Salon 2016: Collaborations
Detail of some of the paintings
Some of Kapsner’s recent works
A closer look
Learning more
Standing room only! Again!
Chris Welch’s butterfly (engraved on stone)
Claire Miller’s works
Harper’s Chord and Charles and Catherine
Your Salon Hosts for the evening
Roger and Jill harmonize
Roger showing fine fingering
Examining Chris Welch’s engraved stonework.
Poet and author, Laura Hansen
A new twist on the Salon–belly dancing!
Sestri provided moving and lovely songs
Charles’s wife, Catherine Stoch shares an original poem
Mayor Greg Zylka kicks off the evening
The youngest attendee: Arlo Choinard and parents Mike and Bridget

News from the studio

2016 Salon: Collaborations at Great River Arts with Opening on Friday, October 14th, 2016 from 6-9 pm


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