“Waging Art” Exhibit extended to 3/13!

Event Date and Time: January 14, 2024 4:00 pm
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation
Location: 20 Puffin Way Teaneck, NJ 07666
Tickets and Reservations

UPDATE: This exhibition has been extended. It will now be on view until Wednesday, March 13th.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11:00am – 4:00pm.

To visit outside of regular hours, please
email  or call 201-836-3499


Enjoy the art and poetry of Jan Barry and many other military veterans as they process their nightmares of war through creativity.

The Puffin Cultural Forum celebrates the publication of Waging Art: Tackling Grief and Trauma with Creative Arts, a collection of essays and art by author, activist, and veteran Jan Barry. Waging Art conveys extraordinary stories and life lessons from writing and art programs for military veterans and family members wrestling with the nightmares of war.

Poetry performances by Jan Barry, Jennifer Pacanowski, James Yee, Walt Nygard, and Tara Krause will be featured.

The event also serves as an exhibition opening for the accompanying art show of the same name. The show will feature artwork by military veterans affiliated with Frontline Arts and the Secaucus Vet Center Art Group. Invited artists include Jim Fallon, Tara Krause, David Keefe, Walt Nygard, Ron Erickson, Barry Jensen, Walter Mack, Mark Oldland, Nate Lewis, Eli Wright, and James Yee.

PLEASE NOTE: N95 or equivalent masks are required. A limited quantity will be available at the door for those without one.

Suggested Donation: $10 (can be paid in cash or check at the door)


“Waging Art… is a heartrending portrait of America today, and the harm too many ‘perpetual’ wars have inflicted upon the hearts and souls of our veterans… Having waged war, these veterans are now creating art with the same intensity and fervor, and it is a patriotic and very humanistic fervor…” —John Ketwig, author of Vietnam Reconsidered: The War, the Times, and Why They Matter.

Jan Barry, a Teaneck resident and retired reporter for the Bergen Record, is the New Jersey coordinator for the Warrior Writers project. A US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he recently served a term as the Veterans For Peace Poet Laureate. An author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, his recent works include Earth Songs II: Poems of Love, Loss, and Life, and Sound Off: Warrior Writers NJ (co-editor). He creates art with Frontline Arts (formerly Combat Paper NJ) and the Secaucus Vet Center Art Group. He has performed spoken word poetry at many locales, most recently at the Newark Public Library and Pan Asian Repertory Theatre off-Broadway in New York, in collaboration with Iraq War veteran Jennifer Pacanowski.

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