The Detroit Institute of Arts Community Group Art Exhibition opened on December 6, and it includes artwork by eight veterans who reside at our Piquette Square, which provides housing and care to 150 formerly homeless veterans.
The participating Piquette Square veterans are: Tawny Ashton, Marcus Cobb, Sabrina Jones, Gary Meadows, Jerry Pettaway, Benny Richard, Derrick Westbrook, and Aelen Williams. Through workshops at the DIA conducted by professional artists, the veterans created art in ceramic and ink/mixed media on cloth. This year’s exhibition is the 10th annual of its kind. The show is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services and it runs through January 6.
Piquette Square veteran Benny Richard exhibited his ceramic piece entitled “The Redemption.”
“The piece represents my strong faith in God and the redemptive work of the cross,” Benny says.
Benny has lived at Piquette Square since it opened eight years ago and has been attending the DIA workshops for six years. He suffers from emphysema and COPD. “The opportunity to create art has been therapeutic for me,” Benny says. “I am able to work through my concerns about my physical health, which has been improving at Piquette Square as I get the care I need. I am maintaining hope and a positive attitude, and I express that in my art. I feel honored and humbled to see my work on the wall here at the DIA.”