VIETNAM ERA EDUCATIONAL CENTER HOSTS
VETERAN ART EXHIBIT
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation in cooperation with the Brooklyn VA will host a veteran art exhibit entitled Visions of Veterans. The exhibit will run from Tuesday, December 2, 2008 through February 15, 2009, in the lobby of the Vietnam Era Educational Center.
The art series Visions of Veterans is a visual attempt to explore how individuals feel about their experiences as Veterans. These works were created by patients at the Veterans Administration's New York Harbor Healthcare System Day Hospital Program, which is an intensive psychosocial rehabilitative program that serves as an alternative to hospitalization. The veterans are those of both war and peacetime. Many of the artist's will be on hand for the opening of the exhibit on Tuesday, December 2nd from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
For those that have not served in America's Armed Forces it is difficult to fully understand what it feels like. These artworks attempt to demonstrate the variety of emotions and feelings that Veterans experience. Most of the time the public does not seem to remember them at all, unless a family member is either currently serving or has previously served their country. There is a complacency that exists within America that we will always be safe and secure without a through understanding that we owe all of that security to the American veteran.
Beryl Brenner of Brooklyn, NY, is a creative arts therapist and has been working with veterans for 30 years. The first 12 with the US Army as an arts and crafts director at Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn, NY, and the last 18 years with the Veterans Administration as art therapist. She has developed this exhibit with her clients and credits it as the most meaningful work she has ever done. Brenner herself is a practicing artist.
Visions of Veterans was made possible with the assistance of Material for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the counselors from the Brooklyn VA who work with these patients on a regular basis.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial off the Garden State Parkway at exit 116. The Educational Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM. Regular admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel. Regular adult admission is $4.00; student and senior citizen admission is $2.00; and children under 10 are admitted free.