Elverhøj Museum of History and Art will be on the move with pop up galleries in five locations around the town of Solvang. The displays, called “Elverhøj Around Town,” will be staged while the Museum is temporarily closed for maintenance and restoration work. They will all be up for the month of March and some may remain ongoing.
“The pop up galleries pay tribute to Solvang’s historical and cultural roots, creating a community storytelling space in alternative venues,” said Elverhøj Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates. Images digitally restored with clarity and elegance featured are historical photos of Solvang’s early years, showcasing the legacy of the city.
“Elverhøj Around Town” occupies space at these Solvang businesses: First Street Leather, 1634 Copenhagen Drive; Montecito Bank and Trust, 591 Alamo Pintado Road; Petersen Village Inn, 1576 Mission Drive; Rasmussen's, 1697 Copenhagen Drive; and Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Drive.
Elverhøj will reopen on March 26 with a fresh, updated look following 6 weeks of maintenance work. The offices remain open Monday through Friday as work permits.
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.
Elverhøj Museum of History & Art invites visitors to learn more about Scandinavian ancestors of long ago. The new Vikings! display includes stone age Danish tools, replica pieces, and weapons. Informative text and photographs tell of the Vikings’ role in history and in popular culture. For younger explorers, there is a hands-on display table and handouts about the Viking runic “alphabet.”
“Viking” is a term used by modern scholars to refer to the Nordic-speaking peoples from southern Scandinavia who raided, traded and settled in Europe and the British Isles roughly between A.D. 793-1066. In addition to being the fierce warriors of popular stereotype, Vikings were sailors, shipbuilders, farmers, master artists, craftsmen, shrewd businessmen, and fearless explorers. Their activities stimulated political changes in Europe and Russia; created lasting new societies in Iceland and Greenland; and led to the discovery of North America 500 years before Columbus.
The museum has had the opportunity to add new artifacts to the existing collection. These items include a Viking era sword, an ornamental replica axe, and jewelry.
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SOLVANG ROOM EXHIBIT
People have shared their personal photo albums, scrapbooks, and stories with us. Organizations have donated information about themselves. Other museums have generously assisted. A UCSB intern and a Cal State researcher contributed some expertise. Even the Danish embassy got involved and furnished photos of Denmark’s royal family.
The Elverhøj Museum of History and Art encourages art exhibition proposal submissions from individual artists and artist groups. The guidelines are intended to help expedite the review of these submissions by insuring that each proposal is as complete as possible. Proposals for exhibitions at the Elverhøj must include both written and visual components.
A copy of the artist proposal guidelines is available for download.