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'The Art of War' Program to Appear in Carlisle This March

Feb 11, 2015 08:39PM ● By Erica Shames

Nina Talbot, whose “Veterans” collection will be profiled in the Spring 2015 issue of Susquehanna Life Magazine, will appear at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, in Carlisle, PA, in a program entitled, “The Art of War:  From the Trenches to the Classroom.”

This professional development program for Art and Social Studies educators will take place at the U.S Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on March 20, 2015.

The program will feature artists and their artwork depicting Soldiers and their experiences.  Each artist will present their work and answer questions from the audience.

The program includes a luncheon.  The cost to attend is $40 with the luncheon, $20 without.  Space is limited, so register early.

To register online, visit:

About the artists

Nina Talbot

A graduate of New York’s High School of Music and Art, Ms. Talbot has studied at the Art Students' League, The Philadelphia College of Art, and The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. An award winning artist, she has served as an educator, consultant and panelist for Brooklyn College, Mercy College, Studio-In-A-School, the Lincoln Center Institute, and Young Audiences for thirty-five years.

Her “Veterans” series is currently on display in the Omar M. Bradley Memorial Art Gallery at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. These paintings are the unseen and rarely told personal stories of American veterans. They depict the individual veterans and the war they served in, and show how a soldier’s identity becomes enmeshed with their wartime experience.  Her website describes the paintings:

"By using translucent layers of paint, the artist portrays the soldiers’ faces superimposed and surrounded with wartime scenes, with faces of friends who never returned home, and images of civilians from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Vietnam and Europe. Elements of life before deployment, the homelands and birth places of the soldiers, and their triumphs and frustrations after war, remind the viewer that vets are people first, and that it is impossible to look at war without looking at the individual men and women who have served in the military." 

Images of her work are available on her website:

Captain Heather Englehart

“Art has always been part of my life; it is how I express myself.  I have been creating for as long as I can remember, and in fact, one of my most vivid childhood memories is that of selling my paintings for 5 cents apiece to a local retirement community before entering kindergarten”.

With a degree in architecture and a minor in visual arts, her passion and artistic sense directly influence Englehart’s approach to almost any duty assigned.   Thanks to a dear Vietnam Combat Artist friend, Englehart was presented with an opportunity to expound on her passion, while serving her country during a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005. 

“I didn’t deploy as a combat artist but was blessed with the opportunity to serve as one through an additional duty while deployed with a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Battalion to Iraq.  My subject matter was different than many tend to think of as traditional combat art.  I didn’t aim to paint ‘that historic battle’ or ‘that moment in history’, yet I did aim to record history.  My focus was to capture the mundane, scenes of everyday life on a deployment, that which occupies many of our military member’s days.”  Englehart’s deployment collection contains over 30 original paintings on a variety of “found” substrates.  The collection also consists of several sketch books filled with quick pen and ink sketches.

Sergeant Ron Kelsey

Founder and President of the Reflections of Generosity Foundation (RoG), Ron Kelsey joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1999 and continued to study art and religion at Wabash College for four years. He transferred to active duty in 2006.

Ron’s artwork has been shown in Canada, Germany and throughout the United States. Ron received a nonprofit military commission in 2009 for a lithograph to benefit thirty soldiers coming home from Iraq and became International Arts Movement's (IAM) Military Liaison for the Arts. After returning from Iraq in May of 2009, Ron organized IAM's first military art exhibit, called Reflections of Generosity, at Fort Drum, New York.  It was later published in book form. In 2014, RoG officially became a Texas nonprofit foundation. Then on Veterans Day that same year, it moved under the umbrella of Theatre Inc. Over the last five years, Reflections of Generosity has been featured at additional military installations, which include USAG Ansbach, Germany, USAREUR HQ Heidelberg Germany, 1st Armored Division Fort Bliss, Texas, and III Corps HQ Fort Hood.

Ron currently serves as an active duty Soldier in the Army and continues to volunteer his spare time to support Soldiers, Veteran,s and their families through the arts.

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