Staff Report

Work in the annual Holiday Art Show at Solvang Antiques Fine Art Gallery ranges from eagles and seascapes to still lifes, horses and hummingbirds.

The show featuring new works opens Friday, Nov. 23. A reception with artists will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, and artists will be demonstrating their various specialties from noon to 4 each Saturday through Dec. 15.

Twelve of the gallery’s recognized artists will be featured in the show: Joe Barbieri, Keith Batcheller, Betty Carr, Howard Carr, Bill Churchill, Dirk Foslien, Sheryl Knight, Joe Mancuso, Richard Myer, Barron Postmus, Mary Kay West and Angie Whitson. Works include vibrant and majestic paintings in oil and pastel along with exquisite wood carvings and bronze sculptures, a spokesman said.

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Sheryl Knight

Demonstrating at the opening reception and again in December will be Foslien, a longtime gallery regular. Known for his California landscapes and seascapes, Foslien is trained in the techniques of the Old Masters and works in oil.

Myer, a well-seasoned and dedicated sculptor, is renowned for his ability to sculpt during the Quick Draw, completing a foundry-ready original work within the 60 minutes allowed. He will also be demonstrating during the Nov. 24 reception.

Painting is West’s continuing passion, and she has become especially noted for her exquisite renditions of birds. She will be demonstrating for both the reception and in December.

Whitson, noted for her limited-edition bronze sculptures and her limited-edition etchings using the soft ground technique with aquatint, will also attend the reception.

The gallery’s newest artist is Batcheller, a painter and illustrator. He loves painting Western subjects, wildlife and landscapes that tell a story. Batcheller began his professional career in New York City as an illustrator. He has also done movie posters for many of the Hollywood studios, including more than 50 for Walt Disney Studios.

The Holiday Art Show runs through Dec, 31. For more information about the show, go to

Solvang Antiques is at 1693 Copenhagen Drive. For more information, visit