Veteran artist

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WWII veteran of the Battle of Imo Jima, Dewey Turilli of Warwick Neck, is surely at 97 years old the senior of the painting group that meets regularly at the Vet Center on Warwick Avenue. The center introduced the activity for veterans who have experienced battle as a means to share their creativity and each other’s company. Two artists, Arsen Dadekian and Beth Salzillo, volunteer their time as instructors. Center director Rochelle Fortin said the session has become increasingly popular. Veterans can choose what they like to paint and judging from the exhibit that opened Tuesday at the Warwick Public Library, subjects range from landscapes to the occasional military-themed painting. And for sure, there are a number of self-portraits, which Salzillo said she requests of her students. Dewey said he dabbled in art before entering the service and is glad to return to it. He’s a regular at the sessions. Dewey is pictured here with Fortin and fellow veteran and painter Paul Santilli, who works at the center. And that’s Dewey with his self-portrait. (Warwick Beacon photos)

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