Many drivers came to show off their toys however only 44 registered... There were over 350 people that turned out to help kick-off this wonderful event. It is always a great thing when the veterans get together and this time they brought their families with them. Here are a few of the Show Offs that showed up.
This was an exciting event hosted by the Jacksonville Veterans Readjustment Center. It provided a fun time for veterans as well as their families and friends. There was a wonderful array of automobiles of display with an award going to the best in show!
Games, a health fair, and painting sessions to fill the day. Of couse lots of vendors with plenty of SWAG for everyone!
Here are a few paintings from the Auto Show. It was truely a fun filled day for all and we are excited about next year's Auto Show...
We found a cute wood frame just in time for Valentine's Day. We had a relaxingly wonderful time experimenting with acrylic paints on the wood. It was a bit different than painting on canvas but it still yielded some great results. We gave it a little twist by adding a bit of chalkboard paint... Now this tribute to Van Gogh's Bearded Irises has a place to write a little note to it!
The city of Jacksonville Florida is hosting its 4th annual night of events in appreciation for local military spouses. Many local vendors join together to express their appreciation for the contributions made by the spouses of our service members. It is a time of sharing and pampering you do not want to miss so please sign up now as the event day is fast approaching. We will be participating in this event thanks to our partnership with VyStar and the Duval Council so hope to see you there!!!
Check out these gorgeous shells! It is hard to believe that they are oyster shells. One thing is true and that is that this is no game but they are now pieces of art (3 fish and a turtle)!!!
Nicely done flowerpot. This little flowerpot has become a multi-use item. It can not only be used as a flowerpot but it can be a pencil holder or just a work of art...but wait it is also a message board so you can put cheerful messages on it as well!
A few veterans were inspired to paint similar subjects using a some of the techniques they learned while participating in our sessions. The results are moving, thought provoking, an remarkable!
We had a fun and exciting time participating in this year's Family Health Expo. There was truly something for everyone...music, food, and fun for all ages. The weather was great for Northeast Florida and the bugs were no where in sight. Helping Through The Arts was is the Kids Zone and the kids were excited to paint with us. It was fun to see how excited they were after finishing an art project. What a boost to their confidence level! We also had a visit from everyone's favorite aunt: Ant DivaMo!!!!! Here are a few paintings from the Expo:
After providing therapeutic art sessions to veterans for several years we established Helping Through The Arts Inc. We believe art-based mentorship program can strengthen our communities as we help each other.