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April 6, 2014

Prisoners transform into artists

Should they benefit from their work?

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According to Allridge, “My art gives me something productive and meaningful to do. It gives away a small part of me with each piece I create. I am giving back to society.” Of course, his many supporters wish his death sentence to be turned around and for life in prison to be handed down.

Here’s another viewpoint. David Atwood, a Texas death penalty activist and friend of Allridge’s, says Allridge never set out to raise money for his legal defense. His art is representative of his personal development. Isn’t that what we want all prisoners to do — develop to their greatest possibility?

Don’t we want them to become artists, writers, intellectuals? They shouldn’t be criticized for that. They should be applauded! Well, there’s a story to ponder for a while, and what your decision will be. Should inmates, (especially those on Death Row) be able to profit from any art they produce or should their money earned go elsewhere or to the victim’s family members?

Upcoming events

Now, I shall tell you about the goings-on at the Danville Art League First, there is always magic happening there. What can one expect from a building full of art and people who want to learn about art and learn as much as they can? I will give you gallery information as well as upcoming classes we will be having.

Gallery information

— May — I Sing the Body Electric

— June-July — Barbara Curtis McDonnell will bring her landscapes to us to view.

— August-September — There will be a members’ challenge, a “$5 Foot Long.” Artists buy a $5 wrap around canvas. The Art League will display the work and the public will be invited to buy the pieces for $25-$50. This should be great fun, both for the artists and the people who come to buy some very inexpensive art from people who have earned much more than $25-$50 for their art.

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