Survivors of Opioid Epidemic Showcase Artwork at East Harlem Gallery

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 This East Harlem art gallery was features the work of artists who are recovering from drug addition or managing mental health conditions.  Odyssey House Art Gallery View Full Caption

EAST HARLEM — Joseph McGinley traded a needle for a paint brush.

McGinley, who has gone three months without using heroin, credits part of his ongoing recovery to art. His first project was turning a photo of his son Brendan into metal buttons.

“My girlfriend loved it,” said McGinley, 24. “She was ecstatic when she saw them. She was very happy that I actually took the time to put that together.”

His next project will be a painted portrait of Brendan.

“She’s going to go nuts,” he said, flashing a smile that