Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wounded Artists Project Inaugural Show

Wounded Warrior Veterans Art show in Allegan, Michigan

April 15th – 16th, 2011

Starry Night Studio & Gallery Allegan, Michigan

The Starry Night Studio & Gallery is pleased to announce that it will host the first West Michigan showing of artists associated with the Wounded Artists Project (WAP). All veterans and currently serving military individuals or groups are encouraged to be a part of this exciting opportunity. No work is too small or too big to be included. Artists who are a part of the exhibition will receive public recognition and have the opportunity to network and interact with other military personnel. In the words of Robert Henri “Through art the mysterious bonds of understanding and of knowledge are established among men. They are the bonds of great Brotherhood. Those who are of the Brotherhood know each other, and time and space cannot separate them.”

If you would like to be a part or this exciting opportunity to exhibit with and meet other amazing local and regional artists or have questions, please contact Sally Goins at the Starry Night Studio & Gallery, via email , phone 269-650-2415; or stop by the studio at 132 Hubbard Street, Allegan Michigan The Wounded Artist Project (WAP) is an affiliate of the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) which is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and empowering wounded men and women of the United Stated Armed Forces. The WWP provides direct programs and services to meet the unique physical and mental health needs of wounded warriors as they proceed on their road to healing. The signature program delivers backpacks that include artist’s supplies to the bedsides of the wounded.

The Wounded Artists Project, founded by Ramon Bakerjian - focuses on providing supplies, lessons and experiences for its members and helps them to find the artist that is in everyone. Art has long been recognized as an effective tool in helping trauma survivors begin the long process of healing. Terry Shipps, a Michigan artist who currently shows locally and is associated with WAP was deployed in March 2003 with the 101st Airborne Air Assault unit to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served honorably, once completing a mission even after being injured and lost his friend and brother in arms Jason G. Wright on December 8th, 2003. Upon his return in 2004 he held a variety jobs while seeking help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. During this time he found himself missing the esprit d’corps of unit life. Terry turned to art and worked with other veterans to create a memorial honoring Michigan soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Terry finds that art provides relaxation and therapy for wounded warriors and has art work hanging in the lobby of the Detroit VA Hospital lobby.

The Wounded Warrior Veterans Art Show will feature the art of Terry as well as other local and regional artists. The show will open on Friday April 15th and end with a closing reception on Saturday April 16th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

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