WarFront/HomeFront: Through the Eyes of Our Military opened on Friday November 3, 2017 at the Kent County Arts Council in Chestertown!
It is the inaugural exhibition at the new gallery of the Kent County Arts Council (KCAC). WAR FRONT / HOME FRONT: Through the Eyes of Our Military – is created in partnership with curator Tara Tappert, Founder and Principal of The Arts & The Military and Michael D. Fay, Founder of The Joe Bonham Project. It is funded, in part, by The Institute for Integrative Health.
The Kent County Arts Council Web page says of the exhibition, “The experiences of our contemporary service members and veterans are represented by the artwork in the show – approximately forty pieces. The exhibit includes handmade paper made from military uniforms that then depict images from down range and on the home front, illustrations of wounded warriors fresh from combat, veteran-made ceramic cups that suggest military life and warfare, and thought-provoking clay vessels called “War Crocks.”
“The ART/ifacts Collection is the tangible legacy of artmaking as activism, and the nature of the work allows for the exploration of military culture, and the history of war, and its costs. Themes include patriotism, nationalism, and perceptions of duty, suffering, heroism, and loyalty. Several grassroots veteran-arts groups are represented in the Collection – Button Field Paper, Combat Paper Project, Peace Paper Project, Veterans in the Arts, as well as the work of individual veteran-artists. The Joe Bonham Project is named after the fictional, limbless, faceless protagonist of the 1939 anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo. The project’s purpose is to show the real face of war and the aftermath of war with artwork that portrays the realities and human consequences of combat. The project distances itself from politics, preferring instead to be seen as apolitical “witness art.”
On November 12, 2017 at 2pm the Arts Council will be hosting a Poetry Reading as part of the WarFront/HomeFront Exhibit. MEDIC AGAINST BOMB: A Doctor’s Poetry of War, Frederick Foote, M.D. (CAPT, MC, USN, ret.)
And on November 19th at 2pm an Illustrated Lecture – Beyond Stereotypes: War, Warriors, and the Creative Arts, by Tara Tappert, Founder and Principal, The Arts & The Military; and, Michael D. Fay, (CW02, USMC, ret.) Retired Combat Artist, and Founder, The Joe Bonham Project.
The Arts Council would gives a thank you to “Tara Leigh Tappert and The Arts & The Military, and JW. Rone of Vet Arts Connect & The Institute for Integrative Health for making it all possible. And, of course, to the many generous patrons who made this building and our roof possible. And to Dave Hegland of Hegland Glass for the painting and the amazing lighting!!”
The show runs through December 3, 2017 – Wednesday – Friday from Noon – 6pm. Saturdays from 9 – 4 and Sundays from 11-4.
They invite everyone to Come join them. The Kent County Arts Council is located at 101 Spring Avenue, Chestertown, Maryland.
Photos from the opening by SG Atkinson.