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Gary Harrell's creations in the Second Chance Collection

I started making art in 1985, eight years into a prison sentence that I would serve until 2020 — forty-five years in all. Before being incarcerated, I had played the harmonica, but I had never considered turning to visual art until I saw other men in prison making it. I started out doing woodwork and molding glass and plastic. As I expanded into new media like block prints and advanced techniques like pointillism—the meaning of art changed for me. It transformed from a desire and a hobby into a need and a vocation. I wondered how different my circumstances might have been had I discovered this passion earlier in my life.

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