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2005 News Archive
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The first part of 2005 has been an extraordinary time at the Elverhøj Museum. The rainy winter AND spring months did not keep the visitors away, as more than 3,000 people came to the Museum. The winter gallery exhibit, featuring images of popular musicians by photographer Henry Diltz, received an unprecedented response. The Artist Reception and Slide Show evenings were enjoyed by hundreds, in spite of torrential rain during both events. The multi-generational appeal of the Diltz images and stories was remarkable, and many visitors experienced their first trip to the Elverhøj Museum.

My goal is to provide a variety of experiences for visitors, with new exhibits, programs and classes to entice you. Our classes, offered for both youth and adults, are consistently filled to capacity. Friday evening events have been very popular and will continue to be offered on an occasional basis.

Of course, none of this could happen without our many fabulous supporters — volunteers who meet the public and assist in all areas of operation, the board of directors, individuals and businesses who donate their labor to assist with building maintenance and improvements, and those who donate towards funding operations and programs.

Like the platforms the Danes build on their roofs to entice nesting storks — and good luck — we all work together to offer a platform for preserving Solvang's history, celebrating its Danish heritage, and promoting the arts.

Esther Jacobsen Bates


Elverhøj Board MembersWelcome to five (5!) new board members. Solvang Heritage Associates, the board of directors for the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art, has undergone a recent expansion, bringing an infusion of new talent and expertise to the board. New board members are:

Ken Johnson is a recent arrival in the Santa Ynez Valley, retiring here from the East Coast. Having sold his company, Kristensons Petroleum, Inc, he and wife Carol vacationed in the SB area and visited the Santa Ynez Valley. They decided, almost on impulse, to purchase a home and relocate to the area. They frequently return to the East Coast, visiting their four children and six grandchildren. Ken is active in community organizations, volunteering with United Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Good News Home for Women, Rotary and the Vikings. Proud of his Scandinavian roots, Ken brings to the board an expertise in business management and has been an active member of the Building and Grounds committee. He and Carol (one of our new docents) live in Santa Ynez.

A. Art Kaslow, D.D.S., a lifelong resident of Solvang, attended local schools and went on to obtain his B.S. and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees. He then served active duty in the US Army for five years, including four in Europe. In 1988, he returned home to open his dental practice, transforming the office in Solvang where his father had practiced medicine sine 1957. "I refresh vivid memories each time I visit the museum," says Art. "I recall being instructed as a young child in the studio, the wonderful art classes taught by Martha Brandt-Erichsen in what was at that time her home studio. I have a draw to this special place and want to keep its character and feel intact for future generations." Art, the 2005 SYV Man of the Year, is active in a host of community organizations. He and wife Terri reside in Solvang and have three children: Rachael, Calah and Zak.

Glenda Madrid is a third generation Dane living in the SY Valley. Her local roots go back to grandparents Viggo and Cora Tarnow who moved to Solvang in 1924 and ran the Atterdag College from 1938 to 1952. She is Asst. Controller of Los Padres Bank, having worked in the banking industry in Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley for more than 20 years. A former Danish Days Maid, she has been active in the various community organizations and volunteered in her children's many school and sports activities. Glenda has supported the Elverhøj Museum for years, assisting with fundraisers, food prep for the annual Christmas party, and currently is working on additions for the diorama cottage display.

Pat Roberts, local businessperson and horsewoman, is also well known for her artistic talents. Specializing in bronze, she has exhibited nationally and internationally and has collectors in 13 countries, including Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. A Valley resident since 1966, she owns and manages Flag Is Up Farms with husband Monty. She served 20 years on the board of Solvang Theaterfest and was a member of the Arts Outreach board. She was honored as the Woman of the Year, 2004 by the Girl Scouts of America. Pat resides in Solvang with husband Monty and has three adult children.

Barbara Weber is a graduate of UCSB with a degree in Art and English. She taught in Santa Barbara before partnering with her husband on a Fulbright professorship to Japan. A community volunteer, she has been active with the SB Museum of Art and the Friends of the Library in the Santa Ynez Valley. She has spent years involved with family businesses in a variety of capacities. Barbara has been actively involved with the Elverhøj Museum, serving as docent since 1995, assisting with Museum Store operations and exhibits. Her elegantly creative flower arrangements are featured at many receptions and events. A resident of Solvang, her adult children, Dean and Kay, also reside in the area.


Elverhøj DocentsThe Elverhøj Museum docents have had an active schedule during the past few months. Five new docents joined the team, completing their training and beginning to work with the public during the last month. Welcome to new docents Annette Bredall, Clarice Christensen, Dotty de Lambert, Inge Jacobsen and Carol Johnson.

The "seasoned" docents all completed a Refresher Course. The new handbook was used as a guide as docents participated in a half-day class, updating touring skills and training in safety and museum policies and procedures.

The April meeting featured guest speaker Mike Young of the City of Solvang Fire Department. On April 19, a group of 10 docents traveled to Casa del Herrero, a museum on a fabled Montecito estate, for a tour of the historic buildings and beautiful gardens. The May meeting featured guest speaker Ken Harwood, a retired professor and university dean whose very interesting topic was "Solvang and Sideways: An Economic Look."

Make friends. Influence people. Be a docent at the Elverhøj Museum!

No previous background required. To learn more, contact Esther or Ann at 686-1211 or email info@elverhoj.org.

Solvang Exhibit TV & DVD player

Visitors and members of Solvang's Elverhøj Museum of History & Art will now be able to see popular historical documentaries such as interviews with Solvang's historical families and Atterdag College's early days on a modern day big screen thanks to a grant by the Solvang Rotary Foundation of the Rotary Club of Solvang. The $2500 grant enhances the exhibit in the Solvang Room which soon will feature a 26" flat panel TV and DVD player for all visitors. Everyone is invited to come see the latest addition to the museum and witness the recognition of the Museum's value to the community as a preserver of history and local landmark. These DVDs, which have received outstanding reviews, are available for purchase in the Museum Store. This is the second grant from the Rotary Club of Solvang, adding to the $500 grant made last year to help fund the new youth classes and programs. This gift supports a growing consensus within the Santa Ynez Valley that the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is a deserving and integral part of our heritage which should endure for future generations. The donation was part of the proceeds generated from the Rotary Club's annual Monte Carlo Night fundraiser.

September 17 & 18

Living History DaysThe Elverhøj Museum of History and Art will be hosting Living History Days on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18. The Museum has special extended hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this popular annual event. Featured are museum docents and volunteers demonstrating Old World crafts. Bobbin lace makers will be on hand to answer questions and create samples of their exacting art. Spinning and weaving will be demonstrated in the museum’s Immigration-Era Room, which features pre-industrial Danish artifacts. 

Living History DaysDemonstrated in the gallery will be the fascinating art of Danish papercutting, with local artist and master papercutter Rick James Marzullo wielding his scissors. His amazing ability to create art with materials as simple as paper and scissors has garnered national attention.  Included in the gallery demonstrations will be knitting, carding and other fiber arts.

Docents, clad in colorful Danish costumes, will demonstrate a variety of Christmas crafts, including woven paper hearts and paper stars. Volunteers will also display techniques used in the decorative art of Rosemaling, which means “rose” or “flower” painting.

On exhibit in the gallery will be “Inside Out,” a show featuring the works of Santa Ynez Valley studio artists. Rounding out the weekend activities are music and docent-led museum tours of the historical, cultural and art exhibits.


DIORAMA ADDITIONS UNDERWAYDiorama volunteers work on additions. Pictured are Helen Fitzgerald, Lois Vind and Shirley Heap.

Several years ago, the idea of a diorama depicting early Solvang was brought to life by a matching grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation and donations from Elverhøj Museum members and supporters. Almost a year was taken up with design and construction of a cottage in the rear garden area to house the diorama. Meanwhile, co-chairmen Johannes Jaeger and Ed Hansen began constructing and painting the miniature buildings to be placed on display in the diorama, eventually completing 39 replicas of early Solvang buildings.

Following the passing of talented woodcraftsman Johannes, his daughter Glenda Madrid volunteered to continue in her father’s footsteps by working on the diorama’s scenic representation of Solvang. Joining Glenda and Ed in the project are Helen FitzGerald, Marie Jaeger, Lois Vind and Shirley Heap. They have volunteered countless hours in this “labor of love” and continue to be as enthused as the members who started the project.

The diorama is currently closed to visitors as work continues. Many new building are being constructed and added to the original plan, doubling the original number on display. These include the landmark Mission Santa Ines built in 1804, Solvang Garage and many additional houses and barns. Street designs have been revamped to accommodate the additions and ground cover has been painted in and textured. Details are being added, including a hill above Solvang and many trees and fences, giving a more realistic visual image of the area in its early years.

The volunteers are working diligently with a goal of completing the majority of the work for viewing during the busy “Living History Days” event held during Danish Days weekend. Work will continue into 2006 on additional buildings, landscaping, audio narrative and exhibit brochures.

Through September 18

Bronze & Brush Bronze & Brush artists Pat Roberts, Eve Armson and Nancy Becker

On exhibit through September 18 in the Museum gallery is “Bronze & Brush: The Spirit of Rural Valley Life.” Sculptor Pat Roberts and painter Nancy Becker have teamed up for this show focusing on the pastoral pleasures of the Santa Ynez Valley. Also featured is watercolor artist Eve Armson, noted for her scenic rural locations and buildings.

“These three talented women understand and capture the beauty of our rural valley,” says Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates. “The diversity of medium, texture and color creates a visually interesting exhibit.”

Acclaimed sculptor Pat Roberts’ work is in private and corporate collections throughout the world. Living with her husband, Monty, on their beautiful Solvang horse farm has given her the opportunity to study the subject she loves best: the horse in motion. An accomplished horsewoman who has bred, trained and exhibited horses, Pat began sculpting more than thirty years ago. A celebrated artist, her bronze sculptures are exhibited both in the United States and internationally.

Nancy Becker spent much of her youth on horseback exploring the Angeles National Forest. Rugged vistas, a spectrum of colors, light and shadow were all part of her artistic development. She earned a B.A. in Art Education and taught in local schools before relocating to San Luis Obispo County. Becker is noted for images of tranquil pastoral scenes painted in oil on canvas.

Watercolor artist Eve Armson’s art career began as an interior designer. Her many clients, among them Bill Gates, valued her drawings and flair for creating with shapes and forms. She opted for an early retirement ten years ago and began painting. Known for her spare, visual economy, she paints with watercolors, often selecting architectural objects in rural settings.

Sunday, August 21, 2:00 pm in the gallery

Sculptor Pat RobertsSculptor Pat Roberts returns to the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art on Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m. for a Sculpting Demonstration. Her work is featured in the current gallery exhibit, “Bronze & Brush: The Spirit of Rural Valley Life.” The public is invited to attend her hands-on demonstration. There is no charge for admission.

An acclaimed sculptor, Roberts often works in the sunny kitchen studio at her Solvang ranch. Slowly and patiently, she creates each new piece, often spending a year or more on the process. Her demonstration will cover techniques used in the creation of a bronze sculpture, from concept to completion.

Acclaimed sculptor Pat Roberts’ work is in private and corporate collections throughout the world. Living with her husband, Monty, on their beautiful Solvang horse farm has given her the opportunity to study the subject she loves best: the horse in motion. An accomplished horsewoman who has bred, trained and exhibited horses, Pat began sculpting more than thirty years ago. A celebrated artist, her bronze sculptures are exhibited both in the United States and internationally.


The Elverhøj Museum will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen by inviting artists to create art interpreting or embodying the living mythology of Andersen. Works may interpret any aspect of the stories or life of Andersen. Explorations demonstrating the continuing significance and influence of the archetypal characters, powerful storytelling, or sense of place in Andersen’s literature are welcomed. Artists may submit work in any style, from traditional to contemporary.

All artists age 18 and over working in any media except video, installation, or performance art. All work must be original, no reproductions allowed. Maximum size for two-dimensional work is five feet in height or width. Maximum size for three-dimensional work is three feet in width and six feet in height.

There will be a Best in Show award of $1500, to be paid to artist at the time of opening reception for the show. Other awards will also be presented.

Calendar of Events/Deadlines

  • Entries must be received by September 10, 2005. (See “Entry Fees, Submissions”)
  • Notification of acceptance will be mailed by September 30, 2005.
  • Accepted work must arrive at the Elverhøj Museum between November 1 & November 5, 2005.
  • Exhibition runs from November 12, 2005 through January 29, 2006.
  • Opening reception: Saturday November 12, 2005, 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Pick-up date February 1 & 2, 2006, noon to 4:00 p.m. or by special arrangement.

Entry Fees/Submissions

  • $35.00 for up to three entries.
  • You can submit slides, prints, or CDs.
  • Slides: (35mm) in standard paper or plastic mounts (no glass).
  • Prints: no larger than 8 x 11 inches
  • CDs: jpegs or gif files only. DPI 300 or higher. Image size not to exceed 1000 pixels in any dimension.

Entrants will be notified by mail (sent by 9/30/05) of acceptance or non-acceptance. Slides, prints, or CDs of work not accepted will be returned with notification. Slides, prints, or CDs of accepted work will be retained by the Elverhøj Museum until the end of the exhibit.

All accepted works MUST arrive at the Elverhøj Museum between November 3 and November 6, 2005, hand-delivered or shipped. The artist is responsible for all packaging and shipping expenses. If needed, shipping requirements will be sent on request to artists whose work is accepted. All work must be properly wired for hanging and labeled on the back with the artist’s name, title of work, medium, and price. All work must be original and must match the slide or image submitted at entry. Art that does not have the qualities indicated in submission materials will be disqualified.

The Elverhøj Museum will take a 30% commission on sales made during the exhibition. The selling price is determined by the artist. Works not for sale are to be listed NFS by artist, with a value stated for insurance purposes. Selected artwork may be used for promotional purposes, or reproduced as a poster for sale without a fee to the artist; release required on Entry Form.

Works of art will be insured only while on the premises. Artists are responsible for insurance during transit. Slides and submission media will be handled with the utmost care; but the museum will not assume responsibility for lost or damaged submission materials.


We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors for The Valley Foundation approved a grant of $4803 to the Museum at its July meeting. The gift is funding in full for two projects: a docent workstation and an interpretive display unit for the garden.

The first project, a custom-built docent workstation, is in the final stage of construction. It will be installed in the Main Room of the Museum in early September where it will function as an efficient visitor greeting station, Museum Store sales desk with flip-down counter that meets current regulations for the disabilities act, and food/beverage serving area at events. The second project, a weatherproof display unit, will be installed in the rear garden near the bell tower and provide interpretive text about the bell and other garden area details.

The on-going support of The Valley Foundation enables the Museum to better serve and educate the public with improved Museum operations and enhanced exhibits. Please come and admire the results of this generous gift.

Sept. 23 thru Nov. 6, 2005

Inside Out “Inside Out” artists Gene Inglis-Ward, Ilona Rymer and Charlotte Valestra strike a pose with exhibit mascot and greeter Vencenti and his dog Luigi

On exhibit in the gallery September 23 through November 6 is Inside Out, an exhibition of 2-D art created by the studio artists of Gene Inglis-Ward. The adult students’ work encompasses a variety of mediums, with an emphasis on watercolors and on subject matter reflecting both interior and exterior settings. Over 50 original pieces will hang in the gallery with dozens of additional paintings and original note cards available for sale. 

An innovative art teacher, Gene’s students often work in watercolors, although the show also includes works in mixed media and acrylic. With an extensive education in fine arts, Gene’s background includes work with renowned artists and many years of teaching. She is noted for her versatility and creativity in watercolor, collage, mixed media and acrylics.

A reception for the artists will be held on Friday evening, September 23 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  There will be live music and refreshments. Please come, meet these talented area artists, and view their newest works.

The exhibition includes work by: Andrew Andersen, Mary Ellen Barnard, Lee Barranco, Margie Bowker, Sharon Connolly, Marilyn Coyle, Dorthea Dunlap, Ingrid Guttman, Inglis-Ward, Sheryl Knight, Barbara Lago, Cherryl Larrigan, Sally Jones, Kristina Mapes, Vera Margolis, Joan Mitchell, Eddie Paaske, Cheryl Partridge, Elizabeth Potter, Ann Poulson, Marcy Reffeto, Diane Reuter, Ann Richards, Jane Roark, Jane Rowney, Ilona Rymer, Barbara Thomson, Aury Todd, Sheila Underwood, Sharon Volk, and Barbara Young.


Inglis-WardArtist Gene Inglis-Ward will be at the Museum on Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. for a watercolor painting demonstration. Her work is on display in the current gallery exhibit, “Inside Out” which features new works by students at the Inglis-Ward studio.

The public is invited to attend her hands-on demonstration. There is no charge for admission.

Gene is an innovative artist and teacher. With an extensive education in fine arts, her background includes work with renowned artists and many years of teaching. She is noted for her versatility and creativity in watercolor, collage, mixed media and acrylics.


KID’S SATURDAY ART WORKSHOPS Young artists show off their stamping projects and their paint-covered hands during a recent class.

SATURDAYS - October 8, 22
November 5 and 19

$10 per class for non-members

Kids in first through fourth grades will explore a variety of art mediums in these fun Saturday morning classes. Professional artists/teachers will lead students with something new each Saturday. Classes are held in the Museum Gallery and are limited to 15 students.

Class flyers will be distributed through area schools and information will be published in newspapers in September. For information or registration, phone the Elverhøj Museum at 686-1211.


Else Danish Open-Faced Sandwich Class$25 for members, $35 for non-members

Else Lassiter returns to lead this popular class in the art of preparing the tasty and versatile Danish open-faced sandwich. Creative and imaginative combinations of food are used for the artfully constructed smørrebrød (which literally means bread and butter), with an emphasis on creative garnishes and presentation.

Danish Open-Faced SandwichesElse trained at a Danish cooking school and spent summers working in hotel kitchens in Denmark. Her classes always fill quickly, so be sure to call today to reserve your space. Class is held in the upstairs office area of the Museum and is limited in size. Cost includes all food preparation materials, beverages and an instruction booklet.

November 12, 2005 through January 29, 2006

Rick James Marzullo garnered “Best of Show” award for his entry, “Christian in the Middle.”

On exhibit in the Museum gallery through January 29 is “The Living Mythology of Hans Christian Andersen.” The exhibit celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Andersen, one of the world’s most beloved authors. Featured is the selected work of more than 20 California artists.

“This is a very creative and contemporary look at the man, his stories and life,” says Executive Director and Curator Esther Jacobsen Bates. “Also included in the exhibit are items from the Museum archives and private collections.”

A reception for the artists was held on Saturday evening, November 12. The highlight of the event was a presentation of awards, attended by an enthusiastic and appreciative standing-room only crowd. The $1500 Best of Show Award went to Rick James Marzullo for his acrylic on canvas “Christian in the Middle,” an eye-catching profile of Andersen set against a Danish flag with sketches from 32 H.C. Andersen stories in the flag’s bright red background.

Additional awards included:

Best Use of Theme: Kristina Solveig Andersen for her exquisitely detailed gourd titled “The Storyteller.”

Best Two Dimensional Entry: Gene Inglis-Ward for her colorful mixed media entry “The Sweetheart’s Toys.”

Best Three Dimensional Entry: Susan Gottesman for “Mermaid,” her intriguing entry created with hog gut, driftwood, seaweed, hair, fishhook, net, gauze, raffia, and pearl.

Most Creative Award: Kristen Bates for “Evolution of the Ugly Duckling,” an ink and pencil lightbox adorned with feathers.

Best Use of Humor: Peg Grady for “Ugly Duckling Thumbs Her Nose,” an amusing and contemporary interpretation of Andersen’s famous story.

Jurors were Tim Anderson, curator of the San Luis Obispo Art Center, and HC Andersen specialist Casey Reynolds.

The exhibit features selected works by: Kristina Solveig Andersen, Kristen Bates, Gwen Cates, Phyllis Daniels, Cynthia DeVine, Annette Doreng-Stearns, Sydney Muir Duncan, Rebecca Gomez, Susan Gottesman, Peg Grady, Gene Inglis-Ward, Rick James Marzullo, Vern McWilliams, Barbra Minar, Mirella Z. Olson, Paul Roark, Ann Raleigh, Jean Rittenberg, Ron Robertson, Grethe Ronholt, Diana Story, Suzi Trubitz, and Charlotte Valestra. 


Vintage VendorsA new exhibit, “Vintage Vendors,” is now on exhibit in the Main Room of the Museum.  It features an interesting collection of give-away and logo items from early Solvang businesses.  Augmenting the exhibit are archival photos of downtown Solvang from1914 and into the 1940s.  The exhibit features items as diverse as plates and pencils, flyswatters and yardsticks, all bearing information about businesses that served Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley residents. 

It’s interesting to look at the array of businesses represented and how they differ from many of today’s tourist-based enterprises.  In the first half of the twentieth century, Solvang business owners catered to the local population; the tourist trade did not appear until after World Way II.  The archival photos show Solvang as it transitions from a new town with a dirt Main Street to a busy community center circa 1940.

“Vintage Vendors” will remain on exhibit through Fall of 2006.  


Join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Day with our annual fundraiser, Valley Wines and Valentines.  The tenth annual event will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2006. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Valentine’s Day treats, including a sumptuous cheese board, fruit and chocolates, will be served. A variety of award-winning local wines will be available for tasting. Adding to the evening’s festive ambience are candlelight, live music and the popular and abundant raffle prizes.

The winners of the Fabulous Valentine Raffle will be drawn during the event. Grand Prize is “Cupid’s Wine Cellar,” a 24 bottle wine collection donated by local vintners. Two lucky First Prize winners will each receive a 12 bottle wine collection.  Prizes include gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, jewelry, chocolate, gifts, and more. 

Raffle tickets are $3 each or 8 for $20 and will be enclosed with event invitations. Beginning January 15, tickets will also be available at Book Loft in Solvang, at the museum or by phoning (805) 686-1211. All proceeds support Elverhøj Museum programs, exhibits, services, and facilities.


Our dedicated museum docents are an integral part of the museum and we depend on their continued support and generosity of time to keep our doors open to the public. Docents represent the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art and serve as advocates for the Museum within the community.  We can not possibly thank them enough.

The following people have served as docents during 2005:

Anna-Lena Alegria
Liz Bland
Dottie Boothe
Annette Bredall
Sonja Cartwright
June Christensen
Rosalie Cornelius
Dotty de Lambert
Joy Deming
Millie Ebersole
Clara Ehrsam
Ingrid Fay
Sandy Gregersen
Elisabeth Jacobsen
Inge Jacobsen
Marie Jaeger
Carol Johnson
Marilyn Johnson
Alma Lancaster
Agnes Larsen

Grethe Larsen
Else Lassiter
Mary Mathiasen
Kate Nielsen
Barbara Pedersen
Marilyn Person
Marian Petersen
Ruth Plambeck
Johnnie Rasmussen
Jane Roark
Jean Roed
Olive Saunders
Edel Schonfeldt
Beverly Smith
Margaret Swann
Linda Tracey
Lois Vind
Barbara Weber
Charlene Whitfield
Wee Woodward


Christmas HeartWe continue the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of storyteller Hans Christian Andersen with a variety of special events.

On Saturday, December 17 from 10:30 to noon, children ages 6 to 12 are invited to Jule Fest, a morning of holiday activities.  They will make Danish Christmas ornaments, including traditional paper woven hearts and cones, at various craft stations. Casey Reynolds will read an Andersen Christmas story beside the festively decorated Christmas tree and there will be Danish Christmas treats for all. Advance registration is required.  No charge for members, $5 for non-member.

On Sunday, January 8 from 2 to 3:30 PM, master papercutter Rick James Marzullo wields his scissors for a Paperklip Demonstration. Just as H.C. Andersen entertained adults and children with his art, you will be amazed at Marzullo’s intricate and intriguing creations. There is no charge for admission and all are welcome.

On Saturday, January 14 at 2 PM Casey Reynolds presents H.C. Andersen: Myth and Reality. Her lively presentation will delight and inform you with slides, facts, anecdotes and more. There is no charge for admission. Suggested audience: Ages 8 and up.


Winter classes will be offered in February and March and will include:

  • Cake Decorating with Master Baker Bent Olsen
  • Conversational Danish
  • Danish Open-Face Sandwich class
  • Kid’s Saturday Morning Art series

Class sizes are limited and advance registration is required. Specific class information will be available in January.


Little RascelThe winter gallery exhibit debuts February 3, 2006 and features the work of award-winning wildlife and landscape artist George Lockwood. Inspired by first-hand knowledge of wildlife, George’s images record his personal experiences and his passion for the outdoors.

As a boy, George explored the outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing in the western US and Mexico. As a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he spent the summer months packing mules in Yosemite National Park. Those experiences eventually led him to Alaska where he obtained his guide license and led clients to some of that state’s most remote and beautiful corners.

Art was at first a hobby, but soon clients were commissioning paintings of the locations and animals viewed during their trips with George and his winter months were devoted to painting. In 1989 he moved to Prescott, Arizona to broaden his range of subject matter and devote more attention to art, continuing to guide in Alaska during summer months.

LockwoodThe State of Alaska commissioned George to paint two of their duck stamps and both were voted best duck stamp design in the nation for their respective years. He won the titles of California Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year 1998-99, Ducks Unlimited International Artist 1999-2000, Vermont State duck stamp 1998, Birds in Art International Exhibition 1998. Other awards include Foundation for Northern American Wild Sheep Artist of the Year, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Featured Artist, and award winning artist at the Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show. He will be a featured artist in a book currently in production, "The Best of Wildlife Art II."

George and his family currently live in the Santa Ynez Valley.


The Elverhøj Museum is supported by a variety of local foundations and organizations. Their gifts provide funds for special projects and purchases and are a major source of funding.

The Santa Barbara Foundation recently awarded the Museum a $1500 capital grant to fund the purchase of a new computer. The timing couldn’t have been better as the letter of approval came just two days after the old computer completely failed. Within ten days a new computer had been purchased, installed and networked. We are happily working on the new equipment and very much appreciate the support and confidence of the SB Foundation.

A grant proposal submitted to TheWood-Claeyssens Foundation was recently approved.  The $5000 gift will be used for two projects. The primary project will be the purchase and installation of a new ADA approved drinking fountain in the Museum garden. The grant also provides funds for reproduction of archival photographs. We anticipate seeing these projects completed early in 2006.


Outside of the Brandt-Erichsen family and the City of Solvang, Solvang couple Paul E. Anderson and Betty A. Rasmussen are the largest benefactors of the Elverhøj Museum. They arrived in Solvang in early 1990, seeking refuge in their retirement from the city life in San Francisco. They chose Solvang particularly because of its Danish connection. Betty, one of eight children, was born in Denmark and Paul cherished and adopted his wife’s heritage.

Paul was born in 1925 in Iron River, Michigan to Anders Anderson and Mamie Hendriksen Anderson. He was a proud veteran of World War II and a graduate of the University of Michigan (Phi Beta Kappa) and its law school, graduating first in his class.  He was a practicing tax attorney and law professor teaching tax law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Some of his former students include local attorneys and Judges such as Jack Collison and Paul Halme of Solvang, Judge Rodney Melville of Santa Maria, Stanley Roden and Kurt Pyle of Santa Barbara.

Upon their arrival in Solvang, Betty and Paul immediately became involved in local organizations including Dania, Danish Brotherhood and the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Paul died February 2, 2002, and Betty died May 21, 2004.  Together they left large, local bequests to Solvang non-profits, remembering the Santa Ynez Valley Hospital Foundation, Solvang Lutheran Home, Bethania Lutheran Church and the Elverhøj Museum. When their mutual estates were finally settled, Elverhøj Museum received $614,600 from Paul and Betty’s estates. As per their wishes, these funds have been placed into a permanent endowment.

This support has and will further enable the Museum in its mission to preserve Solvang’s history and heritage. This is a wonderful example of how a couple’s life efforts can continue into the future for the benefit of their community.


Cash PetersAn early summer visitor to the Museum was travel correspondent Cash Peters. He and a film crew spent several days in Solvang filming for the new Travel Channel series, “Stranded with Cash Peters.” The premise of the series is that Cash is dumped in a foreign place with no money, no food, and no idea where he is or what he’ll do. Amongst his stops in Solvang was a free visit to the Museum where he learned about local history and culture.

The show first aired in August and immediately created a barrage of opinions, comments, and . . . .  visitors. Cash Peters, as his website says, “Tells it like it is, with a no-holds-barred humor that is paradoxically merciless and endearing.” Love it or hate it, the show created much conversation and attention for Solvang and the Elverhøj Museum.

The show airs on the Travel Channel twice each Monday evening, showcasing a variety of locations. The Solvang episode will air again in early 2006.


As I write this column, the mood is festive and 2005 is drawing to a close. It is a time for celebration and reflection.

It has been a year filled with “new”: new faces, new members, new programs, new exhibits and new experiences. As of the end of November, we have welcomed nearly 10,000 visitors to the Museum during 2005. They came from near and far and included visitors from 33 states and over 20 foreign countries. We also welcomed many new members and supporters as programs and services were expanded.

Our 2005 art gallery exhibits attracted many new visitors, as well. “The Photography of Henry Diltz” brought in many first-time local visitors, as did “California Pottery” and “Bronze & Brush.” They came for the art, but stayed and enjoyed viewing the historical and cultural exhibits.

The classes have all been full to capacity. It’s fun to watch the kids come for classes and return to guide family and friends on Museum tours. The response to classes with Danish cultural themes has been enthusiastic and robust, creating wait lists and demand for future classes.

In October I had the priviledge of traveling to Iowa to attend the Danish American Conference and visit the Danish Immigrant Museum. I had never visited the Midwest, and had a great time touring the capital and the countryside, meeting many interesting people, and forging new working relationships.

I look forward to 2006 and the many new adventures ahead. But always I hold close the support, friendship and guidance that is shared with me by so many of you—our members and supporters.

Glædelig Jul! 
Esther Jacobsen Bates


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