Apache Arts & Crafts will open the Resiliency Art Room, a special place, free of charge and only open to active-duty soldiers. The room offers a quiet area with all the art materials (pens, pencils, markers, paints, chalks, clays, beads, feathers, buttons, yarns, thread and all types of paper) for soldiers to create whatever comes to mind. There will be no instructors, no set projects to make and no interference from anyone, just a quiet room to sit and relax and/or create. Soldiers may take their work with them or leave it at the center to be displayed and provide inspiration for others who use the facility. The room will be open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Soldiers will be asked sign in at the Apache Arts & Crafts sales store prior to using the art room. Apache Arts & Crafts is in Building 2337, corner of 62nd Street and 761st Tank Battalion Avenue. For more information, call (254) 287-0343.

Tuesday through June 30

Enter the 2012 All-Army Arts and Crafts Contest at the Apache Arts and Crafts Center, 761st Tank Battalion and 62nd Streets, Building 2337. Enter your best 2-D and 3-D artwork to compete for cash prizes against the best artists and artisans in the Army. There are two groups in which to enter: Novice and Accomplished. The categories for both groups are ceramics, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, mixed media 2-D, mixed media 3-D, oil base painting, prints, water base painting and wood. The deadline for submission is June 30. Contact Apache Arts and Crafts for rules and entry forms. The contest is open to active-duty soldiers, airmen, reservists, retirees, National Guard soldiers and families, Gold Star family members, DOD civilian employees and their families. For more information,

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