This morning was a blur. I woke up feeling frazzled, slept through an alarm, and then remembered…
Sam was to be interviewed on the local news station about the Weapons of Mass Creation.
We rushed through our morning routine, Sam anxious to get out the door to go on air about an event he founded and created that is so dear to his heart.
My wonderful and amazingly talented husband thought Veterans have a lot to offer. For him, a therapeutic escape was woodworking. There was something about being in his workshop that brought him peace.
He had an eye for photography and captured candid moments around the house, on deployments, and at family events. He also captured serious photos, ones that have meaning and memories of deployments, soldiers lost, and sadness.
He has sculpted, worked with clay, stepped out of his comfort zone to create.
And he thought other Veterans might like to do the same.
Thus, Weapons of Mass Creation was born. Sam has worked tirelessly for years to put this amazing show together. He reached out to former instructors at SIU and was able to secure space at the Surplus Gallery, or for locals, the Glove Factory, near the campus of SIU. He reached out to friends, Veterans, and colleagues to assist with set up, and most importantly, submit their work.
There is so much more to a Veteran than the uniform. Veterans are more than a diagnosis (if they have received one), Veterans are folks who have gone above and beyond what some of us could comprehend with deployments and war. Veterans are creative. Talented. Amazing.
Sam spoke this morning to Kevin Hunsperger, our local News 3 Morning Show anchor about the 3rd Biennial Weapons of Mass Creation. You can watch the interview here:
You can still submit art! We’d love to showcase the work of your Veteran or family member. We’d love to see you at the show! You can come by the Surplus Gallery during the week of September 10-September 14 and see some beautiful work.
Please help us spread the word about this show. I’d love to see you (or perhaps meet you).
I’m very proud of my husband for his work and to get Veterans to create and contribute to this show. It is such a beautiful sight to see these artists and their families walk through the gallery. This morning I took some time to enjoy the news with my coffee. I got goosebumps thinking about the last show and I hope that this one is even bigger than the last.
Help us fill the Glove (gallery)!
My Veteran husband. So much more than a uniform. I’m so proud of him and all that he does to help Veterans. <3