Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"Battle Dress a Woman's View" Reception May 29 at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago

Leanna Henson Linn from MO, Laura Sellinger from FL, and Alyssa Savva from NY talking to a visitor.

Donna Perdue form IN and on the right Kristy L Herman from TX. My painting is in the photo on bottom.

The exhibit "Battle Dress a Woman's View' is designed to enlighten the public community to the complex views of women who serve in the United States Military.
This ground breaking exhibit was the brain child of Iraqi war veteran and artist Laura Sellinger.
Laura was given a camera by Kimo Williams of the Lt. Dan Band, and instructed to show the world her views. This is a personal project funded by the Independence Fund that has the potential to grow into an annual exhibit. Proceeds will go back to he Independence Fund to help other wounded veterans in need.

The exhibit that is now on view at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago through August 2010. After the Chicago exhibit "Battle Dress" will
move to the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort, South Carolina, the home of Paris Island Marine Corps Training Center, and location for the filming of "Forrest Gump". The opening reception will be held on October 2. During the weekend reception severly disabled veterans from across the U. S. will ride in the Lt. Dan Ride culminating with a performance by Gary Senice and the Lt. Dan Band. This will be a weekend to remember and you can bet I will be there. I am so honored and humbled that my work has been chosen to exhibit with that of women veterans. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Matt and His Portrait

Last Wednesday was a Vet Art Project "mini performance/ exhibit" at the Chicago Cultural Center. There were performances by some of the best actors in Chicago theater, as well as the Veterans whose stories they performed. I took along four of my "Portrait of American Veterans Project" oil paintings. As you can see by the photo Matt Ping was pleased with his portrait. I too was quite satisfied to find the likeness was how I intended. This was amazing!