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cop3-inviteKearney Dawn Rotary Is inviting YOU!

Cranes on Parade III wants YOU!

Kearney Dawn Rotary Club is inviting you to support the upcoming Cranes on Parade III Project.

We expect this SEASON of Cranes on Parade to be the BEST YET! Please join us in promoting the ARTS in Kearney and raising funds for many worthy organizations locally and internationally.  It is a great opportunity for YOU to promote your place of business and help make our world a better place to live!

You have received this invitation because your organization has an outstanding record of support for the Kearney Community and the Arts. We hope you will consider sponsoring one of this year’s beautiful crane projects. Please review the sponsorship information attached and contact one of the Kearney Dawn Rotary Members by March 27th, 2015. If you have a specific artist you would like to sponsor, their names and information will be announced on March 18th and will be available at

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YES!  I want to join Cranes on Parade 3!

Please reserve a crane for me! By signing this agreement, I commit to being a Cranes on Parade 3 sponsor with benefits through April 2016 and beyond.

‘Heart of the Platte’ by Heidi Muirhead

‘Heart of the Platte’ by Heidi Muirhead

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.
Lauren McLaughlin

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.

COPII Complimentary Reception

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
5:00-7:00 pm
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!

Save the Date: September 9, 2010The Auction:

The public is invited to attend the CRANES ON PARADE ART Auction

Date: September 9, 2010
6:30 – 7:30 Social and Art Viewing / 7:30 Art Auction
MONA (Museum of Nebraska Art)
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).