Art show at GCM features works from WW II vet

Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Hal Endsley, 92, a WW II veteran, is having his art displayed at Greer Community Ministries.

Greer Community Ministries

Hal Endsley, 92, a WW II veteran, is having his art displayed at Greer Community Ministries.



By Krista Gibson

Greer Community Ministries

Greer Community Ministries is hosting an art show featuring the works of one of their Meals on Wheels diners. The colored-pencil drawings and watercolor paintings of Hal Endsley, 92, a WW II veteran, are on display through the end of May at the non-profit.

The artwork is for sale, with proceeds benefiting the program that feeds Endsley and 320 other Meals on Wheels clients each weekday.

“We are thrilled to show Hal’s artwork,” said Cindy Simpler, executive director. “We think this shows everyone that no matter how far along you are in life’s journey, you can still create and share your talents with others.”

Simpler became aware of Endsley’s large collection while speaking to a group of senior adults at Chandler Creek Village Apartments about GCM’s programs. When the meeting was over, he invited Simpler and others gathered for the meeting to his apartment, where many of his creations adorned the walls.

When Simpler approached him about the possibility of showing his work, Endsley said he would love to do it.

“Showing them is better than just stacking them up as I go,” Endsley said. He still works on his art almost daily. He has sold it at shows throughout his life, but had to stop going to art events when he gave up driving. He has had a passion for painting and drawing since childhood. Many of Endsley’s creations now come from photographs he is given.

Endsley was part of the U.S. Navy when WWII began and he joined soon after graduating from high school. He participated in the invasion of Normandy and also served in Casa Blanca, Africa, and China.

To view the art, visit GCM, 738 S. Line St. Ext, Greer, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 877-1937 for more information.





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