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The Crane Trust depends on the generous support of friends like you to ensure the endangered Whooping Crane, Sandhill Cranes, and other migratory birds continue to thrive along the Platte River for years to come.
Includes: framed photographs, canvas, prints, etc. from local artists
"My uncle worked for Eastman Kodak and sparked my love of photography at a very young age. Over the ensuing years, my interest in photography fluctuated but never left me. In June of 2000, I purchased my first digital camera and it reignited my passion. The medium, along with the digital dark room, sparked new and exciting adventures that continue to this day. While I focus primarily on wildlife and nature photography, I dedicate any free time I find to capturing moments that I find interesting and unique."
Marilyn Belschner is a native of Nebraska with over sixty years of art experience. She has studied extensively in an independent manor with contemporary artists in Nebraska, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Italy, and Spain. Marilyn has been represented by galleries in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Taos, New Mexico. She has pastel portraits in the permanent collection of the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) and is registered in the archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Pat grew up loving the outdoors along the Platte Rivers, nearby lakes, and beautiful sandhills surrounding North Platte, Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BA in education and an art minor. Moving to Bozeman, Montana in 1976, she continued to paint and be inspired by mountains, lakes, and rivers. With her two sons, she spent countless hours over the years hiking, observing, photographing and painting the Montana landscape. The wildlife present in this setting influences much of her work. Retired from a teaching career of 34 years, she now devotes her time to painting.
She participated in workshops and classes from numerous professional artists who have helped and inspired her over the years.
Light is the key ingredient for each subject, from nature’s little treasures to majestic mountain scenes. Observing the exciting shapes and colors, her paintings depict a passion of the natural world. Painting figures, landscapes, flowers, and wildlife in natural surroundings with the light creating a special mood is especially inspiring for her. Visit Pat Branting’s website at www.patbranting.com.
"My husband, Dave, and I are from Grand Island, Nebraska and have always loved road trips. We have been married for 46 years. After our three daughters were grown and our nest was empty, we hit the road often.
I received a new Canon DSLR camera from Dave and began photographing everything in sight. It wasn't very long before the old rustic Nebraska barns began to catch my eye and inspire my heart. Dave quickly joined in and used his eagle eye to find many barns I had overlooked. After a few more outings, I realized that God was awakening in me a creativity and passion previously unknown to me.
In 2013, I was forced to leave my job of 18 years due to the pain and fatigue of post-polio syndrome, knowing that I needed more rest. One day I said to Dave, "I think we should photograph a barn in each of Nebraska's 93 counties....and he agreed, and so it began.
Due to the constraints of the post-polio syndrome, I usually shoot photos from our truck window or from a position of standing on the running board. We always shoot from public roads, never trespass! We have photographed over 500 barns, numerous windmills, old country churches, rustic cars and trucks and animals among other things."
Kris started taking photos with a Brownie Instamatic. It wasn't until after graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan that she got into photography using manual cameras and film. A brief stab at developing her own photos was gratefully interrupted with the gift of a digital camera.
The Nebraska Master Naturalist program brought a bounty of opportunities for Kris to photograph nature. Through encouragement from her sister and good friend, she entered her first photograph in a juried art exhibit. It was accepted. The desire to share her photography with others has taken precedence over selling. When her art can also benefit places like the Crane Trust she has been honored to display her photography.
Kris has had exhibits in Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas and Iowa. Her photography is in homes throughout the Midwest. Currently, in addition to the Crane Trust Art Exhibit, she is also at Connect Gallery in Omaha, NE.
Kris is married to Carlos. They have three children and three grandchildren. She taught for 33 years before taking early leave. Photography, travel, kayaking, hiking and spending time at the family cabin are her hobbies and stress relievers.
Julie Crocker is a rural Nebraska native. Her art is recognized nationwide. She has won numerous local and state awards including: Ducks Unlimited 1988 Nebraska Artist of the Year and Ducks Unlimited Sponsor prints, 1993 and 1995 Nebraska Habitat Stamps, 1990, 1994 and 1996 Nebraska Trout Stamps, 1993 Award of Excellence Fonner Grand Visions Art Show, 1995 Featured Artist at the IMAX Theatre in Hastings Yellowstone Show, art published in 2000 in the book 'Legends of the Crane', John Mayer Award of Excellence 2006 and 2009, numerous Merit and Honorable Mentions at Art in the Park, Best of Show in 1995, 2000, 2005, 2007 at Wings Over the Platte Art Show and Competition and the 2010 Featured Artist at Wings Over the Platte at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, Nebraska. 2015-2020 Consignment Artist at Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center Alda NE. 2015 accepted to Bone Creek 150 Artist, 150 Artworks Show, 2019 Platinum Teal Appreciation Award Ducks Unlimited Inc.
"I enjoy working in a variety of different mediums including: oil, pastel, acrylic, and watercolor. I also do wood carvings, sculpture and papier mache. Wildlife is one of my favorite subjects. I have spent many hours hunting, observing, photographing and sketching. I try to balance composition, color and subject to create a painting that looks realistic but at the same time is also a quality piece of art.
The natural beauty I find in nature, along with the love I have of birds and animals, is what inspires me to paint."
Julie is very active and involved with nature and wildlife conservation programs donating her art work each year to support such causes. Her art is on display at the Mossy Pond Art Studio in Chapman, Nebraska.
Ingrid Finn is a Nebraska native born in St. Edward, Nebraska who now resides in Minden, Nebraska. She has always loved drawing and is influenced by her surroundings. Her miniature art originals are watercolor paintings with detailed work and scratchboards.
Born and raised in Nebraska, Abby has always had a love of the outdoors and all kinds of animals. Growing up on a farm, she had the chance to be around horses, sheep, chickens, cats, dogs—the list goes on. These opportunities instilled a passion for life in Abby that still holds true today. Also, from an early age Abby had a camera in her hand. The grand-daughter of a newspaper photographer and daughter of a photography hobbyist, she was always taking photos.
Following high school, she traveled to Dallas, TX to study art and photography at Southern Methodist University. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she immediately went into the restaurant business, logical! Following 3 years of owning and operating her own restaurant, she began her telecommunications career with Great Plains Communication in Blair, NE. Then in 1998, she made the move to Colorado and Level 3 Communications in Broomfield. After almost 10 years in corporate America and living in Colorado, she realized that her love of the outdoors, animals and photography was needing some attention—she needed to make a change and pursue her passions.
In 2002, she picked up her camera once again and began photographing horses and her next business was born. For 8 years, she traveled the country from farm to farm photographing some of the most beautiful horses in the world. Following the economic downturn which effected the horse industry tremendously, she began filling her time by photographing wildlife. Following some success in the field, NEBRASKAland Magazine picked up 2 of her stories. This was the confirmation she needed to commit to wildlife and nature photography.
Through Jensen Photography, Abby has developed a honed eye for stunning landscape photography accurately capturing a wide array of locations. Abby’s stunning photography brings to life the best of the Yampa Valley, American Midwest, the wilds of Alaska and the Hudson Bay as well as the plains of Kenya and the lush regions of Peru.
In addition to a talented eye, Abby brings an extraordinary amount of patience to her work, waiting for hours to capture the perfect shot. This patience is evident in the many images capturing animals in their most natural repose.
Having a Fine Arts Degree from Southern Methodist University, Abby is a classically trained photographer. She holds strong to her classically trained eye and approach to photography. Using very little technical enhancement, her images are true to nature. Searching for light that dances and capturing moments in time is her ultimate goal. Having a love and respect for wild places in the world, conservation and the safety of the wildlife is close to her heart. She only photographs animals in their natural habitat.
Steamboat has been a special place for Abby since the age of 12. Having traveled from Nebraska to Steamboat for the holidays during her early childhood and teen years, she has been attached to this remarkable area since she was a little girl. Abby knew that one day she would become a resident of Steamboat. In March of 2012, Steamboat officially became her new home town. Of course, there were business reasons for the move. Wildlife and nature are abundant in Steamboat Springs, Routt County, Jackson County, Moffatt County, and her new home is not far from Rocky Mountain National Park, Nebraska, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Shortly after her arrival in Steamboat, she became an owner at Circle 7 Fine Art. After its closing in 2016, she and other local artists opened Pine Moon Fine Art in September of 2016. Proving to be the right step in her career—showing in a gallery filled with amazing artists helps to show case her work, as well as challenge her artistically. For more information, please visit her website www.jensen-photography.com.
Jean Jensen grew up in Lewellen and Oshkosh, Nebraska. Inspired by a mother who encouraged art and with a wider sense of the world, Jean attended the University of Nebraska and then moved to Chicago where her love of art and the Impressionists grew during many visits to the Chicago Art Institute while earning her degree in anthropology. Determined to see the world she travelled through Europe, worked on a dig in Israel and then moved to Kenya.
Jean returned to Western Nebraska with a new perspective and rekindled her love of the natural beauty of this largely untouched area. She loves the raw emotive power of brilliant colors. For the past thirty-five years she has engaged in self-study and workshops, developing her skills in watercolor, pastel and oil as she captures the essence of flowers, people and local landscapes.
Jean has attended the Autumn Art Workshop for twenty five years and is currently on the board. She lives near Lewellen where she and her two brothers are the exhibiting artists and owners of the Most Unlikely Place gallery and café. Jean's dream is to turn Lewellen into the Taos of Nebraska. Jean's work can be seen at www.jeanjensenart.com.
Ron Jensen is a lifelong resident of Nebraska and holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is a husband, father, and grandfather, a life-long avid outdoorsman, a world traveler, published writer, award-winning photographer, a licensed pilot, and student of the history of Nebraska and the American West.
Ron's major photographic interests are wildlife and landscapes, which he has captured in Alaska, Africa, the sub-Arctic, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks, and of course Beautiful Nebraska.
He lives in Lincoln with his wife, Cindy.
"I have been in the world of photography for over 40 years. I cut my teeth on film, but have embraced digital technology. I realized that as the world keeps getting faster and more convenient, we just don't stop and take a look at the beauty around us. A flower, a stream even a cloud has a God given beauty that should not be taken for granted. My mission is to capture the beauty that abounds in our everyday life and transform it into a piece of art that can be appreciated everyday. Thank you for looking."
Jude Martindale lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, near the single largest migratory gathering of cranes in the world. She studied biology and art in college and earned a masters degree in scientific illustration. Jude paints cranes in several different artistic styles in her attempts to capture the exuberance and vitality of these birds. Her art celebrates their lives and helps protect them now and for the future.
Jim Miklavcic was born and raised in Illinois where he spent most of his time in the woods. Yearly trips to Wisconsin and Minnesota enhanced his knowledge and love for wildlife and nature.
He doesn't remember when the dream of becoming a wildlife artist started; it was always there. He doesn't remember learning to draw; he just always has. “It just came natural to me. The bulk of an artist’s training has to come from the heart. The desire to learn seems to be an obsession and a never-ending process.”
Over the years, Jim worked in design and architecture. He started to pursue his art in earnest in 1985 when he moved to Florida. He now resides in Lincoln, NE where he continues to paint and teach art classes. "I realized my art was more than a hobby to me, it was deep inside and the pull was too great to ignore. I also saw the important role wildlife artists can play in educating the public to problems facing wildlife and habitat. Our forests, along with its wildlife, is our heritage."
Jack Nordeen has been photographing wildlife in Nebraska professionally for nearly 40 years. He is from St. Edward, Nebraska, and growing up in the 60s, spent time learning how to hunt and fish in the Beaver Creek area with his father and three brothers. Nordeen's time in the woods led him to discover the amazing artistry nature provides.
When he was young, Nordeen thought the beauty of the nature he was seeing would make wonderful photographs. Though he had no formal photography education, Jack learned how to take amazing photos which are nationally acclaimed. He has photographed wildlife and landscape throughout Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Iowa, and Montana. He has had over 300 images published in magazines such as Nebraska Life, Nature's Best Photography, and in Nebraska State Travel guides.
In 1999, he was highly honored from the International Library of Photography Annual Competition.
In 2004, Nordeen received a highly honored award from Nature's Best Photography magazine's photography competition -- The Winland Smith-Rice International Photography Awards.
Cheryl Opperman is a nationally acclaimed nature photographer with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooks Institute of Photography and over 25 years of professional experience photographing nature, wildlife, and indigenous cultures worldwide. She was featured as a leading female nature photographer by Outdoor Photographer Magazine and has received numerous prestigious awards from organizations including The Earth Day Network, Nature's Best Photography, and International Photography Awards, and the National Wildlife Federation.
Her work has also appeared in publications or exhibits for The American Humane Association, the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and many others. Employing the power of photography to inspire interest in the environment, she has appeared in on-camera interviews for 9News Denver, The Luminous Landscape, and Smithsonian Earth and regularly presents slide shows or classes on various topics to schools, camera clubs, and organizations.
"I am a watercolor artists from a tiny town in southeast Kansas. A nurse by profession, and wife and mother by love, my passions include the beauty found in my family, and nature. I grew up in Nebraska, my deep love for the outdoors started there camping, fishing, hunting.
I can only hang so many pictures on the wall, practicality has been a mainstay in my life, so I incorporate my art into everyday useful items. Working with Images in Tile, a Joplin, Missouri based company, I provide the original watercolor and by magical processes and incantations they apply it to useful items: cups, coasters, cutting boards, etc."
Jennifer Radil uses vintage maps, paint, pencils and coiled string, to create collaged topographical maps unlike those you've seen in any atlas. Local fauna is also a subject matter of interest. A registered art therapist and teaching artist, she balances facilitating creative opportunities for others with creating her own work, out of her Hot Shops studio. See more of her work at jenniferradilstudio.com, or, even better, visit her studio in North Downtown, Omaha.
Rick Rasmussen is a native of Central Nebraska and has been an avid nature and wildlife photographer for over 35 years. While he has traveled to many locations around the world to capture captivating images of nature and wildlife, he is best known for his timeless images of the Sandhill Crane migration near his hometown. Rick has received numerous awards including two international awards in Nature’s Best Magazine. He has also been published in Nebraskaland, Nebraska Life, Wyoming Wildlife and Duck’s Unlimited magazines. His images not only capture the beauty of nature, but they are an important symbol of his commitment to its preservation.
Diana Robinson studied at Ohio University and New York University. Although Diana spent over thirty years based in New York City she has spent most of her time on the road photographing wildlife, birds, landscapes and nature. Having traveled extensively Diana has had the opportunity to photograph is many locations throughout the world including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, China, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Austria, Iceland, Kenya, Tanzania, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii and Brazil. Diana’s photographs tell stories about places she has been, people she has met and wildlife she has encountered. Diana shoots for Getty Images and is a Nikon 100 Photographer. She now lives in southwest Florida on the Gulf coast.
Jack and Norma Stevens
The fine arts and graphic arts programs at McCook Community College, plus numerous workshops with nationally-recognized artists, have provided Norma the foundation for her to expand her art career.. She particularly enjoys the unexpected qualities and serendipitous moments that can be captured with watercolors. She is fascinated with the medium’s brilliance, its clarity, and its transparency. Norma’s work has been exhibited with the Midwest Watercolor Society, Kansas Watercolor Society, Association of Nebraska Art Clubs, and Kentucky Watercolor Society, where she is a signature member. She also participates in many art festivals in the in Nebraska and beyond, and is a member of the juried Impact Nebraska Artists.
Norma describes her inspiration as a watercolor artist:
“Inspiration comes from the unexpected. It might be a shadow from flowers in the garden or on the patio. It might be the sunlight streaming through a window on the counter. It might be a landscape which offers innumerable opportunities for grabbing the palette and brushes to capture those moments. I prefer the brilliance and clarity of watercolors and the lusciousness they exude.”
Photographer Jack Stevens was born and reared on the Great Plains of Nebraska. As a youth, he had a strong interest in photography and art. His subject matter includes the Great Plains, seascapes, sailing boats, and international scenes from Europe, the South Seas, the Caribbean, and other locations. Jack is a “non-selfie photographer” and shoots slides with his 35-millimeter Nikon and medium format Bronica film cameras. Besides color prints, he develops most of his black and white photos. His photographs have been published in the Omaha World-Herald and Nebraska Life Magazine, and his work was chosen to be incorporated for the donor walls at the Community Hospital in McCook. Jack has been a featured artist numerous times and participated in many art festivals. He is also a member of the Golden Plains Artists and the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs and he has juried photography shows at several county fairs.
Jack’s describes his passion as follows: “I feel nature offers so much interest and beauty and that is where my passions rest. Ansel Adams is my hero with his ideas of the zones of light.”
Born and raised in Northeast Nebraska, my parents and grandparents knew every wildflower, songbird, and wild animal, that made a home on our woods, waters, and prairies.
I took to photography at a young age, in pursuit of capturing a brief moment of the beauty of these outdoors. I have been pursuing the ultimate outdoor thrill ever since. This pursuit has taken me from just outside of my door, to the wilds of Alaska, and everything in between.
As a mentor, I have been able to share my knowledge through outdoor programs, with hundreds and hundreds of children. Photography has given me another chance to share with everyone, a glimpse into my world, and the wonders of the outdoors.
Published numerous times, my award winning photography, has been featured in Nebraska Life Magazine, as well as other publications. Driven to share a smile and a memory, I have started a program to insure that Nebraska Life will be in EVERY nursing home in the state.
Paula Wallace is a working artist, maintaining a studio at the Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to fine art, Paula has worked as an illustrator and muralist, a curator and an arts facilitator. She has been involved in liturgical and public art, interior design and privately commissioned work. Paula also collaborates regularly with other artists, writers, and musicians.
Much of her work as an artist began years ago and likely, truth be told, at the very beginning—woven into her DNA and nurtured with crayons and love. She studied formally at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, in addition to a smattering of coursework in Ireland, Chicago, and elsewhere.
Much of her work has found its genesis in literature, theater, music, or the spiritual. While most of her work is figurative with an emphasis on the human face, her range of styles may be from representational to whimsical. Often, she employs an uncluttered or almost austere background, permitting the viewer to be wholly engaged with the subject of the painting or print, concentrating on the intimacy of that encounter, the imperative of a glace or gesture.
Art is the language of her work: to delight in beauty and to share the human experience are aspects of that language. Her work is held in many private and public collections, both here and abroad.
Kylee has a lifelong passion for adventure travelling, conservation journalism and wildlife, and extensive training in film, photography and public affairs. Kylee began her multimedia career when she picked up a camera to film sandhill cranes in Nebraska, Oregon and New Mexico in 2009. In 2017, Kylee graduated from the University of Sydney with a PhD in Film and Digital Media, and contributed to talks, conferences and publications in that industry. Kylee currently assists organizations with marketing and public affairs strategies through her independently owned multimedia business. Kylee also takes a keen interest in Nebraska's local history about Ash Hollow and the Massacre of Blue Water. When she’s not working with clients or photographing for assignment, Kylee enjoys rucking the high plains wilderness, and volunteering to support America’s veterans.