Update: The showing of “Walk with Frank,” a documentary of a local Bay Shore veteran and his journey, is postponed. It will now happen, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m., at the Movie Lot Drive-In. The rest of the indoor activities will be happening as planned on Sept. 23.
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For these local veterans, art is not only a tool used for self-expression, but also as a way of escaping reality.
On Thursday, Sept. 23rd from 5-7 p.m., several Long Island veterans will showcase their pieces at the Islip Arts Satellite Gallery in the Westfield South Shore Mall in Bay Shore.
The “Their Story” Art Exhibit, curated by Sean Fitzthum and Dave Rogers, features various kinds of creative works, such as paintings, photography, sculptures and more.
This exhibition is part of the Veterans Awareness Project, which sheds light on issues veterans face such as mental illness, PTSD, homelessness and recovery.
Attendees are encouraged browse the works, meet these artists and connect with the local veteran services at this free event. Plus, all the pieces are for sale for those looking for a new statement piece for their homes.
Some of the artists include John Cardone, Rosemary Lamb-Mourey, Harold Gubnitsky and Carrie Anne Gonzalez.
The exhibit will be on display at the gallery until Oct. 20.
Following the gallery viewing, a screening of the documentary film “A Walk With Frank” will be at 7:30 p.m. on the big Movie Lot Drive-In screen, located behind Dick’s Sporting Goods in the mall parking lot.
“Walk With Frank” is a documentary film about Bay Shore resident and Vietnam veteran, Frank Romeo, and his 750-mile walk across New York State to raise awareness for veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder.
His three-month journey in the film sheds light on PTSD, suicides and the effects of other debilitating mental health issues impacting veterans in the U.S.
To purchase tickets for the movie, click here.
To learn more about the artists and their work, watch this video below by Waldo Cabrera of My Long Island TV.
Top: Their Story art exhibit logo. Screenshot courtesy of the My Long Island TV video by Waldo Cabrera.