A one-of-a-kind art collection was unveiled in Salina Thursday evening.
Family, friends, and art lovers joined Salinans Ken and June Jennision to celebrate the debut of the “Jennison Collection”.
The Jennison’s have been collecting the Smoky Hill River Festival signature “Festival Print” since the artwork first became available in 1982. A limited number of the orignal prints are made avaialble each year. Any donor that contributes $100 annually to the River Festival receives a complimentary, signed, limited-edition Festival Print.
Salina Arts and Humanities Executive Brad Anderson tells KSAL News that as far as he knows, this is the only complete collection of the Festival Prints that is on display, in one single location, open to the public.
The “Jennison Collection” is on public display in the lobby area of the main tower at Presbyterian Manor in Salina. The manor has agreed to keep the collection growing and complete by acquiring the signature Festival Print each year.
Jennison, who lives at Presbyterian Manor with his wife June quipped “I didn’t donate all of these to receive an honor, I just wanted to be able to see them everyday”.
Ken Jennison is the Public Service Director for the Salina Media Group of radio stations. He first started working at KSAL in 1949.