The Legacy of Don & Rubye Kraft: Canine, Feline, Jewels

This exhibit shared the legacy of Don and Rubye Kraft. Through memorabilia and artifacts acquired from their family, friends and Southeast Missouri State University, one saw a glimpse into their service to this country, work history, extensive travels and love of animals.

After learning of the Kraft's dedication and donations to The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, Dr. Mary Ann Kellerman, President of The Kellerman Foundation, had the inspiration to combine their love of animals with Victorian jewelry that she purchased from the Kraft estate.  Dr. Kellerman invited four local photographers to donate their time and expertise to create this visual experience of pets wearing the Victorian jewelry.  Some of the pets that were photographed were rescues and available for adoption from the Humane Society. The result was a wonderful display of thirty-two art portraits that showed a whimsical melding of pets and precious jewels.  These photographs were on display as a part of the Kraft Exhibit.

The exhibit offered a unique opportunity to continue the Krafts tradition of giving to the Humane Society.  Proceeds received through sponsorships from local businesses and individuals, as well as sales of the portraits, prints, calendars and note cards were shared equally between the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri and The Kellerman Foundation.

The exhibit opened on May 11, 2018 and was on display through August 31, 2018.  Heritage Hall is open to the public Thursday - Saturday, 12pm to 5pm.



Sponsors:

$500.00 Donor
- Busch Pet Products and Deer Creek Doggie Day Camp

$250.00 Donor
- Broussards Cajun Cuisine
- First State Community Bank
- Garrett & Justine Schwartz
- House of Paws
- Southern Bank             
- Zickfield’s Jewelry and Gifts

$100.00 Donor
- 36 Restaurant and Bar
- Charlotte Craig
- Diane Bauman
- First State Community Bank
- Isle Casino            
- Steve & Carla Jordan
- Knudston Family
- Frank Nickell
- Port Cape Restaurant & Bar
- Rude Dog Pub

Photography Coordinator
- Damon Taylor

Photographers
- Damon Taylor
- Sherry Rust
- Shannon Dugan
- Laura Mae Schumpert
- Cody Macke

Printer
- Radiant Reflections

Graphic Designer
- Tyler Macke

Memorabilia/Artifacts
- Linda Farrow
- Trudy Lee

Mary Ann Kellerman