Nutley artist donates memorial painting to historical society

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NUTLEY, NJ — Nutley-based artist William Lopa unveiled his painting, “The Rising of the American Spirit,” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, at the Nutley Historical Society on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Lopa donated this painting to the Nutley Historical Society and it will hang in the Nutley Museum along with the paintings of other great Nutley artists dating back to the late 1800s.

This artwork honors the heroes and first responders, along with everyone affected by the 2001 terrorist attacks. Lopa said he hopes his painting brings back the oneness of the nation after the tragedy and how everyone worked together.

Lopa has put brush to canvas to create vivid imagery of sports figures, Hollywood stars, and superheroes and villains. The renowned artist said his talent has brought him to many special places, including Super Bowls, and allowed him to meet great athletes, such as Muhammad Ali. Lopa said he is humbled by the doors his art has opened for him.

His passion, however, extends beyond the capturing of images in motion. He has expanded his experience and expertise to reflect iconic figures in American history and beyond. His inspiration for his work is the miracle of life, which has recently contributed to his hunger and design of his paintings. 

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Photos Courtesy of Michael C. Gabriele and Anthony Buccino