Veterans show creative side

December 7, 2012 by  

A new exhibit at Government Center in Fall River is honoring and showcasing the creative talents of U.S. veterans.

Staircase Galleries is currently showing the work of local artist Gina Silvia, Dan Griffin, James Robellos, Ken Perry, and Richard Pais – who also happen to be veterans.

A gallery spokesperson said:

“The veterans of Fall River are showing an artistic side of themselves, a side so creative and so peace-giving to all of us.”

The exhibit at Government Center is a partnership of Mass in Motion and Arts United Fall River. The display opened to the public just prior to Veteran’s Day in November. The pieces will change frequently and will highlight work by other local veterans. Art galleries and museums take advantage of catalog printing to keep track of displays such as this, plus other inventory either in the building or traveling on the road.

Sandy Dennis, president of Arts United Fall River, said:

“I got to see a side of everyone that was different than the military side.Every piece has a story.”

Some of the pieces include aerial shots of New England, religious paintings, modern architecture, and multidimensional pieces. Some of the veterans, such as Perry, received training in art and sculpture in college prior to enlisting, graduating in 1999 from UMass Amherst.

Most artists say painting and photography help them they relax, particularly Silvia, who was injured in Vietnam. He says his aerial snapshots give him peace.

Check the Government House website for Staircase Galleries hours of operation.