Special Exhibit to Open on April 7th

For Immediate Release:

Additional Information: Claire Lissance (Tel) 450-1357 cdlune@aol.com

“FATIGUES TO FLAGS” Transformational Papermaking by Six Female Veterans

Special Exhibit to Open on April 7th

Turning combat fatigue uniforms into handmade paper and then into individualized prayer flags is a unique art form going on display April 7th in the OffCenter Gallery in downtown Albuquerque. The flags are the culmination of work of six female military veterans working under the guidance of Claire Lissance, with additional support from the New Mexico Arts, Santa Fe Community College, and the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF).

Lissance, a professional artist who has garnered her inspiration through the National Combat Paper Project, said “While this program has found great success around the country, this is the first of its kind offered to New Mexico veterans.” She said it’s cathartic because it enables participants to manipulate material representing a stressful time and turning it into something beautiful. “Some of the veterans in this class want to continue, so we are working on plans for additional workshops!” She has spent more than eleven years working with veterans within a number of creative realms.

Robert Allen, Executive Director of OffCenter, and Lissance say that visitors to the opening of the exhibit will be able to chat with the veteran-artists about the papermaking process and their resulting artwork. As a daughter of Holocaust survivors with a background in art education and counseling, Lissance is sensitive to the “restorative qualities of the arts.”

Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Founder and Executive Director of MAMF, will also be on hand to tell about the only museum of its kind in the country and its learning center.

The April 7th opening from 6-8pm is part of “Artscrawl” and is free to the public. OffCenter is located at 808 Park Avenue SW just off 8th and Central Avenue near Robinson Park and Hotel Blue. The exhibit will run till May 2nd. OffCenter is open Tuesday through Saturday. For additional information and hours: (505) 247-1172 or www.offcenterarts.org.

The Museum of the American Military Family is at 546C State Highway 333 – Old Route 66 – in Tijeras, about seven miles east of Tramway. Tel: (505) 504-6830. www.militaryfamilymuseum.org.

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