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**Tickets: (801) 883-3413**Jed Boal Reporting
Across the country many military veterans turn to art for therapy. This week many of the best are in Salt Lake at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
VA medical facilities use the creative arts to help veterans recover from physical and emotional disabilities. This week many of the most talented artists are here for the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
Today several dozen artists showed their work and shared their inspiration with other artists invited to the festival. Nearly 3,000 vets from 100 VA facilities entered the nationwide art contest. 142 were invited to participate in this festival -- a showcase for the national winners.
Edward Dunwiddie, a 71-year old Korean War Veteran from Columbia, Missouri won first place for his leather work. He uses art as therapy and to enrich his life.
Edward Dunwiddie: “I just enjoy using my hands and my imagination to make something. Painting, sculpting, woodwork, clay, leather, I don't care what it is. As long as I can make something then I'm having fun."
This is the 16th year for the festival; many of the artists come back each year.
The art will be on display in Building 8 at V.A. medical center in Salt Lake City from 9:00-3:00 tomorrow. The week's activities culminate Friday. For more information on the location and times of the art displays, follow the links to the web site.
Tickets are free, but call (801) 883-3413 to get them.