Neal Aspinall’s poster for the 46th annual American Birkebeiner.
Lake Geneva’s Neal Aspinall created the poster for the 46th annual American Birkebeiner, North America’s largest cross-country ski race.
Each year, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation unveils a commemorative poster in honor of its Birkie Week activities, which started Wednesday, Feb. 19, and run through Sunday, Feb. 23, in Hayward.
Aspinall, a nationally renowned illustrator and graphic artist, is an aficionado of retro Americana-style advertising.
“I love the simplicity of images and the feeling of allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks,” he said. “Using classic imagery allows me to engage with the viewer while creating an approachable, Mayberry-esque feel to my works.”
An Art Institute of Colorado graduate, Aspinall has won awards and received accolades from various institutions, including the American Society of Illustrators Annual, Graphis Magazine and, in 2007, the Art Institute of Colorado Hall of Fame.
For more about Aspinall, visit
www.Birkie.com for more about the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation and the event.
Riviera chain-link fence at start of project
A chain-link fence has been erected around the Riviera as construction crews prepare for a repair and restoration project that could take two years on the Lake Geneva lakefront landmark.
Crew member with Chicago Bears logo on hardhat
Wearing a hard hat bearing a Chicago Bears logo, Matt Christensen, left, of Badger Scaffold in Green Bay, works with fellow crew members at the roof level of the Riviera.
Crew member smiling on Riviera scaffolding
Ryan Paegelow of Badger Scaffold in Green Bay smiles Feb. 7 while working to assemble the scaffolding for the Riviera repair and restoration project.
Badger Scaffold crew at rooftop of Riviera
Working at the rooftop level of the Riviera, crew members from Badger Scaffold in Green Bay work Feb. 7 to prepare scaffolding along the outside of the Lake Geneva landmark.
Scaffolding goes up February 2020 for historic Riviera job
The scaffolding is going up along the outside of the Riviera as construction work gets underway on a historic repair and restoration effort on the Lake Geneva landmark.
Scaffold crew members on top of Riviera
Ryan Paegelow, left, and John Quinonez, both of Badger Scaffold in Green Bay, work Feb. 7 at the roof level of the Riviera on a repair and restoration project for the lakefront landmark.
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Scaffolding overlooking downtown from atop Riviera
Scaffolding at the rooftop level of the Riviera overlooks downtown Lake Geneva as construction crews prepare Feb. 7 for a historic restoration of the lakefront landmark.
Badger Scaffold crew facing lakefront on Riviera job site
Working way up in the air, crew members Matt Christensen, left, and Ryan Paegelow of Badger Scaffold confer atop scaffolding overlooking the lake on the south side of the Riviera.
Crew member John Quinonez on scaffolding at Riviera
Crew member John Quinonez of Badger Scaffold uses a drill Feb. 7 to affix reinforced plastic tenting to guard against harsh weather conditions on the scaffolding at the Riviera landmark in downtown Lake Geneva.
Crew member Ryan Paegelow on scaffolding at Riviera
Crew member Ryan Paegelow pauses Feb. 7 during work at the rooftop level of the Riviera, where Badger Scaffold of Green Bay is assembling scaffolding for a restoration project on the Lake Geneva tourism mecca.
Riviera scaffolding west side of building
Scaffolding is assembled along the west side of the Riviera as crews prepare for a repair and restoration project that is expected to start with a new roof.
Crews enjoy mild weather at Riviera construction site
Cody Skowronski, left, joins other crew members from Badger Scaffold as they enjoy relatively mild weather Feb. 7 while preparing the construction site at the Riviera on the lakefront in downtown Lake Geneva.
Tenting protects Riviera construction crews from winter weather
John Quinonez of Badger Scaffold in Green Bay does some roof work on the Riviera roof, which is continuing despite the threat of the coronavirus.
Exterior of Riviera with scaffolding to start repair job
A crew member walks toward the main entrance of the Riviera as scaffolding is assembled Feb. 7 for the start of a historic repair and restoration project on the lakefront landmark.
Crew members Badger Scaffold atop the Riviera
Enjoying a light moment on construction scaffolding high atop the Riviera in downtown Lake Geneva are Badger Scaffold crew members, from left, Cody Skowronski, Matt Christensen, John Quinonez and Ryan Paegelow.
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