Artwork Brings Therapy to Veterans
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The new Help Hospitalized Veterans Facility is still hosting its first solo art exhibit.
The newly re-opened facility on 1670 North Avenue is recognizing U.S. Army Veteran, Patrick Metoyer.
Metoyer is known around the valley for his fiber-art displays at the facility, and his photography at the Two Rivers Convention Center.
Organizers say art-work is extremely powerful for overall well-being, and can bring a sense of peace to veterans.
"It helps them take their mind off the troubles and gives them something to do with their hands, it's very therapeutic," said, Crafts Art Specialist, Lisa Smith.
"Well, you know, instead of going hanging in a park somewhere or sitting at a bar somewhere, which is not always a good thing to do. It gets me into a different setting. This is a much more relaxed atmosphere than any other setting I would rather be in,” said, U.S. Army Veteran, Chris Ecklund.
The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to noon.
All craft kits and art clinics are provided at the center and free to veterans receiving health-care in the area.