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Veterans voice their hushed past through art


ST. FRANCIS -- "What is War?" an exhibit of art by veterans, will open at 2 p.m. Sunday at Quincy Gallery, 109 N. Quincy in St. Francis. The public is invited to attend the opening, which will include a guest appearance by former President Abraham Lincoln.

Veterans from as far away as Kiev, Boston, Saratoga Springs and Chicago have sent submissions for the show. Not necessarily the "feel-good" pretty art, but moreover the works are an expression of veteran artists' experiences with war through the voices of poetry, music, sculpture, photography and painting.

Sometimes it takes years for veterans to process the experiences and come to peace with their emotions. The exhibit offers an opportunity to understand the real effect of war and to truly hear veterans' voices.

Quincy Gallery also will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

The exhibit will continue until Aug. 10.