That’s what Maxine Schreiber, a lifelong artist always loved painting.
A Palm Beach sunrise. A parakeet in a hibiscus tree. An historic Key West home.
But for Schreiber, 72, things changed dramatically Nov. 8 when Donald Trump was elected president.
The impact on Schreiber — and her work — was profound.
“I felt very deflated and depressed,” said Schreiber, a political activist since she was a freshman at Emerson College in Boston when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. “I didn’t even feel like painting any more. Having someone like that representing America is like a nightmare.”
So, she stopped painting for a little while. Then Schreiber got re-energized while watching and participating in local protests against the nation’s newly elected commander-in-chief.
Schreiber found a new purpose and started painting those rallies.
“I usually don’t paint people,” she said. “But I felt so inspired. It was more important to paint protesters than paint pretty landscapes. Why would I just paint beauty? There are more important things to be expressing right now.”
Those paintings will be part of “Bread & Roses: Women Who Resist,” an exhibition Aug. 18-30 at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth.
Joyce Brown, the gallery’s curator, said Schreiber’s work will be a big part of the show, which will include the works of more than 20 artists.
Source: Palm Beach Post