This past February, I was introduced to Suza Lambert Bowser - Editor of XfelonINK who invited me to participate on a panel of judges for their Spring 2016 edition juried art contest event. The contest submissions would include art, poetry, short fiction, short non-fiction, letters and heartfelt opinions from prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families alike. Not only did I agree, but I also invited another dear longtime, award-wining artist friend of mine - Emilya Padlowski of Connecticut to get involved, as well.
Artwork was judged on a point grade scale of 1-5 based on originality, creativity, skill set and workmanship, overall appearance, composition (balance/perspective/shading/texture), use of available materials and subject matter.
I am proud to present two winners who came in tied for 1st Place Prize. A HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to both:
Santiago Duran; Ironwood State Prison, CA (Work titled "Marilyn") and Jorge Granados; Pelican Bay State Prison, CA (Work titled "Chloe")
Also, on pages 23-24 of the Spring 2016 issue, you'll find an interview by Ms. Bowser re: my background and involvement with inmate artists and non-profit P.A.T.H.
Click here to download a FREE pdf file of their inaugural Fall 2015 issue.
And, to learn more about XelonINK magazine (voice for prisoners - both inside and outside the razor wire): 600 F Street, Ste 3, #711, Arcata, CA 95521 www.xfelonink.com