Magic Around Every Corner at Clark After Dark: Venetian Carnivale on March 3

For Immediate Release

February 14, 2006

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s wildly-popular “Clark After Dark” quartet of winter revelries takes guests far from the New England winter and spring thaw.  Each party is different, with theme-based food, movies, games, music, and activities.  On Friday, March 3 from 8 pm to midnight, the ancient ritual of casting off the winter and greeting spring fills the piazzas, streets, and canals of Venice – and the courtyard, theater, and galleries at the Clark during “Clark After Dark: Venetian Carnivale.”  Tickets are $10 ($8 for members) per evening and are available at the door, or by reservation at 413-458-0524 or

At Venetian Carnivale the courtyard will sparkle resembling Venice at night and attendees should expect magic around every corner and mysteries on both sides of the mask.  Festive attire is not only encouraged on this night but can be created as well. A large and varied assortment of festive feathers and sequins will be available for guests to decorate a mask to wear that night.  Blank masks of all shapes and sizes will be provided. And don’t forget your Carnivale beads.

Learn the ancient Italian sport of bocce, a precision pursuit similar to lawn bowling. Lessons will be offered for those who need instruction or a refresher, and competitions will be held on courts in the café.

Sit down and a get a glimpse into the future with Kat Lovell and Becca Lucia, psychics from Northampton, who will offer readings in the magical atmosphere of the “Renoir Gallery.”

Celebrate the Venetian tradition of fine glass artistry with internationally acclaimed glass artists Jonathan Winfisky, Josh Simpson, and Charlie Correll who will present a small glass exhibition on the bridge leading into the main galleries. Works will be available for purchase.

Secrets of Venetian masterpieces will be revealed in the galleries every hour during 10-minute gallery talks made popular by this year’s 50 Hours weekend event.  Learn about the Clark's images of Venice by artists Francesco Guardi, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent.  The Clark’s galleries will be open until midnight offering late-night rendezvous with these and other masterpieces in the collection. 

Wings of the Dove (1997, 102 minutes) will be the evening’s feature film in the auditorium.

Complimentary Italian-inspired snacks and soft drinks will be provided, and two cash bars will feature signature drinks.

The Clark After Dark revelries conclude with the “Last Days of Pompeii” on Friday, April 7.

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



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