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Collaborative Painting Project/Open Art Studio – An Online Visual Art Workshop with CBAW Veteran Artist Facilitators

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

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Collaborative Painting Project in honor of Memorial Day

Collaborative Painting Project/Open Art Studio

For the first three weeks in May, CBAW will dedicate the Visual Arts Program to creating a Collaborative Painting which will be unveiled on Memorial Day. Learn more about the project HERE. If you were not able to register (registration closed on April 25th) for the project, please still come hang out in a collaborative group setting and bring anything you want to work on, in any medium.

Open Studio Supplies: Anything you want to use to make marks, sculpt, build, or create. It is entirely up to you.

Our Facilitators

Joe Merritt was medically retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2016 after 10 years of honorable service. Joe rediscovered art during his medical treatment and has a successful career as a professional artist, exhibiting his work and presenting gallery talks across the country. He is a steward of the veteran art community, leading art programming with active duty and veteran populations in DC, MD and VA.

Shaun Smith is a Retired U.S. Army Veteran and Fine Artist based in Northern Maine. Shaun served 10 years as a Combat Medic with a tour in Afghanistan. During that time he was awarded The Combat Medic Badge for providing care under fire and a Purple Heart for injuries sustained from a VBIED. Shaun found comfort in art therapy as a way to express his experiences, leading him to enroll into an art university. Shaun graduated from The Academy of Art University of San Francisco with a Bachelors in Fine Art Painting in 2021. Shaun dedicates his time to painting landscapes, wildlife, and peaceful moments.

Valerie Acosta served in the United States Air Force for 20 years before retiring in 2022. She is a self-taught visual artist and published photographer. Her mediums include acrylic, gouache, watercolors, pencils, pens, clay and wood. Her art has been exhibited at the Arches Gallery in the Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia. She is also a DoD-certified Master Resilience Trainer and loves to teach resiliency skills that can support mental health and replace misery with happiness.

About CBAW Visual Arts Workshops
Join Veterans and Artists, Valerie Acosta, Shaun Smith, Joe Merritt, or a special guest to learn new art techniques on Wednesdays at 7pm EST. Come hang out in a collaborative group setting and bring what materials you have. No experience necessary! To register, click the link below.



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