FEATURED EXHIBITS MARCH/APRIL 2017. Embroidery artist Nathan Hanford wears two hats: one is for his own artwork, and the other as artist in residence and case manager to Soldier On, an agency devoted to ending veteran homelessness. During March and April, Hanford’s exhibit Friendship Thread: portraits of friends both near and far and The Artworks of Veterans of Soldier On can be seen in side by side shows at Salmon Falls Gallery.
Hanford, a native of Becket, MA, creates simple yet stunning portraits in thread on vintage linens. The portraits seem to find the essence of his subjects. Many are men, in sometimes surprising environments. It is quite wonderful seeing men captured in a medium that has been, historically, women’s work. In Hanford’s words, he draws inspiration from “things I see; people I meet; stories from my family and past.” The use of thread and vintage linen harkens to textures of the past, while the images are thoroughly modern in their message.
At Soldier On, Hanford not only facilitates creative based education but is working hand in hand with Soldier On to create a flexible arts and culture curriculum to be used to enrich the lives of the veterans that they serve. The exhibit at Salmon Falls Gallery will show Veterans artwork in various media including embroidery, painting and mixed media. There is also information about the agency at the exhibit. Reception for both exhibits is Saturday, March 11, 4-6pm, with music by Blue Moon Trio, songs of The Great American Songbook. For more information, www.SalmonFallsGallery.com, www.WeSoldierOn.org or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.
Artworks by veterans of Soldier On. Soldier On is a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness. Since 1994, the organization has been providing homeless veterans with transitional housing and supportive services. In 2010, Soldier On opened the first Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community, a permanent housing cooperative that provides formerly homeless veterans with safe, sustainable, affordable housing – transitioning them from homelessness to homeownership. This housing model will be replicated nationally as Soldier On continues to change the end of the story for homeless veterans throughout the country.