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Air Force painting–end of January!

Air Force painting as of 01/27/19

Air Force painting as of 01/27/19. Loads of work on B.G. Sandy Best (lower right), clipping along 


Norwegian Home Guard Exchange 2019

Navy Captain Jon Ivar Kjellin has been posing in the studio for his drawing, which is presented as part of the gift exchange at the closing banquet. While at the studio, B.G Lowell Kruse stopped by, and Kjellin shared another of his talents by playing some music on his trumpet.


We look forward to welcoming this year’s U.S. Norwegian Home Guard Exchange (NOREX) which will take place February 15 -17, 2019 at Camp Ripley.  For the past five years, as part of the Exchange, artist Charles Kapsner has had the distinct honor of hosting the senior officer from the Norwegian Home Guard at his studio. As has become tradition, the senior officer sits for an official drawing. Kapsner will create a portrait drawing of this year’s lead officer, Navy Captain Jon Ivar Kjellin. ​

Past portrait drawings have been completed for Lieutenant Colonel Børge Gamst (2018); Colonel Karl-Henrik Fossmann (2017), Lieutenant Colonel Per Olav Vaagland (2016); Lieutenant Colonel Ingvar Seland (2015) and Colonel Rolf Wold (2014). As part of the visit, gifts are exchanged, and each receives his portrait sketch when he departs for Norway.

Below are images from the 2018 visit by Lieutenant Colonel Børge Gamst, including his visit to the studio, during his portrait session and the presentation of his portrait at the farewell dinner.

Happy 2019!

2019 reflects the 10th year of this outstanding Monument, including its final painting of the Air Force.

A new year offers time for reflection, but more so, looking ahead. In this year, the fifth and final painting will be installed, wrapping up a truly monumental effort. Artist Charles Kapsner shared:  “It’s been a great honor to work on this and as I sit in the studio with the close of this project upon me, I cannot help but reflect the first brushstrokes put on the Army canvas in 2010 and thinking there is a lot of paint to be applied. And now, here I am near the end.” Below is the image of the Air Force painting as of January 11th, 2019. More to come…


U.S. Air Force painting update, January 11,2019