VAF2015 Full Program - Society of Artistic Veterans
Society of Artistic Veterans
& American Red Cross of Greater New York
Featuring veteran artists
Cary Abbott, Matthew Thomas Burda, Randy Clinton, Daniel Gorman, Parker Gyokeres,
Jennie Haskamp, Jeremy Lock, Bruce Ploth, Kevin Ploth, Maria Salazar, Phillip
Schladweiler, Janie Zetsch
and performances by veterans
Adrienne Brammer, Kodi Johnson, Brandon Lanham.
Saturday, 23 May 2015
6 – 7 pm
Reception Hour &
Diorama / Model
Metalwork / Craft
Sketch / Drawings
American Red Cross
of Greater NY
520 W. 49th St., 1st Floor
New York, NY 10019
The event is open to the public.
Presented by Society of Artistic
Veterans, hosted by the American
Red Cross of Greater New York.
CARY ABBOTT served in Aviation
Ordinance with the U.S. Marine Corps. After
collecting broken or disfigured GI Joe figurines
over the years without quite knowing why, Cary
was inspired to create a series of scenes
commenting on the conflicting narratives of the
warrior as hero(ine) and the warrior as broken
ADRIENNE BRAMMER served as a
Broadcast Journalist with the U.S. Air Force.
Adrienne is an actress, singer and journalist
with a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan
College. Adrienne also serves as the Executive
Secretary of Society of Artistic Veterans. She
will be performing Oscar Wilde’s “Lady
MATTHEW THOMAS BURDA served in
Security Forces with the U.S. Air Force. MTB is a
director, producer, and filmmaker who has
dabbled in various other arts. He is showing his
short film “Where’s Javi?” based on a dream he
had, as well as two of his recent paintings.
RANDY CLINTON served as a Public Affairs
Specialist and Combat Correspondent with the
U.S. Marine Corps. Randy’s series of photos,
“The Bronx,” documents everyday life in New
York, where joy and promise meet the struggle
of living in an often chaotic urban environment.
Printed on 12 x 12 metal squares.
DANIEL GORMAN served as an Information
Systems Technician in the U.S. Navy and is
currently serving as an Infantryman with the
U.S. Army. His photography documents his time
conducting “post-war” exercises and training at
home, in which he finds soldiers often feel more
at home than the civilian world to which they
PARKER GYOKERES served as a
Photojournalist with the U.S. Air Force. A
freelance author and photographer, and self
proclaimed “propellerhead,” Parker builds and
pilots unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or
‘drones’) for surveying, cinematography and
photography, showing how epically beautiful
and fragile our ecosystems are.
JENNIE HASKAMP served as a Combat
Correspondent with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Writer and photographer, she continues to hone
her skills while exploring new media. With “Big
City, Little Lenz,” Jennie photographs familiar
scenes from a surprising perspective through
KODI JOHNSON served as a Financial
Specialist with the U.S. Army. Taking the stage
as comic Kodi Me’chele, she wants the audience
to have an experience like they never had
before, not only filled with endless laughter but
something that they will carry forward and talk
a night that they will
be dying to experience again.
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BRANDON LANHAM served as a Scout
Sniper and Recon Team Leader with the U.S.
Marine Corps. A talented singer/songwriter
and recording artist, Brandon is currently
pursuing a degree in Audio Engineering at the
City College of New York. Brandon will be
performing several songs from his 2.3.14
album, with acoustic guitar.
JEREMY LOCK served as a Combat
Photojournalist with the U.S. Army. In a
selection of ten photographs from his “TwentyOne” series, Lock embeds himself into the
tragedies, celebrations, and everyday realities
of the world around him, imploring viewers to
live and feel those moments as though witness
at the moment of their capture.
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BRUCE M. PLOTH served as a
Photojournalist with the U.S. Coast Guard. His
series of photos documents time aboard a
USCG Ice Cutter in the Antarctic during the
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KEVIN B. PLOTH served as a Stinger
Missile/Avenger Systems ADA in the U.S. Army
and received training in photography, stage,
sculpture and film from his parents. Kevin’s
photographs play with light and reflection, often
experimenting to capture stories in a single
shot but from multiple perspectives.
MARIA SALAZAR served as a Motor
Transport Specialist with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Firmly believing that “art takes away the dust of
everyday life,” painting is her personal
therapy. Four works, “When Souls Recognize
Each Other,” “Huancaina,” “A Mother’s Love,”
and “The Wild” imbue a realist narrative with a
spiritual and mystical sense of intention.
PHILLIP SCHLADWEILER served as a
Forward Observer with the U.S. Army. After
receiving a Purple Heart for wounds received in
Ramadi, Iraq in 2006, and a subsequent medical
discharge, Phillip began photographing his
series “The Shrapnel Project,” composed of
high-resolution photos of bits of shrapnel pulled
from the bodies of wounded service members,
finding beauty in destruction and moving
JANIE ZETSCH served as an Aircraft
Maintenance Mechanic in the U.S. Air Force,
where she specialized in pneudraulics and
stealth aircraft. Inspired by the marine life
surrounding her home in Dauphin Island, AL,
Janie forges and handcrafts original jewelry
from scratch using recycled pure fine silver,
copper, brass, and polymer clay.
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Veterans, please visit our website and our
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Red Cross of Greater New York is doing for
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