When artist Victoria Lewis’ husband became an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, she said her life changed drastically. “I was filled with fear and worry, because we had recently lost a very dear friend in Iraq, but I had no idea how quickly fear and worry would be pushed aside by pride and love,” said Lewis, whose new exhibit “Homecoming” opens July 3 at Peg’s Gallery in Hudson and features acrylic, military paintings.
“The Army community, specifically the wives I met along the way, would become my closest lifelong friends,” added Lewis. “I wanted to create a body of work focusing on those things — pride, love and friendship.”
“Homecoming” will open with a free reception Wednesday, July 3, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Gallery, located at 10 West Streetsboro St., Suite 200, in Hudson.
During this event, guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and hear her explain how her pieces examine the physical thrill behind active service and the emotional thrill behind coming home.
The reception also will feature live music by Chris Coles’ Organ Trio, along with free refreshments and the opportunity to engage with the artist. While this event is free, registration is required, by visiting bit.ly/PegsGalleryHOMECOMING.
Peg’s Gallery is run by Peg’s Foundation, which provides grants to mental health, education, and the arts.
“Having been founded with a strong belief in the fundamental role the arts play in creating a vibrant society, Peg’s Gallery fits into the core belief system of the foundation and its founders,” explains Peg’s Foundation’s Chief of Staff Victoria Romanda. “We believe that those seeking the arts should experience no barriers in access, therefore we offer free gallery admission to all our exhibits. We are honored to host ‘Homecoming’ as it helps address, through artistic expression, the many emotions associated with active military service.”
“Homecoming” will be on view through Aug. 13. Peg’s Gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It means a lot to have my work shown at Peg’s Foundation,” said Lewis. “I’m excited for the opportunity for this work to be seen by many people who may not be acquainted with military life. I’m very proud to be associated with Peg’s Foundation and am in awe of the work they do to further the work being done in the mental health field. I’m grateful Peg also believed in supporting the arts and bringing art to the people.”
For info, visit pegsfoundation.org.