Colorful cranes to brighten someone’s day

Cranes on Parade proceeds to help Kearney Dawn Rotary

Reprinted from Kearney HUB
Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 12:49 pm | Updated: 12:49 pm, Tue Mar 1, 2016.

Hub Staff Writer

KEARNEY — Rivkah Addy-Raffaeli stepped away from creating art after a family tragedy.

“My little sister died in a car accident three years ago,” she said. “Her husband and her 11-month-old baby got hurt. I’ve been taking care of my niece with my other sister for the past few years.”

Raffaeli chose to work part time as an art teacher at Kenwood Elementary because of her added responsibilities.

“I hadn’t done any art on my own for three years,” she said. “I used to make art all the way up until my sister’s death. After that, I was utterly depressed.”

COP III Artist Rivkah Addy-Raffaeil

Rivkah Addy-Raffaeil
Rivkah Addy-Raffaeil felt proud to display her contribution to Cranes on Parade III on Monday at The World Theatre. The Kearney artist and elementary art teacher will auction her artwork, along with 13 additional artists, during Cranes on Parade III at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Museum of Nebraska Art. Admission to the auction is $25.
Photo by Rick Brown, Kearney Hub.

Raffaeli stood next to her crane, “Fashion’s Flight,” during the Cranes on Parade Big Reveal Monday at The World Theatre and enjoyed the sense of accomplishment. An additional 13 cranes completed the display, which was presented by Kearney Dawn Rotary.

“This is the first thing I’ve done that the community can see, where I have expressed myself,” Raffaeli said.

Creating public art is not new to the 29-year-old teacher and artist. Raffaeli contributed a crane to the first Cranes on Parade project when she was 17 years old.

Because of her desire to get beyond the death of her sister, Raffaeli decided to use bold, expressive colors.

“I decided to make it a little wild and crazy,” she said.

The third collection of Cranes on Parade will be sold at auction at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Museum of Nebraska Art. Susan Bigg, co-chair with Tami James Moore, said the auction of the artwork will help Kearney Dawn Rotary fund six groups in central Nebraska as well as two international causes.

“We’re excited to raise a lot of money so these groups will have some extra money to operate with,” Bigg said. “We want to sell these pieces for a nice sum. They are well-worth it. Our artists have put a lot of work into all of the pieces.”

COP III Flappin News

Flappin’ News
“Flapping News,” a piece created by Kearney High School students Jacob Russell, Abbi Kolar and Emily Frieden, uses bold colors and text as decoration. Susan Bigg, co-chair of the project, acknowledged the contribution of the students. “One thing we did differently this year was to go into the schools and have the students help design a crane egg,” she noted.
Photo by Rick Brown, Kearney Hub.

The main pieces of artwork feature fiberglass blanks created by Kearney artist Martha Pettigrew. Those cranes measure about 6 feet tall. A series of study cranes and other artwork will also be sold at the auction on March 12. Tickets to that event are $25.

“One thing we did differently this time was to go into the schools and have the students help design a crane egg,” Bigg said. “High school students did a small study crane. They did an amazing job as did the honor students at the university. They all did a great job.”

Bigg sees the event as a threefold benefit to the community: The community receives many pieces of public art, the artists gain experience and funds raised from the sale of the artwork benefit community groups.

Cranes on Parade also helps to promote Kearney as the crane capital of the world.

“The great thing about public art is that for people who don’t often go to a museum, they can also see art in the community,” she said. “They can appreciate some fun elements of art.”

Bigg encouraged community members to participate in the auction.

“We’d like people who can afford to do it to buy a crane or get a group of people together to do it,” she said. “They can donate a crane to the new vet’s home or donate a crane to some of the nonprofits who are visible in the community to help promote their organizations.”

Bigg confessed that she had many favorites among the pieces of artwork in Cranes on Parade III, although she balked at naming one specific piece of art.

“I love them all,” she finally said.

Raffaeli hopes her crane has an effect on the community.

“I hope it ends up in a place where people who appreciate color can see it,” she said. “I hope it will brighten somebody’s day, somebody who is walking down the sidewalk feeling a little depressed or sad.”

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Art Society paints Cranes on Parade sculpture

Reposted from UNKNEWS
October 19, 2015 by gottulatm

IMG_0474Four students in UNK Art Society participated in this year’s Kearney Dawn Rotary Cranes on Parade III event by painting a six-foot fiberglass crane sculpture.

Chris Campbell of Brandon, Miss., Aaron Fisher of Comstock, Jennifer Green of Kearney and Janelle Huebert of Henderson painted the crane, which is currently on display in the UNK Admissions Office.

The sculpture will remain on campus until the March 12 public auction at the Museum of Nebraska Art. Proceeds will be divided among seven area charities.

NebraskaLand National Bank of Kearney sponsored the $2,000 project, which allowed the Art Society to be involved.

Kearney’s first Cranes on Parade event occurred in 2003·04 and was the city’s first public art event and auction, raising thousands of dollars for local, regional and international needs.

The event celebrates the arts and annual migration of the sandhill cranes while raising awareness of the arts and raising funds for many Rotary projects.

Cranes on Parade pieces are on display at their sponsor’s location or other public locations.


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Cranes on Parade III will have many more birds for sponsorship

Reposted from Kearney HUB
Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015 11:47 am

By RICK BROWN Hub Staff Writer

KEARNEY — Tami Moore wants everyone to own a crane.

Tami Moore

Tami Moore

“We’re taking a different direction this time,” said Moore, a member of the Kearney Dawn Rotary Cranes on Parade III Steering Committee. “We want to make them more affordable and accessible because they’ve been in the thousands of dollars before. We’re going to do about 10 of the 6-foot cranes again and about a dozen of the 1-foot study cranes.”

The kickoff event for Cranes on Parade III begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Museum of Nebraska Art at 2401 Central Ave. Featured speaker Josh Lamberson, UNK football coach, will offer his remarks at 8 p.m. Tickets to the event are $25.

Created as a fundraiser by Kearney Dawn Rotary, Cranes on Parade III celebrates the Sandhill cranes that stop over in the Platte River each spring and also funds the group’s various causes.

“The cornerstone of Rotary is philanthropy,” Moore said. “Sue Bigg started this project about 10 years ago by combining the art community in Kearney with the giving aspects of it.”

Each of the elementary schools in the Kearney School District will receive an artistic crane egg to decorate. Kearney Catholic and Kearney high schools will decorate study cranes.

Moore said that the names of the artists who will decorate the artwork will be announced at Friday’s event.

“Next year about this time we will be having the public auction of the cranes,” she said.

As for the correct term, Moore said she’s not sure how to talk about what the artists will be doing to the artwork.

“It’s hard,” she said. “I keep struggling with that, too. Maybe designing or completing. Some of the artists use paint or glass tiles. They can use any media they want.”

One of the previous crane pieces was decorated with pennies.

The blanks will be based on the two previous designs created by Kearney artist Martha Pettigrew.

“We’re going to mix the two designs this year,” Moore said. “Some of the cranes will have their wings up, and some will have wings down.”
An important part of the event is the sponsorship by area businesses and individuals.

“After we reveal the artists, we will work to find sponsors,” Moore said. “Each crane is sponsored by a business organization or an individual. The large ones are $2,000 to sponsor. The sponsor gets to display it wherever they want until the auction.”

Sponsors who contribute $2,000 receive a $500 credit toward the purchase of the crane.

“The sponsorship helps us pay for the cranes and the materials as well as the promotion,” Moore said.

As public art, Moore understands that the cranes help to identify Kearney to citizens and visitors.

“Every time they’ve interviewed the new governor at the Younes Center, he’s been standing next to the big, beautiful red crane,” Moore said. “That gives us a little publicity.”

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