Great River Arts would like to honor and acknowledge the great service provided to our country by all soldiers and veterans by hosting “ A Veterans Day Feature” on November 11th, 2014. In addition to the 21 Gun Salute in Bank Square at 11:11 am followed by a lunch held at the VFW at 12 pm, GRA will have extended hours from 10am - 2pm, and Charles Gilbert Kapsner will be discussing the Veterans Educational Historic Project. Join us for hot coffee, cookies and a special viewing of Vietnam Veteran Jim Fletcher’s exhibition “Reactions”.

Fletcher’s prolific and diverse collection features four separate bodies of work: Subtle Reflections: Land, Sky and Water, The Great American Dance, The Lore Adventure and NAM: Now A Memory.  As part of the Screaming Eagles 101st Airborne Division 1st Brigade, nicknamed the Nomadic Warriors, Fletcher was deployed in Vietnam from 1965 - 1966. They left the base at Fort Campbell, KY for the United States Navy Ship Troop Carrier USNS GENERAL LE ROY ELTINGE, embarking on a 20 day sailing journey to Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam. The collection of works is an emotional journey that processes the sights, sounds and impressions of experiences from Fletchers life. NAM: Now A Memory, in particular, is a powerful recollection of the time of turmoil displayed beautifully through ink sketches, paintings, drawings and prints that has not been shown for 30 years.

Charles Gilbert Kapsner’s work is featured in the Front Gallery, he has been working with the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Memorial Association to paint canvases depicting the history of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. These large canvases will be hung in the cemetery’s committal hall to commemorate the sacrifice while representing all who served. Kapsner will be present between 11 am and 1 pm to discuss his work on this project as well as to present sample images of the Coast Guard painting.

The Dragon is Calm Today ink drawing by Jim Fletcher 

The Dragon is Calm Today ink drawing by Jim Fletcher 

Take a closer look at Jim Fletcher's exhibition Reactions on display in the Main Gallery through November 29th:

Coast Guard sketches and studies in the studio by Charles Gilbert Kapsner 

Coast Guard sketches and studies in the studio by Charles Gilbert Kapsner 

Charles Gilbert Kapsner will be showing sketches and studies from the Coast Guard painting in the Veterans Educational Historic Project and will be discussing his involvement with the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Memorial Association. For more information on his current exhibition in the Front Gallery & details on the project: