The sacrifices made by our nation’s military are many, and often the emotional scars continue long after these soldiers have left the battlefield. This new exhibition offers artist commentary on the military, patriotism, and the struggles that many veterans face upon their re-entry into civilian life.
“Love a Vet” features paintings, drawings and prints by a diverse group of contemporary illustrators; many of the artists have been involved in the military themselves, or have previously documented the activities of others who have served. Artists whose work is featured in the exhibition include: Gail Anderson, Scott Bakal, Jim Bennet, Steve Brodner, Joe Ciardello, Dennis Dittrich, Jeff Fisher, Stephen Gardner, Bri Hermanson, Victor Juhasz, David Keefe, Tina LeMay, William Low, Angela Martin, Melanie Reim, Edel Rodriguez, Yuko Shimizu, Mike Wimmer, and Jime Wimmer.
The exhibition was organized by Ella Rue, an award-winning graphic designer and artist living in Califon, New Jersey, whose son is a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghan wars. Ms. Rue set up the nonprofit “52 Reasons to Love a Vet” to help veterans further their education and assist with medical, dental, or mental health resources, and invited artist friends to create and donate an original visual statement illuminating their thoughts on war and the service of veterans; prints of the artwork have been sold in the form of playing cards to benefit the restricted fund.
Read the exhibition press release…