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Think Snow - Northampton Attorney to Create Mt. Rushmore Snow Sculpture at Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

For Immediate Release

February 06, 2006

Families seeking fun and adventure during February school vacation are encouraged to visit the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Monday, February 20 from noon to 3 pm.  Presidential-themed activities, held inside and on the expansive grounds of the Clark, will celebrate the exhibition Hail to the Chiefs.  A highlight of the day will be the creation of a Mt. Rushmore snow sculpture by local snow sculpting expert David Rothstein. All activities and admission to the galleries are free. 

Throughout the day expert snow sculptor David Rothstein of Northampton will recreate a snow version of Mt. Rushmore on the grounds of the Clark – visitor participation is encouraged during this “historic” event.   Rothstein started out making snowmen in the front yard as a child, and in 1998, while living in Alaska, he began his snow sculpting career in earnest.  He has traveled the globe from Anchorage to Ontario, to Tierra Del Fuego where he won first place in the International Snow Sculpture competition.  He has also placed first at the Snowfest International Snow Sculpture Competition in London, Ontario, the Jackson Invitational Snow Sculpture competition, and the Burlington Winterfest Snow Sculpture Competition.  When not sculpting, Rothstein is a wildlife biologist and environmental attorney.  For those who wish to tackle a simpler snow sculpture, coal and carrots will be provided to build snowmen. 

Stone Hill will be available for sledding and tubing.  Visitors are encouraged to bring a sled or tube, although a limited quantity will be available.  These activities are weather dependent and participants are encouraged to dress warmly.  Hot chocolate and a bonfire will help provide the fuel and warmth for the outdoor fun.

Indoors, from noon to 3 pm, help construct a giant reproduction of Gilbert Stuart’s painting George Washington, part of the Hail to the Chiefs exhibition.  Work with others to recreate this presidential portrait on a grand scale using a grid system to enlarge the image or, using the same process on a smaller scale, make an individual reproduction.  Aspiring presidents can make million dollar bills using their own image and create personalized “presidential” seals.

At 1 pm the 1995 film The American President (rated PG-13), directed by Rob Reiner, will show on the big screen in the Clark’s auditorium.  This Oscar-nominated comedy/drama tells the story of a widowed president falling in love with a lobbyist, and the public reaction to this relationship. It stars Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Richard Dreyfuss, and Michael J. Fox.  Running time is 114 minutes.

Curator of education Michael Cassin will lead an entertaining family gallery talk on presidents and silver at 2 pm.  Meet in the courtyard to begin the journey into the Clark’s galleries.

A “members’ lounge” for Friends of the Clark, offering refreshments and space to relax, will be held in the Penthouse from 1 to 3 pm.  Those wishing to become Friends of the Clark can sign up at the membership desk in the courtyard.

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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