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“It calmed my mind,” Hoin said recently. “It was a release for all the things I had inside, and it relaxed me at the same time. It was therapeutic.”
Hoin, of Lancaster, decided to make art a career and earned an education degree with the help of the GI Bill. He later earned a master’s degree as well.
Though his teaching days were limited because he has epilepsy, he continues to make art a full time endeavor and has exhibited his work in numerous shows nationwide.
During that time Hoin, 69, has connected with many artists who also are veterans.
Recently, he tapped his network to organize the Lancaster Veterans Art Project, an exhibit that showcases local veterans with a penchant for the creative.
“Veterans Honoring Veterans” is on display through November in the North Gallery of Mulberry Art Studios, 21 N. Mulberry St.
Hoin’s contributions to the exhibit include weavings and colorful paintings, one of which was begun simply by tracing his own hand.
“I started there and just kept going with it, just kept adding things here and there,” he said of “The Puppet Moves,” which depicts a slightly psychedelic, multicolored hand with fingers that are disjointed but loosely linked together.
The exhibit also features photography by Charles W. Army Medical Corps. Heisterkamp’s work includes two idyllic outdoor photos “Ducks” and “Lily” along with “A la Andy Warhol,” a grouping of Heinz ketchup bottles created with a pop art flair.
Heisterkamp is donating $50 from the sale of each of his pieces to veterans in need.
Also included in the exhibit are oil portraits by Jim Riley, watercolors by Richard Lawrence, acrylics by Robert Bitts and a walnut platter created by Theodore C. Rasmussen.
“I think we put together something really great, something really inspiring,” Hoin said. “Hopefully, this will be the first of many.”
Hoin said he hopes to take this show to other venues and would like to see other galleries display veterans’ artwork.
“It’s important to see the amazing things veterans are creating, and I think it can he helpful to others,” Hoin said. “I sincerely hope other veterans can find art as an outlet. Many of them come back with, not only physical, but different neurological problems if anything, I would hope to help get them going in a creative direction and find a peace within themselves.”.