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December 4 Family Day to Feature Fun with Fabric

For Immediate Release

November 23, 2004

Fun and fabrics are the theme for the Textile Family Day at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, December 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inspired by the current exhibition Medieval Mystery: Who Is the Master of the Embroidered Foliage? the afternoon activities will include hands-on art making for kids, knitting, quilting, and embroidery workshops, music, a craft show, and more. Admission is free.

Art-making activities offered throughout the afternoon will include "wacky weaving" with a variety of materials, picture-making with scraps of fabric, and painting on white muslin. Live demonstrations of spinning by Jill Adams Mancivalano from Adams Farm and weaving by the Green Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild will take place continuously. Harpist Talia Allenberg-Mailman will perform in the galleries throughout the program. Fourteen area crafters will sell unusual, high-quality textiles and related crafts all afternoon.

"Mysterious gallery talks" will investigate the Medieval Mystery exhibition at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. These talks by curator of education Michael Cassin are appropriate for all ages. At 1 p.m., Cassin will give a slide lecture, "A Tangled Web: Textiles and Tapestries," in the auditorium.
At 3:30 p.m., Fronia E. Wissman, freelance art historian and columnist for Interweave Knits will give the talk "From Madonna to War Work: Knitting in Art."

The afternoon will also include simultaneous needlework workshops for ages 10 and up. Beginners are welcome. Instructors Deborah Dane and Beth Nesbitt will present a medieval quilting workshop at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Knitting workshops by Mary Johnson, Mary Shine, and Hank Barrett will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Carole Kelley and Barbara Harry will teach three different embroidery workshops: cross stitch and redwork at 11 a.m., cross stitch and bargello at 1 p.m., and cross stitch at 3 p.m. At each workshop, participants will take home a finished handmade item. Each workshop has a $5 materials fee and has a limit to 20 participants. Pre-registration for the workshops is recommended; to register call the education department at 413-458-0563.

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 p.m. Gallery admission is free through May. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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