The Gallery will be closing Nov. 30th and reopen in about April of 2014
The gallery at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts is featuring a unique show during November. Artwork will be displayed, created by correctional inmates with severe mental and behavorial needs, from the Wisconsin Resource Center.
Ken VanMiegham has been a teacher there for the past twelve years. “The center really embraced the idea for a painting and drawing class to encourage students to process their emotions and use self-expression through art,” VanMieghem explained. “They have a secure setting there to enhance public safety, promote healing and support personal recovery. The painting and drawing class helps them to gain a sense of optimism in dealing with mental illness and find new meaning in their lives.”
The inmates are encouraged to participate in community projects as part of the treatment process. VanMiegham continued, “ I started the Inmate Art Show nine years ago to give my students a chance to use their art skills and participate in restorative justice process. Since that time we have put together seven inmate art shows and raised over $6,000 for different charities in the community. With this partnership, offenders who are suffering with mental illness are not only engaged in an act of restitution but also experience enhanced feelings of self worth.”