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‘Grattitude’ with attitude

The USA TODAY Network partnered with legendary artist Peter Tunney to create two original paintings that we turned into animated NFTs to benefit charity. All proceeds will also go to the Sunny Center to help those who have suffered the injustice of a wrongful conviction and to the Gannett Foundation which supports community development initiatives across the country.


One person will win the auction to own BOTH the original 5ft x 6ft painting and the one of a kind NFT, “Liberty,” a passionate visual statement in defiance of wrongful imprisonment.


Don’t know what an NFT is? Go here to find out

Tunney is known for his innovative use of mixed media and his work that evokes optimism and hope with simple yet powerful truths. His pieces can be seen from the streets of New York City, where dozens of billboards lit the skyline for more than a decade, to the walls of Wynwood in Miami, where he pioneered the famous colorful urban art exhibition. His work is widely collected around the world by serious art collectors and well-known celebrities.

Tunney used original pages from USA TODAY and our network of over 250 local newspapers to create intricate and compelling collages as the basis for these vibrant and NFT paintings. “Grattitude,” which is spelled with two t’s, as in the inseparable concept of “attitude,” is a limited-edition NFT on sale now for just $ 250 until they last. “LIBERTY” is a fiery tribute to those wrongly imprisoned. and singular NFT will be auctioned to the highest bidder. The auction opens Monday, November 29 at 9 a.m. ET and ends Wednesday, December 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The auction starts at $ 50,000. Gannett will offset the NFT carbon footprint with carbon credits.

This is an opportunity not only to own unique and state-of-the-art works of art, but also to right injustice and strengthen communities – and to use art to help make the world a better place.

‘Grattitude’ with attitude


Visual journalist Pat Shannahan transformed Tunney’s painting, “Grattitude,” into two separate animations. We celebrate gratitude with happy and bouncy emojis; the other emphasizes Peter’s irrepressible “Attitude of Gratitude” prospect. 250 individually minted NFTs of each animation are on sale while supplies last. Don’t miss your chance to own a vibrant digital animation of the noted artist’s painting.

So what is there to be thankful for this holiday season? To tell the truth, a lot.

There has never been a better time to be truly grateful than this holiday season, which comes just after a heartbreaking two-year global pandemic. In fact, as a society, we are uniquely placed to feel deep gratitude for our difficult times. Don’t pass up this chance to improve your health and well-being by committing to making gratitude a daily practice.


Artist Peter Tunney discusses two works of art that will be sold to raise funds and raise awareness of issues surrounding wrongful incarceration.

Sam Navaro, USA Special TODAY

Iconic artist Peter Tunney defends those unfairly incarcerated

World-renowned neo-pop artist Peter Tunney began his journey in 1987, when he decided, on a whim, to rebrand himself from an investment banker. He says he told friends that he “was going to be an artist now”, without any plans, “for no apparent reason”. He became known for his signature style, where he takes brightly colored words or short quotes that he paints over emotionally stimulating images from newspapers, magazines, and books that tend to evoke optimism and hope. with simple but powerful truths.

As lively and passionate as he is with art, Tunney is even more so when he talks about the people who, some 15 years ago, inspired him to get involved in the issue of wrongful incarceration. .

About the Sunny Center

The Sunny Center Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps people who have suffered the injustice of a wrongful conviction, supporting them after they have been exonerated and released from prison. The organization was created by Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle, both on death row for crimes they did not commit. The foundation uses a unique holistic approach encompassing physical, mental and spiritual healing and ongoing support at the Sunny Healing Retreat Center in Ireland and the Sunny Living Center in Tampa, Florida. To learn more, visit

“I was so humiliated, I was so stunned,” he said of a young mother who was sentenced to death for the 1976 shooting death of a Florida Highway Patrol officer and from his friend in Broward County, Florida. “Were you on death row?” You? And now you are here and you are the most grateful person in the world?

This woman, Sonja “Sunny” Jacobs, was released after spending 17 years behind bars and went on to run the Sunny Center, where exonerated people can heal their souls after suffering the trauma of wrongful conviction and incarceration. , Tunney said.

“She has every reason to be pissed off and she’s not,” Tunney said. “When these guys tell their stories, your problems evaporate. ”

Tunney is dedicating his share of the proceeds from his latest artistic collaboration with the USA TODAY Network to Sunny Center, creating the project from approximately 700 articles from some of the hundreds of Gannett newspapers nationwide. Each addresses the issue of abusive incarceration or the concepts of freedom or gratitude.

Learn more about Tunney and her works here.

‘Grattitude’ with attitude

Journalist Helps Free an Innocent

Brad Zinn, journalist at The leader of the news in Staunton, Va., worked for years helping Rojai Fentress out of prison, where he had been since he was 16. Fentress sent 50 letters to the media from prison – and only one reporter responded and followed up. Zinn’s cover – and his discovery of missing evidence in the case – led The Innocence Project to take charge of it, and further led to the Governor of Virginia’s surprise pardon.

Fentress spent 24 years behind bars. Zinn rushed to the jail for release: “It was magical to watch. When Rojai stood there in the parking lot, looking at the mountains, sitting on the grass, sometimes speechless, hugging everyone, it was touching and powerful. Words don’t do it justice, it’s really something you have to experience to understand.




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