ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Monmouth University exhibit offers healing to those impacted by Sandy

BY Joanna Gagis, Producer/Correspondent |

Serving as a reminder of the past and an opportunity to heal, a Monmouth University professor is capturing the voices and perspectives of those affected by Superstorm Sandy through a new art exhibit.

As the seventh anniversary of the storm approaches, Karen Bright felt the event never got the national attention that so many other devastating storms received, so she created “Just Beachy After Sandy.” It depicts many familiar scenes to residents near the hardest hit areas of the Jersey Shore, including a shelter, with its furniture and decor on the outside, and a display of data points from the storm indicating wind speeds, moon activity and more.

Hunter Goldberg, a junior at Monmouth University whose shore house had collected over two feet of water during the storm, was encouraged by Bright to write down his personal story of Sandy for the 9 Feet High wall, an exhibit that stands as high as the new height requirement for elevating shore homes after the storm.

“I wanted on this wall to create a display for people to post their Sandy stories,” said Bright. “I used one image from NASA taken from space as Sandy approached the East Coast of the United States.”

Bright hopes that enough people will come in, write down their stories and post them to the wall, effectively covering up the existing images of Sandy.