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"Be Scared (But Not Very Scared)" at the Clark's Halloween Family Day, October 27

For Immediate Release

October 14, 2001

Ghosts hidden in paintings, scary stories, and Halloween crafts are all part of the family event "Be Scared (But Not Very Scared)" at the Clark Art Institute. On Saturday, October 27, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., children ages four to thirteen and their families are invited for an afternoon of spooky activities and entertainment. Admission is free.

The fun will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a look at "scary" paintings such as Death and the Maidens by Puvis de Chavannes. Children will also learn to spot the "ghost" in Renoir's At the Concert (a man who was painted out). Michael Cassin, the Clark's curator of education, will present the gallery talk.

At 2:30 p.m., storyteller Odds Bodkin will tell Halloween tales in the auditorium. Odds Bodkin's character-voice and music-filled storytelling style has entertained audiences across the United States, including a series of performances at Lincoln Center. USA Today calls him "vivid and entertaining," and Marguerite Kelly of The Washington Post wrote, "this storyteller is so marvelous you won't mind listening to his tales over and over." Bodkins's recordings have won the Parents' Choice Gold Award, the Storytelling World Award, and the Indie Award.

From 1:45 to 4:30,children may make craft projects and enjoy light refreshments. Art-making activities will include making masks with feathers, faux fur, and other decorations, and drawing "ghost" pictures—pictures where the images magically appear and disappear.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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