Kite Flying, Origami, Magic and More at Paper Trails Family Event at the Clark April 22

For Immediate Release

April 04, 2006

A fun family afternoon exploring the theme of paper celebrates the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute's current special exhibition Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark. Held from 12 to 4 pm on Saturday, April 22, free paper-related activities run the gamut from kite flying and gallery talks to origami and magic.  Admission is free. 

Budding young artists and engineers will busy themselves with art making activities such as creating colorful kites, 3-D paper pictures, and multi-hued tissue flowers. Artist Anna Kronick will lead paper-cutting demonstrations designed for children to try their hand at creating cut paper works of art.  All materials will be supplied.

Test handmade kites, or kites brought from home, on Stone Hill, a short uphill hike from the museum.  Weather permitting, enjoy kite flying and the art in nature aspect of the Clark with views of Williamstown and the Green Mountains of Vermont from atop Stone Hill.  A limited number of kites will be available.
In two 45-minute performances, at 12:30 and 2 pm, Gene Anderson will wow the audience with his "Magic with Paper" show.  During this unique program Anderson will use many forms of paper in a routine that will amaze all ages. He has performed in 21 countries on six continents and plans a special program for this afternoon.

Benjamin Levy is a nationally known corporate entertainer, magician, mentalist, author, and renowned memory expert.  But if that were not enough, he is also a master of origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding.  Combining his magical talents and showmanship with origami he has created the first ever origami magic show, which he will perform at 1, 2, and 3 pm.

Two engaging half-hour gallery talks by curator of education Michael Cassin will introduce families to the Paper Trails exhibition.  Sign up for the talks, given at 1:30 and 3:30 pm, at the welcome desk in the courtyard and prepare to discover the connecting "trails" between the works on paper. Throughout the afternoon, children are encouraged to choose a pair of works in the Paper Trails exhibition in which they see a new connection and inform the staff at the welcome desk of their newfound "trail."  Prizes will be awarded.

In honor of Earth Day, local environmentalist Phoebe Hazzard will reveal how recycled materials can be used to create beautiful hand-made paper.  Learn the ancient art of origami with Mari Yoko Hara who will introduce beginners to wonderful creations using paper.  Space is limited for these workshops - sign up at the welcome desk in the courtyard. 

Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark, an exciting exhibition of the Clark's greatest works on paper draws connections between such great artists as Picasso and Durer and finds links both visual and historical, in often seemingly disparate works. This fun and unusual approach invites reflection on the nature of connectedness and invites viewers to find their own trails between the works.  This anniversary exhibition spans over 500 years and includes works by Degas, Morandi, Atget, Munch and many more.

Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark is supported by Crane & Co.

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). The Clark is also open on Patriot's Day, Monday, April 17 from 10 am to 5 pm. 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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