PALO ALTO, CA – Hundreds of handcrafted ceramic cups will be distributed to veterans and community members during the free Community Day and Containers of Community Closing Celebration on Sept. 7, noon-4 p.m., at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
All of the wheel-thrown ceramic cups were created onsite by veteran and Berkeley-based artist Ehren Tool during his June residency. The cups have been presented in the Glass Gallery of the Art Center, along with a selection of monotypes, to honor the community of veterans and highlight their shared experience. Prior to the residency, the Palo Alto Art Center collected images and artifacts from community members, relating to their own service or that of their friends and family.
Ehren creates ceramic objects that promote awareness and dialogue about the consequences of war. All of his cups are wheel-thrown and feature decal-produced and embossed images and symbols related to war, violence, and the veteran experience in cross-generational conflicts. Since 2001, he has given away most of these cups, offering more than 14,500 to members of various communities.
A Veteran Artists Panel will also be held on Sept. 7, 3-4 p.m., in the meeting room of the Art Center. During this discussion, Ehren and other veteran artists will discuss the importance of art in their lives, and how art serves as a critical form of self-expression for the greater community.
A related presentation, Combat Paper Exhibition, will be on view at the Art Center Aug. 27-Sept. 28. During this exhibition, people will be able to view mixed-media works by San Francisco artist collaborative Combat Paper. Working in communities affected by warfare, Combat Paper leads hand papermaking workshops for veterans and uses papermaking processes to transform uniforms and artifacts into art. A two-day hand papermaking workshop for veterans and non-veterans will be held at the Art Center on Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and on Sept. 7, noon-3 p.m.
About The Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 70,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs.
The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.