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Veterans' Voices III

April 2, 2020 - April 26, 2020
Atrium Gallery

Together with Studios on the Park, curators Deprise Brescia and Carlota Santa Cruz with military advisor retired LTC Gregory Arenas invite all veterans to participate in Veterans’ Voices III at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, Ca. This third annual exhibition takes place in April 2020 and is made possible in part by the VIA Grant from the California Arts Council, a state agency, and ARTS Obispo, the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council.

Veterans’ Voices III 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, MST, 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, Deprise offers 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 Veterans’ Voices III builds bridges through art and taps into art’s 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?

Through Veterans’ Voices III we listen with our eyes, hear with our hearts, and feel with our souls what the voices of our veterans have to say. To that end, Deprise seeks exciting and thought provoking original works of art in the form of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and performance art that amplify on the theme.

While works produced in the past several years are preferred, select older pieces showing the trajectory of service related issues will also be considered.

We are requesting that, if you are interested, you email Deprise at deprise585@gmail.com by March 1, 2020, with images of available artworks for our review. Space is limited so please respond as soon as possible!

Click here for the downloadable call for artists.
Click here for the downloadable exhibition form.