Artist Against Violence

By Danielle Krout

Published 08/08 2014 05:45PM

Updated 08/08 2014 08:35PM

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- ‘Stop the Violence,” is the message geared towards giving people in the community a voice to fight back against crime in their communities.

A news conference was held at Bottle Works Friday morning.  Senator John Wozniak, State Representative Frank Burns and Gary Martin with Crime Stoppers are calling on local artist to speak out against violence.

“What we really want to do is get those young people, get the artist involved in this battle against this crime addiction,” said Wozniak.  “It ruins a lot of lives."

The event is an opportunity for victims to have a voice and to share their stories in hopes of making a difference.

"The older you get the wiser you get,” said Gregory Thompson, a local artist.

Thompson said he knows all to well how one wrong turn can impact a person’s life.

“I had made a drug sale and when you play you pay,” said Thompson.

Drawing and creating art was always something Thompson enjoyed.  He said his passion got him through his jail time.  He hopes to teach others about art and inspire kids to stay on the right track in life.

“Violence is not the answer,” said Thompson.  “It scares me all these kids running around with guns.”

Anyone who wants to submit any pieces to Bottle Works are eligible for a cash grand prize.

Additional information is available by calling 814-535-2020.

"I think this a great way for people to express themselves,” said Angela Rizzo, Executive Director Bottle Works.  “They can see that we all have a common ground and there are a lot of people who are concerned about the violence in the community."

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