by Robert Greene Sands
Members of Disabled American Veterans Chapter #48 participated in a healing arts workshop for local military Veterans at the Historic Turnage Theatre on Saturday, April 27. The workshop was entitled “Opportunities for Expression” and featured sculptor Will Aley and visual artists Maryalice Johnston and Thad Aley. These three helped Veteran participants make plaster face masks of themselves and prepared and painted tin plates to be used as backing for the masks. Color will be added to the masks by William and Thad and then fired in a kiln to harden the mask and bake the color in.
The Workshop was part of a military Veteran art program which is a partnership between Arts of the Pamlico and Pamlico Rose, and funded by a grant from the Veteran Service Foundation. The finished masks and tin plates will be shown in the Military Veteran Art Exhibit, starting May 3 through June 2 in the Turnage Art Gallery. Veteran Art from Beaufort County, across eastern North Carolina, and from as far away as Washington, DC will be shown. The exhibit opening will be at 5:30 on May 3rd. After the exhibit closes, the mounted masks will then be displayed as part of the Healing and Artful Gardens at the Rose Have Center of Healing, the reintegration home for female Veterans in recovery at 219 E. 3rd Street in Washington, NC.
Immediately following the exhibit opening at 7 pm in the Turnage Gallery will be VET Talks – IBX. The art exhibit and VET Talks are the first events of the 2nd Annual Healing Vets Weekend, May 3rd and 4th. More information on the art exhibit, VET Talks, and Healing Vets Weekend can be found at: https://www.pamlicorose.org/