Who Is Next?

After a tremendous inaugural exhibition at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in Solvang, we have quietly been planning our next portrait subjects.  We always are looking for new clues for cultural appreciation and we found several  suggestions made by our friends who follow the project.

Obviously, ART carries culture.  

But where to begin? and in what medium?  One person's name came through several sources....Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, our Poet Laureate in Santa Barbara.  She is a phenomenal wordsmith who captures our surroundings and community through her poetry.

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle


Not as obvious, but completely relevant and at the top of our newsfeed


 How do we manage water, and what is unique about water in the Central Coast?  What is the future of this imperative resource? What is different today and what has stayed the same? Well, a good person to ask is Kelley Dyer, Santa Barbara's Water Supply Manager.  Yes, there are a LOT of people involved in managing water.  And, we have a lot of history with water, or the lack of water.  Just ask our Chumash friends.

Kelley Dyer, Santa Barbara Water Supply Manager   

Kelley Dyer, Santa Barbara Water Supply Manager


And speaking of our Native Americans, I was recently contacted by Steve Schwartz, Navy Archeologist to see if we could create a more accurate portrait of the

Lone Woman from San Nicolas Island

(better known as the character in O'dells Island of the Blue Dolphins, a required read in many California elementary schools). New evidence has been found, giving us first hand descriptions of what she actually looked like.  This photograph associated with her, ( which I obviously altered for fun!), most likely dates 20 years after her death.  As always, I am intrigued with documenting our earliest culture in the region.

Jauna Maria, Lone Woman San Nicolas Island

Jauna Maria, Lone Woman San Nicolas Island



We will keep you up to date as our stories unfold.  

Home Grown:Fruits of Our Labor/ REVELATIONS CULTURE CLUB #1

Culture Club launches on May 21, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, with

Home Grown: The Fruits of Our Labor

Culture Club launches on May 21, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, with Home Grown: The Fruits of Our Labor, an invitation to experience the area’s celebrated agrarian culture. Food and wine pairings will delight the senses. Stimulating conversation will include dialogue with organic wine industry pioneers Richard and Thekla Sanford, organic cattle rancher Elizabeth Poett, and farm labor manager Luis Ramirez. Their personal experiences tell about the magnificence of the scale of the area’s agricultural industry.

The Culture Club series is inspired by Elverhoj’s new art exhibition, “Revelations: Culture and the Human Landscape of the Central Coast.” The display is a multifaceted approach to portraiture that begins with an individual subject being a portal to not only their appearance, but to their history and hopes for the future. These life stories illuminate the cultures that give our region color, purpose, and meaning. Viewers can wander the Museum Gallery and experience stories, paintings, and videos that share the cultures of the Central Coast community.

Culture Club continues on June 3 with Stories at Sunset, celebrating native language and oral traditions; July 20th at an Art Salon with artist Holli Harmon speaking about her Passion for Culture; and concludes on August 13 with Home Plate: How the Danes Do It, an invitation to delight in Danish food and merriment as the Revelations exhibit closes.