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McPherson County Student Art Exhibit & Scholarship Competition

2015 student art show 001                                                                                              The McPherson County Student Art Exhibition

and Scholarship Competition will be held April 16 –

19 at the Park School Gym, 210 N. Elm.

All McPherson County students, grades 6 through 12

in public schools, private schools or home schooled,

are eligible to participate in the student exhibit.

Work will be displayed in 19 categories with ribbons

being awarded for first, second and third place.

Any senior who is planning to study art and attend a

university, college, technical school or art institute in

fall of 2015 can enter a portfolio display to compete

for scholarship prizes of $1000, $500, and $250.

A reception to honor the participating students and

their parents is scheduled for Friday, April 17, 5-8 p.m.

For information regarding the exhibit or scholarship

competition, contact a McPherson County art teacher

or ask for information at the VAAM Art Gallery,223 S. Main. 

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Another beautiful painting by our featured artist Cally Krallman

Spring Grazing


Have you signed up for her May 2nd workshop yet!

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Help the McPherson Arts Alliance on MATCH DAY


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015 7 AM to 6 PM

  1. Match Day Grants: $40,000

BASIC CHALLENGE: Come to the McPherson Community Foundation, 206 N. Main in McPherson on                     MATCH DAY, March 4,  between  the hours of 4pm – 6pm and make a donation for the McPherson Arts Alliance! The minimum donation is just $25! The first $40,000 given on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 between 7 AM and 6 PM will be matched proportionally to the total raised, up to a maximum of $8,000 per organization, and if the Arts Alliance has the most people donating between 4 – 6 pm we will win an additional $1000!!!

  1. Match Day Incentive Prizes: $5,250
  • Get the party started: 7 am – 9 am
  • Coffee Break: 9 am – 11 am
  • Lunch Bonanza: 11 am -1pm
  • Afternoon Blitz: 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Happy Hour: 4 pm – 6 pm     This is our time!!!  We need to have the most people come through the door during Happy Hour to win $1000!

$1000 will be awarded to the organization receiving the most donors giving donations of $25 or more through the site from 4 pm – 6 pm. (Each donor will be counted only once).

  • Random Act of Kindness

One donor will be randomly chosen at the end of Match Day and $250 will be added to their donation.


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       Merril McHenry Class description 1 001

Class Fee $20

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Cally Krallman Workshop and Art Exhibit



The McPherson Arts Alliance VAAM Gallery will be hosting an art exhibit featuring the works of reclaimed Kansas artist Cally Krallman, March 20 – May 2, 2015. The exhibit titled “Celebrating the Prairie” will feature 40 landscapes in oil and acrylic.

Krallman, from Topeka Ks, has been painting for over 25 years. Her paintings have been featured in many exhibits, both nationally and internationally. She is well known for her dynamic oil and acrylic paintings of the Flint Hills and Kansas.

She is a member of OIL Painters of America, American Women Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Missouri Valley Impressionists Society and exhibits her work all over the Midwest. She has been juried into many national exhibits including The Salon International, Plein Air Rockies and OPA Western Regional.

Krallman will also be teaching a landscape painting workshop for all levels of students on May 2nd, 9am – 4pm in the McPherson Opera House Mary Anderson Arts Center, 223 S Main St., McPherson, Ks. Fee for the class is $100. Register in the VAAM Gallery, Tues. – Sat. 10am – 5pm, or call 241-6131 or 241-5774.

Artist reception is also May 2nd from noon to 2pm.

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Help McPherson Arts Alliance Secure a Match on Match Day, March 4


Match Day on Wednesday, March 4, holds incredible opportunity for the McPherson Arts Alliance. On that day, McPherson County Community Foundation will match donations made to our endowment fund—our long-term savings—and with your help, we could potentially receive up to $8,000 of the $40,000 match available. Here’s how Match Day works:

  • Come to the event and make a donation.

Date:                    Wednesday, March 4 Time:                   7 am – 6 pm Place:                   McPherson County Community Foundation, 206 S. Main, McPherson

  • Matching funds will be given to our organization based on a proportional basis. For example, if $100,000 is raised and our organization received 10% of the total donations, we will receive $4,000 to use for immediate needs.
  • Minimum donation amount per donor is $25. There is no limit on the amount of funding donors may contribute to the nonprofit organization’s endowed fund.
  • A donor may give to multiple organizations, but only needs to write one check for the total gift. A separate form will be used to indicate which endowment(s) will benefit.
  • Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Make checks payable to: MCCF.
  • Organizations with the largest number of donors during designated prize times will be awarded throughout the day. Each winner receives a $1000 grant!

Building our endowment is critical for our future, but we still face monthly expenses. So we still need contributions to our annual campaign. Match Day is a one-time opportunity to dig deeper, to grow our endowment exponentially, so that we can enrich our people and programs for even greater impact. Your gift is vital for helping us maximize the match.

For more details, visit www.mcphersonfoundation.org.


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