Visual art doesn't just satisfy the viewer's need for eye candy — it can serve as a kind of therapy for the artists, helping them transform and cope with unresolved issues. Prisoners probably need a creative forum more than just about anyone else, and Insider Art's upcoming exhibit and silent auction at All Saints Church (6419 Clemens Avenue, University City) provides a suitable outlet. Incarcerated individuals in Missouri and beyond have donated their works to the cause — the cause being Inside Dharma, a nonprofit, nondenominational Buddhist group serving prison populations — and you, dear reader, view these pieces, created in various media, and bid on them in a silent auction. Bids begin at $25, and admission to the event is free. The evening begins at 6 p.m., features a production by Prison Performing Arts' Alumni Theater Company at 7:30 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m. Learn more about the program and the fundraiser by visiting www.insiderart.org.
Sat., Nov. 14, 2009