February News from DJD Foundation
T-Shirt Design Contest!
With help from Nevada Arts Council, DJD Foundation hosts this opportunity: Veterans, military families, and allies are qualified to submit a design. The deadline is 2-28-2022. Submit Here
David J. Drakulich Foundation is excited to share this news coverage provided by Truckee Meadows Community College. More coverage will be published in time for Veterans Day!
Did you know that creative movement improves mental, physical, and spiritual health? You are invited to experience these benefits and more with this free virtual movement workshop opportunity offered by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, the School of the Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, and David J. Drakulich Art Foundation! Click here to register:
Monday, 10-26, 4-5PM
Monday, 10-26, 6-7PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 12 - 4 PM
CHAIR-ity — will showcase the work of local artists while raising money for ARTECH – a local non-profit art organization. Artists will have the option to receive 30-50% of the auction price with the remainder going to ARTECH.
ONLINE AUCTION: September 1 – 10, 2020 https://www.32auctions.com/ArtechCHAIRity
Local artists were invited to paint our solid wooden chairs to be auctioned in the online “CHAIR-ity” scheduled for September 1-11, 2020 with an outdoor reception, exhibition of chairs and final bidding on Saturday, September 12 from noon to 4 pm. There will be live music by Colin Ross and refreshments
DJD Art Foundation will be selling Combat Paper and Masks
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INOVA Invites Artists to Submit Work for Community Campaign --Deadline extended to September 14, 2020!
This campaign is an art competition will include a purse total of $10,000, with first, second and third place winners across three different categories chosen, as well as a Best in Show. Categories include photography, painting and sculpture. The top 50 entries will be included in a book, “The Art of Innovation” with the artists’ information and the cost of each piece shown.
Artists are invited to present existing work as well as original works of art yet to be produced. The deadline for the last submission will be August 30, 2020 and a $10 entry fee will be collected per entry. In addition, The Sierra Arts Foundation, a nonprofit art organization working with integrating art in schools, will work with local schools as they try to spark creativity with their students from home. INOVA will be awarding $3,500 for this unique student contest.
This campaign invites local Reno artists, as well as others from across the nation, to create a visual expression that demonstrates what innovation means to them. Contest judges include Burning Man artist Andrew Johnstone; Executive Director of Artech and Project Manager for Playa Art at Burning Man, Maria Partridge; and retired Manager of Arts and Culture for the City of Reno, Christine Fey.
On behalf of David J. Drakulich Foundation For Freedom of Expression, I wish to thank you for your support of this organization. We are so grateful to Nettie Oliverio for enlisting her friends and family to support our art programs for veterans in honor of her beloved Tony Oliverio. Tony was WWII a veteran who participated in D-Day. We are saddened to hear that, at the age of 94, he lost his battle with COVID-19. As you are aware, Tony was a valued member of the local art community. We are told that he would be happy to know that his legacy will be carried on through your generous support.
With your generous support, we are well on our way to our $7000 quarterly goal helping us with operating and employment costs for veterans who run programs such as Veterans Art Project and Combat Paper Nevada. We wish to give an additional and special thanks to our community partner, Reno Little Theater who contributed so much to this campaign.
Additional thanks go to the COVID-19 Relief Fund of Northern Nevada held at Community Foundation of Western Nevada and Nevada Humanities CARES Grants! With this generous grants, DJDAF was able to balance the books on the Task Force: Covid-19 Mask project; and ensure further employment to those veterans working to keep art for veterans and military families alive in Reno!
We are very grateful to the many community members donated to this project. With all of this support, nearly 3,000 masks were made and donated! Artist and board member, Rob Garret will continue to fill your order if you want artistic, classy, hand made masks! Order from Rob here.
DJDAF is now offering KN95 respirators which are protective for self and others in the COVID-19 landscape. They are available to DJDAF through our very good friend, Quiet Terrain LLC, a Service Connected Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise. This tends to a public health need and is a natural accompaniment to the hand-made masks. Tina can tell you that they are very comfortable; see the image below. These respirators are durable and convenient! These masks are available for a competitive price, under $4.00 each, and each purchase provides a percentage to DJDAF's quarterly goal of $7000! Contact Quiet Terrain LLC to order these masks here.
A Beloved World War II Navy Veteran Passes Peacefully
David J. Drakulich Foundation is honored and humbled to share this talented and wonderful community member's obituary. His family invites you to contribute to DJD Foundation's Veterans Art Project in Tony's memory. Nettie Crowder Oliverio, Tony's wife of 43 years explained that Anthony Joseph Oliverio was a talented performer. and visual artist. His final days were passed comfortably at VA Sierra Nevada Health Care.
"His personality made our staff shine!” “He was my compadre” “My Paisan is having a nice glass of red wine right now in a better place.” Thoughts from friends. Dementia set the stage and Covid-19 was the chariot to take Tony to that better place. Anthony Joseph Oliverio exited July 7. 2020. For all who knew him he was bigger than life, greeting all with a dazzling smile and a hearty hug. At 94, he’d seen combat with the Navy in WWII at D-Day, sung with the Ames Brothers as he subbed for Ed Ames in performance and for 3000 of his fellow soldiers & sailors in a USO show, co-founded the national industrial chemical company Share Corp and served as its Senior VP until his retirement in 1988, served as President and was a life-member of Nevada’s Italian Benevolent Society founded in Virginia City in 1872, and travelled around the world with his wife (when it was still fun to travel) making lasting friendships in many countries.
Tony is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nettie; his brother Vincent Oliverio and sister-in-law Angela, his sister Rose Burlingame; his nieces Rita Oliverio, Barbara Silo, Vicky Vecchiarella, Carolyn Adams and Becky Plunkett; his nephews Carmen Vecchiarella, Vincent Vecchiarella, Vincent Oliverio, James Crowder Austin Crowder, John Burlingame, Richard Oliverio, Daniel Oliverio and John Oliverio; his brothers-in-law Jay Crowder, John Crowder and Hobert Plunkett, his sister-in-law Iris Shelton and his great-nieces and nephews.
In the Age of Covid, rather than coming together we ask that you hug your loved ones, raise a glass and share a joke Tony would have enjoyed and, if so moved, contribute to the David J. Drakulich Foundation’s program providing art therapy for veterans coping with PTSD. www.arthealswarwounds.com
We have converted our paper making operation to mask making in Task Force: Covid 19 Mask to serve our community. It seems like face masks are a symbol of our 'new normal'. With this in mind, I began researching face mask needs in our area and soon found that DJD Foundation's Combat Paper Project has resources necessary to produce the Renown sanctioned pattern. These masks are stylish, comfortable, protective, easy to don, and easy to sanitize. They can be worn over the N95 disposable mask to prolong its use, or without as a means of preventing the spread of disease. Currently, many volunteers and part-time employees have been producing these face masks...nearly 300 already! (By the way, all employees are veterans and military-connected!) If you would like face masks for your family or organization, please order here. We are happy to donate masks. We ask for financial or material supplies in return. We wish to especially thank our volunteers from Northwest Reno Library who have provided many hours of sewing, cutting and laundering.
In order to continue to employ veterans and supply masks we will need your help. Please donate, or if you wish to provide resources such as sewing notions, fabric, at least 40% cotton, non-woven interfacing (pellon), bleach, laundry detergent, paper towels, scissors, etc. Are you interested in volunteering? We need help sewing, cutting and laundering fabric and uniforms. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Another simple way to help is to forward this email.
Combat Paper Nevada Workshops are held monthly and are free to local veterans and their close friends and family members. Register at Combat Paper Nevada
Tina Drakulich is a founding member of DJD Foundation.