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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.

Published in The New York Times on June 18, 2017