Agriculture and the Arts

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Agriculture and the Arts Framed Original Photos Which Were Place in Businesses in 2009
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Sump Photo
Nolan Sump

Vernon McGee of McGee Roofing, Clay Center, receives Nolan Sump’s photograph of the purple grapes he raises in Green, Kansas.

Hammond Photo
Susan Hammond

Michael Slinsgby of Slingsby Insurance Agency LLC, Clay Center, receives Susan’s field of sunflowers for his office.

Baker Image
Wendy Kearns Acceptance
Rhys Baker

Wendy Kearns, Patient Service Coordinator for Dental Associates, Manhattan, accepts a lovely Clay County landscape of rolling hills on a summer day.

Bloom Photo
Jamie Bloom

Bruna Implement’s Clay Center office secretaries Janet Hopper and Dolores Burchett accept the scene of a young boy facing a Case IH combine at harvest time.

Patterson Photo
Jerry Patterson

Susan Bettles receives Jerry’s photograph of a nest of baby robins on behalf of Bettles Construction, Herington. Susan is a violinist who performed with the orchestra in 2009.

Tessaro Image
Michelle Tessaro

Dan Heeren and Jim Beck of Union State Bank, Clay Center, accept Michelle’s photograph of the 2008 Longford Rodeo scene with horseriders and American flags.

Ray Photo

Ray’s Apple Market’s Rob Floersch accepts two photographs on behalf of Mike and Nelda Floersch, to be placed in the new Manhattan store’s “Hard Rock Café” upon its construction later this year. The photographs which they selected were Jamie Bloom’s native grasses in sunset, and Michelle Tessaro’s windmill and cattle.

Roth Photo
Mary Roth

John Schlageck, Communications and Public Relations Director for Kansas Farm Bureau’s Manhattan state corporate offices, accepts Mary Roth’s photograph of a quartet of sunflowers.

Library Photo

Rita Brayden, Wakefield Public Library Director, and Jeannie Patterson, board member, accept Jerry Patterson’s photograph of spring grape hyacinths from donors Max and Kathy Martin, Clay Center. Kathy is a former Wakefield science teacher and now a member of the Kansas State Board of Education. She and Max also served on the “Agriculture and the Arts” Planning Committee, and farm.

Shaw Photo
Linda Shaw

Dr. Kent Erickson and nurse Marabeth Morton of Clay Center Family Physicians’s Clay Center clinic receive a grouping of three different species of dragonflies taken in the summer of 2008 on Prairiedell Farm’s pond in Bloom Township: Spotted skimmer, Blue dasher obelesking, and Halloween penant obelesking. The gift was given by the photographer’s mother Donna Schaffner in honor of the descendents of John Henry Schaffner, a botanist who grew up in Bloom Township and was Linda’s grandfather.

Bloom Photos

Photographer Jamie Bloom is shown here with three of her photographs described in other locations.

Meek Photo
Tom Meek

David Pfizenmaier of AgMark, LLC’s 3rd St. office in Clay Center, accepts the Clay County Conservation District’s 2005 photograph of a fall pasture with big bluestem taken by Tom Meek.
AgMark’s corporate offices are in Beloit.

Medical Center Photo

On behalf of Clay County Medical Center, Marsha Newell accepts three donated photographs for the hospital. Farm Bureau Financial Services of Clay Center chose Jamie Bloom’s view of boys by a farm pond, donated by Marcia and Jeff Newell.  Clay County Hospital Foundation chose Jim Beck’s red barn. Lisa and Jim Seley, Clay Center, chose a picture of a young girl in a row of sunflowers, also by Jamie Bloom.

Special thanks again go to Jerry and Cindy Mayo of Mayo’s Custom Framing, for framing all our permanent photography exhibit selections at cost.


Agriculture and the Arts Framed Original Photos Which Were Placed in Businesses in 2008

Alicia Beaver

Marsha Hableutzel of Clay County Child Care Center
and Headstart, Clay Center, receives a photo of children from the preschool program holding a bullfrog. This picture was made possible by a contribution from the Kansas Crossroads RC&D.

Kathy Martin

Melissa Spellman of Associates in Primary Care, Clay Center , receives Kathy's lovely photo of a family fishing outing by a farm pond. The Associates in Primary Care are the offices of Dr. Stan and Ann Hatesohl.

Jim Beck

In the lobby of Union State Bank, Jim's dramatic view of the Clay County Courthouse in the December 2007 Ice Storm is received by Clay County Commissioner Jerry Mayo . This presentation was made possible by the Clay County Commissioners. Another of Jim's photos taken from the old Morganville Bridge is accepted by Deanna Turner and Frieda Knitter of the River Valley Extension District Office. The Extension photograph was made possible by a donation from N.W. Dible Foundation (William and Gloria Hickok) of Overland Park, Kansas.

Melanie Musselman

Melanie's picture is of her twin boys, Lane and Levi, taken in a field of ripe wheat near Clifton. The photo is displayed in the children's section of the Clay Center Carnegie Public Library, and is a gift of Dr. Margaret Roebke Ruccolo, Phoenix, Arizona, and Dr. Richard and Marie Roebke Generson, Flemington, New Jersey . Both Margaret and Marie grew up in Clay Center and participated in the school strings program. Their mother was a Clay Center kindergarten teacher.

Jerry Patterson

Jerry's three striking views of the Wakefield causeway
are presented to Shawn Mitchell, president of Farmers & Merchants State Bank for display in the new bank lobby. The photograph collection was made possible by the contribution of the Clay County Arts Council.

Michelle Tessaro

Michelle presents her photo of a baby screech owl in a Clay Center tree to Keith Blake of Union State Bank , one of our business cash sponsors of “Agriculture and the Arts".

Elizabeth and Anne Clark

Cathy Haney, Director of the Clay County Historical Museum, Clay Center, receives Elizabeth's photo of the WPA North County Park entrance . This closed park is unknown to many residents of the region. The Clay Center Community Improvement Foundation contributed funds for this photograph and others to be placed in Clay Center.

Steve, a professional Manhattan photographer, submitted many beautiful photographs. Connie Schurle of the Green Café accepted one of a sunflower field donated by Green resident Leona Shadle. Tony Bruna of Bruna Implement accepted the photograph of an abandoned Farmall tractor.

Pam Wilkinson

Pam (seated) took a peaceful view of a Clay County meadow framed by cedar trees which was presented to Phil Pfeifley of Holmes-Pfeifley Funeral Home of Riley (Phil and Diane Pfeifley), our very first business cash sponsor of “Agriculture and the Arts.” Library Director Kay Osthoff and Children's Librarian Pixie Knepper are seen beside Pam's double rainbow photo, a gift of Kay Reboule Doyle , Portland, Oregon . Kay is a pianist who grew up in Clay Center.

Here are additional business cash sponsors of $100 or more receiving their framed photos.

Republican Valley Irrigation, Clay Center

Tom Cott receives the photo Elizabeth Clark caught of a pivot's water spray against a summer sky.

Kahrs' Harvesting, Clay Center – Steve Kahrs, Owner/Operator

Cindy Kahrs accepts Anne Clark 's photo of the 2007 milo harvest by Clifton after returning from custom wheat cutting in the Dakotas in August, 2008.

Farmers Coop Elevator Association, Morganville

Robert Clark and Ann Tiemeyer are shown on the scales of the elevator with Jim Beck's view of the elevator towers taken through a section of the old Morganville bridge.

Braden Financial Services, Clay Center-James and Margie Braden

Everett Burt and Jill Mugler accept Elizabeth Clark's view of an abandoned farm building in Northwest Clay County , seen from a fence with sunflowers.

Ray's Apple Market, Clay Center-Mike and Nelda Floersch

Kelly Gant, Store Manager accepts Michelle Tessaro's photo of peppers in the local famers' market, and Alicia Beaver's breathtaking view of a stormy night sky full of lightening strikes. Alicia's photograph was a gift of Dr. David and Dr. Laurel Littrell, Manhattan; their son Nathan also is a store employee.

United Bank and Trust , Clay Center

Carla Sweet accepted Steve Williams ' old stone house photograph, taken in Clay County . This lovely photo can be viewed in the bank's lobby.

Here are individual and organizational sponsors of $100 or more who made framed photographs available.

Tractors for Our Daily Bread, Central Kansas (to donate contact Floyd Dowell 785-776-8523 )

Tony Bruna of Bruna Implement, Clay Center accepted Steve Williams ' photograph of an abandoned Farmall tractor in Clay County . Our Daily Bread accepts donated tractors, reconditions them, and then donates them to farmers in third world countries.

Brenda and Dixie Sortor, Clay Center

Brenda, who played violin in the Clay Center schools and her mother Dixie, retired Waddell & Reed agent, donated to Kurt Haberer who has the present Clay Center Waddell & Reed office. Kurt is shown receiving Steve Williams' large sunflower photograph.

Leona Shadle, Green, Kansas

Leona poses with photographer Steve Williams and his field of sunflowers photograph, which she donated to the Green Café. Leona has a Christmas Tree farm in Green.


Jerry and LuAnn Callan, Clay Center

LuAnn Callan receives Michelle Tessaro's photograph of the hand of a farmer holding wheat seed to be placed in the Clay Center FSA office.

Mayo's Custom Framing, Clay Center

Jerry and Cindy Mayo contributed all the photograph framing expenses at cost, as a gift to the residents of Clay County, in which Jerry is currently serving as a county commissioner.