LITTLE FALLS -- Lindbergh Elementary School is hosting a public dedication of the wall-size fresco in the school's performing arts center.
Started more than two years ago, the 18- by 41-foot painting that commemorates Little Falls' history will be officially dedicated Friday, during a public opening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the school.
"Beginnings" was designed and painted by Little Falls artists Charles Kapsner and a team of artists that worked on the fresco in stages since 1998, as funds became available.
The work was completed in May but the dedication ceremony was delayed until students returned for the fall term, according to a recent Great River Arts Association news release.
"Students have been so much a part of this process over the years," the release said, a process that includes another Kapsner fresco at the entranceway to the school.
"The Stewardship," a smaller fresco completed in 1994, commemorates Charles Lindbergh's contributions to the town and the country. The famed aviator is Little Falls' most famous offspring.
Friday's festivities will begin during the school day with student performances, followed by the public reception at 5 p.m. where participants can meet the artists and sign a replica for block sponsorships.
A hot air balloon will be anchored on the school grounds in keeping with a symbol that appears three times in "Beginnings."
"The frescoes are a unique and enduring pair of educational art pieces and a tremendous tribute and gift to our community," the GRAA release said.
For more information, consult the fresco project's Web site at www.buonfresco.com.
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