The Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina, in honor of celebrating its centennial this year, is partnering with the N.C. Museum of History to open the exhibit American Red Cross: Healing the Warrior’s Heart through Art.
The exhibit features a collection of works created by U.S. Marines who were wounded while serving. The Marines completed the artwork under the guidance of world-renowned artist Craig Bone as part of an art therapy program for Wounded Warrior Battalion–East, based out of Camp Lejeune. Prior to working under the guidance of Bone, the Marines did not have experience creating representational art.
This powerful exhibit includes more than 20 paintings and three sculptures created from that art therapy program, with each piece telling its own story. Some of the paintings have hidden pictures embedded. Quotes from the Marines and artists help illustrate the unexpected psychological and emotional recovery many made through this program, and what that recovery meant to their families.
The exhibit officially opens Sunday, June 25, in the museum’s third-floor gallery space, adjacent to the new North Carolina and World War I exhibit.