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Take Art and Nature Home with You! 

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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.

Deborah Day-Veldkamp

on Display April - July 2019

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Deborah Day-Veldkamp studied with Peter Blos (1903-1986) of Munich Germany. Peter met his wife May (of Santa Rosa, CA) when she was in Munich studying with Hans Hoffman. Soon after they married and came to California in 1931, fleeing Hitlers draft.  After settling in Berkeley, Peter began teaching in the East Bay where Debby and her mother Jean Day, her aunt Helen Van Den Berg and later her cousin John, took Peters Figure and Portrait painting classes at Walnut Creek Civic Arts. 

Living in San Luis Obispo Debby had heard of Ray Strong and the Oak Group. When doing research for a monograph on Peter, she found a short bio in Artists as People, by Yvonne Greer Thiel of both Peter and Ray Strong. She called Ray and taking three paintings at his bidding drove down to meet with him. It was an auspicious meeting. Ray said he knew both Peter and May and after viewing her three landscapes asked why wasn’t she doing portraits? This led to her painting Rays portrait from life which is on display here at the Wildling and painting four more portraits of him. He called her the “head-huntress”.  

After her semi-private tutor-ledge with Peter Blos Debby later studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, with Lorser Feitleson and Harry Carmean much later exhibiting with them at Sullivan & Goss.

She studied for a short time before her marriage at California College of Arts & Crafts and Long Beach State where just shy of getting her BFA she and her husband left for a years adventure in Skagway AK. Eventually settling in San Luis Obispo they raised their five children.

She has painted the Morros viewing them as figurative forms and has taught figure painting at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. She has traipsed all over the Central Coast painting and exhibiting for the last 40 years. She was invited to have three, One woman exhibits in Germany and her work has been collected in the US and Europe.


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