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Kid Stuff at the Clark this Summer

For Immediate Release

May 04, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (May 4, 2001) - Kids are always free at the Clark Art Institute, and this summer is no exception. Children eighteen and under will be admitted free of charge to the exhibition Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890, on view June 17 through September 9. The exhibition provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for children (and grown-ups) to see eighty paintings by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Morisot, Degas, and Van Gogh that have been brought together from collections all over the world. The Clark will also present special programs for families, including outdoor band concerts on Tuesdays in July, a Father's Day Program on June 17, and an "Impressions of Paris" family day on August 12.

Children are encouraged to bring their fathers to the Clark on Sunday, June 17, for Father's Day. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., fathers accompanied by children will receive a free coffee and pastry at the Courtyard Café. At 3 p.m., curator of education Michael Cassin will give the slide talk "Father Figures at the Clark." Cassin will speak about paintings by the "fathers" of Impressionism-Barbizon school artists such as Corot and Daubigny-and explore images by and of fathers. The talk in the auditorium is free. Adult gallery admission is $10; children are admitted free.

Families are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets to a series of outdoor band concerts on the South Lawn. An annual tradition, the concerts are offered on four Tuesdays in July at 6:00 p.m. Children receive free balloons. The Paragon Brass Quintet will begin the series on July 3 with a program of American music to celebrate Independence Day. Local favorites the Eagles Band of Pittsfield will perform on July 10, followed by Skip Parsons's Riverboat Dixieland Jazz Band on July 17. Contemporary folk artists the Mark Erelli Band will perform on July 24. The galleries remain open until 6 p.m. on band concert evenings. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in the auditorium.

On Sunday, August 12, the lawns of the Clark will be transformed into a Paris street scene for the family day, "Impressions of Paris." From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free outdoor festival will feature French boutiques, carriage rides, even an Eiffel Tower reflecting the everyday life and color of the City of Light. A carousel with authentic French calliope music will be surrounded by Parisian shops and food vendors offering French food as well as "kid-friendly" fare. Entertainment will include marionettes, roving accordion players, human-size chess games, and a period fashion show. Hands-on activities for kids will include "painting quickly" and a French school house.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  From June 17 through September 9, the galleries are open Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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