Clark to Feature Public’s 50 Favorites in Weekly Advertisements

For Immediate Release

September 06, 2005

Earlier this year, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute asked the community to help select “50 Favorites” from its collection to celebrate 50 years of art in nature in 2005 and 2006.  The votes have been counted and the 50 Favorites are highlighted in the Clark galleries with special labels featuring selected quotes from the people who helped choose the favorites, covering all ages and walks of life--schoolchildren, business people, politicians, local residents, tourists, Clark staff, and art historians. 

Beginning in September, and running for the next 50 weeks, the Clark will feature a color display advertisement of one of the favorites along with a nominee’s comment, in the Berkshire Eagle and North Adams Transcript newspapers.

Nearly 200 people submitted entries for 50 Favorites. Top vote getters automatically made the list and works of art with fewer votes were chosen based on the brief essays submitted.   Participants ran the gamut of professions: writers, art dealers, elementary to college students, M.D.s, homemakers, teachers, bank tellers, and retirees.  Local art historians from Williams College, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Williamstown Art Conservation Center also contributed. Entries were received from all over Berkshire County, southern Vermont, New York, and from as far away as Michigan and Texas.

While a selected few of the 50 Favorites will be traveling the country in the exhibition Collecting the Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the remaining 50 Favorites will be on view in the permanent collection through summer 2006.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.   The galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August (closed Mondays September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID.  Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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