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PRESS RELEASE - Downing Honors the Talents of Local Artists Douglass Truth and John Stritch
May 01, 2007

Pittsfield/Boston – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D - Pittsfield) counts himself lucky to be able to sit back and enjoy the talents of two local artists while at work in his Pittsfield and Boston offices.  Today, Downing announces that the works of Douglass Truth and John Stritch are available for public viewing, as a part of his Local Art Exhibition Program, which showcases the works of western Massachusetts artists on his Park Square and State House office walls.  


Downing’s Local Art Exhibition Program provides artists from Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin Counties two additional venues to showcase their masterpieces.  The art is normally on display for two to three months; all are welcome to visit either office during normal business hours to view the collections.  Truth and Stritch’s art will be on display throughout the month of May. 


Eleven paintings by Douglass Truth are currently on display in Downing’s district office in downtown Pittsfield.  Truth, who currently lives and works in Pittsfield, has dedicated his time to painting and writing since surviving a serious illness in 1998.  Truth’s prints in Downing’s office range from floral prints to geometric buildings.  His paintings evoke many emotions with their bright color schemes and attention to pattern, as they encourage different perspectives.   For more information on Truth, visit


In Downing’s State House office suite, six incredible framed prints by John Stritch bring a little bit of the Berkshires to Boston.  Stritch, also of Pittsfield, has been a celebrated artist for 50 years and employs various mediums such as sculpture, paintings, mixed media and posters.  The prints in Downing’s office celebrate local events and sites like the Great Josh Billings Run-A-Ground, Tanglewood, as well as capture the glorious nature scenes one can see throughout Berkshire County.  More information about John Stritch can be found at


“I am so pleased to be able to enjoy the talents of Truth and Stritch throughout my work days,” said Downing.  “Their talent continues to inspire and remind me of the Commonwealth’s creative economy – which is so important to the economic development of western Massachusetts.” 


Local artists interested in having their work displayed in either of Senator Downing’s offices may contact Allison Johnson at (413) 442-4008.




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