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The Clark Offers Family Fun and Special Events this Summer

For Immediate Release

May 10, 2006

Each summer the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute welcomes families with fun activities, events, and engaging exhibitions. This summer is no exception with four free band concerts, an enormous lawn party, and an exhibition exploring the sibling rivalry of brothers Stephen and Sterling Clark. The Clark’s 140-acre campus with hiking trails, a lily pond, picnic area, and pasture complete with cows from a nearby farm is the perfect backdrop for a family experience with art.

Bring a picnic, a blanket, lawn chairs, and your family to the south lawn of the Clark each Tuesday in July for a free band concert beginning at 6 pm. Tuesday, July 4 brings the popular New England Brass Quartet; Old Time Bluegrass Singers perform traditional songs on July 11; wit and exceptional musical skills combine on July 18 with the Woods Tea Company; and Dr. Fidgety brings the sounds of New Orleans Dixieland and Jazz on July 25. The museum galleries are open until 6 pm on these evenings; food will be available for purchase.

On Sunday, July 30, the Clark hosts a free Clark Brothers Lawn Party Family Day celebrating The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. A full day of family activities for all ages includes art projects, a batting cage (in honor of Stephen Clark who helped found the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum), “sibling rivalry” games such as jousting and tug of war, as well as “family harmony” games including croquet and badminton. Visitors can immerse themselves in Van Gogh’s painting The Night Café by playing in “Van Gogh’s Pool Hall” or Gérôme’s The Snake Charmer with a live snake display by New England Reptiles. The afternoon will feature a performance of “Hansel and Gretel” by the Tanglewood Marionettes, and “Sibling Symmetry” acrobatics by Double Vision.

The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings unites for the first time masterpieces from the collections of Sterling and Stephen Clark. These sibling rivals were among the most important collectors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and amassed works by Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Renoir, Homer, Hopper, Sargent and many more. The exhibition explores their rivalry, relationship, distinctly different collecting tastes, and influence on the art world. The exhibition is on view June 4 to September 4, 2006.

A number of important amenities make a visit to the Clark a rewarding family experience. 140 acres of scenic pasture and hiking trails provide ample opportunity for children to run and play, have a quiet picnic lunch, or meet the cows that grace the pasture. The Clark’s grounds are open to the public free of charge. Food is available and features a variety of sandwiches, salads, sushi, and child-friendly cuisine including a “Peanut Butter Palette” consisting of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the shape of a painter’s palette complete with a chocolate “paintbrush,” carrot sticks and granola. In the galleries, family-oriented Looking Carefully cards provide activities to encourage parent/child interaction as they view art. And perhaps most importantly, free admission is always offered to children 18 and under and students with valid ID.

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

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