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DJD Art Foundation Interview

DJD Art Foundation Interview


Hi gang, Chris Barnes here with Dickson Realty again and I’m in front of an almost secret location here in the tree-lined streets of Old Town Reno and it’s not a person I want you to meet tonight this is an organization that is doing an amazing job here with the veterans and the foundation’s name is the David J. Drakulich Art Foundation and they’re doing an amazing job with some veterans around the local area and doing some art. So without further ado let’s go inside and meet some of the members. So the Foundation is incorporating the opportunity for artists to release some of their – actually, I don’t know how it goes can you explain what this is all about because this is helping veterans but how? So veterans have been showing their work at the Creative Arts Festival for several years now. And actually DJD Art Foundation inspired the VA to open up that venue again. It had been hibernating for a number of years and when I started to have a relationship with people at the VA we agreed that we could start the Creative Arts Festival again, about nine years ago, and so it’s been growing ever since. And now we have a place to show their work so what we did is invited artists who had show their work at the Creative Arts Festival and had gotten a placement – first, second, or third place – they could bring their art here and we would display it and offer it for sale. So we’ll be their agent to sell the art as well. Wonderful. The beautiful thing about that is that a lot of veterans can use the money, but it also is this wonderful positive reflection on you when someone buys your art. So we would love people to come out and buy this beautiful art. And some of this art is pretty amazing. I was trying to focus in on this stuff over here. And you were saying this is all from the uniforms that have been beat to submission basically. Correct. So this is combat paper – that is paper that is made from military uniforms. And so we bring in veterans and they cut up their uniform. We have a machine called a beater, that beats it literally to a pulp. And then we can screen it and make paper. I would imagine that in itself is a little therapeutic just to do that and be able to shred things. It’s cathartic. Right? Absolutely amazing. So again the location, tell everybody where this is located because this is all brand new it’s almost a secret place, we don’t want to keep it secret and so tell everybody where this is again. So we’re 515 Court Street and the house is a brick house and it is also known by some who have been in the community for a number of years as the Reid House. The Reid House. That’s why we call it the Reid House Gallery. Wonderful – is there a website, is there a phone number? There absolutely is a website. It is www.ArtHealsWarWounds.org and the telephone number is 775-313-2607 And so it’s www.ArtHealsWarWounds.org Wonderful. So amazing everybody. I would encourage you to take a look. This is happening in our community and, again, as our community grows, it’s astounding to see the wonderful things that people are doing. So thank you again ladies. Thank you! All right, bye everybody.

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