CLARK ART INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES WINTER ACTIVITIES, HOLIDAY HOURS

For Immediate Release
 
November 20, 2014
 
Williamstown, MA—The Clark Art Institute offers something fun for the whole family this winter, starting with “Songs, Shopping, and S’mores” on Friday, December 5 from 5–7 pm. The free event, which kicks off Williamstown’s Holiday Walk Weekend, includes roasting s’mores over open fire pits, an ice sculpture carving demonstration, and holiday caroling led by Williams College a cappella groups, all held on the Clark Center terrace. Galleries and the Museum Store, which offers an eclectic, unusual selection of holiday gifts, will remain open until 7 pm.

During school vacation week, the Clark offers two free family-friendly events: a series of intergenerational yoga classes and a film festival. Yoga classes, designed for ages 10 and up, will be held Tuesday, December 30, Wednesday, December 31, and Friday, January 2 at 11 am in the Clark Center. Participants should bring yoga mats or towels. The film festival will be held on the same three days at 2:30 pm in the Clark Center, beginning with Disney’s smash hit Frozen on December 30, followed by Fantastic Mr. Fox on December 31 and Hugo on January 2. Babysitting is available. All movies are rated PG; for more information, visit clarkart.edu.

The Clark’s 140-acre campus is perfect for snowshoeing, sledding, and cross-country skiing. Trail guides are available.

Holiday Hours
The Clark is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. The Institute will be closed on Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving Day; Thursday, December 25 for Christmas Day; and Thursday, January 1 for New Year’s Day. Admission is free through December 31, 2014.

About the Clark
The Clark Art Institute is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark opened its expanded facilities on July 4, 2014, unveiling new and enhanced spaces that accommodate the continued growth of the Institute’s programs. Included in this final stage of the project are the new 42,600-square-foot Clark Center designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, expansion and renovation of the original Museum Building and the ongoing renovation of the Manton Research Center by Selldorf Architects, and a sweeping redesign of the grounds by Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture. The first phase of the campus expansion project was completed in 2008 with the opening of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, a striking conservation and exhibitions facility also designed by Tadao Ando.
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free through December 31, 2014 ($10 for the Monet | Kelly exhibition) and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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