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Barat Foundation co-founders will exhibit works to benefit Volunteer Lawyers for Justice

The co-founders of the Barat Foundation, which helps students create public art across Newark, will be among 11 artists exhibiting work to benefit Volunteer Lawyers for Justice at its annual gala.

Since the foundation’s creation in 1997, Chandri and Gary Barat have been dedicated to the power of the arts to transform lives and level the playing field for highly motivated, underserved youth.

The organization is committed to nonviolence, civic engagement, and the impact of art on individuals and communities.

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VLJ’s fundraising gala, Arts and Eats for Justice 2017, will exhibit and auction pieces ranging from paintings to ceramics to sculpture at the Valley Regency in Clifton on Nov. 1.

The artists, from within and outside the legal community, are giving Newark-based VLJ 50 percent of their event sales to help fund the nonprofit’s legal programs for economically disadvantaged adults, children and families in New Jersey.

“We are grateful to these artists for exhibiting their rich talents and for sharing the proceeds to finance programs that improve the lives of individuals and families in New Jersey. We truly appreciate these artists’ commitment to VLJ’s mission,” said VLJ Executive Director Cathy Keenan. 

Created in 2001, VLJ has provided pro bono legal services to thousands of economically disadvantaged clients in the areas of bankruptcy, family law, consumer rights, education law, veterans’ assistance, criminal reentry, disaster response, tenants’ rights, and human trafficking. VLJ is based in Newark.

The other participating artists at VLJ’s gala are: Katina Ansen, Mountain Lakes: canvas, paper, glass, ceramics, and fiber.

Joseph M. Aronds, Westfield, chief litigation and trial counsel, Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc.: law-related cartoons, drawn in pen and ink and then colorized.

Daniel Belardinelli, partner, McGlone, McGlone & Bellardinelli, Boonton: paintings and mixed media that chronicle the realities of daily life.

Alyce Gottesman, Montclair and Inverness, CA.: oil, acrylic, ink, graphite and pencil pieces that explore the rhythms of the seasons and the energy of nature.

Susan Herman, Verona, former New Jersey assistant deputy public defender: photography that ranges from traditional to experimental and conceptual imagery, and captures the spontaneous mood on the street.

Jake Klar, Northampton, MA: mixture of folk and fine art that captures life’s intimate moments.

Marianne McGlone, Boonton: watercolor paintings of landscapes, equestrian subjects and portraits.

Linda Sokolski, Ridgewood, former law guardian with the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office: digital image transfer onto various substrates, with some mixed media components.

Robert Sundholm, North Bergen: paint, pen and ink works ranging from colorful landscapes to portraits of internationally known figures.



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