Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner and his crew are nearing completion of "Beginnings," the 18- by 41-foot fresco at Lindbergh Elementary School in Little Falls.
Trained in Italy, Kapsner began the project several years ago, completing the wall painting in sections as funds were raised through donations and grants.
The artist, with support from artists Roger Nelson and Jill McIntire, expects to finish the project by month's end.
The fresco's themes are taken from the Little Falls area's history, paying tribute to its diverse inhabitants and economic footings, including the Mississippi River.
The community plans a dedication ceremony next fall. In the meantime, the public can view its progress during the school day through May.
In college student news, Bemidji State University has announced that Gregory Will of Pine River and Anne Stricker of Pequot Lakes are members of the 26-member BSU Varsity Singers.
Will, an elementary education major, performs with the bass section, while Stricker, a music and education major, sings with the soprano section.
The Varsity Singers is a no-audition choir that performs for "enjoyment and leisure," according to a recent college news release.
Robert Bianchi, a local art appraiser and consultant, has assembled an exhibit of contemporary art, as guest curator, for Studio B Gallery in New York City, he announced in a news release this week.
"Four Contemporary Artists from the Efstathiou Collection," featuring the works of SoHo studio artists, opened today for a four-day run.
Bianchi, who moved to the Brainerd area 18 months ago, has been "extremely involved in the visual arts" over the years, the release said, including numerous journal articles and books, television appearances and guest lectures.
In June he will present a paper at London's British Museum during an international symposium on Cleopatra VII, the release said.
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