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Pop-up Arts Connection to showcase local art, crafts for the holidays


Photo of Pamela Dozois The creators of The Arts Connection collective are, from left to right, Donna Andersen Ineman, Cherie Virden and Christine Lester-Deats.

By Pamela Dozois

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Scandia Court on Alisal Road will be lit up in the spirit of Christmas for the opening of “The Arts Collection”, a pop-up gallery filled with unique arts and crafts from local artisans.

The store will be open for just six weeks, from November 13 to December 31, with a grand opening slated for November 16.

Created by three friends, Christine Lester-Deats, Donna Andersen Ineman and Cherie Virden, the store promises to have something for everyone for the Christmas season and beyond.

“I have been doing photography for 38 years in the valley and one day as I was driving past my friend Donna’s store, ‘Home Connection’, I remembered that she told me that she would like it to be. ‘local art be on display in Scandia’s courtyard, “Deats said.” It was a light bulb moment for me – that we had to reunite with Donna, an entrepreneur; Honey, the artist; and myself, photographer, and put together a collection of pop-up vacations that would showcase the work of artisans and craftspeople from various mediums – photography, merged class, ceramics, jewelry, carpentry, fiber artists, watercolor artists, illustrators, artist and more The idea took shape and we started to put everything together.

Virden said her long-standing passion for the creative arts has taken her in many directions.

“I am blessed that my career as a creative advertising director and graphic designer has allowed me to pursue my love of practical creation, first in ceramic and now in fused glass,” said Virden. “There is a wealth of talented artisans and craftspeople in our valley, and we wanted to offer them a place to exhibit their work.

“By combining many artists and bringing together a wide range of unique talents and mediums, we hope to create a successful space where the works of these artists can be seen in a place of marketing by locals, tourists and visitors to the city. valley, ”Deats said. continued.

The three women have been friends and neighbors for many years, Ineman said. Their children grew up together, all attending Ballard School, so she considered working together on this project a perfect idea.

“We look forward to a fun and cooperative venture and to keeping Solvang as a ‘Christmas Town in the United States,’ said Ineman. “We will only be open for six weeks, but during those six weeks we will also be hosting a variety of other fun and interesting activities in the pop-up and in the backyard, all in a festive atmosphere.”

Some of the participating artists are Adeina Cookenour / Jewelry; Ann Fryslie / Fibers and Textiles; Ben Stein / Woodworking; Cherie Virden / Fused Glass; Diana Paul / Jewelry; Christine Deats / Photographer; Edward Jorgenson / Woodworking; Heather Stephen / Watercolor illustrator; Karen Greenberg / Jewelry; Logan Deats / Photography; Leilani Rose / Jewelry; Mark Infanti / Woodworking; Natalie Groves / Watercolor illustrator; and Scott Bruhn / Woodworking.

The Arts Connection is located at 425 Alisal Road in Solvang. Central Coast artists and artisans who would like their art to be considered for participation should send an email [email protected].


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