It’s springtime in Minnesota, and the Marine Corps painting is taking shape! Jungle scene, initial figure, and loads more to go.
Whether you follow the Monument regularly, or stopping in to see what’s up, here’s a new twist. Given the artist is starting on painting #4, the Marine Corps, it’s an ongoing project to raise the funds. On Saturday, February 11th one of the newer members of the Fundraising committee, Levi Ackley, (Air Force) literally took a plunge at “Shiver Elk River” to raise over $400 by jumping into a lake! In his Captain America t-shirt, Levi proved that superheroes are all around us!Watch the click by click photos of the jump. And congratulations to Levi for this creative fundraiser! We hear he’s recruited some folks to jump next year!
A new twist on raising funds for the Monument comes via one of the fundraising committee members, Levi Ackley, who is taking the plunge at the Shiver Plunge on Saturday, February 11th at 3 PM at Lake Orono in Elk River. It’s one of those way out there fundraiser ideas, and Levi’s enthusiasm and courage are remarkable! So rather than freezing yourself, support Levi’s courageous jump by Donating to Levi!!
We are deeply saddened by the loss of a sailor from the greatest generation: Chief Petty Officer Howard Warnberg. Howard is a key figure and supporter of the Vets Art Monument–where he modeled for the Navy painting as the Navy Chief. Howard was a gentlemen’s gentlemen, and prominent figure in the community of Little Falls. He served as a County Comissione and ran a successful flooring business. It was a great honor to have known him for 40 years, and I got to know his spirit well as he posed for his portrait in the studio. He leaves a wonderful legacy, and will truly be missed, however as the Navy Chief he stands watch at the Cemetery.
The long-awaited Marine Corps painting is stretched! One of my least favorite tasks, it’s made easier with help, in this case joined by Erik Sogge, who is the Cemetery Administrator and clearly willing to get his hands, and knees, dirty. Also joining was Val Pilarski. While there’s been work on the initial sketch ideas in my studio, the Marine Corps painting becomes “real” when it takes shape in the 8 X 10 foot canvas, which was stretched this week at the Maintenance Building at the Cemetery.