PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tuesday, November 12th through Friday, November 15th the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Mass Inc. will host an Artist Residency with daily events benefiting Veterans of Berkshire County at 505 East Street, Suite 103, Pittsfield, MA, 01201.
Every veteran has a story, many need people to listen. Pittsfield Veterans Outreach Center invites veterans and their families to share their stories with U.S. Army veteran and creative writer Colin Halloran. In addition to improving the quality of life for veterans and their families by helping them apply for and receive federal benefits from Veterans Affairs, the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Mass Inc. strives to honor service members and the sacrifices they have made for our country.
The schedule of events for the Artist Residency includes an Art exhibition titled, “Collateral Damage,” featuring woodcut prints by Michele Klemaszewski Kenney illustrating poems by her stepfather, Vietnam veteran Damon Bazzeghin. The show will be on display Nov. 12, 2019 to Feb. 12, 2020 with an opening reception on Tuesday, Nov. 12th from 1-2 pm followed by an informational session explaining the benefits of Art Therapy for Veterans from 2-2:30. On Wednesday, the Warrior’s Art Room will present a hands-on workshop titled, “Unlocking your Inner Creativity through Interpreting Your Own Art” from 11 am-1 pm. The workshop is free, but space is limited. Please sign up in advance. Scheduled story-telling and listening sessions with resident artist, Colin Halloran, will take place Wednesday through Friday. If you are interested in registering for these free events, please call Pittsfield Veterans Outreach Center at 413-448-6052.
Two-time Purple Heart awardee and poet, Damon Bazzeghin, writes about by his experience in the Vietnam War. Some of his work is posted on-line at www.iwvpa.net. Woodcut artist Michele Klemaszewski Kenney is an artist and educator, working in a variety of media over her 30-year career, https://woodcutsbymichele.com/. The Warrior’s Art Room provides veterans and their immediate family with a place to create art, materials to create art, and with instruction as needed, https://warriorsartroom.org/index.html. Colin D. Halloran is a US Army veteran who documented his experiences in Afghanistan in his memoir-in-verse Shortly Thereafter, which won the 2012 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award,www.colindhalloran.com .