About Sue Truman

Hello! I am in the middle of updating this page. 2017 was a busy year!

After seeing the crankies of Anna and Elizabeth and Katherine Fahey, I had found something I had been looking for for years - a way to combine the folkart images I love with the fiddle tunes I play.  When I saw the crankies I knew THIS WAS IT! I jumped in with both feet and it has been my passion ever since.


In addition to making and performing crankies, I became intrigued with the history of this forgotten art form. In the 19th century, crankies were known as moving panoramas as well as many other names. I sought out moving panorama historians such as Erkki Huhtamo, Suzanne Wray, Peter Morelli and Russell Potter to name a few. They have been most generous in contributing information to this website and supporting my efforts. I am truly grateful.


I have performed in the US, Canada and abroad.   I love sharing the magic of crankies.

Vermont Crankie Fest -2018

Here I am in a sea of crankie boxes.

January, 2018 in Brattleboro, VT.

International Panorama Council Conference Presentation-2017

The name of my presentation was Crankies, Reinventing the Moving Panorama as Contemporary Folk Art

October, 2017, I presented at the International Panorama Council Conference at the Queens, Museum in Queens, NY. I talked about the many ways crankie artists are using this artform.

Crankie Workshops in Canada and the US-2017

March, 2017, Crankie workshop and performances at Festival du Bois in Coquitlam, BC.

Crankie Performances in Canada-2017

Banners and Cranks Exhibition-2017

Article Submission for Publication-2017

Fall,  2016 - Crankies: Reinventing the Moving Panorama as Contemporary Folk Art , Honored to be asked to write an article about the crankie revival.  It will be published in a book of articles by International Panorama Council members in late 2018. Most grateful to the gifted editors!

At the magical NW Puppet Center, one of the best spots for a crankie fest! nwpuppet.org

2016 - October The NW Puppet Center's 3rd Crankie Festival, Seattle, Washington  I helped Dmitri Carter coordinate the Puppet Center's 3rd crankie fest.  It was a sold out success and featured Katherine Fahey, Squirrel Butter (Charmaine Slaven and Charlie Beck) Dejah Leger with her father-in-law Louis Leger and Podorythmie. More information about the event here.

We were able to live video project the performance so that everyone in the audience could see the detail of the scrolls.  Thank you to Doug Plummer for his help with this. 

There was crankie merch during intermission!  I sold matchbox crankies out of the Cranke Factory Dollhouse. Louis Leger sold crankie kits.  Dejah Leger and Squirrel Butter sold CDs!  Great fun!

Baltimore Crsnkie Fest-2017

Sue Truman cranking miniature crankies in the attic of a dollhouse crankie while it was being projected on a screen above. Photo Jon Bolton

2016, January - Baltimore, Maryland.  The 3rd Annual Baltimore Crankie Festival, two nights of magical crankies. I was so inspired by everyone's art.  I was invited to collaborate on a DOLL HOUSE CRANKIE created by McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter, Matt Muirhead and Laura Kalman. I made a small contribution by making miniature crankies for the attic.  Watch a video of the DOLL HOUSE here.  Read about the festival, coordinated by Anna and Elizabeth, here.

International Panorsma Council Outing in St. Louis-2016

2016 - January. St. Louis, MO. International Panorama Council Outing in St. Loui. I coordinated an "outing" for members of the IPC which included seeing one panel of the "Dickinson" Mississippi moving panorama at the St. Louis Art Museum and  attending a presentation especially for us by Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art.  Then, we had lunch at the Panorama Restaurant (of course). Then off to the St. Louis Repertory Theatre for a special presentation and sneak peak of the moving panorama painted for the GEORAMA musical. And that's not all but I am out of space. All I can say is that it was a panoramaniac's dream day. More later!

2015 - September - Namur, Belgium.  The International Panorama Council Conference, I was one of the featured artists at the conference. Totally honored to have been invited.

You see I am smiling but also holding on for dear life. Not a big fan of heights but had to have my picture taken beside this enormous moving panorama scroll.

2015 - August - Saco, Maine.  Crankie display and demonstration. The main attraction was the performance of the 19th century Moving Panorama of Pilgrim's Progress. Much gratitude to  Peter and Julia Morelli for hosting me. I had a fabulous time.   Read more about the Pilgrim's Progress moving panorama here.

2015, February - Olympia, Washington. The Oly Old Time Festival.  Performance and a Power Pointless presentation about the history of crankies.

Outslide the glorious Veleslavasay Panorama. A historical treasure in Los Angeles.

2014, July - Los Angeles, CA - The Veleslavaysay Panorama, Performance and presentation. If you are planning a visit to L.A., try to visit The Velaslavasay, it's a magical place.  Read more about it here.

International Panorama Council Conference-2013

Lucerne, Switzerland.  The International Panorama Council Conference,  Presentation + demonstration.   Crankies: Reinventing the Moving Panorama as Contemporary Folk Art.  I love the title on my name tag - "Crankie Specialist"!  Read more about it here.