In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Way Public Library and PRIZM Creative Community will have the Inaugural Veteran’s Art Exhibit in the library, from Sunday through Jan. 3.
The opening will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the library at 101 E. Indiana Ave. The exhibition will be in the downstairs gallery.
The program will begin with remarks by Jim Espich, the chief operating officer from the Ohio Department of Veterans Services in Columbus. The colors will be presented by Perrysburg American Legion Post 28, and Greg Herandez, will play the national anthem on the fife.
The keynote feature will be a presentation by retired Colonel David W. Taylor from Medina, Ohio to commemorate the poetry and patriotic remembrances.
At the conclusion of the program, attendees can see the art and memorabilia exhibit. Also available will be a book signing for Colonel Taylor’s book Our War: The History and Sacrifices of an Infantry Battalion in the Vietnam War, and author Herbert Dettmer’s book Others: A collection of Christian and patriotic verses, poems and prayers.
David Taylor is a retired colonel, Special Forces, U.S. Army Reserve. He served four years on active duty, including combat in the Vietnam War where he was wounded twice, and 22 years in the Army Reserve in special operations and counter-terrorism. A young David Taylor led the Charlie Company of the 5th in fighting in Vietnam.
Colonel Taylor retired from the business world where he worked in in the plastics industry for 29 years including international operations, marketing, sales and new business development.
Included in the exhibition are original pieces of visual and literary art by retired military personnel and select pieces to honor veterans who have served our country. Of special interest is a collection of fine art work by the late Ray Porter, who served in the first wave of Marines in the invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II. Also on display is a poem by Fred Taylor, documenting his personal experience in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Navy veteran Kristen Dukat will display oil paintings from a “Navy Series” she began when her son left for boot camp in 2012.
Dr. Art Mancini, an Army veteran of Vietnam will display his watercolor paintings while David Ridenour, PRIZM Veteran’s Exhibition chairman, will display digital photography of Vietnam yesterday and today. Also in the display will be steel sculptures by Thomas Roller, sculptures and paintings by Marvin Gerhart, an oil painting by Emanuel Enriquez, and drawings by Randy Minnich.
Dee Brown has developed a mixed media piece to honor her father David Brown, an Army chaplin from the Vietnam War, while J. D. Jensen is sharing a selection depicting the new 9/11 Memorial in New York, in memory of his Navy veteran father Hyrum Jensen and of personnel currently serving. Betty Wielant will be displaying an oil painting honoring her brother Dennis Challan, while Beth Ware uses her talent with pastels to honor her husband’s service. Also included are poetry and inspirational verses by Fred Taylor, Dave Meyer, and Louella Ridenour.
Part of the artistic display will include memorabilia of veterans from various branches of service. Memorabilia includes photos, scrapbooks, insignias, uniforms, hats, station passes, pilot’s licenses, and Bibles.
Also of special interest will be the framed posters showing the extensive collection of photographs of local service personnel, arranged by war and branch of service and compiled by the history department of Way Public Library personnel.