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California Nature Art Museum

California Nature Art Museum

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California Nature Art Museum, where art and nature meet, offers visitors a unique perspective on the importance of preserving our natural heritage.

Besides artful temporary exhibitions that celebrate nature both near and far, the California Nature Art Museum permanently offers a look at local nature through a large wall mural of our magnificent Valley oak trees, surrounded by the wildlife found near them. Enjoy hands-on art and craft activities for the whole family, all part of your admission. Children 17 and under are always free!

The California Nature Art Museum (formerly the Wildling Museum) is excited to bring the important topic of pollinators to their gallery for the first time with the exhibit The Birds and the Bees and More: Pollinators. Featuring original art by Ava Roth, Susan McDonnell, Elizabeth Weber, and Cynthia James, each artist brings a unique perspective to their pollinating subjects. Toronto artist Ava Roth joins forces with honey bees to produce a series of artworks featuring bee-created honeycombs which she then imaginatively augments with other media. Susan McDonnell fashions luminous paintings with compositions featuring a variety of creatures such as bats and butterflies – lesser known as pollinators, but who fulfill that vital role in a variety of ecosystems. Documentary photographer Elizabeth Weber captures unique images of monarch butterflies to bring attention to their dwindling numbers, inspiring homeowners to plant native species in their yards and gardens to support pollinators. Santa Barbara artist Cynthia James, recognizes the increasing risks faced by pollinators like bees, and crafts fantastical paintings of flowers that seem slightly menacing, a subtle reference to pesticides which harm them.

This exhibit is also a collaboration with the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at UC Santa Barbara. The Cheadle Center’s contribution focuses on native bees, including high-resolution images of rare, local bees from the UCSB Natural History Collection, and images of bees visiting flowers of native plants for an up-close look at their beauty and biodiversity. The exhibit not only showcases honey bees (the most widely known pollinator), but also native bees, butterflies, birds, and bats!

For more information, to volunteer and/or join as a member to support this important local arts and nature institution please visit www.calnatureartmuseum.org, call 805-688-1082, or email info@calnatureartmuseum.org.

The Museum is located at 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, California.

Open weekdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

1511-B Mission Drive

Solvang, CA 93463

Phone: (805) 688-1082

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