Norwegian Home Guard Exchange 2016
Each summer, Charles hosts guests from the Norwegian Exchange (NOREX) which takes place at Camp Ripley in Little Falls. As has become tradition, the senior officer sits for an official drawing. This year, Ltd. Colonel Per Olav Vaagland joined Kapsner at his studio and enjoyed a great visit. In years’ past, Lt. Col. Ingvar Seland (2015) and Colonel Rolf Wold (2014) had their portraits done. As part of the visit, gifts are exchanged, and each Colonel receives his portrait sketch.
Memorial Day 2016
A perfect day awaited those who attended. Erik Sogge, Cemetery Administrator provided a welcome. Bill Osberg, U.S. Navy Veteran and member of the Mn. State Veterans Cemetery Memorial Association, served as the Master of Ceremonies, taking over from Jack Peck who served in the role for many years. Joseph Schirmers provided the invocation, and lovely music was provided by the Richfield Symphonic Band and the St. Francis Community Chorale. The memorial address was provided by Colonel Scott St. Sauver, Post Commander, Camp Ripley. The day truly honored the men and women of all branches of the military. Afterwards, everyone was invited to the Committal Hall to view the three completed paintings, with many taking part, asking questions, and pondering the paintings.
Momentum has built, as has interest. Here are several videos that capture the initial ideas, things along the way, and recent unveilings.
Radio and Print Media
Coast Guard painting installed. On February 6th, 2016, the Coast Guard painting was permanently installed at the Committal Hall. There was a formal program and a reception at the Little Falls American Legion. The project will be 3/5 of the way completed–with huge thanks to ALL who continue to believe in, and see the impact of this project! This is the finished painting and a story from the 1/29/16 Brainerd Dispatch .
Painting on the move! On Memorial Day, the Coast Guard painting was on display for everyone to get a sense of its progress. As you can see, it’s very hands on–with Cemetery Director David Swantek and his crew an integral part of the painting’s safe passage. Thanks to Falls Furniture for loaning us the truck to get the painting back and forth.
Norwegian Exchange: Each summer, Charles hosts guests from the Norwegian Exchange (NOREX) which takes place at Camp Ripley in Little Falls. As part of the exchange, senior officers, including Lt. Col. Ingvar Seland (2015) and Colonel Rolf Wold (2014) visited Kapsner’s studio. As part of the visit, gifts were exchanged, and each Colonel receives a portrait sketch, as done by Charles, which includes a “live” sitting.