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Waltham artist offers a personal story across generations

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Waltham artist Suzanne Hodes is probably best known for her political themes.

A lifelong activist, Hodes was a cofounder of Artists for Survival, a group that educated the public about the dangers of nuclear arms for 15 years. Her well-known pieces include depictions of the Kennedy and King assassinations, the threat of nuclear war, and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York City.

But in her current show she tells a story that is distinctly personal.

In “Family Matters: Three Generations of Women,” Hodes displays paintings, drawings, and prints of her grandmother, who immigrated to New York from Lithuania in 1904; her mother, who lived most of her life in New York City and died about 20 years ago, and herself.

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