Wounded warriors' art exhibit re-ups, will stay longer at museum

By MARTHA QUILIN | The News & Observer | Published: January 14, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Tribune News Service) -- An exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History of paintings and sculptures by wounded warriors has been so popular it will get an extended run.

The works, created by soldiers at Fort Bragg and marines at Camp Lejeune as part of art therapy workshops at the two North Carolina bases, will remain on exhibit through April 1. They are presented in conjunction with the American Red Cross.

"We are thrilled that the art has been well-received by the public and know that it touches the hearts of many active-duty military members, their families and veterans who walk through the museum's doors," said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Eastern NC. "We are thankful that hundreds of others will be able to see the exhibit because of the extension."

Saturday, between walks through the museum's World War I trench warfare exhibit and shopping for discounted holiday items at the gift shop, dozens of patrons walked through "Healing the Warrior's Heart through Art."

The pieces on display include paintings and pencil drawings depicting combat scenes from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; moments of human connection between service members and residents of the countries where they have come to fight; and displays of grief over the loss of brothers and sisters who served. Some tell the story of particular battles.

The works were created by mostly novice artists under the guidance of artist Craig Bone, a native of Zimbabwe, who said he was wounded while serving in the Rhodesian Light Infantry in the 1970s.

The exhibit includes the labors of service members who participated in the art therapy workshops, they said, believing they had no artistic talents and that painting or drawing would be ineffective as therapy.

Several reported being surprised on both counts.

The exhibit is on the third floor of the museum at 5 East Edenton Street in Raleigh. It's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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