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National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

It has been a long road to Fayetteville, for artists attending the 2011 Veterans Creative Arts Festival, but with all the activities planned for this week, it will be well worth the trip.

The Light, by Daniel Christy - VAMC Memphis, Tenn.

The Light
Black and White Photography
Daniel Christy - VAMC Memphis, Tenn.

This year's Festival boasts an attendance of 43 visual artists from 32 different VA facilities around the country, from Alaska to Florida and everywhere in between. Artistic works from 53 categories are represented this week and we hope you are able to enjoy as much of this as possible.

The week will be full of activities, in addition to the actual Festival happenings. The week begins with a visit to the Fayetteville Underground art galleries, where artists will participate in a two hands-on art projects as well as tour the gallery. The next day will be a visit to Terra Studios, a wonderful community of artists that focuses on glass and pottery; here artists will take part in a pottery class and do some creative tile painting. The tiles created during this activity will become part of a permanent display to be enjoyed by visitors to Terra Studios for many years to come.

It’s off to the railroad and a trip through the Ozark Mountains on Thursday, followed by at visit to the Walton Five and Dime and Museum of Native American Artifacts in Bentonville on Friday. Other activities will include working on craft kits creating duck models and a visit to Pea Ridge National Military Park.

Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks is honored to host this year’s Veterans Creative Arts festival and we sincerely hope our visiting artists enjoy a week of "Art in the Ozarks."

By Diane Keefe, Public Affairs Officer, VA Boston Healthcare System

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