“Through a Veteran’s Lens” will run from Sept. 29 through Nov. 12 at The Arts Center in Corvallis. (Photo by TheArtsCenter.net)

A new exhibit entitled “Through a Veteran’s Lens” will open Thursday at The Arts Center in Corvallis and remain in place through Nov. 12, organizers announced. The show highlights photographic works of veterans in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.

The exhibit is a partnership between The Arts Center, Samaritan ArtsCare, Samaritan Veterans Outreach and Red Feather Ranch.

“Through a Veteran’s Lens” celebrates artistic expressions of veterans and their loved ones through photographs. Throughout 2022, workshops led by professional photographers and artists introduced various photographic techniques to the participants.

“This exhibit is rooted in the personal experiences of veterans throughout our region,” Erin Gudge, program manager for Samaritan ArtsCare, said through a press release. “We were able to give the veterans an opportunity to display their self-expression and time to hear their stories. 

Two events are coming up in connection with the exhibit. On Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5:30-7 p.m., there will be an evening reception at The Arts Center (700 SW Madison Ave.) that highlights the work of the veterans.

Two weeks later at noon on Thursday, Nov. 3, an Art for Lunch event will be held with exhibit organizers and participants fielding questions.

“The cyanotype workshop at Red Feather Ranch was particularly moving to me,” Gudge said. “It was an opportunity to see a group of women veterans come together to create a collaborative piece of art. The experience was fostered by their connections with each other and wrapped in laughter and creativity.”