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Museum Holds Spring Exhbition and Benefit for Doctors Without Borders

Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography will host a two-week Benefit Exhibition and Print Sale, June 21 through July 1, 2007. A Public Reception will be held Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24, 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/Medecins san Frontieres (MSF).

The exhibit and sale is a collaboration between the museum and contributing students from Hallmark Institute of Photography. The exhibit will showcase over one hundred fifty professional-level photographs donated by current students, with images holding an appeal for a wide range of tastes and preferences in visual art.

Among the photographs on view may be found landscape, cityscape and seascape scenes, flowers and wildlife, intimate nature studies, portraits of children, pets and interesting faces, abstracts, still lifes, architectural detail studies, and numerous other everyday subjects as seen through keenly focused artistic eyes. All are available for purchase framed or unframed and, are modestly priced.

Doctors Without Borders, serving since 1971, delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and manmade disasters, or exclusion from healthcare, 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 people's needs - not on political, economic, or religious interests. The organization does not take sides or intervene according to the demands of governments or warring parties.

Volunteer students from the Professional Photography program at Hallmark Institute of Photography 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.

Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography is located at 85 Avenue A, downtown Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography, 85 Avenue A, Turners Falls MA 01376.