Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

For Immediate Release

April 01, 2010

April 1, 2010

For Immediate Release

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute invites families, youth groups, and members of the community to create their own fairy houses and gnome homes to display on the Clark grounds April 17- 25, during the April school vacation week. To introduce participants to the magic of these tiny dwellings, two workshops will be offered at the Clark on April 17, from 11 am to12 pm and from 3 to 4 pm. Admission to the workshops is free.

The workshops, taught by local artist Ann Kremers, will include a lively, informal presentation and artful examples of fairy houses. Natural materials including moss and twigs will be provided to participants who will create a “miniature” object, such as a piece of furniture or decoration, appropriate for a fairy house. Attendance at the workshop is not necessary to participate in the community installation.

During the week-long community art event, the public is invited to build a miniature home for tiny, mythical creatures on the Clark grounds using found, natural materials. A campus map and site assignments will be provided at the information desk. The tiny dwellings will be featured at the Clark’s family day on April 25, when visitors can stroll the grounds to view the houses.

The free Family Day on April 25 will feature a campus-wide adventure and exploration of how people fit into different spaces, places, and settings. Activities will include finding your way through a cardboard maze, creating clothespin people inspired by the exhibition Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris, and creating your own Boldini exhibition.

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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