Veteran Artist Reception

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. — The Western Region One Source (WROS) and the current Veteran Artist of the Month, Jacqui Allen-Benson, are co-hosting an art show and reception Wednesday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m, at 482 28 Road, Grand Junction. Her artwork is currently on display and will be for sale during this event, which will conclude Jacqui’s art being hosted at the WROS. A new veteran artist will have their work on display in the near future.

The reception is free and open to the public, held in tangent with the weekly veteran’s coffee club. Coffee club has been paused due to the COVID pandemic restrictions, but is returning for the first time in 2021 on Wednesday, March 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Western Region One Source.

Jacqui’s oil paintings have been on display in the Vail Library and other public locations in the Eagle-Vail area. Her art is inspired by her faith and the many Colorado landscape.

“People always buy the pieces I like best, so then I have to paint another one,” Allen-Benson jokingly said.

Jacqui served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. She moved to Colorado in 1978, where she and her husband Hugo Benson owned and operated OG Printer in Gypsum, Colo., for 19 years.

Any veteran with creative/art work will be considered for future displays at the WROS. Interested veterans should contact Heather Benjamin, at (970) 257-3764.

COVID-19 Note: Social distancing, masks, and no handshaking will be practiced at all public events and inside the WROS building by all DMVA state staff and patrons. Masks are required to be worn inside the building due to the Governor’s mandate.

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