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Veterans from across the country came to Durham in October for the 2015 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. The festival planners reached out to the Durham Arts Council’s CAPS program and invited CAPS artists Ann Silverman, Jeannette Brossart, and Lawrence Heyda to facilitate workshops for veterans.
On Friday, October 16th, veterans participated in workshops with Ann Silverman and Jeannette Brossart at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Veterans made paper books with Ann Silverman, a local papermaker who brought freshly cut and steamed paper from her mulberry tree harvest. Each participant made one small paper book with a Japanese stab binding.

Jeannette Brossart, a professional mosaic artist since 2003, guided participants in creating individual 6” x 6″ mosaics on the theme “stars and stripes.” Participants used tumbled and pre-cut stained glass (prepared by Jeannette) in red, white, blue, and yellow color choices to create their own custom designed mosaic.

Saturday at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, veterans participated in a sculpting workshop “Sculpting Friends and Family Members with Polymer Clay” with Lawrence Heyda. Participants brought in pictures of a friend or family member, and learned how to create either realistic portraits or zany caricatures of them out of polymer clay using a variety of colors. For more VA Arts Fest information visit: http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/caf/index.asp
“We were excited to get the opportunity to serve Veterans who have a love for the arts at the National Festival held right here in Durham” – Shana Adams, CAPS Director
“The workshop itself was a rewarding experience, and I enjoyed it thoroughly!” – Ann Silverman
“It was a good experience! I did talk with most of the Vets one on one at some point, or at least their companion. There were some very powerful stories.” – Jeannette Brossart