CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE CLARK ART INSTITUTE

For Immediate Release
February 3, 2015
 
Williamstown, Massachusetts—From sweets to Sargent, the Clark Art Institute has something for everyone on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14.

Tea
A special Valentine’s Day tea will be held at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm in Café 7, located on the lower level of the Clark Center. Each sitting features elegant tea sandwiches and special Valentine's sweets. Children are welcome and are encouraged to dress festively for the occasion. Adults $24, children $12 (taxes, gratuities, and additional optional beverages not included). Space is limited; advance reservations are required. Visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524 to make reservations.

Gallery talks
Twenty-minute love-themed gallery talks will take place in the permanent collection galleries at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

I Love Art
Visit the galleries and vote for your favorite work of art in the collection. Paper hearts for “love notes” will be provided. Take a selfie next to your favorite work of art and post it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #iheartclark. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a one-year Family/Dual membership to the Clark. The “most loved” work of art will be announced at the end of the day.

Music
Two a capella singing groups from Williams College, Ephoria and Ephlats, will gather in the Clark Center for twenty-minute performances. Ephoria, performing at 11 am, is the oldest all-female a cappella group at Williams College. Founded in 1979, Ephoria is dedicated to “making awesome a cappella and having fun while doing it,” according to members. “No song is too high, no mash-up too bold, no beat box too ferocious for us to tackle.” Ephlats, performing at 2 pm, is a co-ed group founded in 1956. The group derives its name from the college mascot (a purple cow affectionately known as Ephelia) and is the most enduring a capella group at Williams, with an alumni network of more than 300 former members. Ephlats members describe themselves as “a motley collection of men and women, singers and songwriters, dancers and drifters, geniuses and idiots, poets and mathematicians...whose one thing in common is our love of making music together.”

Photo fun
A photo booth will be set up in the lower level of the Clark Center from 12–4 pm. Gather friends and family and pose for shots—and take home a great souvenir!

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 $20; 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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