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Coloring Contest for NatureFest: Get Nurtured by Nature

Due to the closed status of DANA because of COVID-19, the deadline for coloring contest submissions is extended to an unknown date as of this time.  The final date will be updated as the health conditions and precautions change.  Therefore the announcement of selected paintings is also unknown at this time. Please check the website weekly for updates.  Thank you for participating and stay safe.

The DANA Cultural Center in Nipomo, is a place where people of all ages can once again connect with nature.  DANA will host a NatureFest to engage the community in re-discovering how a lifestyle that includes time spent in nature is essential to the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all of us. This free event will feature informational booths about community organizations that are involved in nature.

This year we want to include the Children in a Coloring Contest.

All entries will be showcased at our NatureFest for the students to come and see with their families.

There will be two age group winners, one from 1st through 3rd grade and one from 4th through 6th.

The two winners artwork will be used as the official 2020 NatureFest Logo and included on all Advertising for the event.

The rules are as follows:

NatureFest Coloring Contest Rules & Regulations

  1. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winning.
  2. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase will not increase odds of winning.
  3. Contest is open to all school age children
  4. Contest begins February 10, 2020 at 8 AM PST- UNTIL further notice the contest is on going!
  5. Submit your entry one of three ways:

BRING IT: Bring your entry to the Dana Adobe Cultural Center 671 S. Oakglen Ave. Nipomo, Ca 93444

MAIL IT: Mail it to Dana Adobe Cultural Center 671 S. Oakglen Ave. Nipomo, Ca 93444

POST IT Post your entry to Instagram and tag: @danaadobe #danaadobeNatureFest

  1. Entry must include your full name, age (at time of entry), a legal guardian’s contact email address and phone number. If entering via Instagram, this information may be provided if Dana Adobe messages you to notify you of a win.
  2. Entry must be received no later than 5 PM PST on March 6.
  3. Limit one (1) entry per person.
  4. There are no restrictions on what an entrant can use to color the image.
  5. Entries will be judged by DANA staff based on:
  • Creativity, concept and vision.
  • Coloring skill and overall artistic ability according to that age category.
  • Entrants will be judged in the following age categories: 1st through 3rd grade and one from 4th through 6th.

11.Two Winners will be selected to be used as the official 2020 NatureFest Logo.

  1. Winners will be determined by the judges in their sole discretion. The decisions of the judges will be final and binding in all respects.
  2. The name, age, city, and state of each winner will be posted on the DANA website and may appear on DANA Social Media.
  3. All entries become the property of DANA and may be used or reproduced in any manner and for any purpose by DANA without additional consent or compensation, and will not be acknowledged or returned.
  4. By participating, contest entrants:
  • Represent that they have complied with these Official Contest Rules
  • Have received parental consent and grant DANA the right to use his or her name
  • Release DANA from all and all liability in connection with this Contest
  1. DANA is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries, or incomplete/incorrect entries.

Download the Coloring Sheet Here:

Highway 1 Discovery Route writes about DANA, keeping & preserving the History

Want to step back into California history? The historic Dana Adobe in Nipomo transports visitors back to the time of vaqueros, ranchos and Mexican land grants. This special event center, art gallery and park provides a unique window into life on the California frontier.

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Dana Adobe

Sunday Speaker at DANA: Colleen Beck tells the Life and History of Adelina Elisa Dana


You’ve read the Blond Ranchero or other stories on the Rancho Nipomo, but did you ever get the stories of the women of the family? Yes, you may have heard the romantic & tragic story of Maria Josefa Dana Tefft but what about her younger sister Adelina Elisa Dana. What was her life like?

Our DANA librarian and researcher Colleen M. Beck has been gathering information on Adelina’s life and times. She will present a talk, Tia Adelina: Daughter of the Rancho, on Sunday February 16th at 1:00 pm at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center.

“With no letters or diaries it is amazing the information I was able to find about Adelina, her life and times within the larger Dana family and in the Nipomo community. She is a bit of a mystery but it was fun finding bits of scattered information on her,” reported Colleen. “Come and see what I was able to find out!”

Date:  February 16, 2020

Hours: 1 to 2 pm

Location: The Dana Adobe Cultural Center is located at 671 S. Oak Glen Avenue, Nipomo CA 93444

Admission Fee: $5, free for Members

About DANA: The Dana Adobe Cultural Center provides a unique platform to understand life in the California Rancho era and to appreciate and discover our connection with the stories of those who left their footprints on the land throughout time.

The Dana Adobe is the oldest home in San Luis Obispo County and a registered historical site.

Find us on the Web: http://www.DanaAdobe.org

And on Social Media:

            Twitter: @DanaAdobe

            Instagram: @danaadobe

            Facebook: Dana Adobe

Chris Van Winkle

Magical Moments by Chris Van Winkle


Chris Van Winkle a Watercolor Retrospective

NIPOMO, CAChris Van Winkle, Watercolor Retrospective, an exhibition of Chris’s Watercolor Paintings will be presented at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center’s Gallery November 21st through the month of February. The artwork presented will be from three of his various collection’s: Studio Paintings, The California Scene, and Trip Paintings. In addition, on display we will have a  of collection of Chris’s personal sketchbooks,  one for every trip his wife, Caroline, and he made with artists as well as others specifically for his classes he taught at Citrus College. They give a glimpse into the mind of the artist and also illustrate the process by which paintings develop from sketch into finished works of art. A collection of Chris’s artwork will be available for sale throughout this showcase. 

“All art is abstract. The minute we use line, we are abstracting. Some art is more realistic, some more non-objective, but all art must be poetic.”   – Chris Van Winkle



This exhibit is made possible by the Dana Adobe Exhibit Committee: Chairman Alan Daurio, Shirley Horacek, and Mike Grahek and Staff: Robin Bogue, Sarah Allen, and Lexi Carreno in Collaboration with the Van Winkle Family.

Dates: November 21, 2019 to February

Hours:  7 days a week, 11 AM to 3 PM daily

Location: The Dana Adobe Cultural Center is located at 671 S. Oak Glen Avenue, Nipomo CA 93444