It’s the celebration of military service and the passion of art coming together.
An art exhibit that opened on Monday in downtown Columbus is showing artwork created by Ohio veterans.
Mark Cappone is a retired colonel from the United States Army who says he proudly served.
“There are almost 800,000 veterans in the great state of Ohio and a lot of the time when we think about our veterans we think about the things they did when they wore the uniform. This is a great way for us to celebrate the veteran community and contributions that have made and continue to make after they take the uniform is off,” said Cappone is also the assistant director for the Department of Veteran Services adding.
Out of 500 submissions – 38 pieces of artwork were chosen to appear at the exhibit on display at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts. Every piece on the exhibit was created by an Ohio veteran, Cappone said.
Each veteran who was selected to be featured is honored to have their work on display for all to see.
Terri Meyer is one of the artists featured in the exhibit who is also an Air Force Veteran.
“There’s only a certain amount so to be selected is very commendable,” Meyer said.
Meyer says she began her art career during her military years.
“Got my education paid for as I was going to college while I was in the service and took art classes along the way because I always loved art and that’s kind of shaped my artistic career to this day,” she said.
One of her featured pieces is from when she went to the American Legion and decided to use real-life models to sculpt.
“I created a series of veteran sculptures of all these retired gentlemen and it helped me grow and learn as an artist by having them there and also connected me with the person,” Meyer.
Each photo, painting and piece tells a story.
“If you’re an artist basically anything that you do, anything is reflected in your artwork, your experiences in life and this happens to just be veterans,” Meyer said.
“It’s a great way to showcase the talents and abilities of our veteran community,” Cappone said.
You can see all the great artwork now through Nov. 15 inside the Vern Riffe building for free.
All artwork is for sale.