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Gather 'Round for a Free Outdoor Concert by the Wood's Tea Company at the Clark on July 18

For Immediate Release

July 07, 2006

Free concerts on the inviting south lawn of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute continue on Tuesday evenings through July. Gather your friends and family, picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets for great evenings of summer outdoor fun. The crowd-pleasing concerts are free. Food will be available for purchase. On Tuesday, July 18 at 6 pm, the Wood’s Tea Company takes the stage.

Described as “Vermont’s hardest working folk group” by National Public Radio, the Wood’s Tea Company is a musical group that defies categorization. With folk legend Woody Guthrie as an early inspiration, they perform Celtic tunes, bluegrass, sea shanties, and folk songs with equal ease and skill, and a bit of humor. In concert, the Vermont-based group draws on a wide variety of musical experience and expression. They employ as many as a dozen different instruments from banjos, bezoukis, and bodhrans, to guitars and tin whistles.

The band started out playing to small college audiences in Burlington, VT, and then expanded to coffeehouses and Irish pubs. After building a solid reputation in New England, the Wood’s Tea Company started touring on the concert circuit nationwide, presenting their unique sound throughout the Continental U.S. They have performed in New York’s Lincoln Center, at performing arts centers and various festivals around the country, and on National Public Radio.

The remaining performer in the concert series is Dr. Fidgety on July 25. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in the Clark’s auditorium.

On band concert evening the galleries remain open until 6 pm for those wishing to visit the permanent collection or the special blockbuster exhibition, The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. This exhibition is the first tounite the masterpieces collected by Sterling Clark—works by Renoir, Monet, Homer, Sargent, and more—alongside those collected by his brother, Stephen Clark, including paintings by Hopper, Matisse, Cézanne, Hopper, and Picasso. On view through September 4, this exhibition features over 70 paintings and explores the Clark brothers’ relationship, their rivalry, and the influential but ultimately divergent roles they came to play in the arts in the United States.

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 June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, 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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