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Clark's "Berkshire Backyards" Exhibition features Local Amateur Artists

For Immediate Release

March 03, 2005

On Friday, March 18, the Clark will open "Berkshire Backyards," an art contest for amateurs inspired by the local landscape.  Over 100 entrants, from students to seniors, have answered the Clark's call for art depicting visions of the Berkshires.  Entries have been received in various media, including oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and collage.  All entries received will be included in the show.  "Berkshire Backyards" will be on view at the Clark from March 18 to April 10.  Admission is free.

As the finale of "Berkshire Backyards," a free family day will be held on Sunday, April 10 from 1 to 4 pm, celebrating the region.  Activities will include guided hikes up Stone Hill, gallery talks, landscape-making art activities, and an interactive performance of Berkshire-related folk songs by local singer/songwriter JoAnne Spies.

The "Berkshire Backyards" contest celebrates the current exhibition, A Walk in the Country: Inness and the Berkshires, on view through April 17.  The exhibition of 15 paintings marks the first time the Berkshire subjects of the prominent 19th century artist Inness have been examined together.

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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