Inmate art helps pave way for brighter futures

 Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 9:43 am

Pictured above is the beginning stage of Norman Rockwell’s “Runaway” that will be seen by everyone who enters the Sheriff’s office.

Pictured above is the beginning stage of Norman Rockwell’s “Runaway” that will be seen by everyone who enters the Sheriff’s office.

Changes can be seen within the Sheriff’s department walls. Inmates were given the chance to show off their talents while beautifying the plain brown and white walls that line the jail.

Former inmate, Johnathan Jansky, who was a member of the notorious MS 13 Gang, was housed in the Lincoln County Jail and while he was there he was able to spread his wings and learned to channel his energy into something positive. Jansky was able to paint a massive mural dedicated to veterans. Sheriff John Cottle and Captain David Curtis both were in the military and did tours together in Afghanistan. “This was something that was really neat to see and any veteran is more than welcome to come to the jail to see it in person. It represents so much from all different times in American history,” said Captain David Curtis. Jansky also painted several other paintings that can be seen around the jail.

Jansky was given the chance to teach a few local inmates, Bryan Celary and Samuel Whiddon, how to make a difference by painting. He taught them to shade and all the fundamentals of painting. Jansky was relocated to California before he could finish all the work that the department had planned for him, but Celany and Whiddon are picking up the pace and are currently working on “Runaway” by Norman Rockwell. This painting can be seen just behind the front desk at the Sheriff’s office.

Captain David Curtis provides all the paint and brushes for the inmates while they are working on making the building more inviting. All inmates that are allowed to paint are supervised while out of their pods.

(Story provided by Lincoln County Journal)

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