CHIPPEWA FALLS -- The Pen Project’s Mixed Media Exhibit can be seen today through Thursday, March 28, at Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St. 

The exhibit shows the talent inside America’s correctional system. Paintings, drawings, poetry and testimonies are submitted by inmates and people who are at risk of incarceration to The Pen Project, a nonprofit in Eau Claire, and designed into an art magazine that is distributed to facilities throughout the nation.

As one inmate said, “The Pen Project has given many a positive way to express themselves through their gifts and abilities… it encourages and provokes thoughtful reflection.”

The best of the artwork and excerpts from writings will be on display.

To celebrate the exhibit and the release of Volume 3 Issue 1, an event titled "Voices of The Pen Project" will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14. Local authors Bruce Taylor and Patti See will read poetry and narratives by inmates, and formerly incarcerated creative people will be sharing their work.

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