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CHANNING PEAKE’S SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
MARCH 29 - JUNE 8

Channing Peake, 1910-1989, was an important Southern California artist who owned and operated a working ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley while maintaining an active artistic career. He lived for many years on Rancho Jabali, where he raised Quarter Horses and created spectacular paintings and drawings of the world around him.

Peake not only captured images of ranching, the figure, and landscape, but interpreted them with a modernist sensibility. His early wanderlust through Mexico and Europe and his friendships with gifted artists like Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo and Rico Lebrun served him well — expanding his mastery as a draftsman and colorist. Never wishing to be trapped in one area of painting, he tried everything.

Members of Elverhøj Art Committee and Cheri Peake, his widow and custodian of his estate, visited collectors and looked for works inspired by his years in the Santa Ynez Valley. Collectors are contributing their drawings and paintings for the exhibition, which will also include pages from his notebooks, photos and memorabilia.

In addition to his life as an artist and rancher, Peake was one of the founding members of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and a member of the County Arts Commission. After his passing, the County named the County Administration Building’s exhibition space, The Channing Peake Gallery, in his honor.

 
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