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POR­TRAITS OF VETER­ANS TO HON­OUR SER­VICE

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Tim Slater

A STUN­NING col­lec­tion of por­traits of Aus­tralian De­fence Force veter­ans has been cre­ated to hon­our their ser­vice to the coun­try.

The Por­trait of a Vet­eran project com­prises more than 40 por­traits by artists through­out the met­ro­pol­i­tan area, in­clud­ing Comet Bay Col­lege stu­dents.

The dis­play will be on show at the col­lege and will be of­fi­cially opened by WA Gov­er­nor Kerry San­der­son at the school’s An­zac Day ser­vice on April 28.

Project co-or­di­na­tor and de­fence tran­si­tion men­tor Claire Hunt said it high­lighted the di­verse range of veter­ans who have served and are still serv­ing in the armed forces. She said it also chal­lenged the per­cep­tions of what veter­ans and serv­ing ADF mem­bers look like.

Among them was World War II vet­eran John James Wade, of Wat­tleup, who was re­cently in­volved in the re-launch of a book chron­i­cling the history of the WA 2/28th Reg­i­ment which served in North Africa, New Guinea and Bor­neo.

Veter­ans vis­ited the school’s au­di­to­rium for sit­tings in Fe­bru­ary and March.

“We held our first group por­trait sit­ting www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d468010 on Fe­bru­ary 7 with in­vited artists, stu­dent artists and veter­ans,” Ms Hunt said.

“It was such a treat to be sur­rounded by such tal­ented artists and so in­ter­est­ing to hear the sto­ries of the veter­ans.”

Ms Hunt thanked project spon­sors De­fence Bank for do­nat­ing can­vases and fram­ing costs. She said there were plans to hold a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion later in the year, with the works auc­tioned off and all pro­ceeds go­ing to a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­ports lo­cal veter­ans.

Picture: Jon Hew­son

Artists Melissa Bas­sett with Her­bert, Gary Wisker with Ted and Tanya Kepic with Toni Ralph.

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