Veterans' Art Show in Brooklyn

The Prophecies art and antiques gallery, which is housed in a brownstone (townhouse) in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, New York, is owned and operated by a 63-year-old Army veteran, Lenny Goodstein. The gallery’s latest exhibit, which will run from April 30 to May 31, is a compilation of paintings, photographs and sculpture  by veterans, including those who served in the Vietnam War.

The face of the exhibit is a life-sized recreation of a sand-bagged bunker on the sidewalk in front of the building, which Goodstein–who humped ammo to U.S. Air Bases in Thailand in the late sixties–created.

The work also includes two Vietnam War-influenced sculptures by Vietnam veteran Robert Gulley,   “The Ho Chi Minh Trail, ” a wood-and-leather elephant, and a stylized Huey helicopter fashioned from an office chair. Also in the exhibit:  work by recent veteran Domingo Vega, a painter whom Goodstein met at a VA counseling session.

“This guy, all he does is draw all day long, ” Goodstein told The New York Times . “Deep stuff, intense stuff. It inspired me. I knew I had to do something.”

“It’s good to participate in an art show with all my brothers, ” Vietnam veteran Phil Tolvin, a photographer,   said. “There is a bond among the guys you served with, an affinity. You don’t know what it’s like unless you were there. I mean, I couldn’t even say the word ‘Vietnam’ for 20 years.”

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