Art submissions that feature veterans sought for Calif. show

By KRISTINA HERNANDEZ | The Redlands (Calif.) Daily Facts | Published: October 25, 2013

Artwork honoring military veterans is being sought for an art show next month.

The University of Redlands, in collaboration with others, is sponsoring the first-ever Inland Empire Veterans Art Show on Nov. 6 in San Bernardino at the Hilton Hotel, 285 E. Hospitality Lane.

The show will feature artwork from those currently in the armed services, veterans and non-veterans looking to recognize men and women who serve.

Artwork in a variety of mediums from pencil to clay are welcome. Photography, sculpture and craft kits will also be considered, as well as creative writing pieces in poetry, essay, short story and personal experience. Writing pieces must be limited to one page only, said organizers.

A planning committee composed of several individuals from the university’s veterans affairs department and the San Bernardino Community College District came up with the idea to showcase the importance of veterans to the community, said Cheryl Kleeman, veterans affairs specialist at the university.

Organizers are hoping to make the show an annual event.

“The plan is for the same committee to get together and do more next year,” said Kleeman. “This year, we had a tight deadline. So we’re planning to get the word out earlier next year to solicit more entries and that type of thing.

“This is going to be the start of something amazing. I think each year it’s going to grow and grow.”

So far, 12 artists have applied for the show. But works must be sized to be showcased at the hotel, organizers said.

Deadline for submissions is Monday.

More details about the show — which is co-sponsored by the San Bernardino Community College District, the San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs Department, the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center in Loma Linda, the Art Institute of the Inland Empire, the San Bernardino Vet Center, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 12 and CalVet — can be found online at ievetarts.org.

There is no entrance fee and the show is open to all ages, organizers said.


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