Veteran Artist's Exhibits

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Picture of the Leonardtown Veterans Day Parade
Photo By: St. Mary's County Tourism
Poster of the 5 Military Branches of Service
Photo By: MDOT SHA

Showcasing the art of veterans who served in various branches of the military. These displays will be changing during the month of November.  Here is the list of artists currently displaying their work, and the location of the Welcome Center where their art can be seen.

MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans Traveling Exhibit Photo By: Maryland Public Television (MPT)

1 MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans Traveling Exhibit

Features both current-day and wartime images of 16 men and women along with their recollections of incidents from the war. The exhibit has been divided with portions on display at all of Maryland’s Welcome Centers during the month of November. Also included is an opportunity for children to color pages to thank veterans as well as stationery for visitors to craft messages to veterans or share their own stories. This compelling exhibit, made possible in part by Maryland Relay and the SunTrust Foundation, has already visited dozens of locations throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. ​Contact Jessie Campbell at [email protected] if your organization would like to rent this exhibit for future events. Additionally discounts for MPT’s own series, “Maryland Vietnam War Stories” are available to Maryland Veterans Appreciation Month Passport holders.

PBS' "The Vietnam War" - A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Photo By: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

2 PBS’s “The Vietnam War”, a documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Trailers from this new documentary currently airing on PBS will be shown at all of Maryland’s Welcome Centers throughout the month of November.  Discounts on purchasing DVDs of the series are available to Maryland Veterans Appreciation Month Passport holders.

A poster of the dedication for LCPL Dale Burger, JR. by MDOT SHA Photo By: MDOT SHA

3 The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Fallen Heroes Exhibit

Features display boards with images of fallen military service members who have had roads dedicated in their name across the state.  The exhibits feature a picture of the service member, a brief write-up about their service and sacrifice and a picture of the road sign erected in their honor.  The display will also include a location of the sign should travelers want to see it. This exhibit will travel to Maryland’s various Welcome Centers across the state.  Additionally, MDOT SHA has created an interactive map which will show where all of the dedication roads and signs are located.  This map will not only include military service member dedications, but also all named dedications.  Click here to see the interactive map.

Picture of Airforce Veteran and Artist Barbara Gilbert Photo By: Barbara Gilbert

4 "Capturing the Moment" by Barbara Gilbert

Artist: Barbara. J. Gilbert
          Easton, MD
          U.S. Airforce, Retired

Medium: Photography

Ms. Gilbert served in the U.S. Airforce from 1985 until her medical retirement as an Aerospace Systems Control Operator, Staff Sergeant during Desert Storm/Shield in 1992.  She has participated in local and regional amateur photography contests since 2012, and sees photography as both her outlet and passion for the beauty of Maryland.

Ms. Gilbert's exhibit can be viewed at the Bay Country Welcome Center, 1000 Welcome Drive, Centreville, MD 21617, 9am-5pm daily, 410-758-2181.

Picture of U.S. Coast Guard Veteran and Artist Jeffrey Engle Photo By: Jeffrey Engle

5 "Coastal Inspiration" by Jeffrey Engle

Artist: Jeffrey Engle
          Salisbury, MD
          U.S. Coast Guard, Retired

Medium: Mixed and natural (sea shells/sand) media

Mr. Engle served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1990 until he retired from his last post in Law Enforcement in 2014.  He served on both U.S. coasts, as well as Alaska, the Caribbean, Panama, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, and he was on duty during 9/11. Mr. Engle uses his art to give back to veterans, most recently by painting scenic designs on nearly 40 ceiling panels throughout the VA’s community living center at Perry Point.  His art is influenced by his time at sea, his upbringing on the Jersey Shore, and his mother, Dorothy Engle, who is also an artist.

Mr. Engle's exhibit can be viewed at the Bay Country Welcome Center, 1000 Welcome Drive, Centreville, MD 21617, 9am-5pm daily, 410-758-2181.

Picture of Army Veteran and Artist Alie Koroma Photo By: Alie B. Koroma

6 "African Chores" by Alie Badarah Koroma

Artist: Alie Koroma
          Bel Air, MD
          U.S. Army, Retired

Medium: Charcoal, ink, colored pencils, oil on canvas

Mr. Koroma is a native of Sierra Leone, West Africa, migrating to the United States in 1988 seeking a better life and education.  After graduating with a degree in automotive technology, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1993 where he enjoyed a distinguished and highly decorated 22 ½ year career until retiring in 2015 as a Sargeant First Class.  His art is highly influenced by his early days in West Africa and military travel, and he now strives to not only gain exposure for his own art, but to help other artists from around the world in cross-cultural collaborations. Mr. Koroma can be reached by calling 443-866-0173 or emailing [email protected].

Mr. Koroma's exhibit can be viewed at theI-95 South Welcome Center, Between Exits 38 & 35, Mile Marker 37, Savage, MD 20763, 9a.m. - 5p.m. daily. 301-490-2481

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7 Digital photography, oil on canvas by James Myrick

Artist: James Myrick
          Owings Mills, MD 21117
          U.S. Army

Medium: Digital photography, oil on canvas

Mr. Myrick was drafted in 1966 and served in Vietnam as a Specialist 4th Class, Special Forces until 1968.  After returning to the United States, he studied and received a B.S. in Art Education and an M.A. in Fine Art from Towson University.  His style reflects his involvement with sign painting, decorative arts, faux finishing and marbleizing.

Mr. Myrick's exhibit can be viewed at theI-95 South Welcome Center, Between Exits 38 & 35, Mile Marker 37, Savage, MD 20763, 9a.m. - 5p.m. daily. 301-490-2481