"Sterling Turns Gold" with Glittering Clark Gala February 18

For Immediate Release

January 31, 2006

Revel in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s 50th anniversary and celebrate the opening of Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark in style with Sterling Turns Gold, a glittering gala on Saturday, February 18.   The evening features a first look at the exhibition, live music, dancing, and sumptuous food and drink beginning at 6 pm.  Tickets are $45 ($35 for members) and can be reserved by contacting the box office at 413-458-0524 or boxoffice@clarkart.edu.

In the spirit of the Clark’s 50th anniversary, dress is semi-formal with gold and silver attire encouraged.  Be creative, be glam, or be yourself, but most importantly be a part of this golden anniversary celebration.

Hailing from Berkshire County, Charlie Tokarz and Friends will heat up Sterling Turns Gold with danceable tunes.  This group consists of Andy Kelly on guitar, Dave Christopolis on bass, Ben Kohn on piano, Fran Curley on drums, and Charlie Tokarz on saxophone and flute.

Complimentary wine, champagne, beer, and soft drinks will be available in addition to a cash bar featuring premium liquor mixed drinks and signature drinks including the Sterling Martini and the Francine Kir. 

The gala’s golden anniversary fare, prepared by chef Scott Avery, includes she crab bisque topped with gold leaf, potato latkes with Osetra gold caviar, crème fraiche and chive, tangine of duck and dried apricot presented in brique pastry, and baby patty pan squash with green olive mousseline. A chef-manned carving station will present a selection of roast rib eye of beef with sea salt and cracked pepper crust, sage and garlic rubbed roast tenderloin of pork, and lemon and lavender basted roast pheasant.  A sushi and maki station completes the palate tempting selection of hors d’ oeuvres. Sweet somethings will include gold dusted chocolate truffles and vine ripe strawberries.

Paper Trails, a continuation of the Clark’s 50th anniversary celebration, draws surprising connections between seemingly unrelated works in the manner of the popular theory “Six Degrees of Separation.”  Visitors will follow a continuous thread from the first image to the last, discovering not only what ties one work to the next but reflecting on the web-like associations that link the works of artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. 

Starting with Adam and Eve, Dürer’s 1504 engraving, Paper Trails winds its way through 500 years of the graphic arts, connecting an Atget photograph of Versailles from the 1920s, a pen and ink drawing of an Old Testament scene by Rembrandt, Picasso’s 1904 etching The Frugal Repast, and Munch’s 1895 hand-colored lithograph Madonna to end where it began, with Dürer’s Adam and Eve, encompassing 100 works along the way.  Relationships linking works will include subject matter, medium, provenance, and personal associations between artists. 

With an impressive holding of over 5,000 works on paper, the Clark’s collection is rich and varied, including masterpieces by Picasso, Cézanne, Degas, Bonnard, Stieglitz, Rembrandt, Lartigue, Whistler, and many other great artists.

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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