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Gallery 305K to host Arts from Prison show

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The CO-OP Center, a program of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, has announced that its sixth annual Arts from Prison Auction and Exhibition at the new Gallery 305 K, 305 Knowlton St., Bridgeport.

The auction, an exhibit of artwork donated from inmates in Community Partners in Action’s Prison Arts Program will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. A closing reception take place on Friday from 5:30 to 7 pm.

This year’s 38 art pieces can also be viewed online at http://www.ccgb.org/gallery2012.htm. To bid on an art piece, send your bid via email to artfromprison2012@gmail.com.

In addition to the art work, more than a dozen non-art auction items are up for bid, including two VIP tickets for the Jimmy Fallon show; a two-night retreat at the Kripalu Yoga and Health Center in Stockbridge, Mass., and wines and wine tastings from Jones’ Winery in Shelton.

Since 1973, CO-OP Center has helped men and women released from incarceration into the Bridgeport community transition to a productive life. Providing short and long term services, CO-OP Center case managers assist more than 500 people each year.

Since 1978, the Prison Arts Program has collaborated with the state Department of Correction to provide opportunities for inmates to use their sentenced time for creative activities. PAP uses art as a tool that provokes inmates to develop their self-discipline, self-esteem, work ethic, and interpersonal and communication skills, while they examine their lives and the actions which led to their incarceration.

For more information, contact the Community Partners in Action / Prison Arts Program at (860) 722.9450 or cpaprisonarts@earthlink.net.

John Burgeson

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