Celebrate Mom at the Clark May 9

For Immediate Release

April 28, 2004

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (April 28, 2004) - The Clark Art Institute invites moms and their families to celebrate motherhood on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. The afternoon features activities for adults and children alike. Admission is free.

Michael Cassin, curator of education, will give a slide talk on mothers and mothering in art at 1:15 p.m. His talk will explore images of motherhood and the mother-child relationship that artists have returned to over the ages.

At 3 p.m., folksinger Bernice Lewis will perform. Lewis, who studied vocal technique with Bobby McFerrin, has been featured on National Public Radio's "Mountain Stage" program. She is a familiar favorite on the coffeehouse circuit, contemporary folk radio, and major folk festivals. Her five recordings, include Religion & Release and Isle of Spirit. Her original song "Bridges That Hold" was featured in the PBS documentary, "Lifelines," starring Peter, Paul and Mary. Lewis is an adjunct member of the faculty at Williams College and also teaches songwriting, singing, and yoga at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

From 1 to 4 p.m. kids can have their picture taken with their mother and make gold-leaf frames for the photographs.

Throughout the afternoon, visitors are invited to go behind-the-scenes in the Clark's print study room to see prints and drawings featuring mothers and children. These works on paper are rarely on public view. One of the highlights is the pastel Woman with Baby and other pastels by favorite American impressionist artist Mary Cassatt. Groups of 15 will visit the print room every 20 minutes beginning at 2 p.m.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery admission is free through June 27. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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