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IMAGE NATION

Wednesday

Feb 14, 2018 – 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

(daily for 60 times)

950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959 Map

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When: January–March 2018
Opening Reception is on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 5-7pm. The program begins with a color guard at 5:30pm, followed by speaker presentations, poetry read by veterans, and a choreographed dance – Stand Alone Together – by Kassidy Commendatore of InnerRhythms Dance
Where: Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959
Who: Image Nation is a joint project of Nevada County Arts Council and Welcome Home Vets
Admission: Free
Information: For additional information see contact Eliza Tudor, Nevada County Arts Council at (530) 718-0727 or eliza@nevadacountyarts.org, or Doug Becker, Welcome Home Vets, at dougbecker010450@gmail.com. Learn more about Image Nation here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/web-only/bringing-healing-focus and here: https://imagenationnca.wordpress.com

What is Image Nation? Image Nation is an initiative of Nevada County Arts Council (NCArts) in partnership with Welcome Home Vets. Through photography workshops with master photographer and United States veteran Michael Llewellyn, two seasons of veterans have together created exhibitions of work which are shared with the community in a public space. By February 2018 Nevada County Arts Council will ensure the creation and curation of an online photography gallery and e-commerce site for Image Nation alumni, in order to both exhibit and generate income for veterans themselves. Coupled with this will be an independent mechanism for non-alumni veterans to submit photographs for sale, for their own benefit.

Support for Image Nation Since its inception the veteran community has expressed its support for the values and outcomes of Image Nation, whether through a desire to participate in workshops and exhibit photography, or through generous financial and in-kind contributions. Among many local veteran-owned and associated businesses and organizations who will be recognized at our January opening, the contributions of The Masons of California, Lodge #13; Roamin’ Angels Car Club; Big A Rootbeer Drive-in; and The Real Graphic Source in Grass Valley shine clear and bright. We are particularly grateful to Jean and Mike Hauser for supporting Image Nation with high quality printing – and encouragement - from day one.

2018 exhibiting veterans Nevada County Arts Councils couldn’t be more thrilled to display the work of the following veterans, whose exhibition opens on January 18: Doug Becker; Van Bogardus; Joseph Franklin Innis; Kate Laferriere; Darwin Leek; Mark Rogers; Oral Stallings and Jason Roy Tedder.

What veterans say about Image Nation

 “Not only have I found a new much needed and satisfying creative outlet, but also have become closer and more appreciative of my brother and sister veterans… The accentuated closeness is a very good feeling for me. Image Nation has become a brotherhood within the brotherhood of American Veterans”
Mark Rogers


 "Image Nation helped me explore and validate my own feelings about being a veteran. Until I participated in Image Nation, when I got off of active duty in 1985, my experiences as a veteran were either ignored or ridiculed."
Kate LaFerriere

 "Image Nation is unique in its focus, as it enhances the quality of a veteran’s life through artistic endeavor. Our group learned how to use the camera as an instrument of art. We presented our work for discussion, learned from and taught each other and, I believe, improved the quality of our lives."
Frank Innis

 "I am a PTS Vet rated at 100%. I benefited greatly from Image Nation. I was able to work on many issues that had caused me much strife in my life. I am left feeling enriched and, at the end, my pictures reflect ME and who I have become as a person."
Oral Stallings

 "Being free to display vulnerability is extremely counter-intuitive to the military person but a necessity of survival off the battle field. Image Nation helped me discover that expression through art is a valid and productive way to explore and feed the soul."
Jason Tedder

What our Artistic Director says about Image Nation "Practicing photography is a voyage of self-discovery as well as self-expression. My goal has been to help reveal what is unique and creative about each veteran – to themselves and for the public. As phase one of Image Nation draws to a close, and the practical teaching of photography to veterans moves to one of creating an online gallery for them in perpetuity, I feel moved that so many of our alumni can speak to Image Nation’s impact and their enjoyment of the process.”

The significance of Image Nation Nevada County is home to almost 10,000 veterans. Image Nation has provided a much-needed bridge between these men and women and communities across the county – shining a light on their experiences in a unique way. Through Image Nation Nevada County Arts Council has offered access to an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best in field. Too many of our veterans struggle with social isolation due to their military experiences, yet they have so much to offer society. Through workshops with Michael and the opportunity to exhibit, Image Nation has helped unlock this potential, offering encouragement and creative self-expression, while building confidence.

How Image Nation began During our first year we offered veterans a free series of workshops with Michael. This culminated in an exhibition of veterans’ photography at the Rood Government Center, Nevada City, in July 2016. The results were breathtaking, and feedback from participating veterans and the public alike was inspiring and heartwarming. You can meet participating veterans here.

During 2017 We toured this show to the Truckee Donner Community Recreation Center, where we displayed our veterans’ work for a full four months, exposing a new community to the veteran experience and paving the way for a heightened understanding of the veteran experience. We also worked with a new class of veterans, offering a fresh series of therapeutic photography workshops, and building a new body of work to share.

For more information on Image Nation and how to offer your support, please contact us at (530) 278 5155
or by email at eliza@nevadacountyarts.org.

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