The Cypress Gallery had a little more buzz than usual at its monthly ingathering at the end of March. April is the month designated for its annual Spring Show and competition. The gallery was full of community members, who along with members of the Lompoc Valley Art Association, answered the Call for Artists, bringing with them works of beauty, skill and imagination. William Durham, Allan Hancock professor of art, judged the competition this year. He was pleased to see “so many delightful works from talented artists in our community,” and enjoyed getting to meet and witness the skills of the people who involve themselves and contribute to this annual exhibition. The structure of the awards differed this year in that instead of awards distributed for each media category, the entire show was judged as a whole. A first, second and third place award was given, as well as a “Best of Show.” This highest award category is not revealed until the opening reception, so as of this writing the winning artwork remains a secret. Visit the gallery to find out who won it! First place was awarded to acrylic painter Vicki Andersen, for her exuberant “Taxco View,” a masterful composition of strong shapes, brilliant light and deep shadow. Terry Taylor was awarded second place for her charming mixedmedia piece of felt, fabric, and perfect stitches, entitled “A Gift from the Tree.” The third place award was given to photographer Nancy Hall, for her lusciously textured “Autumn's Bounty,” in which vineyard grapes and leaves reverberate with nature's gift of color. Mr. Durham also selected two Honorable Mentions: “Vineyard Truck,” a vibrant digital art photograph by Tom Chrones, and “Gourd Mask Totem” by Tammy Evans, a spectacular three-dimensional construction of manipulated gourds. This large piece, which dynamically engages space as it communicates an authentic spirituality, is a highlight of the show. Artist Jerome Parker has submitted a stunning oil painting entitled “Portrait of Frances,” employing the exquisite light and blending technique of classic Renaissance style. Edgar Ramirez, in his photorealist oil painting “Foley Vineyard,” achieves his aims with a remarkable pointillism. Taylor L. Picket's “Walking Through the Storm,” with surrealist imagery of celestial heights, demonstrates the magic of oil paint, as does Mary Whittemore's grand vertical format, lovely “Geisha.” Several works of art in the show employ collage and conceptual elements, which the artist feels free to use an array of media, techniques and sensibilities. One such piece is “The Burning,” a collaboration by Genevieve Schafer and Peter Gonzalez, a portrait with pop colors and three-dimensional elements. Another is the lively, tongue-in-cheek oil by J.T. Turner, a broadly painted landscape with the words WHY DID SOMEONE WRITE ON THIS stenciled across it. Works such as these provide food for thought and enrich the gallery experience. i n

Kudos must be given to the talented crew responsible for the installation of this exhibition and all our gallery shows. Linda Gooch and Angie Hamlin and their team know how to lead the viewer around the gallery in way that enhances viewer enjoyment. Grouping disparate works of art by size, subject matter, color and composition to create a goodlooking show is an art form in itself, one that they excel at. Thank you, installation team! The spring exhibition is often an opportunity to see art of many different styles and approaches, making for a truly diverse and refreshing show. We hope you will visit the gallery sometime this month to enjoy the artistic energy of our community. Shop for gifts, and note that looking at art is a life-enhancing gift that is free. Cypress Gallery is operated by the members of the Lompoc Valley Art Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, committed to expanding and supporting access and exposure to the arts in the Lompoc and Santa Ynez Valley. The gallery is located at 119 East Cypress Avenue, Lompoc. Winter Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12 noon to 4:00 pm. Phone (805) 737-1129. Visit the Cypress Gallery on Facebook and L.V.A.A. .


I received a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degree from San Jose State University and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from University of California Santa Barbara, both with an emphasis in Painting. I started working for the Allan Hancock College Art Department in 1989, where I continue teach. I also taught for 20 years in the Santa Barbara City College Art Department. While at SBCC I worked as the Director of the Atkinson Gallery where I took part in the juring of many of the Student Art Exhibitions. I have also had the opportunity of jurying the 2010 Exhibition of the Goleta Valley Art Association.

JUDGE'S STATEMENT I want to start by thanking the Lompoc Valley Arts Association for inviting me to jury their 2019 Spring exhibition, it was both an honor and a pleasure to feel that I could be of service. Getting to meet all the wonderful people that involve themselves and contribute to the exhibition, made it a joyful and memorable experience. On display were many delightful works from talented Artists in our community, and my choices in most cases were not that easy. I feel the most difficult aspect of being the juror is having to set aside personal bias and try to look at the work objectively. When having to make the decisions for the awards, there were several criteria in which I weighed to make my choices. These criteria are not always etched in stone, there can be plenty of wriggle room, but I thought it could be both helpful and informative if I explained what I consider behind my decisions. When I look at Art, the factors are: • An immediate response to an artwork is always a major consideration. Something that optically strikes a chord of visual satisfaction. A knee jerk reaction that you know the work is right and true, instantly when you see it. • After the immediate response, does the piece have that ability to keep my attention and invite me to look further. • The Aesthetics, I use to place validity on a work by asking myself “would I hang it on my living room wall?”, “could I live with it?”. Although I feel I’ve moved beyond these questions today, there still is some sense on the level of desire in the Artwork I like. • Does the artwork have lasting meaning? What is the Artist trying to say and what audience does the Artist reach? • Quality, the fact that I have been an educator in the Arts for over 30 years, makes it difficult for me to deny the technical abilities of the Artist. Do they know the materials? Is there integrity in the display? • Magic, I believe a good work of Art seems to have an ability to cast a spell on us. Whether you agree or disagree with my choices, I feel looking at Art is an important part of enriching our lives. It is groups like the Lompoc Valley Arts Association, through their efforts in creating such events, and having the Cypress Gallery providing a venue, enhances our community and thus the quality of life here in Lompoc Valley. Thank you, Lompoc Valley Arts Association Thank you, Cypress Gallery Thank you, Lompoc community Sincerely, William Durham

BEST IN SHOW Portrait of Francesco Oil by Jerome Parker

2nd PLACE A Gift From the Tree Mixed Media by Terry Taylor

1st PLACE Taxco View Acrylic by Vicki Andersen

HONORABLE MENTION Vineyard Truck Digital Art by Tom Chrones

3rd PLACE Autumn's Bounty Photography by Nancy Hall

HONORABLE MENTION Gourd Mask Totem Mixed Gourd Art by Tammy Evans

Sugarless Treats, non-fattening jewelry and glass By Joellen Chrones

Happy Easter

Items by Joellen available at the Wilding Museum in Solvang and Cypress Gallery, 119 E. Cypress, Lompoc Open every day except Monday’s From 12 to 5pm Any questions I can be contacted at 805-588-2261

LOMPOC VALLEY ART ASSOCIATION: ARTIST'S TALK MAY 14, 2019 Cypress Gallery • 119 E. Cypress, Lompoc The Lompoc Valley Art Association is pleased to announce an artist's talk on May 14 by local mosaic artist Michele Knecht. The presentation will take place following the Association's regular general business meeting at 7:00PM at Stone Pine Hall located at 210 South H Street in Lompoc. Michele creates vibrant, colorful mosaics in a unique, painterly style, executed in glass. She is inspired by all aspects of nature, and animals in particular. When depicting horses, pets and other animals, she sets out to capture the heart of her subjects in her work. She is represented by Gallery Los Olivos, and will be a featured artist there during the month of May. Please join us for an enjoyable evening of art. The Lompoc Valley Arts Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, committed to expanding and supporting access and exposure to the arts in the Lompoc and Santa Ynez Valley. LVAA sponsors arts programs, events, communications, and other efforts that mutually benefit artists, businesses, residents and visitors to our Valley. To learn more about the arts in the Valley, visit our website and Like our Facebook page “Cypress Gallery”


Here are a few selections of artwork for show and sale currently at the Cypress Gallery. 119 East Cypress Ave, Lompoc Across from the Museum Gallery hours are Tue. through Sun, 12-5 pm

Neil Andersson, Beattie Park #15, Oil $1,350

Elizabeth Hack, Stone Pines on South H, Oil $750

Mary Whittemore, Geisha, Oil $600

Tonya Schultz, Day Break, Acrylic $875

Bill Morson, Harvest Time, Dye Infused Metal Print $185

Taylor L. Pickett, Walking Through the Storm, Oil $888

JT Turner, Why did Someone write on This, Acrylic $1,200

Ann Mastro, Birch Trees, Acrylic $110

Diane Atturio, Protea, Watercolor $375

Rosalea Greenwood, Grapola d'uva, Watercolor $450

Carol Oliveira, Jalama Gold, Oil $495

Claudette Carlton, Facing the Storm, Watercolor $140

Ed Heintz, Pelican, Watercolor $125

Diane Reuter, Pomegranates, Mixed Media $400

Dee Sudbury, Iris, Acrylic $156

Barbara Wiley, Old Mill, Oil $150

Paul Linder, La Purisima Dawn, Photography $130

Emily Abello, Hawaiin Sunset, Watercolor $175

Susanne Schenck, Last Day, Photography $125

Lee Hill, Sentinel, Acrylic $280

Tom Heslop, Flowing Gently, Watercolor $175

Marilyn Stankewich, Mountain Stream, Oil $150

Lynda Schiff, Stunning at Sunset, Photography $125

LOMPOC VALLEY MURAL SOCIETY Tribute to the People of Lompoc (Ethnic Diversity) Year: 1991

Location: 115 Civic Center Plaza (west side of Lompoc Superior Court building) Artist: Richard Wyatt, Los Angeles, CA

Mural Figures left to right are: Joshua Jacobs, Juanita Centeno, Victor Sousa, Helen Funai Erickson, Fernado Librado, Holton Webb, Mylena Williams, Myra Manfrina, Gin Chow, Kazuo Funai, Louise Artis, Jose Castillo.

In 1990, the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and the Lompoc Mural Society invited Muralist Richard Wyatt to execute an original mural that would capture the cultural diversity and history of Lompoc. Located on the Lompoc Superior Court building wall, this ethnic history mural, with its 12 large portraits, now celebrates the diversity of people from various ethnic groups who have played a role in Lompoc Valley’s history. Richard Wyatt is a contemporary muralist. He is known for his realistic series of works displayed in and around Los Angeles. At the time he was commissioned to create the Tribute Mural he was best known for a mural on the Capital Records building in Hollywood that celebrates Jazz musician legends. In a 1991 interview with the Lompoc Record, Wyatt said he liked to include people in his works, especially people who have contributed to the community. According to the article Wyatt paints in a realistic style that involves the Pointillism of French Impressionist painters who use a neutral background that is covered with tiny points of pure color that blend together when seen from a distance. Wyatt began his research for the Tribute Mural in October of 1990. He utilized information obtained from the Lompoc Valley Historical Society and from conversations with local residents. The Lompoc Record article stated that Wyatt chose his models on the basis of their facial features and their contributions to Lompoc’s ethnic diversity. Wyatt chose to use the Lompoc Museum as a background for the portraits because he saw it as a symbol of Lompoc History. The Museum was a former Carnegie Library built in 1910. Wyatt worked from photographs of former residents and present residents of the Lompoc Valley and also two individuals from southern California. He created the mural by first prepping the wall and then applying an undercoating of paint using earth tones. He then created the portraits by transferring a stencil made from renderings of the photographs to the wall, using a grid system of one inch to a one -foot scale. The Tribute to the People of Lompoc Mural took six months to paint and is 17 feet high and 61 feet long. It was dedicated June 1, 1991

Close up photo is from 1992 Sunset Magazine; Back row and left to right is Joshua Jacobs, Victor Sousa, Jose Castillo. Front row, left to right is Juanita Centeno, Myra Manfriend, Louise Artis, young girl in front is Mylena Williams.

The twelve people who appear on the Mural from left to right are: Joshua Jacobs. Anglo American of Welsh, German, English and Irish descent. In 1991 he was a high school student and athlete. Juanita Centeno. Native American of Chumash descent (1918-1992). Described as a keeper of Chumash Culture, she taught Chumash Culture at local schools, Lompoc Museum and La Purisima State Park. She also consulted as a Native American monitor to preserve archaeological sites throughout Santa Barbara County. Victor Sousa. Anglo American of Portuguese descent (1930-2017). He helped organize the Lompoc High School Alumni Association, was a past president of the Lompoc Pioneer society, and was active in the Portuguese Association. Helene Funai Erickson. Japanese American. She is active in Southern California’s Japanese American Community. She is the daughter of Kazuo Funai. Fernando Librado Kitsepawit. Native American, Chumash (1839-1915). He was born at Mission San Buenaventura and was baptized in 1839. He was the son of Mamerto Yaguiahuit, and Juana Alfonsa, Chumash who were born on

Santa Cruz Island. The name of Librado was acquired later in life and can be translated from Spanish as "book lover." Fernando worked on the Sudden and Jalama ranches. In 1912, he met linguist-ethnographer, John P. Harrington and spent the remaining years of his life sharing his knowledge and recollections of Chumash life . His recollections are published in two books, “Eye of the Flute” and Breath of the Sun.* Holton Webb. Anglo American of English descent (1853-1913). Came to California from Wisconsin 1880. Member of the National Guard in 1882. Came to Lompoc in 1885 and worked as a grammar school teacher and an attorney. Holton became first Principal of grammar school in 1890 until 1900. Myleana Williams. Guamanian descent. She was born in Lompoc and in 1991 she was a sixth-grade student at La Purisima School in Lompoc. She was maintaining a 4.0 grade average and enjoyed swimming and dancing. Myra Manfrina. Anglo American of Dutch, French and English descent. Member of a Lompoc pioneer family. She is active in the Lompoc Valley Historical Society and is a local history researcher. Gin Chow. Chinese American (1857-1933). He emigrated from China in 1874 and in 1911 came to the Lompoc valley to farm. His farm was located near Sweeny Road and the Santa Ynez River. Gin Chow was well known as a weather prophet and in 1932 published a weather almanac. In 1928 he was the lead complainant in Gin S. Chow, et al. vs. the City of Santa Barbara and the Montecito County Water District. Forty plaintiffs, owners of land watered by the Santa Ynez River, claimed that Santa Barbara and Montecito did not have the right to siphon off the river’s flood waters to supplement their water supplies. Kazuo Funai. Japanese American, Issei (1900-2005). He was from the Wakayama Prefecture in Japan. He came to this country in 1915. For many years he owned and operated a market on Central Avenue in Los Angeles. In 1941, he and his family were incarcerated in an American internment camp where his daughter Helene was born in 1943. After the War he returned to LA and started several successful businesses. Louise Artis. African American (1926-1996). One of the Founders of the Club Arcturus, a Community Service Organization. It sponsored many Lompoc civic events such as the Carousel of Cultures. She also served on several local Non- Profit Boards. She was a member of the Lompoc Valley Historical Society. Jose Castillo. Native American of Huichol descent. He came to this country as a young man and settled in Lompoc. He was raised in a traditional Huichol household with a strong work ethic. Jose worked with Juanita Centeno both as a teacher and as a Native American monitor.

The information in this article was taken from: Sunset Magazine: pg. 68, July 1992, article by Jena MacPherson. Lompoc Record: Dec. 21 1990 by Andrea Moret, Lompoc Record March 1, 1991 by Andrea Moret, Lompoc Record May 17, 1991 by Andrea Moret, Lompoc Record June 2, 1991 by Jack Mages. Accessed April 8, 2019 Johnson, J. R. (1982). The Trail to Fernando. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, 4(1). *Hudson, Travis, Thomas Blackburn, Rosario Curletti and Janice Timbrook. 1977. The Eye of the Flute: Chumash Traditional History and Ritual as Told by Fernando Librado Kitsepawit to John P. Harrington. Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. *Librado, Fernando and John Peabody Harrington 1979. Breath of the Sun: Life in Early California. Editor Travis Hudson. Published by Malki Museum Press.



1511 Mission Dr., Solvang Open 11am-5pm Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri. Open 10am-5pm Sat & Sun. Closed Tue.

WORKSHOP AT THE WILDLING MUSEUM OF ART & NATURE Mother's Day Natural Perfume-Making Workshop Led by Susan Farber • Class size is limited to 12 people; suitable for men and women ages 16 & up • Where: The Wildling Museum, 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463 • When: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sol Aromatics Perfumes

• Cost: $90 per person; $160 for two co-creating a fragrance; all materials are included in the price.

Design your own artisanal fragrance with your mom, for your mom, or simply pay homage to Mother Earth in this natural perfume-making workshop that will awaken your sensorial creativity and stimulate olfactory memory. Our olfactory system, or sense of smell, is linked to memories. You will create your very own liquid-based fragrance from a carefully curated selection of essential oils, while creating a lasting memory that can be relived every time you or your mother dons the perfume. As a participant, you will:

• Receive personalized guidance in constructing a fragrance using top, middle, base and accessory notes;

• Partake in a lively discussion of the aromatic properties of 18 essential oils and absolutes;

• Play scent games to connect smell with emotions, images, and memories;

• Leave with an atomizer of your custom-made fragrance and a take-home guide of the process.

“A remembered smell spills into consciousness baskets full of … memories and the feelings entwined with them, permeating the emotional aura of the memories with a richness that is both exquisite and vague.” From Essence and Alchemy by Mandy Aftel. Note: Please do not wear any perfumes to the class as they will distract from the workshop and your own efforts. Questions about the class? E-mail Susan at To register, visit, stop in at the Wildling, or call 805-686-8315. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Susan is the founder and creator of Sol Aromatics, a collection of perfume and aromatherapy products and services to inspire positive mind, body and feeling states supporting the spiral of life (SOL). She is a certified aromatherapist and licensed psychotherapist. Susan began her formal studies in natural perfume making seven years ago with master perfumers Mandy Aftel, Sarah Horowitz and Shelley Waddington after a lifelong passion which began when she received a perfume-making kit as a young girl. To learn more about Susan go to


$65 • Departs from the Vets Hall - 1745 Mission Dr, Solvang, with Santa Barbara Pick Up This 3-3.5 hour Island Wildlife cruise will take you through the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Channel Islands National Park known to have more marine mammals than any other area on the planet. After, explore the Ventura Harbor Village for a late lunch- it encompasses a diverse collection of restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Hosted by Wildling Museum staff. Click here for reservations


John Fery Austrian, 1859-1934 Cascade on the Firehole, 1912 Oil on Canvas Museum Purchase Wildling Museum of Art & Nature Permanent Collection 2000.1.1

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature is pleased to announce a new exhibit, Permanent Collection, on display in the Valley Oak Gallery from March 29 through November 11, 2019. The show features a total of 19 artworks out of the collection’s near 150 photos, prints, paintings, and sculptures. The art represents many perspectives on the nonprofit’s mission to inspire people to enjoy, value, and conserve wildlife and natural areas through art. Curated by members of the exhibition committee, this show features new acquisitions and highlights unique stories from the collection’s history. In addition to looking back, The Wildling Museum is also looking forward. As the 20-year milestone approaches, facility improvements are underway to expand the art storage capacity by 300% and new educational programming about the collection is currently being developed.

The first purchase for the permanent collection, acquired in 2000, is a painting entitled Cascade on the Firehole (1912) by Austrian artist John Fery (1859-1934) and depicts a waterfall in Yellowstone National Park. The 54” x 80” historical Fery painting will be on display next to West Wind by The Wildling Museum founder and local artist Patti Jacquemain. West Wind, a 37” x 26” original woodcut, is the latest addition to the collection. There is a story behind these two works of art. Bruce McCurdy, founding board member and Chairman of the Museum’s Collections and Exhibition Committee, transported the Fery painting to the museum in 2000 from Montana. McCurdy was an integral part of collections and exhibitions and advisor to UCSB student artists, including Jacquemain. The Wildling Museum’s first collections exhibit in 2004 entitled, Building a Collection, was dedicated to McCurdy. In this year’s exhibit, you will see a photographic print by Bruce McCurdy (19302003), titled Oceano Dunes III, gifted by his wife, Beverly McCurdy. When asked about her donation, Beverly said, “He liked the idea of creating a museum to champion art and the wilderness and accepted her (Jacquemain’s) request to serve. I donated this work in his honor.” Supporting The Wildling Museum’s mission, the exhibit will feature an interactive postcard art station. Liz Alvarez, Lompoc High School teacher, is creating new lesson plans. She said, “At the Wildling Museum, visitors of all ages are invited to look closely, explore the complexity and find an opportunity to create something original. Influenced by an existing artwork, visitors are encouraged to understand the art collection by participating in art making to interpret what the art means to them. Especially since no two art projects are precisely alike, the artworks and discussions become instruments that contribute original thought about the artwork. While it may be terrifying and exhilarating to share original art with others, participants receive support for their projects and opportunity to create something original, influenced by the permanent collection.”

Patti Jacquemain American West Wind, n.d. Original Woodcut, Edition of 45 Gift of the Artist Wildling Museum of Art & Nature Permanent Collection 2019.2.1

This exhibit is possible thanks to the support of many individuals throughout the last 20 years. In particular, the volunteers and art professionals who contributed to this exhibit are Liz Alvarez, James Balsitis, Chris Chapman, Mitra Cline, Holli Harmon, Elizabeth Knowles, Stacey Otte-Demangate, and Nicole Strasburg. More details about all the artist and donors featured in this show are available on the website at


• What: Art exhibit, Inspired by Nature • Where: The Wildling Museum, 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463 • When: On view from March 22 – May 27, 2019 • Cost: Members FREE and General Admission $5 A group of 24 students from Solvang Schools opened their show of nature photography on Friday, March 22 at a reception at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, where it will be on view through Memorial Day on May 27. The students turned their lenses to nature for the show, some finding beauty in their front yards, others during travels to faraway places like Costa Rica. “Nature is everywhere, and if this show helped the students to realize that and improve their photography skills, then I feel like the show is a major win already,” said Wildling executive director Stacey OtteDemangate. The Wildling is grateful to professional photographer Bill Dewey of Santa Barbara for coming to judge the show. First place went to Zoe Kazali for Evergreen, for which she won $100. Evan Gotschall took second place for a fascinating image of Nojoqui Falls, and he received $50. Third place went to Sebastian Cote for a vibrant sunset fronted by an oak tree silhouette, and he won a family membership to the museum. Solvang Schools Teacher Alyssa Spanier of the Yearbook and Media Class for 7th- and 8th-graders was enthused about sharing her students’ work with the community. “We were so excited to partner with the Wildling Museum for this exhibit. As soon as I told the students about this opportunity, their eyes lit up; they were eager to show their best work in a professional setting. In particular, our framing day at the museum was an incredibly rewarding experience. The reality of the show set in as the students carefully framed their work and decided where to hang each piece,” shared Spanier. Wildling staff are working on plans for another juried art show for juniors that will be an online competition, and they anticipate announcing details soon. Besides offering community and juried art show opportunities for students, the Wildling also offers free tours to school classes. Teachers may call Stacey Otte-Demangate to reserve a tour and help develop a custom tour to fit their classroom needs at 805-686-8216 or email her at The museum is also recruiting educational docents to help them work with more classes. Call Mitra Cline at 805-686-8315 for details.

Photo by David Stroe

INTRODUCTION TO INDIGO DYE Saturday, July 20 10:00am – 1:00pm Participants will design their own textile piece and dye it in a small indigo vat. The three hour workshop will include instruction in the use of indigo dye, and simple Itajime Shibori techniques for creating pattern on the fabric. Examples of this resist technique – which uses physical resists such as wood, string and other clamps – will be provided along with 2 pieces of fabric. All materials and tools included. Participants should wear clothing and shoes that may get wet and/or splashed with dye. Fee: $25/member, $30/ nonmembers + $15 for materials Open to ages 16 & up Pre-registration required



2920 Grand Ave, Los Olivos • 805-688-7517 • Open daily, 10-5 pm

“For the Love of Painting”

Award winning Artists Sheryl Knight and Linda Mutti The Month of April

Sheryl Knight, Fox Creek Waterfall, 9x16

Linda Miutti, Morning's Gift, 12x16

“Animal Kingdom An Exhibition on the Art of Animals” Michele Knecht - Mosaic Art Alice Murphy - Oil Pencil Sketch

May 1 – 31, 2019 Artists' Reception • May 4 • 2:00 – 4:00pm Michele Knecht and Alice Murphy share a love of horses and other animals. As the featured artists at Gallery Los Olivos for the month of May, they explore this connection through their respective mediums of mosaic and oil pencil sketch. Michele Knecht creates vibrant, colorful mosaics in a unique, painterly style, executed in glass. She is inspired by all aspects of nature, and animals in particular. When depicting horses, pets and other animals, she sets out to capture the heart of her subjects in her work. Alice Murphy is predominantly an equine and pet portrait artist, working in oil pencil. She describes her work as a blend of traditional form with a contemporary edge. Color is a key element in her work, which she deftly uses to give her renderings depth and motion.

Fostering a lifelong fascinaon with nature

At NatureTrack, a 501c3 nonprofit, our mission is to instill students with the leadership skills, attitudes, and habits for lifelong learning and inspire them to be respectful stewards of our natural world. The NatureTrack Film Festival is a companion event which expands upon our core mission by "igniting passion for nature through film" at all age levels. The NatureTrack Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the world to share their adventures, stories, and documentaries with an appreciative audience. Located in Los Olivos, in the heart of Santa Barbara county (birthplace of Earth Day) we invite you to discover a Film Festival that supports the next generation of empowered nature lovers. Learn more at


FAIRGROUND SAINTS April 14, 2019 Standing Sun LIVE - 92 2nd Street, Buellton Get your tickets here: A distance of approximately 2,042 miles separates the California Coast from Nashville, TN. Hop on the I-10 East from the Pacific Coast Highway, drive straight through, and you’ll be a stone’s throw from the Grand Ole Opry and strolling down“Music Row”no more than 32 hours later. Fairground Saints literally and creatively made such a trek. Like a montage out of a movie, the California-bred trio—Elijah Edwards, Meg McAllister, and Mason Van Valin—met by way of various social networks and Craiglist postings, locked into a once-in-a-lifetime groove, sold everything, packed up, and headed to Nashville. Within two weeks of relocating, they drummed up a palpable buzz and landed a deal with Sony Music Nashville. They had already earned acclaim from NPR, Huffington Post, and more as early recordings “Can’t Control The Weather” and “Turn This Car Around” amassed millions of streams. Moreover, they toured alongside everyone from Brothers Osborne and Sara Evans to Scotty McCreery and Kip Moore—who after hearing them for the first time invited them to open for him. Touting a striking singular sound, they pave a musical highway between Laurel Canyon and Music City, finding a shortcut to universal bliss by way of country, pop, and rock. These three lifelong musicians transmit real stories through real instrumentation and make a real connection. Doors open 7pm/Show starts 7:30 $20 Standing Room / $25 Reserved Seating • Food Truck to be announced soon All Ages Show! • Tickets are WILL CALL and will not be mailed.

KIRBY BROWN April 27, 2019 Standing Sun LIVE - 92 2nd Street, Buellton Get your tickets here: Kirby Brown was born in Deep East Texas, raised in the Ozark foothills of north central Arkansas, and has since spent much of his life traversing an orbit between New York City, Nashville, and his mother state of Texas. From the idyllic, religious farm family he grew up in to the literate, creative communities of NYC, Brown's music is a synthesis of seemingly-disparate influences. His writing channels the long narrative of the American songbook without nostalgia — it bears the torch of traditional form while simultaneously showcasing an entirely original artist. His upcoming record, Uncommon Prayer, finds Kirby at his finest — at-once affable and conversational, while insightfully peeling back the layers of himself and the world around him. A "Poet Laureate of the Everyman," Kirby's writing proves to cast an uncommon redemptive hue onto the seemingly common world. Doors open 7pm/Show starts 7:30 $12 Reserved Seating • Food Truck to be announced soon All Ages Show! • Tickets are WILL CALL and will not be mailed.

LOS ALAMOS Historic Union Hotel

Vicki Andersen, Taxco View, Acrylic

Profile for Lompoc Valley Art Association

Lompoc & SYV Arts - April 2019  

Discover arts and culture in Lompoc and the Santa Ynez Valley, California.

Lompoc & SYV Arts - April 2019  

Discover arts and culture in Lompoc and the Santa Ynez Valley, California.