NOV 2023 / The Veterans' Wellness & Family and Friends Art Exhibitions

Exhibition: Nov 7 - Dec 2, 2023
Opening Reception:
Nov 10 / 5-7pm

The Islip Arts Council invited artists who are Veterans to submit up to three pieces of work (all mediums) to be considered for the Annual Veteran's Wellness Art Exhibition. This show endeavors to bring awareness to veterans' PTSD and mental health. 

AARP sponsored a tandem exhibition, the Friends and Family of Veterans Exhibition, that complemented the Veteran's Wellness Exhibition. We called on family and friends of veterans to enter artwork honoring U.S. Veterans.

The public was invited to attend the special double opening reception of the Veterans Wellness Project Exhibition and the Friends and Family of Veterans Exhibition, Friday, November 10, from 5-7 pm, at the Islip Arts Council Gallery. The installation was expansive and quite impressive.

Attendees were treated to a USO type show with The Golden Girls, a quartet that is like the Andrews Sisters. There was also be several tables of veterans services available. 

In addition, John Melillo, disabled Vietnam Veteran (retired) and East End Artist, made a special presentation at the reception.

*Part of the IAC “Art with a Purpose” Series of Exhibitions



Lynn Aloia
Anthony Bacarella
Charles Ferrara
Sean Fitzthum
Robert L. Harrison
Christy Hinko
Seeun Kim
John Melillo
Michelle Strah
Donna Zephrine



Rose Ann Albanese
Renee Caravaggio
Lisa Carrano
Danielle Castro
Anthony D'Avino
Holly Gordon
Bill Kuchler  
Yvonne Lamar-Rogers
Benny Migliorino
Russell F. Moran

LuAnn Palazzo
John Raffloer
Bernice Rausch
Belinda RubIno
Harlene Schwartz
Elaine Faith Thompson
Ed Vega
Elaine Kiesling Whitehouse


 The Golden Girls



John Melillo




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