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Homeless veteran artists given venue to sell gifts on Saturday

PRESCOTT - A talented group of veterans, including some who are homeless, will be presenting a holiday arts and craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Iron Springs Professional Plaza, 1555 Iron Springs Road.

Event organizer Jean Lutz said these veterans, along with other professional artists, jewelers and craftsmen, live on limited incomes and proceeds from the sales will assist "their struggle in just surviving."

Lutz thanks all of the professional artists who have been willing to share these venue with the non-professional veteran artists who have never before sold their handiwork. For potential customers, Lutz assures there will be much to see and consider for purchase from the veteran artists: jewelry, leatherwork, stained glass work, woodwork that will include rocking horses and bird feeders and metal sculpture. In addition, the professional crafters will be selling a variety of paintings, photography, as well as knit and crocheted items and all types of jewelry.

All comers will be treated to hot cider, she said.

Lutz said she hopes this event will inspire the veterans and the community to better understand what these individuals have to offer.

"They are incredibly talented but do not have the marketing skills or confidence to put themselves and their work out to the public," said Lutz, the founder and director of Everybody's Place, an organization that assists in creating jobs and job training for the homeless, including at-risk veterans, by transforming recyclables into "functional and decorative items for sale." "This is a big step for most of them."

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