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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New art gallery recognizes local soldier


Art and military service collided on Sunday at the opening of the Art Gallery at the Prattville Center for the Creative Arts.

The Flag Day event included a portrait of a soldier recently returned from Iraq. Dustin Gish recently returned and is living in Prattville. His mother, Sarita Gish, painted the portrait and is a member of the the Prattauga Art Guild. The soldier attended the ceremony.

The Center is located on Chestnut behind City Hall adjacent to the art park along the Creek Walk. The opening exhibit features art work by members of the Prattauga Art Guild from throughout the River Region.

Included in the exhibit are pieces from the permanent collection by Charlie “Tin Man” Lucas, folk artist and sculptor from Pink Lily, Alabama; Russell Everett, artist, sculptor, and art educator from Troy University; Nancy Raia, artist and art educator from Fairhope, Alabama; Zachary Wickham, glass artist from Vermont; and Wade Oliver, clay artist from Birmingham, Alabama.

The works will remain on exhibit through the end of July. The Gallery also has a selection of fine art prints, note cards, and other gift items for sale by members of the Prattauga Art Guild. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for late summer.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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