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BMC Receives Donation of Artwork from Artist Robert Schechter
August 21, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARTIST ROBERT SCHECHTER DONATES ARTWORK TO BERKSHIRE HEALTH SYSTEMS: TWO LARGE MONOPRINTS ON DISPLAY

PITTSFIELD, MA – The hundreds of people who regularly walk through the Berkshire Medical Center Medical Arts Complex on any given day are taking notice of two large pieces of artwork hanging prominently on the walls between the first and second floor – monoprints donated to BMC by artist Robert Schechter. Schechter, who has nearly 75 works on permanent display throughout New York City, was honored during a reception held at the second floor lobby of the Medical Arts Complex, where officials from BHS formally thanked Schechter for his generous donations.

“We’re so fortunate that this talented artist is giving back to our community through the donation of these beautiful works of art,” said Ruth Blodgett, Senior Vice President, Berkshire Health Systems. “Robert Schechter’s works hang in many prestigious New York City hospitals, and we’re honored that he has chosen to brighten the spirits of our patients and their families, our staff, and everyone in the Berkshire community who comes through these doors.”

Schechter, who has art studios in New York City and Lenox, has donated numerous works to Columbia Presbyterian and other hospitals in New York.

In order to create the monoprints, Plexiglas plates were painted with watercolor, and wet paper was rolled out over the plate. In a flat bed press, the ink is uniformly forced into and absorbed by the paper.

Schechter’s works have been on display in solo and group shows in numerous galleries in New York City and the Berkshires. In addition to monoprints, Schechter has created numerous paintings, sculptures, watercolors, collages, drawings and digital art.


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