Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 11 from 5:30-7:30 PM
Film Screening of “On Home Ground”: Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 PM
Show on View: November 11 to December 4, 2015
The Strand Center for the Arts is producing an exhibition dedicated to local Veterans and their families. The exhibition, entitled “The Veterans Project,” will feature drawings, painted portraits and photographic images of returning, returned, and still engaged Veterans. The opening reception of “The Veterans Project” will take place on Veterans Day, Wednesday November 11, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Strand Center Main Gallery. The opening reception will be paired with a film screening of “On Home Ground,” a documentary by Mountain Lake PBS, at 7:30 pm in the Strand Center Theatre.
Curated by Christina Elliott, the Strand Center Gallery Coordinator, the show emphasizes the experiences of Veterans through their portraits. The community has responded by submitting dozens of photographs of family and friends for the show. Some of these images have been selected by area artists who will render the portrait in their chosen medium, whether they are beautifully articulated charcoal drawings or graceful watercolor paintings. Much of the artwork will also come from the Strand Center Portrait Drawing Group, which has dedicated its summer sessions to drawing Veterans from life through reaching out to people in the community to sit for portraits. Cynthia Root, the Portrait Group Co-coordinator points out, “The challenge and joy of doing portraits from life is to try to capture an essence in the immediate moment.”
Veterans, their families, or friends who would like to submit a photograph to be displayed in the exhibition still have time to participate. Submissions can be made by emailing JPEGs to email@example.com or by mailing in copies of the photograph to the Gallery Coordinator at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh by November 7, 2015. Please do not mail the original copy.
After the opening reception, a special screening of “On Home Ground” will be held at the Strand Theatre. “On Home Ground” is a documentary produced by Mountain Lake PBS about three veterans who are coming back to the Adirondacks after fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Years after coming back, each vet reflects on their homecoming, rebuilding relationships, grappling with physical and mental changes, and finding a unique, grounding camaraderie among fellow veterans. The Strand Center and Mountain Lake PBS are excited to announce that the film screening will be free for all Veterans in attendance and general admission will be only $8 for the public.
Kelly Frenyea and Steven Bowman of the Clinton County Veterans’ Service Agency will also be on hand for the event and will take a moment to discuss what the community can do to support local veterans. The Veterans’ Service Agency provides supplementary services to Veterans in the area, such as Transportation service to VA Medical Centers and Homeless Veterans Outreach programs. The Strand Center will be taking donations to benefit the Veterans Assistance Fund managed by the Clinton County Veterans Service Agency at the opening reception. The Strand Center will also be hosting a raffle with the proceeds being awarded as a scholarship for a Veteran enrolled at Clinton Community College. The Strand Center is currently accepting local donations to go towards the raffle and scholarship.
Christina Elliott stated that, “We really hope to expand this event next year and will continue collecting images from the community and hosting portrait sessions. The motive of the “Project” is to generate more awareness of what our veterans have been through and do something to offer them support from the community.”
“The Veterans Project,” will feature drawings, painted portraits and photographic images of returning, returned, and still engaged Veterans. The opening reception of “The Veterans Project” will take place on Veterans Day, Wednesday November 11, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Strand Center Main Gallery. The opening reception will be paired with a film screening of “On Home Ground,” a documentary by Mountain Lake PBS, at 7:30 pm in the Strand Center Theatre.
As part of the Veterans Project, The Strand Center has been raising money to fund Veterans Scholarships at CCC and SUNY Plattsburgh. We're proud to announce that the $200 scholarship for a Veteran student at CCC has been fully funded by Bob Smith and the Ground Round, Plattsburgh!
We are still collecting funds for the second scholarship. Donations can be made by mail at Veterans Project, c/o Christina Elliott, 23 Brinkerhoff Street Plattsburgh NY 12901, by stopping in our offices, or by emailing our Gallery Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.