Danville’s Village Theatre and Art Gallery is preparing for Veterans Day with a special winter exhibit highlighting the artwork made by military veterans, with its “Conflict and Compassion: Through the Eyes of a Veteran."
Opening Nov. 1, "Conflict and Compassion" will be showcasing photographs, sketches and sculptures, as well as a series of self-portraits created by veterans the California Arts Council’s Veterans Initiative in the Arts “AboutFace” program.
AboutFace consists of free art classes provided to veterans, as a way for the community to thank them for their service. Participants created a variety of art with the general theme of exploring their experiences as a military veteran and telling the story of their transition back to civilian life.
Work will also be displayed from featured artists Tim Dallas -- the exhibit's curator -- and Steven Burchik, as well as Jim Hardy. All three men are Vietnam War veterans and acclaimed artists who became acquainted after the war through their love of art and photography, theater organizers said.
A special "meet the artist" event will be held on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., during which Burchik will talk with residents and showcase his work. The event, “Compass and Camera, a Year in Vietnam,” is appropriate for all ages and is free to attend.
Complimentary refreshments will be provided at an opening reception for the exhibition, schedule for Nov. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Village Theatre reception area. Musical entertainment will be provided by Clarinet Fusion, a Bay Area clarinet choir active since 2012.
"Conflict and Compassion" opens Nov. 1 at The Village Theatre and Art Gallery, 233 Front St., Danville. The gallery is open to visitors Wednesdays through Fridays noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only. Admission is free.
The exhibit will run through Dec. 15, and all artwork shown in the exhibition will be available for sale.
"Conflict and Compassion" will be replacing “Grounds for Change, Asian American Narratives,” which closed on Oct. 20 ande featured art by local Asian-American artists in a celebration of culture and community.
By popular demand, residents who attend a "Grounds for Change" showing will be greeted with a statue by artist Tom Franco -- a featured artist from the gallery's spring exhibit -- just outside of the VTAG, where it will be featured until December.