A veterans art exhibit at Inland Hospital Healing Art Gallery in Waterville got a visit from Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday.

Artists from the American Veterans Arts & Crafts Gallery are displaying their talent in the Waterville hospital’s gallery through Tuesday. The gallery, set up as a “mini-respite” for patients, families and other hospital visitors was set up years ago as a place for people “to be emotionally inspired and comforted during challenging times — to connect people to art as a healing influence,” a news release from the hospital said.

“There is some real talent here,” said LePage said he was shown the art by veteran Allen Foley, according to the release.

Foley “surprised the governor,” the release said, when he took one of his framed photographs of the rocky coast of Maine off the wall and presented it to him as thanks for his support of Maine veterans. The exhibit also included paintings, woodworking, glass sculpture and other forms.

About 55 veterans with the American Veteran’s Arts & Crafts Gallery display art all over the state, the release said. Their display schedule can be found at www.veteransartsandcrafts.com.

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