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February 15, 2013

Work of art

Lockport veteran succeeds in VA Festival

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Lockport native Peter Boes, who did not become interested in art until after serving in the Army, earned honors in three categories at the Veterans Creative Arts Festival this week.

There were 64 veterans who participated in the semi-annual program at Freedom Hall at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo. Boes, a 4-year Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, is an outpatient at the VA.

”I consider myself a layman of sorts in many areas of life,” wrote Boes, 38, who lives on Akron Street and works for Capital Management in Buffalo. “As an artist, I have a proclivity to sculpture, art appreciation and writing. My mission statement in the community is to inspire others to create.”

Boes (which rhymes with goes) experiments with metallic materials and uses everyday objects. He likes to create aesthetically pleasing sculpture from discarded items. Boes found a muffler on the road and turned it into “Shhh...Quiet” which was entered in the festival.

“A lot of my work with sculpture expresses simplicity in design coupled with balance,” Boes said. “When there is balance, stability follows. Allowing for the freestanding of sculpture and the ability to interact with my work is my main goal in creating something unique.”

Boes, 38, graduated from Lockport High School in 1993 and earned a liberal arts degree from Niagara County Community College. He enlisted in the Army and served as a communications soldier in the First Armored Division.

The program helped Boes discover he had talent and a knack for creating art work, while providing him with more confidence. This year Boes submitted two poems and had entries in the mixed media competition.

Boes has entered exhibits twice to showcase his work. The Veterans Creative Arts Festival will have a summer show on Aug. 15.

The Buffalo VA joined the nationwide Department of Veterans Affairs program four years ago with Ralph B. Sirianni, a member of the Vietnam Veterans Art Group, named the coordinator.

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