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October 24, 2021

9/28/2021 1:27:00 PM
Olson donates butterfly piece back to Engelbert's Grandview

Nick Engelbert created Grandview near Hollandale from the 1930s through the 1960s. He covered his clapboard house with embellished mortar and built scores of statues that remain as sentinels, scattered throughout the yard. It is a rare occurrence when any of Nick's artwork is found today.
But that's exactly what happened when Doug Olson attended an auction and spotted a piece he knew was Engelbert's. Doug grew up in the Hollandale area so was familiar with the artist and the site. He bought the piece, a beautiful butterfly.
If you watch Antiques Roadshow you know that documentation is very important, and with the Butterfly came old photos of it mounted on an exterior wall of Nick's old shed, where he created many of his artworks before he installed them in his yard.
Mr. Olson contacted the Grandview folks and decided to donate the piece, so it will live on at its original home. "This is a rare gift and is much appreciated," said Rick Rolfsmeyer, Grandview's volunteer director. "The butterfly will be on exhibit in the first floor of the house, which is now a museum."





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