‘Smile Lines’ exhibit sheds light on suicide rate of servicemen and women

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WORTHINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) — New art exhibit in Worthington is opening tonight featuring the stories of military servicemen and women. Smile Lines sheds light on the importance of suicide prevention and awareness in the military. 

“My idea with a Smile Lines was this deep crackly world war two vet with pure in your face no pun intended proof that they got through,” said artist Suzanne Gallagher.

Gallagher’s Smile Lines art exhibit brings awareness to the suicide rate of servicemen and women – studying the stories of members from all ages and branches of the military. Asking the important question, what makes them fierce? 

“It opens a conversation on why they made it through,” said Gallagher.

According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs approximately 20 veterans commit suicide a day. 

“Through the study of this project I realized that this is a societal issue this is not just about military people are going in dark,” said Gallagher.

The exhibit is free to the public on all three floors of the Corridor Gallery,  January 10 – March 17, 2019.

“We wanted to highlight this because it shows to our community that veterans are particularly important,” said Executive Director of McConnell Arts Center, Katie Kramer.

Gallagher says resiliency is what helped these 52 men and women.

“If these people can make it through the hard times he was a really good chance that you cannot make a permanent decision to a temporary problem,” said Gallagher.

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