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Milford Zornes Exhibition

Milford Zornes, “Point Sal,” 1935

Milford Zornes (1908-2008) captured California’s independent spirit in the bold shapes and vibrant hues of his paintings. Recognized as a leader in the California Scene Painters movement as well as the California Style watercolor movement, Zornes was both a prolific artist and an inspirational teacher. Born in Oklahoma, Zornes came of age on California’s Central Coast. Scenes of Nipomo, where his parents owned a home, are frequent in his early work. Zornes’s 1936 watercolor Old Barn in Nipomo is held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

From November 17, 2018, through January 27, 2019, the California Landscapes of Milford Zornes exhibition, Sun and Wind, by the Sea, will be on display at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo, representing nearly 70 years of Zornes’s unique vision. The display is made possible by the generosity of Maria and Hal Baker, Milford’s daughter, and son-in-law, and curated by Shirley Horacek and Mike Graheck, with help from the DANA exhibit committee. A portion of all funds made will go towards developing and funding DANA programs and exhibits.

The DANA Adobe Cultural Center will have special gallery hours for this exhibit. The exhibit will be open to the public from 11 AM to 3 PM daily. Admission is free for DANA members, $5 otherwise.

Sunday Speaker Series with Jim Gregory

DANA will be hosting a special talk and book reading with local history author Jim Gregory on Sunday, November 18 at 2 PM. His featured novels include San Luis Obispo County Outlaws, Patriot Graves, World War II Arroyo Grande, and Central Coast Aviators in World War II. The event is free for DANA members, $5 otherwise.

Archaeology Learning Station

This Sunday, October 14, DANA will be having an archaeological excavation on the rancho grounds starting at 1:30 PM. Dig, sift, brush, observe and record the artifacts that you discover during the archeological dig. This excavation is great for all ages, whether you’re a beginner or a trained archeologist, you’re guaranteed to have a fun learning experience!

2018 Taste of Nipomo

Sample our areas finest cuisine with beer and wine from local vintners and brewers showcasing their newest release. The event will also feature live music by Akusaa and a silent auction. After hours, sit around a bonfire with a shot of port and a cigar.

The event will be held at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center on Sunday, November 11th, at 2 PM. All funds made will go towards developing the exhibits and educational programs at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center. Tickets are $35 per person and $60 per couple. Space is limited; advance reservations strongly suggested. VIP tables available, call Robin at (805) 929-5679 for more details.

You can also reserve tickets in person at the DANA Visitor Center or by calling (805) 929-5679.

Death Walks the Rancho: 2018 Ghost Tours

This October, the DANA Adobe Cultural Center will host three evenings of ghost tours featuring chilling reenactments of tragic, terrifying, and TRUE events that took place on Rancho Nipomo during the 19th century. These popular fall tours have been offered for the past two years and remain a favorite with DANA’s volunteers and staff as well as visitors.

For our 2018 season, the tours will be led by Death itself—in the guise of the Mexican trickster from 1960s Academy-Award nominated film Macario, based on a short story by B. Traven. Costumed interpreters stationed throughout the property will relate the stories of their own, often grisly, ends. Visitors are invited to come early and gather around a campfire outside our new Visitor Center (opened May 2018) and listen to reports of ghostly sightings from staff and visitors. Some of the stories may be difficult for young listeners; this event is recommended for ages 7 and up. Refreshments and souvenirs will be available for purchase.

Event Details

Dates: Saturday and Sundays, October 20, 21, and 28

Time: 6:30 to 9:30; 40-minute tours leave every 15 minutes from 6:45 to 8:45 pm

Location: DANA Adobe Cultural Center, 671 S. Oak Glen Avenue, Nipomo, CA, 93444

Price: $15 per ticket, $10 for DANA Members; reservations strongly suggested.