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Clark Family Day to Celebrate the Finale of "Berkshire Backyards"

For Immediate Release

March 25, 2005

The Clark will host a Family Day, complete with art instruction, art projects, folk music, guided hikes, and gallery tours, as the grand finale to the amateur art exhibit "Berkshire Backyards" on Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. The "Clark Family Day" celebrates Berkshire-related activities in the same way the exhibit captured the spirit of the region.  All activities, as well as admission, are free, and take place at the Clark.

Throughout the afternoon, art projects will encourage amateur artists to create landscape collages and "stained glass." And those seeking outdoor adventure can hike Stone Hill on guided tours anytime during the event.  Ages 10 and older can discover their ability to paint landscapes in age specific sessions with local artist John MacDonald. At 1:30 p.m. MacDonald will instruct ages 10 to 15, and at 3 p.m. he will lead a session for participants ages 16 and older. Space is limited. Sign up on April 10 or call 413-458-0563 to pre-register.  Sing along with local folk singer JoAnne Spies in an interactive performance at 2 p.m.  Spies will entertain audiences with Berkshire-related folk songs. Those who wish to experience the Clark's extensive art collection are invited to attend gallery talks scheduled at 1:15 and 3:15 p.m.

The "Berkshire Backyards" art contest encouraged amateur artists to draw inspiration from the local landscape.  Over 150 entrants, from ages three to 87, answered the Clark's call for pictures depicting visions of the Berkshires.  Entries were received in various media, including oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, crayon, pastel, and collage.  All entries submitted were included in the show. 

The impetus behind the family day and art contest is 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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