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Community Arts Project Profiles Veterans

Bob Moffit / Capital Public Radio
 

Bob Moffit / Capital Public Radio

A project to connect military veterans with the arts has resulted in an exhibit of black and white photographs in Marysville.

David Read is Director of Yuba Sutter Arts. He says the 20"-by-30” portrait prints were taken this winter.

“There are other projects that are something like this, large format, black-and-white, that explore the personality of the individual, like all great portraiture can do. But, maybe we’re so unique in that we brought so many images together under one roof in one show. We’ve got, I believe, about 65 portraits represented in this fairly small space.

Read says the pictures were taken by three photographers this winter at several locations in Yuba County.

"One was out at the Yuba College campus, their veteran resource center, they were able to get involved a lot of the younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan; a great local museum -- the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors -- in Linda out by Beale Air Force Base, we had a session right in the museum one day and then we held two studio sessions right here in the gallery."

This display is the third in a series of projects that involve veterans and the arts. Last fall, bronze castings were made of veterans' faces and last spring, artwork by veterans was installed as part of a mural in Marysville.

Yuba Sutter Arts is applying for a federal grant to pursue future art projects with veterans.

The exhibit will be open through this weekend.