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Solvang museum exhibit honors life of local artist

Posted at 12:54 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 01:24:40-04

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang is paying tribute to the life of artist Ray Strong with a special exhibition.

Museum directors say Strong, who died in 2006, was one of the most influential artists in the Santa Barbara region.

Strong moved to the area in 1960 after being commissioned to paint diorama murals at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. He’s also credited with co-founding The Oak Group, a group of painters that uses art to raise awareness and funds for endangered local landscapes.

Portrait of Ray Strong by Deborah Veldkamp (Collection of the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature)


“Ray Strong: A Collector’s Passion” features 32 of his paintings.

The exhibition closes on Monday, July 8.

Visit the Wildling Museum’s website for more information on its current exhibits.