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Hiking With Winslow Homer and Others

For Immediate Release

April 02, 2010

April 2, 2010
HIKING WITH WINSLOW HOMER AND OTHERS WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF APRIL 18 LECTURE AT THE CLARK
For Immediate Release

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA –Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney, authors of Adirondack Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Adirondack Park and the Lake George, Lake Champlain & Mohawk Valley Regions, will present a lecture on April 18 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The lecture will focus on nineteenth-century American landscape artists and how they shaped the vision of the American wilderness. Admission to the 2 pm lecture is free and will be followed by a book signing and hike on Stone Hill.


Nineteenth-century American painters were foremost in shaping the vision of the American wilderness. As early as 1825–1840, Hudson River School painters ventured into the Catskills, Adirondacks, Berkshires, and White Mountains, and their paintings acted as advertisements for the northeastern forests, striking a chord with viewers with their original portrayals of picturesque American landscapes. The second wave of American landscape artists honed and refined the vision of the American wilderness, using outdoor guides to lead them to the most scenic venues, often the deepest parts of untamed forests. In the symbiotic process of the painter/guide relationship, the guides and their camps became important subjects for painting. Today people are still drawn to scenes portrayed by Winslow Homer and others and continue to enjoy guides of one kind or another to show the way to mountains, rivers, and waterfalls.


The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is 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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