"Forging Ahead" by Lyell Castonguay

Feasel’s Garden Center of Findlay, Ohio has been honored with hosting a 1-night exhibition of the EVAC project – ‘Experiencing Veterans & Artist Collaboration.’ The project pairs a veteran, who is interviewed about their life experiences, with an artist. The veteran’s story is then portrayed by the artist into an original artwork. A variety of printmaking mediums (etching, woodcuts, digital, and more) were used to create a collection of 22 pieces by 22 artists, telling the stories of 21 veterans.
A silent auction of all 22 original pieces of art will take place at Feasel’s on Thursday, November 9th from 5-9pm. All 22 pieces will be on display, but they cal also be previewed hereSilent auction winners can pay by cash, check, or credit card. Proceeds of the auction will go to specific veteran’s charities selected by the veterans who participated in the project.
Honor Flight, Ohio Motorpool, the Hancock Historical Museum, and private citizens will share military displays, vehicles, and equipment – including a missile launcher. Wine tasting tickets will also be available at the event: $10 will include 5 tastings and snacks.  Half of all ticket proceeds will go to EVAC Project.
The number 22 has significance beyond the exhibition – it is the daily rate at which veterans commit suicide. Some locals may be familiar with Findlay’s Amvets founded Save the 22 to bring awareness to veteran suicide and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The traveling EVAC Project exhibition will debut at Tiffin University, and conclude at the Pentagon. Tiffin University’s own professor of art, Lee Fearnside, is one of the artists participating in the project.
A Thank You to the following sponsors: Sunbelt (providing lighting), Flag City Honor Flight, Ohio Motorpool & Findlay Military Association (providing vehicles)

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