The Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) Community Based Arts and Crafts Center, located at 1670 North Avenue in Grand Junction, is pleased to host an opening reception for local artist and veteran, George Delahanty. The reception will be held at HHV’s Grand Junction center on Thursday, March 12, from 2 – 4 p.m.
Delahanty is working in the art form of Zentangle, an artistic medium that has been proven to be an effective stress reducer, an educational tool for motivational training or as therapy for patients coping with a variety of illnesses, injuries, and disorders including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
As an art form, Zentangle is a way to create structured designs through drawing various patterns. It is a specific way to draw images, most often in black pen on white paper. Like “doodling,” it is based on a human behavior in which one refrains from planning and allows lines and shapes to unintentionally emerge. (Rick Roberts and Mary Thomas are the originators of the trademarked Zentangle method.)
Delahanty, who lives in Grand Junction is an abstract artist with a love for pen and ink, both wood and stone sculpture, and also mixed mediums. In addition to his artistic interests, he has worked as a readjustment counselor at the Vet Center in Grand Junction since 2008, and has first-hand knowledge of the many benefits this art form can give to veterans. A Marine Corps veteran himself, Delahanty served in the military police from 1985-1990.
Complimenting this display, Delahanty will offer two free clinics on Zentangle. These will take place on Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon; and again on April 8 from 2 – 4 p.m.
The public is welcome to attend; however, because seating is limited, pre-registration is at required. Please visit HHV or call us at (970) 424-0499 to reserve your seat. United States veterans have priority seating.
Delahanty’s Zentangle display will be available to view at the Grand Junction HHV Community Based Arts & Crafts Center through May 1, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information, please contact Lisa Smith, Craft Care Specialist at the Arts and Crafts Center. She may be reached at (970) 424-0499.