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Artist Sharing with Other Artists

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

For the past 14 years, the Artist Interaction Session held at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival has provided artists the opportunity to showcase their work and discuss their entries. At Tuesday’s session, Veterans were also able to share their personal military stories amongst fellow comrades.

Todd Nelson sharing at the Artist Interaction Session held on October 18, 2011

Todd Nelson sharing at the Artist Interaction Session held on October 18, 2011.

For Vietnam Veteran, Todd Nelson, of Forsyth, Mo., he likes to pass what he has learned on to other people he knows, just as his former college instructors did for him when he attended Mankato State College in Minnesota. “I had some great mentors who encouraged me to grow,” Nelson said.

Nelson, who served in the Marine Corps, placed first in the Visual Arts Competition with his glasswork entry, called "Nocturnal Visions." For the past 25 years, he has worked at the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, Mo., where his creations are sold. "I’ve done clay work for 15 years and 10 in glass," added Nelson.

By Todd Greenman, public affairs officer, VA Medical Center, Battle Creek, Michigan

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