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Veterans’ talents on display at annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival

February 25, 2015

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Veteran Anthony Sarpy rehearses his musical selection

Veteran musicians and artists from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin will share their talents in a show and on the stage at the 7th Annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center Feb. 26.

Categories this year include writing and poetry, music and applied/fine art such as painting, drawing, sculpture and photography; as well as art kit categories such as “paint-by-number.” A special category is “Military Combat Experience,” for Veterans who overcome physical or mental health challenges to create pieces related to their combat experience. 

Participating Veterans were required to be enrolled at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility or outpatient clinic. First place winners have the opportunity to compete in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival this fall. More information about the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival can be found online at\

WHAT: Lovell FHCC Annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival

WHEN: Art show begins at 11 a.m.; Performances begin at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26

WHERE: Building 4, Bourke Hall, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (3001 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, Ill.) Parking is available in Parking Lot T.

HOW: The event is open to the public. Media are asked to please R.S.V.P. by 9 a.m., Feb. 26, for security/parking by calling 224-610-3714, or emailing confirmation to