PAT-MED Library Veterans Workshop

Patchogue Medford Library presents art workshop for veterans: Visions of Conflict: The Art of War

Date: October 2, 2017


CONTACT: Jessica Oelcher 631-654-4700, x238,

Patchogue-Medford Library presents Visions of Conflict: The Art of War, a therapeutic art workshop for veterans and those profoundly affected by war

(Patchogue)– (October, 2017) – In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, Patchogue-Medford Library joins with Diane Van Velsor of ThinkBIG Theater Arts in presenting Visions of Conflict: The Art of War October 13, 20, and 27.

This three week therapeutic art workshop for veterans, loved ones, activists and anyone else affected by war will culminate with an exhibit at the Library November 6-10.

Workshop attendees will choose a medium in which to work (sculpture, mixed media, or acrylic paint) and will be guided by instructor Ms. Van Velsor. Ms. Van Velsor is the Director of The Creative Arts Abilities programs at ThinkBIG Theater Arts located on South Ocean Ave. in Patchogue. She has over 20 years experience as a Certified Recreation Therapist bringing arts programs to individuals of all ages and abilities. Diane knows what some of our veterans families face as her father was in the Navy for thirty years serving during WW II, Korea and Viet Nam .

“This was an amazing opportunity to partner with a local organization and bring Ms. Van Velsor’s experience and energy to the community. Ms. Van Velsor knows what some of our veteran families face as her father was in the Navy for thirty years serving during WW II, Korea and Vietnam.,” said Jessica Oelcher, Patchogue-Medford Library. “We want to provide a form of creative expression to help express the emotions of veterans and others who are affected by war and may be struggling. And we’re happy to help provide a venue for events like this that are open to the community.”

The first in the series of workshops takes place at the library on October 13 at 6 pm. All materials will be provided free of charge.

Registration is currently taking place. Call the library 631-654-4700.


The Patchogue-Medford Library is a school district public library serving the residents of the Patchogue-Medford School District. The mission of the Patchogue-Medford Library is to provide resources and opportunities to empower, educate and entertain the community.

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