Clark Museum Shop Offers Special Holiday Discounts for Members

For Immediate Release

November 25, 2009

Sparkling hand-picked items, many new to Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s museum shop, make the perfect gifts for holiday giving. Coinciding with Williamstown’s Holiday Walk Weekend, the shop will offer a special discount to members of the Clark. On Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, from 10 am to 5 pm, members will receive a 25% discount on all purchases (those who sign up for membership on December 5 and 6 will receive the 25% discount). The shop has a vast selection of unique, educational, and fun merchandise, with items for any age, from toys for toddlers to books for art lovers and wool scarves for fashionistas. Gift certificates and gift memberships are available.

With a constantly updated stock of unique gifts, regular shoppers will be able to find something new and exciting. Ages five and up will love ZoLO blanko, specially coated building pieces for kids to decorate. Searching for that special one-of-a-kind locally-made gift? Marian Raser, a local designer, creates stunning bracelets from various precious and semiprecious stones, fossils, and unusual gems set in sterling silver. The Carryall basket is for that person who has everything and needs a way to carry it. This basket is the perfect stylish gift with a zip pocket and a lightweight, sturdy aluminum frame that folds for storage. Take the chill off with sumptuous wool shawls and scarves, from simple to elegant and beaded to sparkly. Beautiful Japanese cast iron teapots with matching cups and trivets make great gifts for those who need to warm up in style on chilly winter days.

The Clark museum shop’s extensive selection of books, one of the largest in the region, ranges from art, fashion, and photography, to travel guides to the Berkshires and beyond. Biographies, fiction, and date and address books round out the diverse assortment of over 2,000 books. The variety of children’s books includes the popular Olivia series, Eric Carle picture books, and many more for a range of interests and ages.

Holiday-themed items include Advent calendars, wrapping paper, ornaments, and Christmas, Hanukkah, and seasonal greeting cards, including eye-catching three-dimensional die cut varieties. Jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, pins, and bracelets. Art-inspired calendars, note card and stationery sets, framed prints, and playing cards add to the wide variety of items. Find works of art in the Clark’s collection adorning magnets, puzzles, note cards, and more. The Clark’s logo merchandise includes t-shirts, pencils, lip balms, stainless steel canteens, umbrellas, and tote bags. Gifts for all ages include art-making kits, jigsaw puzzles, art supplies, rubber glitter balls, fun mini cameras, and brainteasers.

Those overwhelmed with the thought of shopping can still give the perfect gift this year—the gift of art. Treat someone to a year’s free admission to the Clark, as well as a host of other benefits, by giving a festively wrapped gift membership that includes a Clark travel mug. For more information and to order a gift membership, visit clarkart.edu or stop by the Clark’s museum shop.

To become a member or learn about the benefits of becoming a Friend of the Clark, call 413-458-0585 or visit clarkart.edu. Those signing up for membership on December 5 and 6 will receive the 25% discount. Save 10% in the museum shop throughout the year by becoming a member.

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

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