A LIFE IN ART: LORRAINE SCHECHTER

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Lorraine Schechter, seventy years old and bat­tling can­cer for the sec­ond and what she has de­cided will be the last time, has been mak­ing art for 50 years. She now cel­e­brates the end of her life with My Last Pic­ture Show, a mas­sive sale of her paint­ings, prints, pa­per sculp­ture, and wood con­struc­tions on Satur­day, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sun­day, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Copies of her book, The Sea­sons of Yes: Po­ems

and Im­ages (Sun­stone Press), are also for sale. To en­sure the legacy of her body of work by get­ting the pieces into the hands of as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, prices are set for af­ford­abil­ity, rang­ing be­tween $1 and $100, with just a few larger high-priced items in a “Col­lec­tor’s Cor­ner.” Schechter grew up in New York and lived in France and Con­necti­cut, where she man­aged Alexan­der Calder’s home and stu­dio for 14 years, be­fore mov­ing to Santa Fe in 1988. She taught vis­ual art at Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege for many years and was the di­rec­tor of Art Works, a pro­ject of the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion Part­ners in Ed­u­ca­tion, which brings artists and art ed­u­ca­tion to public ele­men­tary school chil­dren in Santa Fe. Ge­om­e­try and line fig­ure heav­ily in Schechter’s work, which of­ten uti­lizes grid pat­terns and im­ages within squares and rec­tan­gles, as well as South­west­ern-in­flu­enced im­agery and sym­bol­ism. Pro­ceeds from the sale ben­e­fit Art Works and El Museo Cul­tural de Santa Fe, a non­profit ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing, pro­tect­ing, and pro­mot­ing the His­pano art, cul­ture and tra­di­tions of North­ern New Mexico. The sale takes place at El Museo (555 Camino de la Fa­milia). For in­for­ma­tion call 505-474-0240. — Jen­nifer Levin

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