In partnership with The Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community, Tribby Arts Center is presenting “Unconfined Creativity: Works from the Crossroads Prison Art Project” from Sept. 9 through Oct. 22.
A collection of more than 100 art pieces created by incarcerated men and women, the “Unconfined Creativity” exhibition in the Tribby’s Shell Point Gallery features works collected over nearly two decades by Crossroads Prison Ministries, a correspondence Bible study program that serves 29,000 incarcerated men and women annually throughout the United States.
“To create these works, the imprisoned artists used whatever they could find, including discarded paper, thread, string, Styrofoam, and more,” said Marge Lee, Tribby Arts Center resident curator. “The reward of this exhibition lies in looking beyond artistic merit and medium to see its message: Faith and creativity can provide the strength to survive in difficult surroundings and the courage to change the direction of the path that led there.”
The Crossroads Prison Art Project began more than two decades ago after students sent gifts of artwork to the organization in gratitude for the organization’s services. The collection grew over the years to include a broad range of mediums and themes.
“Most of these artists began creating art after they were imprisoned and are self-taught,” said Lee. “So, the objects in this exhibition range from very simple creative expressions to those that show significant natural ability.”
Eliezer Yeong, the Crossroads Prison Art Project Coordinator, is the featured speaker at the Shell Point Academy of Lifelong Learning lecture at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 in Connie Brown Hall in the Tribby Arts Center. Yeong’s presentation is free and open to the public; an RSVP is required by calling the Tribby Box Office at 239-415-5667.
In addition to the “Unconfined Creativity” exhibition, Tribby Arts Center will also present, in its Legacy and Overlook Galleries, “Imagine That! Artworks by the Glass and Pottery Studios.” This exhibition will be a visual feast as members of the Shell Point Glass and Pottery Studios create and display artworks they have imagined. The exhibition will present nearly 70 works of art produced by the most highly skilled, experienced artists at Shell Point as well as those created from residents just beginning to learn their artistic skills.
The Shell Point, Legacy, and Overlook Galleries and the Serendipity Gift Shop are open free of charge from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday. Tribby Arts Center is located at 17281 On Par Blvd. in Fort Myers. For more information, visit online at www.TribbyArtsCenter.com or call 239-415-5667.