The concept of “The Art Of War” was to match the poetry, prose, and songs of war veterans with visual art created by the Hi-Desert’s local artists. Included were sculptures, paintings, photography and collage and the writings were mounted on the wall next to the art. The spoken word event consisted of veterans, family members and friends of veterans who read their work and made the show even that much more profound and significant. Artists included Bobby Furst, Jacobine Van Der Meer, Tami Wood, Kit Brooks, Brian Leatart, to name a few. The veterans ranged from the Viet Nam War to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict. There were also readings by family members of World War 2 veterans.
The presentation at Chaffey College was sponsored by Mil-Tree, the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, and One Book One College Program and was very well attended by students, faculty, friends and Chaffey’s own veterans club. Two members of the club joined the Mil-Tree family; David Valdivia exhibited his photography and Lin Thompson read his short essay. The event ended with the drawing of names resulting in five winners of exquisite Ehren Tool mugs. Altogether there were at least 50 audience members. It was a very moving experience for all.