VA Medical Center, Warrior’s Canvas host week-long art exhibit

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center and The Warrior’s Canvas have partnered up to host a week-long art exhibit featuring artworks from local veterans.

“It’s our National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. We partnered with Warrior’s Canvas to provide the art exhibit,” Center for Development and Civic Engagement Chief Kevin Jones said. “All of this art is local to the area, local for Warriors Canvas, local to our employees and our veterans.”

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Jones said art is used as an outlet for many of the patients at the VA.

“My background is as a recreational therapist, and we used art all the time to provide a means of therapy for people, whether they’re suffering from PTSD or whatever it may be,” Jones said. “Sometimes whatever you may be going through, you can voice your expressions through your art.”

Jones said the exhibit has different mediums on display for viewers, including paintings, sketches, poems, leatherwork, pen making and more.

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The exhibit will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. until Friday in Building 200, Canteen Patio at the VA.

For more information call the Center for Development and Civic Engagement at the VA (423-926-1171 ext. 2486) or click here.

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