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Join OMA for a Free Celebration with Artists August 4

Oceanside CA— Veterans, active duty military, artists, advocates, and the community at large are invited to explore veterans’ issues and the journey of healing at Celebration With The Artists on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 6:00–7:30pm. The event celebrates the opening of A Time To Heal, part of Healing Journeys, a special exhibition series of three concurrent installations currently on view at OMA. Attendees will experience the creative process, and the healing power of art as a means to hope and healing, as they explore the galleries and engage with artists, curators, and participants involved in the projects.

Guests will also be treated to a special performance from spoken word artist Anthony A. LoBue, “Tony the Vet,” who will also offer an interactive arts and crafts opportunity to make a card for VA Hospital patients.  In Ted Meyer’s exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to share their own scars with an interactive activity, and some participants may be chosen by the artist to be a part of future Scarred For Life artworks. Artists from Vet Art will be mingling around and sharing how the casting process is used to make the portraits in Meaning in Bronze. Artist Trinh Mai will be in the galley with her exhibition, A Time To Heal, discussing her project with visitors.

Admission is free with a cash bar. The event coincides with Oceanside’s First Friday Art Walk that starts at OMA and runs from 5:00–8:00pm.


Ted Meyer: Scarred For Life

May 27–September 17, 2017
After years of creating work about his own rare illness, and becoming bored by his personal situation, Ted Meyer changed focus and began visually telling the stories of other people who have been through major traumas. For over 16 years, Meyer has been creating graphic, yet beautiful depictions of people’s suddenly altered bodies and the resulting scars. The artistically-enhanced monoprints taken directly from the scarred skin are accompanied by a photographic portrait taken by Meyer and a written story by his subject. Each tells a unique and intriguing story of resilience and healing. Video content produced and directed by Brian Knappmiller. Printing for this exhibition has been generously donated by UC San Diego Library.
       Additional programming related to this exhibition:
       • Printmaking workshop: August 11, 6:00–7:30pm
       • Story telling event: September 14, 6:00–7:30pm

Meaning In Bronze

May 27–October 8, 2017

In partnership with the Veterans Art Project (VetArt), OMA will facilitate positive healing for veterans and the communities they call home through the making, showing, and sharing of art. Specifically, VetArt utilizes the multi-stage process of bronze casting to teach art-making skills and create opportunities for sharing and storytelling. The results provide a powerful tool for educating the broader community about veterans’ issues through the dignified presentation of completed artwork, and much more. A number of bronze casting workshops will be held at OMA. This exhibition is generously supported by the Veterans Art Project.
       Additional programming related to this exhibition:
• Bronze casting workshops on alternating Thursday and Saturdays through
September, Saturdays 1:00–4:00pm, Thursdays, 4:00–7:00pm

       • Lecture: September 13, 11:30am–12:30pm

A Time To Heal

July 29–October 8, 2017 This exhibition is a collaboration between artist Trinh Mai, the service member participants, and J. Grant Brittain. A small group of veterans wrote letters to themselves reflecting on hardship and healing during workshops facilitated by Mai. These letters have been incorporated into the “war wounds” that participants created using various materials. Mai embedded and embellished the hand-crafted “wounds” into large-scale photographs taken by Brittain. Mai notes, “Although I’m directing it, all of us have our hand in it.”
       Additional programming related to this exhibition:
• Lecture: August 31, 6:00–7:30pm

Healing Journeys exhibitions are supported by gifts from Veterans United and The Veterans Art Project. Programs for the Healing Journeys exhibitions, as well as VETS Break it Down, are made possible with a grant from the California Arts Council: Veterans Initiative in the Arts.

The following community partners contributed to this special exhibition series:
Blue Star Families                                                  Office of Assemblymember Rocky Chavez
Chrome Digital                                                         Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein
Community Engagement                                                     Office of Supervisor Bill Horn
Grand Central Art Center                                   The Artist Odyssey
J. Grant Brittain Photography                          Trinh Mai Studios
MiraCosta College                                                  University of California San Diego
MiraCosta Veterans Services                            Veterans Art Project
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce               Veterans Association of North County
Oceanside Public Library                                  Vet’s Community Connections


For more information, visit http://www.oma-online.org/healing-journeys