Drawings to Remember

The perimeter of the elegant ballroom was filled with about thirty easels, each holding a beautifully framed, hand-drawn portrait. Being an art lover, I walked over to one of the easels for a closer look. The work was exquisite. Drawn only in pencil, the portraits were so detailed, they looked…

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Chalk Art Behind Bars, Part 2

When the chaplain and I crossed the grounds of the prison yesterday, we were greeted by big smiles. “It’s the chalk artist,” said the lieutenant. He nudged the sergeant, who was standing beside him. “You have to see one of his drawings. They’re amazing.” This is the fifth time I’ve…

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Chalk Art Behind Bars

Next week, I’ll be in prison for four days. No, I’m not on a work-release program. I go into prisons because I choose to. Back in the mid nineties, I was invited to do a chalk-art presentation at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville, Texas. To be honest, I wasn’t too…

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