HAGERSTOWN -- Paintings of birds, pictures of puppies and sculptures of model cars made from popsicle sticks line the walls of the library at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, but they were not created by students or professional artists.
The art was created by inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown for the annual show.
The inmate art group consists of about 40 inmates who use acrylic paint, pastels, colored pencils and popsicle sticks to express themselves once a week, said Victor Wachs, care manager and group coordinator at the institution.
"People always ask me if I think the group is therapeutic for them, but really it is a way for them to keep out of trouble," he said.
The group is made up of people who are incarcerated for anything from theft to homicide. Members meet every Tuesday night to work on their projects, Wachs said.