Take Art and Nature Home with You!
Our unique museum store is the perfect place to purchase handcrafted gifts, art books, guides to the natural history of the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara region, trail maps, home decor, kids’ activities and art project kits, plush animals, jewelry made from natural and recycled materials, and so much more! The Wildling Museum Store is truly a destination in its own right!
The Wildling Museum Store offers a diverse mix of merchandise that celebrates nature in various ways. Many of the items are made by local artists. Jewelers Monika Miehle and Heather Federlein hail from Buellton, Kaaren Jordan lives in Solvang, and Nancy Murdock’s amazing necklaces are made in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Potter Ed Spaw is a Valley resident. If you would like to sell your products in the museum store, please fill out a vendor application.
Featured Local Artist
The Wildling Gift Shop is now also featuring wall hung art by local artists in the store! Working with artists throughout the tri-county area, the Museum shop will rotate their work every few months. If you are an artist living in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, or Ventura counties and would like more information on this program, fill out out an artists application. Art must be wall hung, reflect the mission of the museum to celebrate and explore wilderness, nature and wildlife and will be juried to insure high quality and a diversity of mediums, styles and creativity.
Isabel Downs’s work is on Display Jan - March
A tension between art and science has defined my entire life. I was born and raised in the tropics by a naturalist father and a sculptress mother. From an early age, I was driven to draw, paint, sculpt and eventually render in fibers the world around me. One would never guess that the 35 years of my professional life were spent (with great pleasure) teaching French language and literature but I never ceased to work on the side as my marine biologist husband’s field assistant in addition to being a scientific illustrator for both the Smithsonian Institution and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
The fun for me in my art is the search for the right materials and methods to suggest Nature’s wonders and so I am driven to experiment with new techniques that may/may not work in representing the natural world (knitting with steel wool, making lace on the sewing machine, heat stressing cellophane, mastering fabric origami...who’s to say what will next prove effective). The world’s my oyster so I will draw, paint, stitch and then consume it... with gusto.