From Hand to Hand by Va­lerie noF­tle

Un­til JULY 30

Where Ottawa - - ART GALLERIES -

You might be sur­prised to learn that there are 350 home­less vet­er­ans on the streets of Ot­tawa. Artist and for­mer civil ser­vant, Va­lerie Nof­tle, cer­tainly was, and this rev­e­la­tion, in part, in­spired her to cre­ate a photo ex­hi­bi­tion that cel­e­brated those who’ve served in Canada’s Armed Forces, as well as rais­ing funds for their home­less. This pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hibit, at the Diefen­bunker, Canada’s Cold War Mu­seum, promi­nently fea­tures hands (ex­cept­ing one of a lit­tle girl, the daugh­ter of a veteran) of those who’ve served, rang­ing in age from 30 to 90, male and fe­male. Why hands? Be­cause, as the artist notes, “they al­ways tell a story.” In­deed, one such story is that of Bri­gadier-Gen­eral (ret’d) Sheila Hell­strom, who is the first wo­man to have reached that high rank. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from the sales of From Hand to Hand cal­en­dars will be do­nated to a char­ity sup­port­ing the Armed

Forces.

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