After more than two years of planning, moving cranes to and from various sponsor locations, numerous publicity events, and countless days of individual efforts, the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club held their Cranes On Parade II Public Auction at MONA Thursday evening.
More than 150 people in attendance witnessed and participated in raising more than $44,000 in charitable funds to help support Rotary projects. Most of the artists were on hand for evenings events. The 17 larger 6 foot cranes sold for a collective total of $37,100, with the highest bid amount going for “Heart of the Platte” at $7500. The 9 smaller study cranes netted a total 0f $7000. The highest bid amount on the smaller study cranes was netted by the last item of the evening, “Red Bird Rising” at $1500. A one-of-a kind Artist Autographed Cranes on Parade Book was auctioned for $250. Individual books may be purchased from the Kearney Dawn Rotary club for $75.
The evenings events were emceed by Cranes On Parade Co-Chairs Susan Bigg, and Steve Brodine. The Public Auction was conducted by Mr. Robin Marshall, of Marshall Land Brokers & Auctioneers of Kearney, Inc. The auction was preceded by a social hour catered by The Alley Rose.
Complete Results of the auction, including buyers, and selling amounts will be available soon.
“Finders Keepers Crane” by Lauren McLaughlin
The final crane has “landed” just in time for the September 1st Reception. All 17 of the Cranes on Parade II cranes will be on display for the last public display before the September 9th public auction.
The crane, titled “Finders Keepers Crane” was painted by Kearney resident and University of Nebraska at Kearney senior, Lauren McLaughlin. Lauren was invited to participate in Cranes On Parade II at the 11th hour when the Cranes On Parade II committee become aware that one of the original artists would not be able to complete their crane in time for the Auction.
Lauren was contacted by text message on August 16th while enjoying the last week of her summer vacation on a beach in Hawaii. The message read, “How would you like to paint a crane?” Lauren replied, “A small one?” Another text read, “No, a big one. It needs to be done by Aug 30th.” “Yeh ??”
This would give Lauren exactly 6 days from delivery to completion to accomplish the “mission.”
After the first Cranes on Parade project I thought to myself what an honor and joy it would be to have the opportunity to create a Crane of my own. When the opportunity did come around I could not pass it up, even with only a week to complete the project. I poured every ounce I had to pour into my crane for a week straight. This is my first commissioned piece, but hopefully not my last.
The finished crane is painted with vibrant red and blue tones, with Lauren’s signature “dripping effect”, and inclusions of “found items” into the art piece. Lauren has a “find-it” puzzle that encourages viewers to explore the entire work.
Kearney Dawn Rotary, Kearney Chamber of Commerce
and Kearney Visitors Bureau
Invite You to a:
COPII Complimentary Reception
Serving Hors ‘dourves, Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks
Please join us for the OFFICIAL PREVIEW for the
community to meet the Artists and Sponsors of
Cranes On Parade II
Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010
Fort Theater – On the Bricks
Please come and see all the 6 foot cranes as well as the study size cranes on display PLUS buy raffle tickets to WIN a Study Size Crane, Crane Egg and 2 Free Tickets to the Live Auction September 9th at MONA!
The public is invited to attend the CRANES ON PARADE ART Auction
Date: September 9, 2010
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 Social and Art Viewing / 7:30 Art Auction
Location: MONA (Museum of Nebraska Art)
Auctioneer: Robin Marshall
This is a public art project designed to promote the arts and to raise funds for local and International beneficiaries. Thank you for supporting the project and making Kearney and the International World a better place for all!
Tickets: $25 per person. Available from a Dawn Rotary member.
Crane Image at right: “Metamorphosis” by Gary Zaruba. Sculpture Design: Martha Pettigrew. Photography: Diana Dake. Logo and Layout design: Jason Kounovsky.
This exciting regional and community event is a great opportunity to promote the arts, support area non profit organizations, scholarships and international Rotarian projects, making the world a better place for all. The original Cranes on Parade event in 2003·2004 was Kearney’s first Public Art Event and Auction and involved the entire community and region, raising thousands of dollars for local, regional and International needs. Rotary, the sponsors, artists and beneficiaries continue to receive both local and national exposure from the project.
Cranes on Parade II is again brought to you by the KEARNEY DAWN ROTARY CLUB. This event celebrates the arts and the annual migration of the sandhill cranes while raising awareness of the arts and raising funds for so many worthwhile projects.
The 2010 series of art pieces are 6 foot crane sculptures created by Martha Pettigrew and replicated in fiberglass by Icon Poly of Gibbon, Nebraska. Local, regional and national artists have each applied their creative artistic designs to 17 cranes. Additionally, there will be study size cranes from the original concept mold sold at Auction. These too are artistically designed and decorated by artists with unique and creative concepts.
The Public Art 6 Foot Cranes are on display at their sponsors’ or other public locations through August 2010. The Art Auction will be held at MONA (Museum of Nebraska Art).