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Create Gifts and Take a Hike Too at Free Family Event at the Clark December 28

For Immediate Release

November 30, 2005

Enjoy a fun family afternoon during school vacation and celebrate the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s 50th anniversary by making gifts on Wednesday, December 28 from 11 am to 4 pm. Crafts using images from the permanent collection, a family gallery talk, children’s movies, and guided nature hikes will take place in the museum and on the grounds during this special event. Admission to the galleries and all activities is free.

Available anytime during the event in the Clark’s café will be gift-making with inspiration and images provided by the Clark’s permanent collection of art. Create gifts such as calendars, photo albums, candy dishes, bookmarks, magnets, cards, mirrors, napkin rings, pendants, and more.

Travel back to 1955, the founding year of the Clark, with two popular children’s films. Two episodes of Harold and the Purple Crayon, an Emmy award-winning animation series on HBO, and based on the 1955 book by Crockett Johnson (available in the museum shop), will be shown at 11 am. These episodes are appropriate for young children; running time is 44 minutes. Forbidden Planet, a classic widescreen Technicolor sci-fi film based on Shakespeare’s Tempest, will be shown at 2 pm. Most appropriate for those eight years of age and older, this film stars Walter Pidgeon as Prospero and Leslie Nielsen as the spaceship captain, with a memorable performance by Robby the Robot. Running time is 98 minutes.

Families will enjoy guided snowshoe hikes (or winter hikes depending on the weather) up Stone Hill to appreciate the art in nature aspect of the Clark, its hiking trails, and woods and meadows in the Berkshires. The Mountain Goat’s John Bryan will lead the hikes to the top of Stone Hill where participants will not only enjoy the scenic views, but complimentary hot cocoa as well. Hikes will depart at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. A limited number of snowshoes will be available for those who need them. Sign up at the museum’s west entrance.

Michael Cassin, the Clark’s curator of education, will lead a family gallery talk at 1 pm. Meet in the courtyard for Cassin’s entertaining exploration of the Clark’s galleries.

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

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