Arts by veterans wanted for competition

  • Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:28 a.m.

The ninth annual Creative Arts Show and Competition for Veterans will be held at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in the Social Room in Building 6 beginning at 2 p.m. on March 15. Everyone is invited to attend. Veterans who live in the Salisbury VAMC catchment area are encouraged to enter the competition.

This event is held in conjunction with the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, a nationwide celebration honoring hospitalized veteran patients. The winners’ artwork from this local show will be entered into the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, Oct. 27–Nov. 2, at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wis.


Applications for the competition are available through the recreation therapy office located in Building 6. Entries are due by 6 p.m. March 5. Veterans may enter art work in any of these categories:

Fine arts — painting, sculpture, graphics, drawings, pottery, photography, mixed media, digital art and military combat experience.

Applied art — ceramics, wood-working, carving, jewelry, crocheting/knitting, mosaic, needlework, metalwork, glasswork, beadwork, collage, assemblage, leather work/stamping, knotting, original design in fiber arts/needlework, scroll saw/fretwork, mixed media.

Craft kits — leather, wood-building, models, string art, latch hook, craft coloring kits, paint by number, sun-catcher, needlework kits, figurine painting, fabric art, sand art, mosaic kit and combined kits.

Creative writing — poetry, essays, short stories.

More than 3,700 veterans from more than 130 VA facilities around the nation took part in the 2013 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition. The program offers veterans the chance to express themselves through the arts and to gain recognition for their creative talents and skills.

Veterans who want more information on the competition should call 704-638-9000, extension 3575 or 3460.

The arts competition is also sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

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