Soldiers exhibit their artistic side to German neighbors

Staff Sgt. Austin Freeman, left, and Sgt. Jeremy Dahl, both mortarmen with the Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany, play guitar and sing at a market in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Sunday, July 28, 2019.


By MARTIN EGNASH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 29, 2019

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria has showcased a number of works of art, mainly paintings and sculptures, created by its soldiers and personnel.

The exhibit on Sunday at a local market was an effort to show a different, more creative side of the military to their German neighbors, the Army said in a statement.

Art is a very helpful way for soldiers to express themselves and can act as a sort of therapy, said Timothy Berry, a theater specialist at Tower Barracks.

The display was also meant to create a partnership between the garrison’s artists and the local German community. It could lead to further opportunities for the artists to utilize their skills off-base, Berry said.

The exhibit included 41 pieces of art created on the base, and included musical performances by members of the base theater.

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A painting of the namesake water tower of Tower Barracks and the Grafenwoehr Rathaus on display at a market in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Sunday, July 28, 2019.

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