LACONIA — Inmate artwork from Belknap County Department of Corrections will once again be on display in the Busiel Mill Community Room and Gallery at One Mill Plaza during the month of June.
This Art showing, and the previous Art showing in November of 2012, were goals of Tamara McGonagle, Programs Director at Belknap County Department of Corrections, and Mary Ellen Boudman, volunteer Art Teacher at BCDOC.
cGonagle joined BCDOC in May of 2010, and shortly after that started a monthly inmate art-contest. It soon became evident that many of the inmates had exceptional talent when it came to visual arts. During the months that followed Ms. McGonagle began reaching out to community members who would be interested in volunteering at the jail and it was then that she met Mary Ellen Boudman; an aartist and retired art teacher from Newfound Regional High School and after a few weeks of initial planning, the art class began. Since the start of the art class, well over 100 inmates have had the opportunity to participate in the class and develop, discover and explore their artist talent.
Superintendent Daniel Ward expressed his support for all the programs offered here, including the art class. "Providing programs and educational classes for inmates, such as the art class, is not only a way for the inmates to be creative but it is a way for them to spend their time productively during their stay here."
The art class continues to be a popular and well attended class at the BCDOC and the selection of art work that will be shown spans the more recent months that the art class has been offered. The inmate artwork will be on display during for the month of June. All are welcome to attend and family and friends are especially encouraged to stop by the Busiel Mill to see the art work of their loved ones displayed.
There will be an open house on Friday afternoon, June 6, beginning at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome.