Keller Citizen

Veterans share art tribute at Keller Town Hall

As a part of the city of Keller’s recognition of Veterans Day, an art display by veterans, for veterans will be available at the Town Hall throughout the month.

Contributing artist Tricia Stubbs said art has been “a safe haven for me,” and is grateful for the opportunity to show her pieces at the city’s annual “Veterans and Their Art” display.

Stubbs, a current member of the Air Force Reserves, said many members of her family have been in several military branches.

“Veterans Day for me and many of my friends and family is a time of camaraderie and reflection on our service,” she said. “It is a heart-moving experience and I am proud to be an American.”

Stubbs, of Carrollton, has five pieces on display in “Veterans and Their Art,” and most of her work has a “Dali feel to it,” she said, including some experimental painting and drawings.

Barry Andersen, who was in the Air Force for almost six years, has four photographs in the display. He said after leaving his imagery analyst position, which included two years service in Korea, he “got hooked” on photography.

“It’s the suggestion of a story that intrigues me about photos,” Andersen said. “I’m trying to get close to telling a story with them ... which are open to interpretation.”

Andersen said the art show gives him an opportunity to connect with other veterans on Veterans Day, a “celebration of the people who have carried on.”

“It’s the common cause that we all participated in,” he said. “It’s something else that I have in common with those veterans.”

Eight other Texas veterans and current military personnel — most of whom are from in and around Keller — have contributed art of all genres and theme to the "Veterans and Their Art" display, now in its third year.

The veterans "have provided pieces for the tribute to the great men and women who have given of themselves for this country," a city of Keller news release said.

The free display, put on by the city and the Keller Public Arts Board. A special reception is planned for Nov. 13 from 7-9 p.m. at Town Hall, where the public can meet the artists.