Art show helps Upstate veterans share stories of their service

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An art show in the Upstate is helping veterans share stories of their service. The veterans talked with local artists, who then put those experiences into paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

Veteran and organizer of “Bullets and Bandaids,” Robert Chambers says for many of the servicemen and women, it was their first time opening up.

“There’s a stigma attached to veterans that if they tell their stories, then either it didn’t happen, or they’re weak for doing it and I think that stigma is ridiculous,” Chambers explained.

Veteran Brett Claycamp says he was anxious to talk about his service and being wounded in Afghanistan.

“I think opening up about this and telling my story finally, it was part of a healing phase, more of accepting what had happened,” Claycamp said.

Artist Miranda Peterson sat down with a female veteran and painted her story.

“With the art, it’s more emotional and personal and I feel like you really get kind of a deeper connection with the story and with what it represents,” Peterson described.

The art will be on display at the Hub City Tap House in Spartanburg on Thursday, August 18. There will also be an online auction for the public to bid. Proceeds will go to the Upstate Warrior Solution, a nonprofit that helps veterans.

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