A trip through California’s wine country isn’t complete without a visit to Santa Ynez, an unspoiled town with the charm of a historic European village. Just an hour’s drive from the luxury real estate of Santa Barbara, visitors and native Californians alike will find a number of wonderful art galleries. Here is an idea of what Santa Ynez has in store.
ZFolio Gallery Solvang
Address: 1685 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
Located in Solvang – known as “Little Denmark” for its old world architecture – the ZFolio Gallery is concerned above all else with beauty. They carry jewelry designed by the likes of Alex Sepkus, Bernd Wolf, Mark Schneider, Etienne Perret, Magick and countless others. That’s in addition to their collections of contemporary art, ceramics, wood and large format photography.
“I have to honestly say that this [is] THE best collection of modern jewelry I have ever seen,” wrote one reviewer. “If you want to buy [for] yourself or a gift for someone that is truly unique and truly crafted by talented artists this is the place.”
Address: 1693 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
As the Santa Ynez Valley’s biggest – and most prestigious – antique shop, Solvang Antiques prides themselves on two things – carrying only the best products and practicing excellent customer service. The store features high quality, carefully-chosen selections from the world’s best antique dealers. No matter the customer, Solvang Antiques has something that will appeal to casual perusers and studious collectors alike.
“My favorite place to visit and the only store that is truly a must visit is Solvang Antiques!” exclaimed one reviewer. “They carry unique items from the two figure to the five figure range. The estate jewelry is incomparable.”
Address: 14 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
It would be difficult to find a finer gallery than JadeNow for contemporary jade anywhere else in wine country. Though many people’s idea of jade associates the art form with antique cultures, modern artists have continued to work and develop jade into something spectacularly fresh. With collections of the world’s finest jade carvings, JadeNow presents shoppers with a past made new.
“A very nice venue with some amazing artwork,” remarked a reviewer. “Obviously the work on display will continually change, but I can only imagine that they will only attract and show work like we saw today. Simply a pristine little gallery, typical of [the region].”
Pavlov Art Gallery
Address: 1608 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
Chris Pavlov opened the Pavlov Art Gallery back in 2007 to display his own philosophically- and psychologically-inspired artwork alongside world-class prints. Originally from Macedonia, Pavlov has never stopped perfecting his craft. He enjoys talking with his customers about art, both his and those of the artists he carries, while they peruse his shop’s wide international selection.
One reviewer remembered how “Pavlov walked out the back of the store, complete with a paint covered apron, to warmly greet us. He explained his art, how well he makes his handmade frames, and we had a really nice pleasant conversation.” Another remarked that Pavlov was “a refreshing break from the candy shops and tourist trinkets.”