Veterans Art Center To Open Soon
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- One woman and her son are making a difference for veterans within the community.
The duo is creating a new art center where veterans and military families can go for free to enjoy various mediums of art.
The rusty 1957 old Sentinel Printing Building located on 12th St. and Ute Ave. will open its doors once again, but this time for something a little different.
"Dealing with art can really help with the transition back into the community," said Wendy Hoffman, founder of Operation Revamp Incorporated.
The nonprofit gives veterans a chance to explore their creative side.
"[We will do] Two-dimensional work, drawings, and paintings. We're still looking for paint supplies. We've got lots of drawing supplies to get started, we've got tons of paper," said Hoffman.
Hoffman and her son Dallas Hanson, who served in the Army for five years, believes offering various art classes and a resource library will benefit and bring joy to many veterans and their families.
"I did my own healing through art and I know the benefits. I know how it can change your self-esteem and the changes that can take place in your life," said Hoffman.
Hanson says it's not just about the classes. "To spend time with other veterans, meet other veterans from other branches from other wars," he said.
Hanson says photography is his way of re-adjusting to civilization after experiencing two deployments.
"[My FOB was the] Most bombarded FOB (forward operating base) in Baghdad, if not in Iraq. We had artillery, or mortar, or rocket rounds at least, every day," said Hanson.
The mother and her son are working hard together to clear out the old building from various heavy printing machinery to make room for the easels, rulers and paint brushes.
Hanson will also be managing Wildflower Tech, in the front of the building. The business engraves titles, names, songs, or poems on almost any product.
The store is expected to open up within the first week of May. They are in need of some volunteers to help them continue clearing out the old machinery. To find out how to volunteer, call (970)-462-3126.