A nearly year-long creative collaboration between Georgia Military College Prep School students and veterans at the Georgia War Veterans Home is culminating this weekend in an art exhibit sponsored by Allied Arts.
The show, exhibiting the portraits of GMC students created by GWVH veterans, will hang for viewing in the John Marlor House, located at 201 N. Wayne St., through Sept. 7. The gallery’s opening reception is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Marlor House is free and open to the public.
The veterans’ artwork emerged from the original GMC project, “Profiles in Courage: The Veterans at the Georgia War Veterans Home.” The show was exhibited at the 2018 Veterans Day ceremony held at the GMC auditorium on the former Central State Hospital campus.
The GMC project was inspired by former Pres. George W. Bush’s “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” a collection of oil paintings crafted by Bush to honor the sacrifices of those who served the country in the post 9/11 conflicts.
Preparation for the show involved the school’s senior visual arts students interviewing veterans about their lives — both professional and personal. The students then drew the veterans’ portraits and wrote essays on their interview experience to accompany the pictorial.
The idea for the exhibition came to Maj. Paige Barlow, GMC visual arts director, after seeing an interview of George W. Bush explaining how he painted wounded warriors who were injured in war while he was in office. She said she was impacted because he was a powerful political leader who still maintained the capacity to show compassion to the veterans he painted.
“With the Georgia War Veterans Home right down the road I knew my students could make a similar impact through art,” said Barlow. “The senior visual arts students at Georgia…