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|Community Day and Containers of Community Closing Day Celebration|
|Date||Sunday September 07|
|Time||12:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
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Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
|artcenter [at] cityofPaloAlto.org|
Hundreds of handcrafted ceramic cups will be distributed to veterans and community members during the free Community Day and Containers of Community Closing Celebration on September 7, noon-4 p.m., at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
All of the wheel-thrown ceramic cups were created onsite by veteran and Berkeley-based artist Ehren Tool during his June residency. The cups have been presented in the Glass Gallery of the Art Center, along with a selection of monotypes, to honor the community of veterans and highlight their shared experience. Prior to the residency, the Palo Alto Art Center collected images and artifacts from community members, relating to their own service or that of their friends and family.
Ehren creates ceramic objects that promote awareness and dialogue about the consequences of war. All of his cups are wheel-thrown and feature decal-produced and embossed images and symbols related to war, violence, and the veteran experience in cross-generational conflicts. Since 2001, he has given away most of these cups, offering more than 14,500 to members of various communities.
A Veteran Artist Panel will also be held on Sept. 7, from 3-4 p.m., in the meeting room of the Art Center. During this discussion, Ehren and other veteran artists will discuss the importance of art in their lives, and how art serves as a critical form of self-expression for the greater community.
Combat Paper Exhibition, will also be on view at the Art Center August 27-September 28. During this exhibition, people will be able to view mixed-media works by San Francisco artist collaborative Combat Paper. Working in communities affected by warfare, Combat Paper leads hand papermaking workshops for veterans and uses papermaking processes to transform uniforms and artifacts into art. A two-day hand papermaking workshop for veterans and non-veterans will be held at the Art Center on September 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and on September 7, noon-3 p.m.