Solvang Brewing Company hosts exhibit

“Valley Road” is one of the many photographs by Vicki Mitchell on disp;ay at the Solvang Brewing Company.

Two artists will be showing their work for the next two months at the Solvang Brewing Company, which is becoming a popular alternative exhibit space for members of the Artists Guild of the Santa Ynez Valley.

The show opened Thursday, Jan. 26, and features the work of photographer Vicki Mitchell and painter Suzanne Huska.

A reception for the artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.

Mitchell, recognized for her landscape photography, will exhibit images of the Santa Ynez Valley. She took a serious interest in photography when she moved to Santa Ynez with her husband and daughter in 1991. After taking classes at Village Frame and Photo with the late Neil Brundidge, and studying at Allan Hancock College, she took numerous workshops and classes at Brooks Institute of Photography and the Art Center of Pasadena.

Aspiring to fine tune her printing skills, she took a digital printing workshop with John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert at Brooks Institute of Photography, which has given her the opportunity to print her own imagery.

Mitchell has shown her work at Gallery Los Olivos, Mission Creek Gallery in Los Olivos, Bank of Montecito, and Westmont College. She has a line of photo cards that are sold in the Valley, and her images have been published on numerous covers of the UCSB Economics Forecast Project and The Guest Magazine.

Huska uses oils on canvas to paint scenes of the Santa Ynez Valley with its oaks and interesting landmarks. Old barns, windmills and churches are in many of her latest works.

She is originally from the Texas Panhandle, later living in Anchorage, Alaska with her family. She studied art at the University of the Americas in Mexico City, and spent 20 years in that colorful city before moving to the little village of Cabo San Lucas in Baja California, Mexico, where through the following eight years her children grew up.

With one of the daughters relocating to Santa Ynez with her family, she gave in to the urge to return to the United States. Now as a resident of the Santa Ynez Valley, the warm bright colors in her landscapes evoke the many years she lived in Mexico.

Solvang Brewery Company, at 1547 Mission Drive in Solvang, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

For more information, call the Solvang Brewing Co. at 688-2337.

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