The Clark Welcomes Families to the Pissarro’s People Family Day

For Immediate Release

June 06, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Families are invited to celebrate the Pissarro’s People exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, June 26 at 11:00 am with an afternoon of free events. The Clark transforms into a farmer's paradise with barnyard friends, festive activities like stilt walking and horseshoes, art projects, entertainment—and more. Admission to the museum is free all day.

Families will have the opportunity to sample tasty pastries from local bakeries, including Klara’s Gourmet Cookies, Haven Café and Bakery, Patisserie Lenox, A-Frame Bakery, and Crazy Russian Girls Bakery, and help judge the winner of the rugelach contest in honor of Pissarro's Jewish heritage. The farmer’s paradise theme features pony rides, dancing cows and singing chickens, and a performance by Mister G's Family and Barnyard Friends. Children will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of art-making activities, including painting an apron for a hanging display, trying their hands at carding wool, and drawing self-portraits in a workshop inspired by Pissarro’s works. Catering for this event has been provided by Lickety Split, Hot Tomatoes Pizza, MadJacks BBQ, Cricket Creek Farm, Samel’s Deli, and Esteva at the Clark. There's something for everyone at this free and fun annual family event. Family Day activities begin at 11:00 am. This event is generously supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc. 

Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) has a Masters in Elementary Education from Smith College, a BA in English from Amherst College, and more than twenty years of experience as an award-winning musician. Inspired by his former students, Ben released his debut children's CD of original songs, Pizza for Breakfast, in September 2009. He performs concerts and conducts educational workshops in the United States and abroad and has recently performed with Dan Zanes in Northampton, Massachusetts, led a song-writing workshop with children in London, and filmed a video for his forthcoming Spanish-language CD with children in Colombia, South America. He combines his additional professional experience as a photographer and yoga teacher to create innovative workshops tailored to a wide range of ages, schools, and settings. A fluent Spanish speaker, Ben’s programs contain a multicultural perspective based on his world travels.

Pissarro’s People offers a fresh look at the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro by examining his portraits, harvest scenes, and market views through the lens of his personal relationships, profound social and economic concerns, and anarchist beliefs. Based on new scholarship by curator and leading Pissarro scholar Richard R. Brettell, this visually stunning exhibition brings together some of the artist’s most iconic figural works with lesser-known pictures from private and public collections from around the world. This exhibition was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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 $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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June 26: Families are invited to celebrate the Pissarro’s People exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, June 26 at 11:00 am with an afternoon of free events. The Clark transforms into a farmer's paradise with barnyard friends, festive activities like stilt walking and horseshoes, art projects, entertainment—and more. Admission to the museum is free all day. This event is generously supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

Contact: 
pr@clarkart.edu

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