Lucy Wong

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Lucy Wong

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Veteran Featured Artist, Lucy Wong, B.S., M.A.

This is U.S. Navy veteran, Lucy Wong, of the Mesa Art League, Mesa Writers and AZ Art Alliance for the veterans.  She loves to sew and is an accomplished seamstress and quilter.  She took up sewing 15 years ago to relax.  It began when she bought a Kenmore sewing machine.  In addition, gaining creative writing skills has helped her sort out anger over injustices.  She practices creative art therapy in quilting guilds and participates in veteran art classes given in Tempe and Mesa.
Lucy took a lot of sewing classes from wearable arts, mastering servers and quilting classes.  She joined national sewing and quilting guilds from ASG and AQG.  She sewn prosthetic pants for the injured troops when former President George Bush was in office, made dog pillows for shelters, pillows for Phoenix Children’s hospitals and many more charities too many to count. 
She took 2nd place in the national Veteran Creative Art Contest for her Civil War Frock coat and Old Glory quilted wall-hanging.  She also belongs to the Mesa’s Writers at the Mesa Adult Center and has essays published in the Veteran Voice’s Writing Project.  She wrote her reflections growing up behind her family’s Chinese Laundry in Los Angeles in “Chinese Laundries Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain” by Dr. John Jung. 
Lucy suffered chemical exposure while on active duty which caused her autoimmune condition called scleroderma.  It is a condition that turns the skin and organs into stone.  It is a lifelong disability which does not go away.  It is a part of Lucy but it does not define her for sure.  She uses art therapy of any form or media to manage chronic illness. 
June 2016, her latest project is working with the Phoenix VA’s Health Promotions to bring scleroderma awareness and education for national June awareness month.  Together Lucy and the VA will host three events at the South East VA in Gilbert, VA in Surprise and Phoenix VA.  Also, she continues to write her memoirs growing up behind her family’s Chinese Landry and hopes to finish it within another year and a half.  She plans to enter it into a writing contest OneBookAZ for adults.
She lives in Gilbert, AZ and believes Art therapy whether its art media or with words has helped her deal with chronic illness and develop problem-solving solutions for herself and others.  It has helped her feel that she is not a failure.

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Veteran Featured Artist, Lucy Wong, B.S., M.A.

This is U.S. Navy veteran, Lucy Wong, of the Mesa Art League, Mesa Writers and AZ Art Alliance for the veterans.  She loves to sew and is an accomplished seamstress and quilter.  She took up sewing 15 years ago to relax.  It began when she bought a Kenmore sewing machine.  In addition, gaining creative writing skills has helped her sort out anger over injustices.  She practices creative art therapy in quilting guilds and participates in veteran art classes given in Tempe and Mesa.
Lucy took a lot of sewing classes from wearable arts, mastering servers and quilting classes.  She joined national sewing and quilting guilds from ASG and AQG.  She sewn prosthetic pants for the injured troops when former President George Bush was in office, made dog pillows for shelters, pillows for Phoenix Children’s hospitals and many more charities too many to count. 
She took 2nd place in the national Veteran Creative Art Contest for her Civil War Frock coat and Old Glory quilted wall-hanging.  She also belongs to the Mesa’s Writers at the Mesa Adult Center and has essays published in the Veteran Voice’s Writing Project.  She wrote her reflections growing up behind her family’s Chinese Laundry in Los Angeles in “Chinese Laundries Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain” by Dr. John Jung. 
Lucy suffered chemical exposure while on active duty which caused her autoimmune condition called scleroderma.  It is a condition that turns the skin and organs into stone.  It is a lifelong disability which does not go away.  It is a part of Lucy but it does not define her for sure.  She uses art therapy of any form or media to manage chronic illness. 
June 2016, her latest project is working with the Phoenix VA’s Health Promotions to bring scleroderma awareness and education for national June awareness month.  Together Lucy and the VA will host three events at the South East VA in Gilbert, VA in Surprise and Phoenix VA.  Also, she continues to write her memoirs growing up behind her family’s Chinese Landry and hopes to finish it within another year and a half.  She plans to enter it into a writing contest OneBookAZ for adults.
She lives in Gilbert, AZ and believes Art therapy whether its art media or with words has helped her deal with chronic illness and develop problem-solving solutions for herself and others.  It has helped her feel that she is not a failure.