Yuba Sutter Arts is proud to announce its next art project by and for Veterans. “Portraits of Veterans” is a re-boot of the photography project started earlier this year, but this time it will be conducted on an “epic” scale. Thanks to a generous grant from the California Arts Council, professional photographers will once again help Veterans in the process of creating high quality photographic portraits. The photographers will work with small groups of Veterans and enable them to make photographs of each other within a basic studio environment. The goal is to photograph 200-300 Veterans in the next eight to ten weeks and display them before, during and after Veterans Day.

“We began this project in February of this year,” said David Read, Yuba Sutter Arts Executive Director. “More than 60 Veterans came forward to be a part of it. We displayed the 20”x30” black & white photographs in March and held a gallery reception attended by 200 Veterans, family members and the general public,” he added.

The hope is that during the process of meeting, learning and collaborating, Veterans will experience positive reinforcement of their service and enjoy creating an intimate, lasting work of art with the help and support of fellow Veterans. This is another way for Veterans to convey their stories and for the community to honor their service in a unique and creative way.

Professional photographers will oversee the technical aspects of each session.  A portable photo studio will be set up at various locations with all of the required equipment - tripod, cameras, lighting, etc. Veterans will be asked to sign a model release. The images will involve the subject or subjects, photographed against a plain background in high resolution for maximum clarity. The project is open to all Veterans and there is no cost to the participating Veteran.

Each photography session with individual Veterans will take 10-15 minutes. Yuba Sutter Arts welcomes the involvement of Veteran couples. Each Veteran will receive a print of the portrait and/or electronic versions of the photographs. Several photo sessions are planned for this phase of the project. The first “pop up” photo studio session will be at Yuba-Sutter Stand Down at Rosser Pavilion in Riverfront Park on Thursday and Friday, August 24 and 25 from 9-4. Additional dates and studio locations will be announced in the next few weeks.

Yuba Sutter Arts will produce 20”x30” black and white enlargements of the photographs, which will be displayed along with each Veteran’s bio (as much as they care to share) at various locations throughout the community in the weeks leading up to and immediately following Veterans Day. Display locations may include the Sutter County Memorial Museum, the Sutter County Library, Live Oak City Hall, and restaurants in both counties and a number of other sites.

Again, this project is open to all Veterans in Sutter and Yuba Counties at no cost. To register or for additional information, contact David Read at 530-749-8065 or david@yubasutterarts.org.

About YSA: Yuba Sutter Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide arts programming, education, advocacy, assistance and service to artists, organizations and residents of Yuba and Sutter Counties. The official agency for Yuba and Sutter of the California Arts Council, its programs include Veterans art programs, in-school arts enrichment programs for students in both counties, the Women's Creative Circle, Shakespeare Readers’ Theatre, the Writers’ Group, Very Special Arts Festival, Art Party, Harvest the Arts, Art Everywhere, our network of satellite art galleries and much, much more. www.yubasutterarts.org.