A selection of paintings by Cally Krallman is currently featured at the Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main Street, Great Bend. Admission is free and the gallery is open weekday afternoons until 5:30 p.m.
Krallman has been painting in the Midwest, primarily Kansas, for over 20 years. Despite having traveled to many places throughout the world, she is still drawn to the simplistic beauty of Kansas.
"Many people think of Kansas as just a flat agricultural state, but in fact it is full of wonderful hills, tree lined rivers and creeks, and other unique land formations. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking and calming at the same time. Our four seasons create a myriad of colors worthy of any artists’ palette," she said.
Believing that regional art plays an important role in American history, Krallman feels that it not only records our place in time, but it is a window for others to see the ordinary in a not so ordinary way, something she tries to share that in each of her paintings.
Raised in western Kansas, Krallman eventually came to eastern Kansas to attend Washburn University, where she earn a BFA in 1981. She enjoys painting "en plein aire," so many of her works have been painted on location. Besides Kansas, she also enjoys capturing the beauty of Texas, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona.
This program is presented in part by a grant from the Kansas Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the City of Great Bend and CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, also of Great Bend.
For additional information on the artist, see her website at http://callykrallman.com.