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St. Cloud VA Health Care System


St. Cloud VA Hosts Local Veterans Art Competition and Show

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Friday, January 25, 2013

     Veterans who are enrolled for care in the VA Health Care System or who reside in a state Veterans home are invited to submit entries for the 2013 Veterans Art Competition and Show.

     Entries in the Art Competition are accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 6.  For information on submitting entries and contest rules contact Deb Krueger at 320-252-1670, ext. 6285. Printable brochure 

     Entries in the Creative Writing, Dance, Drama and Music Competition are accepted through Friday, Mar. 1. Contact Beverly Gross at 320-252-1670, ext. 6034 to enter. Printable brochure    

     The annual Veterans Art Show is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show is held in the Auditorium (Building 8) on the main campus of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System, and is open to the public.

     The show features entries submitted for the Art Competition, and includes art from among 53 different categories.  Categories consist of fine art such as painting, drawing, sculpture and photography; applied art that includes ceramics, woodcarving, needlework and leatherwork; and craft kits such as string art, poster art and fabric art.

    The Veterans Art Competition and Show is an annual competitive event that provides Veterans receiving treatment at VA facilities the opportunity to participate in creative self-expression in art, creative writing, dance, drama and music as part of their therapy, and to gain recognition for these artistic accomplishments.

     Local artists will judge the artwork to determine first, second and third place in each category.  The first place winners will advance on to the national level where they will compete with entries submitted by Veterans from other VA facilities around the country.
     First place winners from the national competition have the opportunity to be invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. The festival will be hosted this year by the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno, Nevada, in late October.


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