Art Studio 1219 in Port Huron is set to feature veterans and their work in the First Annual Veteran’s Exhibit. The new display starts today and runs through the end of the month.
Some of the artwork has been donated with the proceeds going to Art Studio 1219’s Veteran’s Art Programs. Pottery and mixed media art classes are offered to veterans free of charge periodically throughout the year.
Jeanie Burris-Johnson, Director of Programs and Operations at the Art Studio, told us that the intent of the classes is not to be therapy, but to give veterans a safe place to be creative with their peers. With many family ties to the military, Burris-Johnson said that vets are “our people” and this was her way of reaching out and honoring them.
There will be art from at least eight local artists and the items on display include paintings, jewelry, pottery, mixed media, carvings, and metal work. Burris-Johnson said that the art is “no doubt” inspired by the veterans’ military experiences. Organizers hope to make the show an annual tradition at the gallery.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.