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WECHSLER--Arnold Nelson,

age 87, beloved artist, teacher and proud uncle, passed away peacefully this week. Arnold was born August 4, 1930, in Jersey City, NJ, to the late Sadie and Irving Wechsler. He was raised in Jersey City with his brother Louis. Arnold studied at the School of Visual Arts and received a Masters in Fine Arts in painting from Columbia University. He has been a part of the New York art scene for over fifty years and lived in the Westbeth Artists Community since its inception in 1968. His work has been exhibited throughout the world including in New York, Washington DC, Miami, Denver, Mexico City, Madrid, Paris, Moscow and St. Petersburg and has been reviewed in The New York Times and Art in America. Arnold's work has been exhibited numerous times in New York City by the Carter Burden Gallery whose website provides a glowing and introspective review of his work. He also recently was a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Award. Words alone cannot describe the kindness and sweet soul that was Arnold. He touched many people with his spirit and passion for art. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by his dear friend and companion Mara Herskowitz; nephews Michael Wechsler (Jennifer), Jeffrey Wechsler (Debi) and Joshua Wechsler (Samantha); grandnephews and grandnieces Adley Wechsler, Arthur Wechsler, Alex Shack, Brian Shack, Dana Shack, Oliver Wechsler and Robyn Wechsler; and cousin Ira Sachs Sr and his children. Graveside services were held at Lakeside Memorial Park at 10301 NW 25th St., Miami, FL, on Friday, June 16, 2017.

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Published in New York Times on Jun. 18, 2017.
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June 18, 2017
Arnold was the center of many groups of young and emerging artists and an inspiration to their craft with his tireless work ethic and thrift and his adventurous spirit he was always replenishing with his aesthetic of searching out new works and talent.He made many journeys to the sacred sites in Central America,Palenque in particular holding a special meaning for him.He sheltered many an up and coming artist and taught several generations how to navigate the intricate rituals of Manhattan Arts society's openings and festivals,retrospectives and Biennial's.He will be sorely missed.
Justin Tentler
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