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  • 03/16/2020 15:23 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    In order to reduce the risk of exposure and to keep our volunteers, Veterans and members safe we will be closing the Veterans Art Center to walk-ins and cancelling all scheduled classes until further notice.

    Because of the numerous closures in the past 24 hours we faced an influx of people coming to one of the few centers still open. While this would normally be a good thing, it would increase the risk and we do not want to do that.

    Some of our volunteers will still be at the center however the doors will be locked.  We are still available by phone or email.

    Additionally, following today's guidance from the CDPHE that states: 'Anyone who has been in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties in the past week should minimize all contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.', our CHO and I will be hanging out at home for a couple weeks.

    Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

    Wendy

    #DoingMyPartCO



  • 03/13/2020 15:20 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    This is a community announcement regarding the Veterans Art Center during the Covid-19 pandemic. Like us, you have most likely been following news of the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. At this time we have decided to keep the Veterans Art Center open.


    First, and most important, please know the health and well-being of our veterans, your families and our volunteers is our top priority. We want you to feel confident attending the Veterans Art Center and we remain diligent in our commitment to providing a safe environment for all who visit or attend classes. As a result, we’ve taken enhanced measures regarding cleaning and participation.

    These include:

    • Enhanced availability of soap and hand sanitizer 
    • Enhanced cleaning practices on frequent use surfaces (tables, phones, keyboards, door handles, etc)
    • Enhanced air filtration and essential oil diffusion
    • Precautionary monitoring/screening of participants and attendees.
      • If you are sick with flu like symptoms we ask that you do not enter the building.
      • Persons coughing or sneezing more than usual will be asked to wear a provided mask.
      • If you know you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive within the past 14 days we ask that you do not enter.

    While we recognize many of our younger and healthy veterans and family members are at low risk we also know they can be carriers despite a lack of symptoms and our priority is to do our utmost to protect those at higher risk. We also recognize visible symptoms can be no more than a cold or allergies and we ask your patience and understanding if we err on the side of caution. We appreciate your assistance in helping us.

    • Wash you hands often
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
    • Avoid handshaking
    • Stay home if you are sick

    Additionally, if you are a veteran sick at home and need assistance with an errand or having something delivered please call us at 970-462-3126 and we might be able to help.

    In the event the situation worsens or someone at the Veterans Art Center becomes sick we will update you and will be closing the center until further notice.

    We are closely monitoring updates on the situation from local, federal and international health authorities, including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. State Department, the Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment and the VA Western Colorado Health Care System.


  • 04/25/2019 17:36 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    City Hall Veterans Exhibit

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      Until July 7th Veterans Art is on display on the second floor of City Hall.  Don't miss it.  Following the City Hall display the art work will be on display in the Old County building and Mesa County offices next door until October 7th.

    Exhibiting Artists include Jack O'Connor, Jose Quinton, Paul Sweeney,  Samantha Jacinthe, Adonice Silva, Bruce Lohmiller, Ernest Delto, Art Blom, Dallas Hanson, Brian Durham, Brenda Paulson, Gary Keenan, Bob Tallarico, Terry Cleaveland, Dave Wadsworth, Bob Maurer and director Wendy Hoffman.

  • 02/03/2019 13:47 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    At 6 pm on February 2nd the monthly group exhibit opened with 5 participating artists.  Congratulations to all exhibiting artists.  People's Choice awards opening night went to Nancy Allison for Best Overall Display and to Christina Hoagland for Best Artist. 

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    The show will be on exhibit until February 26th so don't miss it.  Come in and view the varied talents and check out the items for sale.  A purchase will support these artists.

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  • 10/14/2018 12:13 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    YES, you read that right! And we are not just about Art

    In January 2010 I had a vision of a functional art center for veterans and families to heal from emotional and mental injuries. The non-profit Organization, Operation Revamp, Inc, was founded in May 2010, Incorporated in July 2010 and awarded 501(C)3 status in January 2011 as a public charity. YOU are that public, and owners of the non-profit. 

    In January 2013 I found an ideal building (complete with a lot of needed contents) and by April had acquired it under contract by the non-profit and I leased it for 6 months on a test run. I made the necessary repairs and renovations to have part of the building usable and with the help of a handful of volunteers we had it cleaned and ready to go in a month. 

    May 1st, 2013 the doors opened on the Veterans Art Center and the need was quick to show itself as classes started, Veterans Art Exhibits hosted, and the craft cupboards in the main studio were converted to a coffee and snack area. In August 2013 we had our first annual meeting in the new gallery and presented a video of the changes that had taken place in a few short months. 

    We were not set up for tracking those first few months but by August 1st we had 175 registered participants, 17 volunteer instructors, and a mountain of donated art supplies, woodworking equipment and musical instruments. 

    As the purchase contract closing date of October 2013 loomed in on us and we were still not able to get bank funding to buy it I had to rethink my strategy. 

    So many veterans and family members had partaken in the free programs and services. So many veteran and family members offered their time and efforts to create the Veterans Art Center and introduce new programs. So many veterans and family members commented to us and to news reporters, on how participation and making art had eased their PTSD symptoms, gotten them out of isolation, given them purpose and more. 

    One veteran entered my office in early October, his eyes welled up with tears, and he proceeded to describe his activities on the day he first came in, his suicidal plans and intentions, and his walking through our door with no other purpose than to use the bathroom and warm up. He was telling me this because he no longer felt suicidal, he now felt like he had a reason to live, and he spoke of plans and dreams of a new job cooking once he got back on his feet. When he left my office I phoned the bank and said to go with the personal loan. 

    If this place could save one life it was worth the risk and worth the cost to save even more. My vision of Helping Veterans Heal was being fulfilled. On October 31st, 2013 I wrote a personal check for $79,206.01 as down payment and closing costs on a 5 year loan and purchased the building for the Veterans Art Center. That 5 years is up

    The non-profit has made all payments on the building since March 2014 and the remaining payoff to the bank on the loan is $175,000 - Due by October 30, 2018. 

    During that 5 years, at least since we started tracking, we have provided free programs and services to around 900 veterans and family members annually. Of the portion of those veterans who were surveyed in the past 3 years 426 reported Increased Health or Well Being, 382 Increased Mental Health Support, 238 Increased Access to Health Care, 236 Increased Job Stability, 182 Increased Housing Stability and 145 Increased Family Well Being. Also recorded were 170 with Decreased Urgent Need, 227 with Decreased Food or Gas Need, and 15 FIFTEEN who commented statements to the effect they are alive because of this place. 

    During the past 5 years we have added crisis and emergency support, alternative healing including acupuncture, yoga and Tai Chi, an RC Car Club, meditation and mindfulness, and many more arts and craft opportunities.

    Help us save this place -- it is so much more than just a building!!!

    Donate Now

  • 06/04/2018 09:32 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    The Veterans and Family members have gone overboard on this exhibition and its not to be missed!  We have a full gallery display in a wide variety of media.  Exhibiting artists include: Stevie Duffy (Veteran), Wendy Hoffman (Family), Maxwell Bardell (Veteran), Ernest Delto (Veteran), Bob Tallarico (Veteran), Art Blom (Veteran), Kelly Carter (Veteran), Bruce Lohmiller (Veteran), Jose Quinton (Veteran), Gina Allen (Veteran), Kathy Thomas (Family), Nichole Ulibarri (Family), Bill Dittman (Veteran), Pamela Zal (Family), Richard Naimish (Family), Rick Bott (Veteran), Stephen McCollum (Veteran), The Late Night Quilters Group, and Mother Nature.

    People's Choice ballots were collected at the opening reception and huge congratulations to the winning artists in each category.

    • Best Overall Artist - Rick Bott, Second Place - Bruce Lohmiller
    • Acrylic Painting - Stevi Duffy "Welcome to Hell"
    • Watercolor Painting - Ernest Delto "Double Arch"
    • Other Painting (Oil) - Art Blom "Autumns Leaving"
    • Sculpture - Jose Quinton "Feather Raven" and "Feather Dragon"
    • Glass Work - Gina Allen "Sea Horses"
    • Fiber Arts - Kathy Thomas "Pink Rainbows Teddy"
    • Mixed Media - Pamela Zal - "Fairy Door"
    • Other Arts and Crafts (Assemblage) - Rick Bott "Colorado Flag"
    • Creative Writing - Bob Tallarico  "Genesis - from Nothing to Now" 
    Due to the Excellent participation in the group exhibit we will be doing another members Exhibit in July.  The Theme is "Art of This World".
    If you are interested in exhibiting contact the Veterans Art Center for information and deadlines.


  • 05/15/2018 11:59 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    Our Crystal Cup Challenge Fundraiser of the month is Eagles Aerie 595.

    Veterans Art Center and Team RWB volunteers assist with a Trustee's Dinner twice monthly and proceeds go to Operation Revamp and the Veterans Art Center. 

    Veterans Art Center members are invited to come for the dinner on the 3rd and 4th Thursday monthly - $6 a plate.

  • 04/21/2018 12:17 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    We are almost ready to launch!!  The New home of Operation Revamp and the Veterans Art Center will include:

    • Public pages with a new and improved look
    • Secure Members Only pages
    • Member directory (members only)
    • Forums (committee, member and general)
    • News and Blog posts
    • Resources
    • An Online Store
    • Events Calendar
    • Event registration
    • Donation Pages
    • Member sign up forms
    • Member Profile management (you do it yourself)
    • Facebook and Twitter feeds
    • Online Calendar
    • Polls and Surveys
    • Photo Albums
    • Contact information and maps
    • A team of volunteers and contributors
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