Veterans showcase their artistic side during annual VA art show

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Sturgis, SD Local Veterans expressed their creative side during an art show Wednesday at Fort Meade.

VA Black Hills hosted a local chapter show of the National 2018 Veterans Creative Arts Show.

32 works off art, all created by local vets, were judged in several different categories in including creative writing, acrylic and mixed media.

The artists come from all branches of the military and started their journey in art for various different reasons.

Charley Applegate, veteran artist says, "Well my job in the real world was architecture and of course that's related to art. But I started by artwork with woodcarvings, carving ducks and geese and then I started messing around with paints a little bit and started painting."

The event was started to showcase local art but to also highlight the therapeutic benefits of art for vets suffering from various ailments.

Mike Ellis, recreational therapist says, "For some of these guys it's a great way of expressing themselves. Sometimes it's a great way to work through issues that they have it's just a very therapeutic venture for these guys."

The winners from this event will have the chance to compete nationally and next week vets at the VA in Hot Springs will showcase their work.