Cultural Center Showcasing Veterans Artwork

“Star Spangled Art" will present artistic expressions by the soldiers

The Gallery at Carrollwood Cultural Center, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Operation Helping Hand are presenting Star Spangled Art, an art show of works by current and past patients of James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

Star Spangled Art will be on display at the Gallery at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, from May 4 through June 4, and is free to view during normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

An open reception is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 from 3-6 p.m.

The in-and out-patients participating in the show use art as a method of therapy during recovery from their wounds and injuries, many of which are war-related. Most of the participants in the show are active duty servicemen and servicewomen, although a few are retired veterans.

The works on display range in subject matter, from the Statue of Liberty to landscapes to emulated works that were inspired by masters such as Picasso.

Some pieces are for sale, although many are not.

The show also includes non-visual art. Linda M. Gibson will showcase her book, Bipolar Disorder: Beyond the Silence, A Personal Journey Back from Darkness. Gibson will be available for a book signing during the reception on May 26.

Operation Helping Hand is a co-sponsor of the event. The organization assists seriously wounded active duty military heroes and their families by providing support for those receiving care at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.



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