Veteran artists display work at Ross Library this month

PHOTOS PROVDED These pieces of artwork are among those created by veteran artists in the Lock Haven Combat Veterans Artpost and are on display through the month of May at the Ross Library.

By LANA MUTHLER

lmuthler@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — What do veterans and art have in common?

Something very special.

Visit the Ross Library this month and you will see what local Vietnam Combat Veterans in the area have accomplished in a program called Artpost Awareness.

PHOTOS PROVDED These pieces of artwork are among those created by veteran artists in the Lock Haven Combat Veterans Artpost and are on display through the month of May at the Ross Library.

Established several years ago by local artist George Stefanski, who is also a veteran, the program has been a godsend to local veterans and their families.

This endeavor has provided veterans an opportunity to express themselves through art. None of these veterans considered themselves artists, but what evolved was a high degree of camaraderie and appreciation for others and their work, and a sense of purpose in their lives, which were filled with memories of war and death.

It has created a hidden interest that has been thoughtfully expressed and now cherished.

The group started out together and continue, with pencil drawings at the Great Island Presbyterian Church, but has reached out into the community with various other projects, made possible by donations and contributions from organizations and individuals.

Those donations have enabled the program, which is self-funded, to purchase supplies and a van to carry supplies as the program moves from location to location.

PHOTO PROVIDED Another piece of artwork that will be in the Lock Haven Combat Veterans Artpost at the Ross Library.

This month’s display — Artwork Created by the Lock Haven Combat Veterans Artpost — at the Ross Library officially opens tomorrow with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit will remain at the library until the end of May.

The public is invited to stop by for the reception and visit with some of the veteran artists who will be on hand. They are proud of what they have accomplished, not only artistically, but mentally, and are anxious to talk about this amazing program.

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