Twelve former service men and women will proudly showcase their creative talents during Gloucester County College's "War and Peace: Art by Military Veterans" exhibit beginning Friday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Across the nation, veterans have traded in the familiar grip of weaponry for paint brushes, craft canvases, silk screens and other healing implements of art. Members of the Paint Your Pain creative therapy group, located in Secaucus, N.J., and the San Francisco-based Combat Paper Project will present a number of visual compositions in an array of mediums.
Participating in this GCC exhibit are veterans Jan Barry (Vietnam), Michael Eckstein (Vietnam), Jim Fallon (Vietnam), Barry Jensen (Vietnam), David Keefe (Iraq), Joseph Lis (Vietnam), Sarah N. Mess (Somalia), Wilson Montaleza (Afghanistan), Walt Nygard (Vietnam), Jennifer Pacanowski (Iraq), Frank Wagner (Vietnam) and Eli Wright (Iraq); and professional artists Jeanne Bruneau and Linda Ramsay.
The two-hour reception is free and open to the public. All pieces on display at the College depict the emotional, psychological and physical journey of the veterans. Both the Paint Your Pain and Combat Paper Project organizations assist former service men and women in uncovering and conveying hard-to-express emotions.
The exhibit runs until Friday, April 25 in the Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery, located in the GCC College Center mezzanine. Operating hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 856-415-2122.
Gloucester County College's 250-acre campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, right off Exit 56 of Route 55.