VetArt Pop Up Cafe in Sacramento, CA.

These are the stories of Veterans creating art as a way to heal from trauma. VHVtv enjoyed filming at the VetArt Pop Up Cafe featuring 20 amazing Veteran Artists.
Co-Producer Sandy Dee and I were given the opportunity to film a 1 hour documentary about the VetArt Pop-Up Cafe in Sacramento, CA.
The Veterans Art Project, VetArt, is doing California statewide Pop-up Arts Cafe’s
and this is the first one filmed on location at the California State Capital, West Steps on October 12, 2022.

VetArt is sponsored by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

“Art making is the deepest form of personal advocacy. Don’t tell me, show me.” Steve Dilley, Founder and Executive Director of the Veterans Art Project presents a way for Veterans to showcase their artworks and encourages Veterans to create art to heal from trauma.

“The Story Tellers of VetArt” featuring these Veteran Artists:
Ivan Sam, Breona Calvert, Darren Devillez, Tonya Savice, Tony LoBue, Indigo Moor, Travis Orth, Luz Helena Thompson, Colin Hoffman, Reginald Green,
Ehren Tool, Maria Ysela Galvan, Omar Columbus, Carolina Hernandez, Rachelle Steele, Veteran Art Institue, Bruce Fennigkoh, Phyllis Thomas, Malika Humphrey and Kiyo Sato.
Filmed with our iPhone 13 Pro’s and co-produced by Sheryl Shaffer and Sandy Dee, Founder of A Pawsability 4Veterans.
Thank you Steve Dilley, Executive Director of The Veterans Art Project for this incredible opportunity!

VHVtv is sharing 1 Minute Clips of all the Veteran Artists featured in “The Story Tellers of VetArt” starting Nov. 10 and here they are!

Clip #1 is an interview with Ehren Tool, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Potter.

Clip #2 is a Spoken Word performance of the poem, “Camouflaged Heart” by U.S. Air Force Veteran Omar Columbus.

Clip #3 is about Tonya Savice, U.S.Air Force Veteran, as she shares her story of healing through her Art.

Clip #4 is with Colin Hoffman, Sculptor.

Clip #5 is Carolina Hernandez and Veteran Couture, Inc.

Clip #6 is with Darron Davillez, Master of Ceremonies of the VetArt Pop-Ups.

Clip #7 is with Phyllis Thomas, an artist and a U. S. Navy Veteran.

Clip #8 is with Bruce Fennigkoh, U.S. Army Veteran.

Clip #9 is about Fine Arts Photographer, Rachelle Steele, U.S. Navy Veteran.

Clip #10 is with Ivan Sam, U.S. Navy Veteran and the First Nations Land Acknowledgement.

Clip #11 is about Reginald Green, Artist/Sculptor.

Clip #12 is about Kiyo Sato, U.S. Air Force Nurse Corp Veteran and Author, “Kiyo’s Story.”

Clip #13 is with Anthony A. LoBue, Artist and U.S. Army Veteran.

VHVtv Clip #14 is about VetArt and their partnership with the Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission, the MHSOAC.

Tom Orrick is the Chief of Commission Operation & Grants, MHSOAC and speaks about the impact of art therapy to Veterans overcoming Trauma.

VHVtv Clip #15 features Breona Calvert as she sings the National Anthem at the VetArt PopUp in Sacramento on October 12, 2022.

VHVtv Clip #16 is with Indigo Moor, U.S.Navy Veteran and the Sacramento Poet Laureate Emeritus.

VHVtv Clip #17 is about Kathleen McMinn Ellertson, Founder of the Veterans Art Institute.

VHVtv Clip #18 is with Travis Orth as he sings his original song,”For The Families” and it features the Art of Phyllis Thomas, Tony LoBue and Luz Helena Thompson.

VHVtv Clip #19 is about Malika Humphrey, U.S. Air Force Veteran and Photographer.

VHVtv Clip #20 is about Jill Brenegan and Art Therapy.

VHVtv Clip #21 is a Spoken Word Performance, “The Starfish Mentality” performed by Tonya Savice, U.S.A.F. Veteran.

VHVtv Clip #22 is with Darron Devillez a U. S. Navy Veteran as he tells us how he overcame homelessness and became a College Professor through Art Therapy.

VJHVtv Clip #23 is the Drum Circle. at VetArt.

Here is a trailer of our documentary about VetArt. Thank You VHVtv Co-Producer Sandy Dee for creating this preview.

We had so much fun at this event and met incredible Veterans who tell us how creating Art has impacted their lives through

We film Veterans Helping Veterans TV as a Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Access series for the MidPen Media Center studio in Palo Alto, CA.

Sheryl Shaffer is a Volunteer Community Producer at the MidPen Media Center and operates under their Producers Agreement and produces a half hour show when it is filmed in the Media Center HD studio.
Each Guest is required to sign a Media Center Personal Appearance Release.

Co Producer Sandy Dee and Sheryl Shaffer filmed content at the Pop Up using IPhone 13 Pro’s and editing on the iMovie.

This was a wonderful experience to film at the Pop Up Cafe in Sacramento, CA and to share the stories of these incredible Veteran Artists!

We have more 1 minute clips from other VHVtv episodes available at

VHVtv created 24 virtual interviews from March 2020 to March 2022. Thank You VHVtv Co-Producer Richard Gonzalez.
Virtual Interviews 2020 to 2021.
Virtual Interviews 2922.

VHVtv is produced as Community Educational Access educational for the MidPen Media Center in Palo Alto.

Before the pandemic, we produced half hour interviews. Now we produce short form content as well as creating our first 1 hour documentary, “The Story Tellers of VetArt.”

Thank You to our Sponsors: for the incredible opportunity to document the Artworks at the VetArt PopUp Art Cafe, Sacramento, CA 2022
and for our web site maintenance for Google Analytics v4: AMVETS Post 34 San Francisco (Yoast SEO)
and A Pawsability 4Veterans (MonsterInsights for GAv4.)

One Comments

  • Paschal Ihesiaba

    November 18, 2022

    Great Art Bruce, keep it up. The best.


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