Saturday, October 1 through Monday, October 31, 2011
Special Gallery Night Event: Friday, October 14, 2011 – 5:00 to 9:00pm; gallery talk and music begin at 6:30pm
Following his service as a dog handler in the Vietnam War, Jim Walktendonk returned home and began to use music as a way to cope with his wartime experience. His pen and his guitar became critical allies, and his songs earned him renown within the veteran community and elsewhere. A featured performer on Vietnam Veteran recognition programs for PBS and HBO, Walktendonk shared the stage with such notables as Stevie Wonder and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. However, by the 1990s, Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam drastically limited Walktendonk’s ability to play guitar. Unable to perform, he heeded the advice of his wife and began to paint. This exhibit is the first time his artwork will be shown to a public audience. These nearly two-dozen oil paintings reflect the artist’s feelings on Vietnam, how Agent Orange changed his life and those of his wife, children, and grandchildren, and his love of music.