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Free Sneak Preview For Local Residents June 11-13

For Immediate Release

June 02, 2003

Local residents will get a sneak preview of the powerful seafaring paintings in the summer exhibition Turner: The Late Seascapes and take a look "behind-the-scenes" at the Clark Art Institute on Wednesday, June 11, Thursday, June 12, and Friday, June 13. Admission will be free to residents of Berkshire County, Bennington County, Vermont, and Columbia and Rensselear Counties in New York State for Community Preview Days. The galleries will be open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on June 11 and 13, and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on June 12. Residents presenting an i.d. with a local address are entitled to free admission to the special exhibition, as well as the Clark's permanent collection galleries, on any or all of the three days.

Community Preview Days activities will include a look at the inner workings of the Clark's extensive library at 11:00 a.m. and gallery talks of the Turner exhibition at 11:30 a.m. each day. An additional Turner talk will be offered at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. On Wednesday and Friday, the Print Room will be open for a "behind-the-scenes" look at prints, drawings, and photographs from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. On Thursday, a 4:00 p.m. special program especially for kids and their families will be presented in the galleries. Hands-on art activities for children will be available all three days.

J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) was one of Britain's greatest artists. This exhibition explores the defining years of his career when, at the height of his artistic powers, he painted the sea as a stage for human drama and action. The exhibition features 35 oil paintings and watercolors, including several never before seen in the United States, that represent the culmination of Turner's lifelong fascination with the sea. James Hamilton, an eminent Turner specialist from the University of Birmingham, England, organized the exhibition for the Clark. The Clark is the only North American venue for the show.

The Berkshire Eagle, North Adams Transcript, and Bennington Banner are proud to be the media sponsor for the Community Preview Days.

Turner: The Late Seascapes opens to the public on June 14. As of June 14, adult admission will be $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free).

The Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/turner/.

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