Veterans' Voices

Veterans' Voices – January 2–29, 2018

Building Bridges through art.

This exhibition is an opportunity for those who have served in the armed forces to express themselves through the artistic medium.  All branches of service, both active and retired are welcome.  All mediums of artistic expression are encouraged.  We are giving veterans voices through art.

A wise person once said, “Time is your most valuable asset”.   Those who have served have given their most valuable gift of time.  In return they were given: pride, patriotism, honor and respect as well as PTSD, mental health issues, homelessness, isolation, loss of hope and faith.  All of these are byproducts of service and war.

We ask them to share reflections on their lifetimes, playtimes and pastimes.  What has their service meant to them?  What did they take away from their experience through service?   How have they suffered?  How have they healed?  How do they feel?  How can we help? 

Through infinite creativity we include three areas of participation:

1) Veteran artists participate in their own right, sharing their art and how they use it to heal.  Students discover and share their findings through portraiture & interview.

2) Artists as mentors collaborate with veterans to synergistically co-create artwork and in the process build bridges of friendship, hope and healing. 

3) As artistic interpreters, professional artists listen to the stories and ideas our veterans share to flush out and create their artistic visions. 

This is how we build bridges through art and tap into its healing power. 

Another wise person once said, “Youth is wasted on the young”.  What if we shared truth from our souls and risked vulnerability in order to educate and bring wisdom to our youth?  Could we change our future by sharing the truth of our past?

Join us in this thought provoking show as we listen with our eyes, hear with our hearts and feel with our souls what the voices of our veterans have to say. 

If you are a veteran with a voice and wish to be heard this show is for you. 

Contact guest curator Deprise Brescia at VPGallery@PasoRoblesArt.Org

The inspiration for this show came after sitting in a town hall meeting with Congressman Salud Carbajal listening to Veteran speak about their issues: housing, assistance, PTSD, mental health, benefits and more.  

Many of the Veterans speaking seemed to have difficulties receiving the help or the attention they deserved in a timely fashion.   In short many were not heard or helped.

As an artist, I began seeing visions of artworks, sculptures and  illustrations of the problems my fellow Americans were speaking of.  

This experience stayed with me.  I was bothered by what I perceived to be the neglect of our service people after they gave their all in many cases to serve in our military.  

Then I had a dream.  What if we could use art to visually share it all and heal in the process?  What if the pain, the pride, the anger and the fear could all be thrown up and out of the physical body to begin or continue a healthy dialogue about help, healing and letting go...  

After dreaming of this art show that allowed Veterans to have their voices expressed and heard through the visual medium I decided to act.

I spoke with Sasha Irving the executive director of 'Studios on The Park' who was fully on board and supportive allowing me to curate this multi-faceted show, "Veteran's Voices".   After discussions with Carlota Santa Cruz, president of the Paso Robles Art Association it was confirmed, together we would support the multiple aspects that would create this show, "Veteran's Voices".  

PRAA volunteer members would help mentor Veterans through the art process.  Professional artists would help act as translators for many of the messages Veterans wished to share.  Many talented and professional Veteran artists would participate with their own work for this show.  

Every aspect and angel for the public and private sector is to be shared. Every branch of service will be represented.  The view points are as varied as the background of the members participating.   If you are a member of the military or you have served your country and wish to participate.  Do not hesitate to reach out and express your voice through art.

The desired result of this show is to share thoughts, feeling and ideas on these various subject matters through art.  Together we can create, begin and continue an honest dialogue which can become the impetus for positive change.  We can introduce art into the lives of many who may have been intimidated to begin creating from their own life stories. Together we can build bridges through art encouraging people to  "Express Themselves" and heal!

​Research has proven that art can be used for therapy with great success.  I am not trying to recreate the wheel.  I am only trying to encourage people to use it!

Participating Artists and Veterans

Alana Rodriguez
Alfredo Anthony Santa Cruz
Al Paulson
Angela Lindahl

Anne Laddon

​Anthony Cabell

Bill Pluma 

Calvin Louis Baham
Curtis Rankin

Dale Evers

Daniel A. Watson
Danny Van Hoosen
Darryl Crawford
Dave Banta

​David Satino Scott

David Tello

Dennis Curry

​Denyse Olsen

Deprise Brescia

Donald J. Degner

Don Eaton

​Gregory Arenas

Hannah Crazyhawk   GoFundMe

Harold Spencer

​Iskra Arenas

James Davis

Janice Pluma

Jason Blad

Jason C. Holland

Jenna Jordan Feaval

Jerry E. Kopinski

Joe Rossi

Joe Thomas   JoeThomas@Studios

John Rex

​John Somics

Kevin Larsen

Kirby Banta

Linda Grone Smith

​Lin Mercer

Lynn Schmidt

Matthew Thomas

Mel Smith

​Michael V.  Messina

Michelle Frazier

Millicent Sabin

Paul K Chappell

Peter G. Dausen

Rick Grantham

Rusty Smith

Samuel Davila

SFC Michael Rider

Stan Hawkins

Steven Macks Dilley

Steve Star

Teri Bryant

Tom Peck


​William Tuck