This exhibition is an opportunity for those who have served in the armed forces to express themselves through the artistic medium. All branches of service, both active and retired are welcome. All mediums of artistic expression are encouraged. We are giving veterans voices through art.
A wise person once said, “Time is your most valuable asset.” Those who have served have given their most valuable gift of time. In return they were given: pride, patriotism, honor and respect as well as PTSD, mental health issues, homelessness, isolation, loss of hope and faith. All of these are byproducts of service and war.
We ask them to share reflections on their lifetimes, playtimes and pastimes. What has their service meant to them? What did they take away from their experience through service? How have they suffered? How have they healed? How do they feel? How can we help?
Through infinite creativity we include three areas of participation:
1) Veteran artists participate in their own right, sharing their art and how they use it to heal. Students discover and share their findings through portraiture and interview.
2) Artists as mentors collaborate with veterans to synergistically co-create artwork and in the process build bridges of friendship, hope and healing.
3) As artistic interpreters, professional artists listen to the stories and ideas our veterans share to flush out and create their artistic visions.
This is how we build bridges through art and tap into its healing power.
Another wise person once said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” What if we shared truth from our souls and risked vulnerability in order to educate and bring wisdom to our youth? Could we change our future by sharing the truth of our past?
Join us in this thought provoking show as we listen with our eyes, hear with our hearts, and feel with our souls what the voices of our veterans have to say.
Exhibition Special Events
Peace Literacy: Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma
with Paul K. Chappell
Saturday, January 6: 10 am - 12 pm
Art After Dark Paso
Saturday, January 6: 6 pm - 9 pm
Alfredo Anthony Santa Cruz
Calvin Louis Baham
Daniel A. Watson
Danny Van Hoosen
David Settino Scott
Donald J. Degner
Glenn H. Coburn Jr.
Gregory A. Arenas
Jason C. Holland
Jenna Jordan Feavel
Linda Grone Smith
Michael V. Messina
Paul K. Chappell
Phyllis Thomas Miller
SFC Michael Rider
Steven Macks Dilley