Sunday, August 05, 2007

Galleries Replace Cellblocks at the Old Collin County Prision

Galleries replace cellblocks at Old Collin County Prison - from the McKinney Courier Gazette:

The Old Collin County Prison on Kentucky Street might have once been a place where people were locked up.But those days are gone as the free flow of ideas and artistic expression are now featured on works of art in all shapes and sizes in the three galleries that now call the prison home.

Galleria d’ArteGalleria d’Arte is located on the first floor of the prison at 115 S. Kentucky St., and is home to McKinney resident Carrie Cameron Garner’s artwork. Gallery d’Arte used to be located at the southeast corner of Kentucky Street and Louisiana Street, but had to move as Spoons restaurant is moving into the space and will open at the end of August.

Garner and the rest of the galleries moved into the prison at the beginning of June and have had a steady flow of curious visitors anxious to see what vivid ways the artists have used to express themselves. Garner, who owns Galleria d’Arte, along with the other gallery owners rent space from Stephanie McAndrew, who owns the prison.

Read full article from the McKinney Courier-Gazette