The Clark Celebrates Local Writers In A New England Literary Sampler On March 20

For Immediate Release

February 28, 2005

Thomas C. Daly, head of education at the Norman Rockwell Museum, will present "A New England Literary Sampler" at the Clark on Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m.  He will give dramatic readings of the works of famous Berkshire authors during this free afternoon event. Daly is also on the board of Arrowhead, and often makes appearances as Herman Melville at local events.

Visitors will be treated to readings from Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frances Kemble, Oliver Wendell Holmes, many of the Sedgwicks, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville.  Daly will reflect on the Berkshires as a muse and also a practical location for authors.  The readings will create an image of the area's ordinary beauty and useful topography that have given it the fame it still enjoys over 150 years after these words were penned.

An exhibition of George Inness's paintings, A Walk in the Country: Inness and the Berkshires is on view at the Clark through April 17.  The exhibition of 15 paintings marks the first time the Berkshire subjects of the prominent 19th century artist 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

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