Visual Arts

Curtis Bean on the Art of War -- and what it means to veterans

You can find art all over town -- not just on gallery walls. In this series, we'll be looking at some of the local artists who serve up their work in coffeehouses and other non-gallery businesses around town.

Artist, philanthropist and Iraq veteran Curtis Bean, mastermind behind the Art of War project, was leading a group of snipers through the Middle East back when most of us were getting drunk, watching Saved by the Bell reruns in our college dorms. Today, that earnest Midwestern transplant -- you'll know him by his casual, down-home drawl -- has done "a complete 180," he says, and is finding a way to bring a little light to the kind of darkness only a veteran knows.

See also: Naomi Haverland on the strange things that inspire her

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Jamie Siebrase is a Denver-based freelance writer, and author of the forthcoming Falcon Guide Hiking Wth Kids, Colorado: 52 Great Hikes for Families.
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