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See Signs of Spring at the Clark April 4

For Immediate Release

March 22, 2004

The Clark Art Institute invites visitors to seek signs of spring on Sunday, April 4, at 2 p.m. Andrew T. Jones, manager of Hopkins Memorial Forest, Williams College, will lead a guided nature hike on Stone Hill and the surrounding Clark campus. Jones will point out emerging signs of spring and discuss the natural landscape. Sturdy, water resistant footwear is recommended. Admission is free.

The walk will take place on the trails and meadows of Stone Hill, which overlooks the Clark's 140-acre campus with spectacular views of Williamstown and the surrounding area. Stone Hill and the rest of the Clark campus is open to the public year-round as a public park and is a popular place for walking, hiking, picnicking, and cross-country skiing. Participants will gather inside the Clark's courtyard.

The "Signs of Spring" hike is offered in connection with the current exhibition Sugaring Off: The Maple Sugar Paintings of Eastman Johnson, which features scenes of maple syrup painting in New England. The maple sap flowing, signaling the start of maple sugar season, has long been seen as a harbinger of spring.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through June 26. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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