Clark Gala Features Local Food and Previews of Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence and Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2009

Celebrate the summer, a full moon, and the opening of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s summer exhibition Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence with Sunset Supper, Moonlight Magic, a fantastic evening of local food, drinks, music, and other delights on Saturday, June 6, at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $100 ($85 for members). Reserve tickets online at www.clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0524. Lawn party attire suggested.

Music will be performed by the Flying Garbanzos of western Massachusetts before dinner while guests enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the fresh mountain air at the base of Stone Hill. Take in a preview of the exciting Clark-exclusive exhibitions Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence and Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature.

Enjoy a family style meal with ingredients provided by local producers. Hors d’oeuvres include canapés made with Cricket Creek and other local cheeses; Ioka Valley Farm beef carpaccio; and Hemlock Brook Farm chicken liver pâté. Dinner features Barramundi terrine with Equinox Farm greens, flowers, and herbs with sauce verte; roast Hemlock Farm chicken with rosemary; Jaeschke’s Orchard pear chutney; new potato salad; Boisvert Farm asparagus with olive oil and lemon; and Cricket Creek Farm breads. Ioka Farm will provide the strawberry dessert. Drinks will be provided by Berkshire Mountain Distillers and Berkshire Brewing Company.

A tea cup raffle with fabulous prizes will support ’s important school bus program. The popular program provides transportation to and from for schools within a day’s drive. Prize baskets in the raffle have their own personalities (the Fashionista, the Outdoorsman, the Collector, etc.) and contain treasures from the Berkshires and beyond. Raffle tickets are available before or after the party, for $5 each or a book of seven tickets for $25.

The evening concludes with a bonfire and tasty s’mores on top of Stone Hill for those who embark on the moonlit walk.

Sunset Supper, Moonlight Magic is inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe and Arthur Dove, two American painters who loved nature. Starting in 1918, O’Keeffe spent much of the summer and fall at her husband Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate at the foot of the Adirondacks in Lake George, New York. The effect that Lake George had on O’Keeffe is apparent in many of her works, which depict the natural landscape of the region and its surrounding mountains and wildlife. Dove’s youth in Geneva, New York—where he enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting—endowed him with a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of his surroundings, which inspired his earliest abstractions. As an adult, he raised crops and chickens on a farm in Connecticut, lived for several years on board a sail boat, and ultimately settled on the shores of Long Island.

Sunset Supper, Moonlight Magic sponsors are Cable Mills Condominiums, Pine Cone Hill, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Bisque, Beads & Beyond!

Georgia O’Keeffe, the most significant American female artist of the twentieth century, is often linked with her husband Alfred Stieglitz, but credits the American modernist painter Arthur Dove as having the largest role in the formation of her abstract works. Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence is the first exhibition to explore Dove’s role in O’Keeffe’s early artistic development of abstract works as well as O’Keeffe’s influence on his work. is the exclusive venue for this groundbreaking exhibition on view to the public June 7 through September 7.

The Sunset Supper, Moonlight Magic gala will also include a preview of Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature in Stone Hill Center. Seasonal change and depictions of the natural world have formed a core in the repertoire of Japanese artists throughout the ages. This exhibition brings together traditional screens and scrolls and displays them with contemporary ceramics, each work emphasizing the inspirational role of nature in Japanese art. Drawn from both public institutions and private collections, many of these works have never before been exhibited. Through the Seasons will be on view to the public June 7 through October 18.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November 1 through May 31. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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