Free art classes for veterans

While so many of us were enjoying Thanksgiving with our families, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and her husband Capt. Mark Kelly were serving meals to military veterans at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. It’s a reminder to us all of the many veterans and active duty military personnel who deserve our heartfelt thanks not only on Thanksgiving, but every single day of the year.

Hal Stewart teaches sculpting to a Valley veteran

The American Healing Arts Foundation, founded by Judi Combs, is “dedicated to serving U.S. veterans by providing free art classes, including supplies, along with art therapy by certified and licensed art therapists.” They serve veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Army National Guard – who can sign up now for 2012 art classes and art therapy. Also horse therapy provided in partnership with Phoenix-based “Horses Help.”

Combs is CEO of  “Thunderbird Artists and Arizona Fine Art EXPO ” which produces several juried fine art festivals each year – including the “Talking Stick Fine Art & Wine Festival” taking place 10am-5pm Nov. 25-27 at the Talking Stick Stadium in Scottsdale.  The AHAF website notes that event proceeds are “going to AHAF to support U.S. veterans and active duty military personnel.”

To learn more about the American Healing Arts Foundation, visit

— Lynn

Coming up: The fine art of rock ‘n’ roll, Nods to nostalgia


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