Fun-Filled April Vacation Colonial Days at the Clark

For Immediate Release

April 04, 2005

Colonial Days, the Clark's salute to Patriots' Day (and school vacation), will offer three afternoons of free children's activities on April 18, 20, and 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.  The Clark's indoor and outdoor spaces will offer craft making, a gallery talk, and fun and games.  All activities are free.

Each of the three days will feature Colonial-themed fun. To keep the creative juices flowing during the school break, participants are encouraged to make colonial silhouette portraits and paper quilt designs.  Those looking for adventure are invited to play "Capture the Flag" with Williams College basketball team-members outdoors on the Clark's grounds.  At 2 p.m., learn about colonial silver during a gallery talk geared toward families. 

Paul Revere is remembered not only for his famous ride on April 18, 1775, now celebrated as Patriots' Day, but also for his silver-smithing skills.  The gallery talks during the vacation week will highlight the Clark's holdings of silver by Revere.

The Clark's exceptional collections of Old Master, Impressionist, and 19th-century American art on display in the museum's intimate galleries are enhanced by the beauty of its setting in the Berkshires.  The Clark is surrounding by 140 acres of expansive lawns, meadows, and walking trails.  Views from the galleries include the surrounding woods and fields, adjacent farm pastures, and a nearby pond.  Walking trails wind through the property, including trails up historic Stone Hill, which offers a spectacular view of Williamstown and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the north. 

Fun-filled family activities are planned throughout the summer of 2005 at the Clark, in the galleries and on the grounds. Events, including fireworks, a special child-themed folk art exhibition, band concerts, art-making activities, and more, will focus on celebrating a very special year for the Clark-50 years of art in nature. 

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located on South Street, one-half mile south of the junction of routes 2 and 7 in the center of Williamstown. The Clark is about three hours by car from Boston and New York City and about one hour from Lenox, Massachusetts, and Albany, New York. The Mohawk Trail (Route 2) provides scenic approaches from the east and west. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, September through June, and daily in July and August. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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