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Art Show Wrap Up: A Heartfelt Thank You

The 2nd Annual Cohen Clinic at Centerstone Community Art Show is in the books and what a show it was! More than 25 veteran and military family member artists shared more than 75 masterpieces in this year’s show and thanks to the Customs House Museum, they did so in a true gallery setting.

“We were happy to help support the show last year inside the clinic by assisting with set up and organization,” Museum curator, Terri Jordan said.  “During that show we quickly realized how special this exhibit was and were eager to host it the second time around. This year’s pieces were fantastic. Returning artists really showed their improvement and passion for creating.”

Founded in 2019, the annual art show first debuted inside the clinic as a way of paying tribute to the talents of our nation’s heroes and celebrating the power of creating when it comes to healing.

“Through community room enrichment activities, often featuring art classes, we quickly recognized the importance of artistic expression in the course of our client’s healing,” Meghan Williams, clinic outreach director said. “When we were looking for a way to celebrate our one year anniversary, we thought what better way to do so then to honor this fact and showcase the talents of veterans and military families right here in our own backyards.”

The 2nd annual art show ran for the entire month of August.  Many of the pieces on display were for sale with a portion of the proceeds going back to the clinic to help ensure the team can continue to provide compassionate, comprehensive and accessible mental health care to post 9/11 veterans and their family members regardless of their ability to pay.

“At the forefront of the show is always the talents, efforts and sacrifices of our military families,” Lisa Eggebeen, Regional Director of the Cohen Clinics at Centerstone said. “Their generosity in giving back part of their sales is not only a testament to the dedication of this community’s giving nature, but it is also a priceless gift to their fellow service members and families in need.”

The Cohen Clinic at Centerstone team would like to thank each and every artist that contributed and the Customs House Museum for their support.  We couldn’t do it without you and we hope you’ll join us again for year three!

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