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Hilary Baker brings animal-themed art exhibit to Solvang

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature presents Wildlife on the Edge, an exhibition of animal-themed works by featured artist Hilary Baker (pictured), which is scheduled to debut on Saturday, Oct. 8, and remain on display through March 2023. A public reception to celebrate the exhibit’s premiere will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. 


Wildlife on the Edge showcases a collection of acrylic pieces from Baker’s Predators series, alongside a separate series of animal portraits on birch wood. According to press materials from the Wildling Museum, Baker’s subjects “make themselves at home in urban locales inspired by Los Angeles landmarks past and present.” Animal subjects in the exhibit include owls, foxes, bears, weasels, and opossums.

“It might be argued that these mostly nocturnal creatures serve as stand-ins for any city resident attempting to co-exist with a disappearing homeland,” Baker said in a statement.

Baker will take part in a special gallery talk at the Wildling Museum on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Ojai-based artist will be signing copies of her 2021 book, Hilary Baker: Predators and Other L.A. Stories, at the event. The book includes photos of Baker’s paintings and a collection of essays about her work.

For more info on Wildlife on the Edge, call (805) 688-1082 or visit The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature is located at 1511 Mission Drive, unit B, Solvang.

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