Staff Report


Solvang Fine Art is a new art gallery that just opened at 482 First St. in Solvang.

Located in the heart of Solvang’s tourist district, it will be the only gallery in the Santa Ynez Valley specializing in historic fine prints by American and European artists, featuring etchings by Rembrandt and original prints by Salvador Dalí. In addition to the historic works, the gallery will also showcase a select group of prominent contemporary California artists, including landscape paintings by artists living on the Central Coast. 

“Solvang Fine Art will offer truly museum quality artwork, with original prints by some of the greatest artists in the history of Western art,” founder Julie Torchia said. “These are the artists that you learn about in school and changed the course of history. We want to help collectors acquire museum quality works that they absolutely love.” 

Torchia is a native of San Luis Obispo and a fine prints specialist. Before opening the gallery, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in art from San Francisco State University and a Master’s degree in modern and contemporary art history from Hunter College, City University of New York. 

Through the course of her career, Torchia helped organize numerous exhibitions featuring historic prints for galleries across the country, and she is the former curator for Harte International Galleries in Lahaina, Hawaii. 

Solvang Fine Art is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (closed Tuesdays) and located under the iconic clock tower in Solvang. To learn more, visit www.SolvangFine