Inmates in Santa Clara county jails have been making art with volunteers  from the United Methodist Church.

Inmates Get Creative Outlet In Santa Clara

Matt Bigler
June 22, 2018 - 1:34 pm

An exhibit opening this weekend will show art made by inmates in Santa Clara county jails. 

Volunteers have been working with men and women locked up in facilities in San Jose and Milpitas. 

"It is quite awesome and moving to see folks who have never had an opportunity to do any art..create these pieces and speak about them," said Elaine Bondonno, a co-founder of the project.

Many of the artworks are made from unusual materials. A group of 30 women collectively made a tapestry using orange tape from a construction site. There's also a three-dimensional piece showing butterflies made from pages of the penal code, according to coordinators of the Art and Spirit Program. 

"It's incredibly moving and incredibly profound what comes from them," said Bondonno.

Jail regulations place some restrictions on what materials the inmates can use. Scissors, for instance, are not allowed, because they could be used as a weapon. 

An opening reception will be held at the Los Gatos United Methodist Church at 111 Church St. in Los Gatos, from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, June 24. 

Some highlights from the show are featured below. 

Inmates in Santa Clara county jails have been making art with volunteers  from the United Methodist Church.

Inmates have worked with alternative materials to make art in two Santa Clara county jails.

The United Methodist Church in Los Gatos will hold an opening reception for the inmates' works on June 24.