News from the Studio

A lucky encounter with Mr. Bob Schieffer 

In November, while attending the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition hosted by Anderson Fine Art Gallery in St. Simons Island, Georgia, I was privileged to meet and spend time conversing with Bob Schieffer, legendary CBS journalist and longtime host of Face the Nation, who was in the area promoting his new book Overload, which examines political journalism today and those who practice it. Mr. Schieffer took a great interest in discussing art, his own watercolor paintings, the media and politics. 

He was really interested in knowing more about the Veterans Educational Historic Monument, and sent a generous donation to what he said is ‘a worthy project'”. Pictured here is Kapsner and Schieffer with Kapsner’s painting, “We the Peop…are getting screwed”.

All best in the new year!

NOVEMBER 2017: National Art Opening at St. Simons Island, Georgia

My painting  will be featured in the Eastern Regional Exhibition hosted by Anderson Fine Art Gallery, located in St. Simons Island, Georgia, from November 17 through December 16, 2017.

Featured at the Figurative Art Convention and Expo, Coral Gables Florida

NOVEMBER 2017:  Gallery St. Germain, St Cloud & St. Cloud Art Crawl

Right on the heels of my annual Salon, my work will be featured at Gallery St. Germain in St. Cloud  November 1 – December 2. The opening will be THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2nd, from 6 – 8 PM. Works for sale include drawings and paintings, including a recent mix of florals, dancers, landscapes, and an overall good mix. I’ll also be at the St. Cloud Art Crawl on Friday November 3rd. Both are great opportunities, and I hope I’ll see you.

Salon 2017 a resounding success! 

The George Maurer Trio provided outstanding music for the event, with Artists Guild of Central Minnesota and regional artists engaged all evening! Food and wine tasting provided by Coborn’s, and beer tasting by D and D Beverage added a good twist. Little Falls Mayor Greg Zylka provided a warm welcome, and a tribute to recently retired Camp Ripley Garrison Commander Colonel Scott St. Sauver  made for a truly collaborative night. We’ll see you next fall! 



Salon 2017: Fri day, October 20, 6 – 9 PM Great River Arts, Little Falls

Join us for an evening of music featuring the George Maurer Group, and an outstanding lineup of artists from the  Artist’s Guild of Central Minnesota, with a diverse showcase of 2D and 3D art, including sculpture, clay, paintings, drawings, and photography.

Ken Ferber, pottery/sculpture; Michele Feriancek, oil painting; Melissa Gohman, sculpture, clay; Jill Dubbledee Kuhn, acrylic painting, mixed media; Lisa Molitor, water color, oil, pencil; Rachelle Netland, acrylic painting; Chuck Norwood, photography, and Jo Svaren, painting, mixed media. CLICK HERE for Salon 2017 Featured Artists

Additional artists include Linda Holliday, pottery; and Chris Welch, etched granite.

This is a great evening in downtown Little Falls and features the best of really talented artists and musicians. Join us!

Coast Guard Art Collection 2017

On July 20th, Kapsner was one of 29 artists nationwide and the only Minnesota artist, whose artwork titled “Friday Afternoon” was officially accepted by Admiral Charles Michel into the 2017 Coast Guard Art Collection at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.   The Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) is co-sponsored by the United States Coast Guard and the Salmagundi Club, one of the oldest art organizations in the United States.

COGAP makes use of fine art to educate diverse audiences about the Coast Guard. COGAP art provides visual testimony to the unique contribution the service makes to the nation in its multifaceted roles as a military, humanitarian and law enforcement organization. Art from the program is exhibited at museums around the country, is displayed in offices of members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, senior government officials and other military services and Coast Guard locations nationwide. It has also been displayed by the State Department in its prestigious Art in Embassies program.

Today, the collection holds nearly 2,000 works of art that bring to life the missions performed daily by the over 41,000 active-duty men and women of the service, as well as reservists and Auxiliary members. The 2017 collection is comprised of 33 works by 29 artists, making this one of the service’s largest collections in recent years.

Kapsner receiving a Public Service Commendation from Admiral Charles Michel, 30th Vice Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard and Salmagundi Club President John Pillsbury

Salon 2016:


Oil Painters of America (OPA) 2016: Silver Medal Winner!

Kapsner’s Escorts to Eternity  painting won the Silver Medal in the Associate and Signature Member category in September. The Oil Painters of America’s 2016 Salon Show is on display and hosted by  Castle Gallery Fine Art  until October 29th, 2016.

Coast Guard painting installed on February 6, 2016 at 2:00 PMCoast Guard painting installed on February 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

As part of the ongoing Veterans Educational Historic Monument, the Coast Guard painting was unveiled on February 6th at the Committal Hall at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. The third of five paintings, it hangs alongside the Army and Navy paintings. Watch the Coast Guard painting unveiling , with introductory comments by Dr. Earl Potter, President, St. Cloud State University, (Coast Guard Captain, Retired).

From La Nazione, Italy

In December 2015, I revisited Stazzema, Italy to donate one of my paintings of the Mississippi River to the Commune di Stazzema. I was greeted warmly by Mayor Maurizio Verona, and Serena Vincenti. I was not to know that the photo taken that day would end up in the Viarregio regional edition of Italy’s national newspaper, and was exceptionally honored.

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Salon Opening a great success!

In July 2014, I travelled to Stazzema, Italy to honor my former instructor, Madame Nerina Simi, whose impact on my art and life proved invaluable. In that vein, this year’s Salon showcased works by former and current students who have studied with me —and whose artistic talent has taken root in their own lives/careers, and in the case of some of the younger students, is just taking off. In partnership with my friends and artists in their own right, Celo V’ec and Carol Christensen, along with the extremely talented students who comprise Subito Chamber Orchestra played for the opening.

Students who displayed works  include: Jeffrey Hurinenko, Ann Marie Ethen, Stella Hecht, Jill McIntire, Claire Miller, Matthew Toenies, Chris Welch, and Christina Welch.

“Generations” provided the opportunity to view, learn and support the work of established and emerging artists.

Kapsner’s annual salon to highlight importance of ‘old school’ art

‘Generations’ exhibit by Kapsner on display

IMAGE: Upper Left: Kapsner with Madame Nerina Simi, circa 1979 Upper Right: Kapsner with student Claire Miller, circa 2015 Bottom: Subito Chamber Orchestra, an intergenerational chamber of significant talent.


Kapsner article in August 2015 edition of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine

The August 2015 Fine Art Connoisseur magazine features a wondrous tribute to Kapsner’s instructor, Signorina  Nerina Simi, and captures reflections from last year’s celebration in Stazzema, Italy honoring her remarkable legacy with Remembering Signorina Nerina Simi.

Veterans Project featured in the St. Cloud Times

The St. Cloud Times featured the  Veterans Educational Historic Monument on its front page Memorial Day marks progress for Little Falls artist as a terrific tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Please take the time this weekend to honor them at a Memorial Day event near you.

May, 2015: University of Minnesota WineFest No. 20

Charles was this year’s featured artist for the University of Minnesota WineFest No. 20 to raise funds to advance innovative pediatric research. The painting he created celebrates the grape harvest in Tuscany and was auctioned as one of the items. He is honored that Carlo Trinchero, Taken Wine Co. Director of The Elite Collection/Taken Wine Co Proprietor at Trinchero Family Estates and featured Winemaster at the event was the lucky bidder. “It is truly an honor that such a young, talented, creative winemaker and entrepreneur bought this painting for such a great cause.” 

Carlo Trinchero and "Fruits of the Fall"
Carlo Trinchero and “Fruits of the Fall”

December, 2014 Kapsner published in Art Journey Portraits and Figures.

Truth. Beauty. Experience. Emotion. The artists included in Art Journey: Portraits and Figures say they have discovered all of these things and more through their work. Sometimes it’s in the eyes. Or perhaps it’s the hint of an expression that seems to beckon one closer, begging to share a secret. Maybe it’s the tilt of a chin. Or the posture or stance of one’s subject. But in a well executed portrait or figure? Something special, something unique that is invariably revealed–oftentimes about both the subject and the artist. Covering a tantalizing range of styles, the works within illustrate the many ways today’s best artists choreograph shape, value, line texture and color into compositions that create drama, tell a story and pull the viewer in. Featuring unusual perspectives, enticing contrasts and other dynamic design elements, Art Journey: Portraits and Figures delivers fresh inspiration for artists of every skill level and medium.

  • Art and inspiration from 109 contemporary artists working in charcoal, pencil, pastel, colored pencil, scratchboard, pen and ink, and more
  • 107 masterful works–the best in portraiture and figure work–demonstrating a wonderful diversity of styles
  • Expert tips and advice and insights into the stories behind art

Fall, 2014/Ongoing: McManus Gallery “First Fridays” in Raleigh

McManus Gallery Show

Salon 2014 a Terrific Success!

The 2014 Salon at Great River Arts (GRA) celebrated  the Ballet Russes. We look forward to next year’s event! click here to see highlights from the opening.

Summer 2014: Return from Italy

In July 2014, Charles was part of a special tribute to his former drawing instructor, Madame Nerina Simi, who was honored in hometown of Stazzema, Italy. Twenty former students from across the world descended on this tranquil community to honor this amazing woman. Sponsored by the COMUNE DI STAZZEMA, Soroptimist International D’Italia Club of Viareggio-Versilia, and Banca Versilia, the event culminated with a show of her former students’ art, and the naming of a piazza in her honor. (Download the event poster. pdf)

Master Artist Award 2013-2015

The Five Wings Arts Council selected Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner as its Master Artist for 2013-2015. The Master Artist Program, made possible with funding from the McKnight Foundation, honors artists who live in the five-county area (Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena) and have shown dedication to and skill in their artistic pursuits. Master Artists have also given back to their communities and have defined goals for their future. Kapsner was formally recognized at an event in April, 2014. Visit for more information. Video of the Event. From the Brainerd Dispatch: Kapsner, master artist of the year, to be recognized at celebration Thursday in Little Falls

Videos and Articles From the Veterans Art Project

Little Falls artist painting 5 works for Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery

The Oddly Wrapped Gift – Brainerd Dispatch March 10, 2013

Little Falls artist’s painting for veterans cemetery unites unlikely pair – Star Tribune March 2, 2013

Artist Charles Kapsner’s Presentation to the VFW Convention, Reno, Nevada

In Focus Artist Charles Kapsner – Lakeland News at Ten – July 27, 2012

Common Ground Episode 327 – First Air Date April 12, 2012

Common Ground Episode 328 – First Air Date April 19, 2012