Keller November art show honors veterans

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Local veterans will showcase their artistic talents this month at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway.

The November Public Arts Show, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 29, will honor veterans and recognize and remember their service.

The free show is suitable for all ages and will include acrylic, watercolor and oil painting, photography, silver gelatin prints, pencil, pen and pastel drawings, wood and stained glass.

Artist include veterans Annette Adams, Barry Anderson, Richard Baratz, Vernon Benton, Joseph W. Caldwell, Johnny D. Cole, Wes Gillum, Art Guera, Detral Hillanbrand, John H. Hoffmann, Jeff Ralston and Larry Riggs.

Gillum’s pencil sketch "Greater Love Hath no Man" will be on display at the show. The sketch was one of three Best in Show winners at this year's Keller's Got Talent public art show.

Gillum, a full-time artist who recently moved to Keller, said he was pleased his pencil sketch took top honors.

"It's the first piece that has been in my head that I actually got to put on paper, " he said.

Gillum's sketch shows a little girl standing under a folded flag being passed at a military funeral.

"This series is my tribute to all the friends who never made it back, " he said.

A special “meet the artists” reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14.

Before the start of the reception at 6 p.m., a special presentation about the 'forgotten war' in Korea will be held by Keller resident Edward Yrisarri Jr.

Yrisarri’s presentation will include a history of the Korean War and its continued implications today.

While serving in the United States Navy, Yrisarri completed three tours of active combat duty during the Korean War. After boot camp, he was assigned to the destroyer USS Stickell (DD-888) operating in Korean waters and then served aboard the destroyer escort USS Currier (DE-700).

For more information call 817-743-4000 or email

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