The Snohomish County Music Project welcomes visual artist Steven Markussen for a month-long veteran art exhibit from November 6 – November 30. This will culminate in an artist reception on November 20 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Northwest Music Hall, located inside the Everett Mall. The event will also feature a veteran jam band led by the Music Project’s music therapy director Karla Hawley. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
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This haunting exhibit, “Veteran”, will feature paintings and sculpture on the veteran experience returning home from war. A veteran himself, Steven Markussen brings his own unique insight into conflict, trauma, and recovery.
“The experience of war affects you forever,” Steven Markussen says of the exhibit. “[The Exhibit] looks at the lasting impact of war from a veteran’s perspective. Drawing from personal experience, [these] works add introspective layers to the broader conversation of veteran specific treatment and published documentation of the challenges veterans face after returning home.”
During the artist reception, a veteran jam band, part of a Music Project music therapy program for mature adults 55 and over will play. The band features guitar, bass, drums, violin, and keyboard and will play classic rock of the 60s and 70s. Speaking of the jam band, Karla Hawley, MT-BC, M.Ed., said: “This is a perfect example of community supporting community.” The group is free to join and open to all interested veterans. Rehearsals take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 am at the Northwest Music Hall.