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Afternoon Of Family Activities At The Clark April 5

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2003

Kids and their families are invited for storytelling, drawing lessons, and other fun activities at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 5, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The family program celebrates the Clark's current exhibition, Renoir and Algeria. Admission is free.

The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a gallery talk about Renoir's still-life and landscape paintings. Curator of education Michael Cassin will lead the talk, which is ideal for children ages 4 and up (and accompanying adults).

At 2:00 p.m., artist Tenaya Plowman will give drawing lessons. Kids will draw from still life. Other art and crafts activities, available all afternoon, include Algerian tile paintings, clay still life sculpture, and Impressionist landscape jigsaw puzzles.

Storyteller Derek Burrows will tell tales of North Africa in the auditorium at 3:00 p.m. Born in the Bahamas, where storytelling was a vital part of the cultural tradition, Burrows tells legends and folktales. Burrows is the recipient of a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship for Storytelling.

A self-guided tour for families will also be available throughout the afternoon.

Renoir and Algeria is the first exhibition devoted to the Algerian subjects inspired by Renoir's trips to the French colony in 1881 and 1882. Seventeen paintings by Renoir, as well as a selection of travel postcards and photographs, are included in the exhibition, on view through May 11.

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. Gallery admission is free through May. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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