New York exhibition features New Jersey artist
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New York exhibition features New Jersey artist

“Dreamed I Was a Nurse” (Courtesy Linda Friedman Schmidt)
“Dreamed I Was a Nurse” (Courtesy Linda Friedman Schmidt)

A group show called “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness” is on view at the Untitled Space Gallery in Tribeca, in lower Manhattan, through October 17. The exhibition features the work of more than 50 contemporary artists, including Linda Friedman Schmidt, of Franklin Lakes. She’s a former long-time member of the Barnert Temple; her work is heavily influenced by her Jewish background. The exhibit includes many works about the harm caused of racism. Her artwork explores rescue, mending, and recovery, fostering change through artistic forms of mending. Caring acts of repair, from minuscule to monumental, become powerful symbols of healing and hope. According to Schmidt, “The pandemic has reawakened trauma in children of Holocaust survivors like myself. I grew up cloaked in trauma passed on by my parents — the fear of an imminent threat to my safety. Now our world seems increasingly underscored with danger, threats to freedom, chaos, division, and lurking threats of forced, mandatory vaccination, fascism, an apocalyptic future. There is the compulsion to protect ourselves, to survive.”

Ms. Schmidt also is participating in JAM at MAM, Jersey Artist Marketplace at the Montclair Art Museum, an art sale to benefit the Montclair Art Museum and New Jersey human needs charities through December 16.

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