HMCP Benefit Exhibition and Print Sale

The Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography will host a two-week Benefit Exhibition and Print Sale, June 22 through July 2, 2006. A gala Public Reception, with live music and refreshments will be held Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. All are welcome to the free exhibition. The entire proceeds from the print sale will be donated to aid the international humanitarian medical organization, Doctors Without Borders.

The exhibit and sale is a collaboration between the museum and contributing students from Hallmark Institute of Photography. It will showcase over one-hundred fifty professional- level, donated photographs having appeal to a wide range of tastes and preferences in visual art.

The very broad and diverse selection of photographic subjects make this an exhibit of interest to everyone. Amongst the photographs on show will be found landscape and seascape scenes, flowers and wildlife, intimate nature studies, portraits of children, pets and interesting faces, abstract and color-infused subjects that defy verbal description, architectural detail studies, and numerous other fascinating subjects. All are available for purchase framed or unframed and, are modestly priced.

Doctors Without Borders delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and manmade disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. Volunteer doctors, nurses, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 3,800 aid missions annually. Providing essential health care, rehabilitating hospitals and clinics, performing surgery, battling epidemics, carrying out vaccination campaigns, operating feeding centers for malnourished children, these volunteers frequently work in the most remote or dangerous parts of the world.

Doctors Without Borders decision to intervene in any country or crises is based solely on an independent assessment of peoples needs - not on political, economic, or religious interests. It does not take sides or intervene according to the demands of governments or warring parties.

Volunteer students from the Professional Photography program at HIP will assist museum staff in preparation of the exhibit and hosting museum visitors, as well as acting as sales clerks. No purchase is required to view the exhibition and the museum never charges an admission fee.

The Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography is located at 85 Avenue A, in downtown Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Regular museum hours are: Thursday-Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Parking is available in Shea Theatre designated areas.