MANCHESTER — The faces of those lost to the opioid epidemic are featured in an exhibition at the Currier Museum of Art.

“Angels of Addiction,” a series of paintings by Plaistow artist Anne Marie Zanfagna, is on display in the museum’s Community Gallery.

After her youngest daughter, Jacqueline, died of an overdose in 2014, Zanfagna created a vivid portrait of her. When other grieving parents saw Zanfagna’s painting, they asked if she could paint portraits of their own children.

In the years since, Zanfagna has created 240 “Angels of Addiction” portraits. An exhibit of some of her paintings was featured in the U.S. Capitol rotunda in 2018.

What began in grief has turned into a calling for Zanfagna and her husband Jim, who have become outspoken advocates for boosting awareness of, and breaking the stigma around, addiction.

“Angels of Addiction” is on view in the Community Gallery at the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester.

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