"Regional art plays an important role in American history," says Cally Krallman, a regional landscape painter from Topeka, Kansas." I feel it not only records our place in time, but is also a window to see the ordinary in a not so ordinary way." Cally is a native of Goodland, Kansas. She moved to Topeka, Kansas in 1977 to attend Washburn University where she received a BFA in 1981. She had been painting occasionally after college, but it wasn't until 1991 she began painting seriously. Cally loves to take on a big canvas, capturing the vastness of rural Kansas. Her upbringing on a farm Northwest of Goodland helped her develop an appreciation of the outdoors and the role of the rural landscape to others. She loves to travel the back roads of Kansas to paint and photograph captivating, yet common,scenery.
She began painting in watercolor, but after experimenting with acrylics and oils and found them more compatible to her loose impressionistic style. She calls herself a "scumbler" because the brushstrokes skim across the surface of the canvas. "I feel a great sense of achievement when working with people to create a painting for their home or business," Cally explains.
She has been the guest artist for several community fund raisers including Topeka Public Schools' "Art for Kids", the United Way of Greater Topeka' Key Club, and Every Woman's Resource Center. Her work has been featured in numerous one person shows: Eva Reynolds Gallery -Overland Park, Carnegie Art Center -Ottawa, KS; Birger Sandzen Museum & Gallery -Lindsborg, KS; Carnegie Cultural Arts Center -Goodland, KS; The SouthWind Gallery of Topeka..
Cally Krallman was raised near Goodland, Kansas. She moved to Topeka to attend Washburn University where she graduated in 1981 with a BFA Degree. She has studied under renowned artists William Scott Jennings, Kim English, Michael Albrechtson, Phil Starke and Matt Smith.
She has shown work with the International “Art in The Embassies” Program in Tblisi, Georgia. Her work has been accepted into prestigious competitions such as Oil Painters of America and The Salon International. On a regional level she has been the Limited Edition Print winner at the Symphony in the Flint Hills, Kansas Masters Invitational, and winner of the KS 150-Sesquicentennial Art Contest hosted by SouthWind Gallery.
She has an extensive list of one person shows including Barton County Art Center, City Arts in Wichita, Coutts Museum, Birger Sandzen Museum, National Agriculture Hall Of Fame, Emporia Art Center, and many other group shows.
Her work is collected by private collectors and corporations including KU Alumni Permanent Collection, Topeka Public Library, Cedar Crest permanent collection, and Mulvane Art Museum.
She is a member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists and has had her work printed in the American Art Collector Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Kansas Magazine and other publications.
Cally is also a lyricist/songwriter and has produced 5 CD’s featuring various music styles including Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, country, light jazz and Irish music. Works from her “Prairie Glimpses” CD were performed by the Topeka Symphony in 2011.