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Michael Hodges’ Memorial Gathering

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us for Michael Hodges’ Memorial Gathering at Community Grounds Park, 642 Siebert Street from 12:00pm to 4:00pm followed by Opening Night of the Michael Hodges Memorial Art Show at The Mixed Bag Studios Gallery, 1620 East Broad Street, Suite 102. The opening will take place from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Let us grieve and celebrate safely. Please mask up.

All donations made on this page will support the Smile Lines Project, of which Michael was a participant.

From Smile Lines Project Creator, Suzanne Gallagher:
My Smile Lines Project is a traveling fine art exhibition of 52 portraits documenting the resilience of US Armed Service Members. Most creative endeavors have motivation as their muse, whether it is the influence of a beautiful model or a personal challenge. My motivation is my love of life, my desire to paint and the fact that 22 Veterans a day are killing themselves.

A portrait to me is an approachable, timeless introduction to a unique personality. Because everyone is different, there will be 52 individual smiles.
Each 16″ x 20″ oil painting will be accompanied by a statement from interviews giving additional insight into each volunteer’s life skills and experience.

The Smile Lines Project is created to celebrate resilience. Through sharing their lines of wisdom, 52 service members representing the 50 states, Puerto Rico and D.C. will offer insight into their smile lines.
Through paint and words I will exhibit a conversation about the skill sets inherent in overcoming life’s challenges.

The project is anonymous allowing these veterans to speak freely and deeply about his or her life. No one’s service can be weighted against another’s. At the end of the tour of the country each painting will be returned to the model with my gratitude.
My project includes the creating of each oil portrait, the framing , insurance, exhibiting, logistics and promotion of the exhibition throughout the country.
By funding the Smile Lines Project you are investing in the creation of an exhibition of Wisdom, Courage and Strength.

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May 15
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Community Grounds Pocket Park
642 Siebert St
Columbus, OH 43206 United States
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