Image-Nation gives veterans chance to tell stories through their photos |

Image-Nation gives veterans chance to tell stories through their photos

Veterans aren’t always ready to discuss their experiences when they return home.

The Nevada County Arts Council hopes to change that by putting cameras in the hands of veterans, and letting them tell their stories through the shutter’s view.

The arts council, in partnership with Welcome Home Vets and Nevada County Television, will create an exhibition made by veterans and professional photographer Michael Llewellyn called “Image-Nation.”

Slated to open in late April, the exhibition will showcase about 10 to 12 veterans’ photographs as well as Llewellyn’s photos of the veterans themselves, said Brian Buckley, the art council’s executive director.

Nevada County Television will film portions of the process, creating a mini-documentary, Buckley added.

“We anticipate there will be a lot of interest in this exhibition,” he said.

A few slots for veterans in the program remain open. Anyone interested should contact Buckley at 530-278-5155, Welcome Home Vets at 530-272-3300 or by emailing

The process, aided by a $9,000 grant from the California Arts Council, begins this month. Participants will have four workshops with Llewellyn, who will mentor the veterans and take his own photos of them.

Each veteran will select subject matter he or she finds interesting. Those pictures, along with Llewellyn’s art, will comprise the exhibition.

“Each participating veteran will create a professional quality photographic exhibition telling a story that is unique to their world and perspective,” Llewellyn says in a statement.

Julie Carrara, executive director of Welcome Home Vets, called the exhibition an educational opportunity.

The art show is scheduled to open in late April at The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley. It will relocate to the Eric Rood Administrative Center in mid-May, Buckley said. In addition to giving veterans a venue to share their stories, the exhibition also gives Nevada County residents a chance to see those veterans in a different way.

Organizers hope the exhibition will travel to locations outside the county, and potentially spur other art shows in the future.

“We’re really excited about the project,” Buckley said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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