Veterans’ Strength Through Art exhibit opens at Vista Library

An exhibit featuring artwork by local veterans and active duty military personnel and their families will open July 10 at the Vista Library.

The free exhibition “Strength Through Art” includes about 10 artworks by eight artists. The opening reception is scheduled for July 10, with pottery and other work by participants from the Veteran Art Project (VETART) and readings from the Veterans Writing Group of San Diego.

Two artworks in an exhibition of work by VETART participants entitled “Strength through Art” at the Vista Library.

(Photo by Veronica Cortez.)

The Veterans Writing Group will have four books on display and for sale, and there will be readings by approximately five authors.

There is an opportunity to get autographs from the authors and talk to them about their military connections and how writing has empowered their lives.

“We hope to inspire other veterans to make their own pottery, write their stories, and share them with others,” said Garry Garretson, who directs the nonprofit Veterans’ Writing Group of San Diego.

Participants have the opportunity to sign up for the writing group, which meets monthly at the Veterans Association of North County Resource Center in Oceanside.

“Sharing inspires confidence in our military and in our veterans who ‘carried the battle.’ Civilians can learn how much the veterans gave to protect our way of life. The art of writing and creating art heals, entertains and empowers our veterans, active military members and loved ones,” Garretson said.

The exhibit, which will be directed by Victoria Cortez, Vista’s library manager, is a collaborative effort between Garretson and Steven Dilley, the director of VETART, a non-profit organization based in Vista.

VETART offers free courses from ceramics, woodworking and glass art to bronze casting taught by professional artists. The VETART School of Glass and Ceramics is located in a commercial area in South Vista.

The community-based arts organization helps veterans connect with others and share their stories through the art they create.

The complimentary opening reception will be July 10 from 1-2pm at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave. The exhibition runs until August 30th.

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