Letter from the Commander

I hope this letter finds everyone doing well.

In the beginning of November, we had the Home Depot work team come in and repaint Heritage Hall and the Hall front entrance. They also changed all of the ceiling tiles and painted the grid. Four new doors were hung in Heritage Hall. Home Depot also donated a new refrigerator for the upstairs kitchen and a new stove and freezer for the kitchen downstairs in out Fox Hole Lounge. Also donated to us were enough ceiling tiles to replace the one in the Fox Hole. My thanks go out to the guys who helped: Dave Rogers, George Egan, Jim Shine, Pete Palamidis, and “Top” Parente.

On Thursday, December 7th, 6:00, we will be having a Christmas Dinner, followed by a short meeting at 8:00. Our Auxiliary is also invited to attend. We will be having a special presentation from Dr. Steve Brook, a local podiatrist who is new in the area. He will be making a large donation for a new commercial stove, which is desperately needed for the Heritage Hall kitchen. We also received a donation from Paul Wekerle Insurance who saw us on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page to use wherever we felt it was needed. I hope everyone can attend this meeting to show our thanks to Dr. Brook for his generous donation to our post. Please let me know if you need a ride for our Christmas Sinner and special meeting. On December 10th, 9:00 – 12:00, we will be having a Pancake and Eggs Breakfast fundraiser. I would appreciate any assistance in making this a success. Please let me know if you can help.

Our prayers go out to Jim and Lillian Orban, Wynn and Ida Davis, and Ed and Pat Sacco for good health. My apologies go out to all who showed up for dinner at our November meeting. Because of all the work that was needed to be done in Heritage Hall by some of our members, I cancelled the dinner at our October meeting.

May you all have a truly blessed Thanksgiving. Remember to keep our troops and their families in your prayers during this holiday season. May God continue to bless them and God Bless America.

Your Commander, George Barrett.

Published by daves-studio

I truely believe that "Even ordinary life can be immortilized through art". I have always been awed by the mystery of how people are connected and for most of my life as an artist I have looked for new ways to express what was inside of me, what I was feeling and how I wanted people to view and understand what I wanted to say. This caused me to restrict my art to forms that others could understand. I was speaking to the masses, but I was not using my own voice. Over time I realized that it was not so important weather people truly understood what I was saying but rather that I was speaking so I started to look for the way to think out loud and be heard and have found that voice in papercutting. My work is a mixture of Eastern and Western Art that I started after a visit to China in 2004. while there I discovered the ancient and demanding art of Chinese paper cutting and line drawing. On my return from China I began to make connections between the craft of paper cutting and my years as a soldier. The results of this unusual connection have been beautiful two and three dimentional metaphors of the importance of time and the fragility of life and democracy. Paper cutting itself can be found in many cultures and just like in China those cultures for the most part have thought of it as a decorative or folk art, few artists have explored the idea of using this form of art in a more substantive way. It is part of what has attracted me to papercutting in the first place. While the beauty of paper cutting was appealing, more appealing was the idea of using this fragile material to represent serious and even realistic ideas. The process that I use for my paper structures is the same as found in traditional Chinese paper cutting. What is different is the paper, the way it is displayed and the topics talked about in the art. It is these differences in the works that make them stand out from other forms of paper cutting and structures. Instead of using traditional types of paper for papercutting I have made the cuttings out of aluminum or mirror paper. The paper was chosen for its reflective properties, not just for making the art brighter but for the ability of the viewer to see reflections of themselves in the art, showing a connection between the viewers and the subjects in the work. While most paper cutting are laid flat on the board these works are placed between two pieces of glass in the front of the frame allowing the light to cast shadows on the background, making these papercutting sculptures of art. The other aspect of this work that is different from traditional paper cutting is that each piece is individually designed and not mass produced. This is an important aspect of my work as it is about keeping the appeal of POP art while reducing the images to singular forms. My hope for the future is to continue to explore ways to bridge the techniques and styles of paper cutting and western ideals of art. Not just as a way for me to produce my art but as a way to communicate western ideas in Asia and Asian ideas in the West. For art is the only true international language that all people no matter where they come from can appreciate, and it is through art that we can learn about other cultures beyond mere words.

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