Artist reception for the works of Peter Damon

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Peter Damon started painting as a form of therapy after losing parts of both his arms while serving in the Iraq War. He now co-owns True Grit Gallery with his wife. Courtesy photo

The Churchwood Gallery will host “Sidewalks & Parking Lots,” a free reception for the works of artist Peter Damon on Saturday, Dec. 17, 7-9 pm. and a subsequent Artist Talk on Saturday, Jan. 14, 3-5 p.m.

Damon lost parts of both his arms, including his hands, while serving in the Iraq War as a helicopter mechanic. Initially a form of occupational therapy, painting quickly developed into a full-time passion. Today he produces work in his studio, located above True Grit Gallery, in Middleboro.

Art is more than the physical act of putting paint to canvas for Damon. It has become, as he puts it, “an affirmation of being.” He developed his own personal artistic style that has given him “a profound sense of meaning and purpose.”

Damon’s artistic influences range a spectrum from late-19th and 20th century American Modernists to regional contemporaries. Originally hailing from Brockton, he now lives with his wife Jennifer and two children in Middleboro. Damon and Jennifer are co-owners of True Grit Art Gallery in Middleboro and represent over 20 other regional artists as well.