December 6 opening at High Road Gallery & Studios in Worthington • 2-4pm
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Join us December 6 for a Sunday afternoon  open house and experience a rare glimpse of secluded lives through the December exhibit, Reflections from a Gated Community: Art from Ohio Inmates.

This month-long show at High Road Gallery & Studios in Worthington features the work of 30 inmates from the Ohio Women’s Reformatory and Marion Correctional Facility. The reception runs from 2 to 4. 
In the gallery, a wall of 10” square frames covered in polymer clay designs confront the viewer with an apology or a call for reconciliation, a cry of innocence or an expression of love and longing. In the center of each frame a small mirror reflects the viewer.

Because of who they are, how they live, and their histories of poverty, abuse, and violence, many inmate artists demonstrate extraordinary artistic vision.
Make peace Alice from the Ohio Reformatory for Women. Her polymer-covered frame with mirror is one of 30 powerful artworks by Ohio inmates that will be on display at High Road Gallery in December.
The inmates started working with polymer clay through the Kindway offender reentry program that works with men and women returning to Central Ohio. They use the arts to develop the self esteem and positive attitude vital for successful reentry. 

Kindware project manager Jackie Burns spent 18 years as a prison guard and staff administrator before attending seminary. She was assigned as a deacon at Worthington’s St. Johns Episcopal Church in 2008. ”When we work together creatively we can look past brokenness and speak to the good,” says Jackie. 

Worthington resident Cynthia Tinapple, a well known polymer blogger and author, is curating the exhibit. Her husband, woodworker Blair Davis fabricated the wooden frames. 

The inmates smile wryly as they refer to their “gated community”. The dilemmas they reveal in their art are ones we all share. Inmate-created jewelry is sold through Kindway volunteers at crafts fairs. The money is plowed back into the program. Their bracelets, pendants and pens will be available at High Road Gallery during December.

The works of 15 artists in the studios at High Road Gallery will also be on display in the main gallery and in the individual studios.
Reflections From A Gated Community: Art from Ohio Inmates High Road Gallery 
12 East Stafford Avenue, Worthington, OH 43085
December 2015 • Opening Reception, December 6, 2-4 p.m. â€¢ â€¢
Ohio Reformatory for Women • Marion Correctional Facility
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