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VA accepting veterans' artwork for national competition

      TOMAH, Wis. (VA Medical Center Public Affairs Office) -- Artwork created by veterans who are receiving care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is now being accepted by the VA Medical Center in Tomah for a national competition.                  

      The art will be entered in the first phase of the National Veterans Creative Arts program. Local artists will judge the entries.  Winning entries from the competition in Tomah will be forwarded to the national competition to compete with entries submitted by veterans from other VA facilities around the country.                 

      First-place winners from the national competition will be invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.  The festival will be hosted this year by the Loma Linda VA Medical Center in Riverside, Calif., Oct. 20-26. 

      The purpose of the National Veterans Creative Arts program is to provide veterans with an opportunity to be acknowledged for their artistic talents and skills, as well as to highlight the work done by creative arts therapists in VA facilities nationwide.

      The deadline for entering the competition in Tomah is 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. Entries should be delivered to the VA Medical Center, Building 402, Room 1200.

      To qualify to enter, the artist must be a veteran receiving  medical care through the Tomah VA Medical Center or one of the VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC).  All art must have been created since March 1, 2007, except for the entries in the Vietnam Experience. The medical center staff and judges have the right to change an entry's category, as needed.  The VA Medical Center reserves the right to withhold entries from public viewing.

      There are four Special Art Categories in the competition:  Special Recognition, Vietnam Experience, Digital Photography/Art, and Veterans Day Poster.  The Special Recognition is awarded based on the description of the physical and/or mental health challenges the veteran overcame in order to accomplish the creation of his/her art.

      The Art Categories include: Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting, Watercolor Sculpture, Monochromatic Drawing, Colored Drawing, Pastels, Graphics, Pottery, Black And White Photography, Color Photography, Fine Art Mixed Media, Glazed Ceramics, Painted or Stained Ceramics, Pyrographics (Wood Burning), Wood Carving, Woodworking, Jewelry (No Beads), Crocheting/Knitting, Mosaic, Paper Collage, Needlework, Fiber Arts, Knotting, Leather Stamping, Leather Carving/Tooling,  and Metal work, Glass work, Bead work, Applied Arts Mixed Media.

      Kit categories include: Leather, Fabric Art, Latch Hook, Wood Building, Needlework, Poster Art, Model Building (Plastic or Wood), Paint by Number, String Art/Dream Catcher, Sun Catcher or Sand Art Figurine/Plaque Painting.

      For more information about the National Veterans Creative Arts program and this competition, call Occupational Therapy at the Tomah VA (608) 372-3971, Ext. 64262.


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