“Image Nation” photo exhibition of & by Vets in Truckee
(From Moonshine Ink…) For centuries, art has served as a coping mechanism for individuals worldwide. Whether as a relief from stress, a form of dealing with emotion, or a type of therapy, art has been known to heal those who make and experience it.
“The creative process has a way of cleansing the soul as well as filling it,” Robie Litchfield, co-chair of the Truckee Public Arts Commission, said.
This is precisely the idea behind an exhibit called Image Nation that is coming to Truckee this March. It’s an initiative put forth by the Nevada County Arts Council, in conjunction with Welcome Home Vets, that showcases the work of veterans in a public space.
Image Nation is one of several of its kind sponsored by the Veterans Initiative in the Arts — a program that, “seeks to increase equity, access, and opportunities for veterans to participate in quality arts programming,” according to its website.
Image Nation is highly ranked in comparison to similar exhibits, however.
“We received a 100 percent ranking from the California Arts Council,” Eliza Tudor, Executive Director of NCArts said, “[and] it’s a very competitive system.”
During its first year, Image Nation held a series of free workshops led by famed photographer Michael Llewellyn.
“The intention [of the workshops] is to engage the public and […] create a bridge of insight from the non-military community to those who have served,” Llewellyn said.
The workshops culminated in an exhibit of the work created at the Rood Center in Grass Valley in July 2016.
These same pieces are coming to Truckee, but in a fresh way.
“[Llewellyn] creates a unique set, much like a theater set, to perfectly model the art in each specific venue,” Tudor said.
Some of the veterans had never picked up a camera before they enrolled in Llewellyn’s workshops, but the photographs are of a professional quality…
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