A local artist is using his artistic version of stars and stripes to benefit others. The exhibit, called "Breaking Free," opens next week at the SE Fine Art Gallery in Rochester.

Fairport native, filmmaker, and artist Greg Polisseni has spent countless hours in his studio putting paint to canvas. He has more than 50 original paintings that are now on display in his one-man show.

Polisseni says art has been his therapy as he deals with alcohol addiction. He says he's making it a point to give back to the community.

Sales from one of his autographed original prints, "Stars and Stripes," and a handcolored original lithographic poster will benefit CDS Monarch's Warrior Salute program for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

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