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North Montgomery and Perry St by Barbara Weinfield

Type: 2022 Manifesting Beloved Community
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North Montgomery and Perry St, Trenton, New Jersey by Barbara Weinfield

Medium: oil paint on canvas
Dimensions: 11 x 14 inches

Artist Statement: In a world without racism, all people are free to enjoy their basic rights: food to eat, a safe and healthy place to live, and opportunities to learn and grow in order to reach one’s full potential; or as our Founding Fathers put it, the right to life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. General George Washington fought long and hard for these ideals during the American Revolution, leading his troops across the Delaware River into Trenton on Christmas Night, 1776, thus securing his first victory against the British and bringing America one step closer to freedom from British rule. Trenton, the capitol of New Jersey, founded in 1719, went on to become a thriving political, industrial, and cultural center in the new nation. However, like many other cities in the United States, it fell on hard times starting in the 1960s due to declining economic opportunities, political and social unrest, and the decline of its middle class. Traveling through the city today, the scars of the last 60 years are quite apparent. At first glance it seems to be a place where hopes and dreams are in short supply. However, my experience of tutoring recent teenage Liberian immigrants showed me how deceiving appearances can be. I was invited into a joyous world where hopes run high, adversity never gets in the way, and success and happiness in this new world is the only acceptable outcome. My paintings show older physical structures of Trenton, from a time of greater economic prosperity. My paintings do not show the scars of today because in the minds of the vibrant young people I worked with and loved, they simply do not exist. 

Artist Connection to the theme: My paintings show older physical structures of Trenton, from a timof greater economic prosperity. My paintings do not show the scars of today because in the minds of the vibrant young people I worked with and loved, they simply do not exist. 

Bio: Barbara Weinfield has studied painting with Pietro Smith, John Murdoch and currently with Zakia Ahmed. Her solo exhibitions include "Portraits of New Jersey" (Trenton, NJ 2017) and "Time and Place" (West Windsor, NJ 2018). Her works have also appeared in group exhibitions in New Jersey, including St. Peter's Hospital, West Windsor Arts Council, and with the Zakia Art Alliance.

Frame: Painting is in a black wooden frame.

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