Twenty-three veteran artists from Soldier On will showcase their work through the month of November at the Lichtenstein Center For Arts (28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield). The opening of the show will be held during First Friday Artswalk on Friday, November 3rd from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Solider On veteran artists and staff will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.
Soldier On’s Veterans Community Art Initiative (VCAI) engages veterans in the arts and cultural activities to promote healing and expand veterans’ social and personal networks of support. VCAI assists with:
• Gaining self-identity and discovering talent.
• Healing and nurturing through art.
• Overcoming adversity through self-expression.
• Creating a cultural bridge to communities.
Artwork presented include mixed media. Showcased among these works are 4 hand-painted Army cots. The cots were given to the veteran artists as blank canvases on which to express themselves on without any boundaries.
Some of the veterans’ artwork will be for sale, 100% of the proceeds go directly to the artist.
Artist in Residence, Nathan Hanford, will have 9 hand-embroidered works on display which were each inspired by the men and women residents at Soldier On. The embroideries will be on silent auction where bids will be taken throughout the duration of the show. All proceeds to benefit Soldier On.
Soldier On’s mission is to end homelessness among veterans by providing transitional and permanent, sustainable, safe, and affordable housing that veterans own and operate with support services. Soldier On fosters an environment of integrity, dignity, and hope. The ultimate goal is to help veterans to become fully enfranchised and contributing members of their community.