In 2000 the Board of Directors announced the first Official "MM Etching on Granite" fund-raising project.
The Board commissioned Doug Sorem, an award-winning artist, to create a series of 5 Minneapolis-Moline etchings on granite. The etchings are designed to bring something new to the club and to establish a unique and valuable piece of art depicting Minneapolis-Moline history.
For this series of five, Artist Doug Sorem is creating one 12inch x 12inch etching on black granite of a Moline tractor. Each etching will carry the official Minneapolis-Moline Collectors logo and will be numbered 1 of 1. The etchings are displayed at the winter convention and sold by auction at the summer show.
We anticipate that these one-of-a-kind MM etchings will be valuable collectibles. The money raised from the auction helps support the Clubs worthy projects such as our annual scholarship, the preservation of our Minneapolis-Moline heritage, and the education of the public through various outreach projects to interest the next generation in our MM legacy.It is only with the support and efforts from you--those of you who can remember the Minneapolis-Moline heritage first-hand--that the great Minneapolis-Moline heritage will be remembered in the future!
Information on the most current etching will be posted here soon.
Previous Etchings Auctioned
- 2004: Minneapolis-Moline Z
- 2003: the Minneapolis-Moline Power Implement Company Universal "M"
- 2002: the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company 17-30
- 2001: a Moline Plow Company Universal D tractor
Artist Doug Sorm
Douglas P. Sorem is a "country boy" who grew up in small-town Nevada, Iowa. He discovered his artistic talents at an early age and it wasn't long before "Etch" became his nickname.
Combining his fascination and appreciation of tractors and farm machinery with his art is a natural for Doug. He's able to create the essential, intricate details in his work because he knows farm machinery and spends time meticulously studying the photos and sketches he uses as a guide in creating his etchings.
In 1987, he was introduced to the concept of etching on granite. Since that time his work has blossomed into monument etching where his artistic touch has been used to enhance the beauty of numerous memorial stones.
Today, Doug "Etch" Sorem is artist and designer of Pet Memorials & Granite Etchings. Doug would like to do a personalized etching for you of your tractor or pet. Check out his brochure for more details.
You may contact him at 515-432-8677 or 109 Crawford, Boone, IA 50036-4220.