AAG held its November session of the Veteran’s Art Program on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and was a heartwarming success for all who attended. 12 Veterans and 10 AAG member volunteers explored wet on wet watercolor painting techniques under the capable guidance of John Erwin. John led the Vets through three exercises: painting a leaf, a group of peppers and painting a snow scene.
For lunch there was a Thanksgiving feast donated by AAG members that provided satisfaction and good feelings for all. There was enough leftovers for all the Vets to take home some as well. Special thanks to Charlie Plogman, his wife, Debbie and their daughter, Annie who brought a turkey, dressing, corn and six pies. Sitting at the tables set with table cloths and fresh flowers were smiles, and conversation that was deeply rewarding. Veteran Barbara L related how much she has grown as an artist since she began coming to the program in 2014. Participating in the AAG program helped her learn how to let go of the need for “perfection” in her artwork and led to the discovery of how to really express her inner feelings through her art.
The December Veteran’s Art program session will be a raku firing on Saturday, December 17, 10am-2pm. All AAG members are invited to come and participate, chat with the Vets, guide them through the process of glazing their pieces, and make a connection with someone who really appreciates it.