Discover the Magic of the Clark During Family Activities on October 14

For Immediate Release

September 26, 2006

Enter the magical land of Narnia with all its fascinating creatures while being enchanted by C.S. Lewis’s adventure story, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, on Saturday, October 14 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The family-oriented escapades from 1 to 4 pm include fencing demonstrations, mask-making, creature creation, a gallery talk, magic, and a screening of the original film based on Lewis's book. All events and admission to the galleries are free.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, set in the land of Narnia, follows the adventures of four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie, who enter a wardrobe full of coats and are transported to the land of Narnia. The children join the fight against the White Witch in order to save Narnia from perpetual darkness, encountering a myriad of creatures along the way. The original BBC television film, based on Lewis’s book will be shown in the auditorium at 3 pm.

Children will be encouraged to use their imagination to create the creatures of Narnia out of various art materials. Combine clay, rocks, pompoms, paper, feathers, and more, to construct fantastic critters. Mask forms to decorate will also be available.

A high-energy magic performance by the famous Philip and Henry Productions will encourage lots of audience participation and interaction. They will perform an amazing 40-minute magical extravaganza at 1:15 pm in the auditorium.

During the 2 pm gallery talk, assistant curator of education Danielle Steinmann will take visitors of all ages on an exploration of the works of art in the Clark's permanent collection. Join her to discover some of the fantastical creatures and magical stories that await in the Clark's galleries.

The Williams College fencing club will hold demonstrations on the south lawn (weather permitting) at 1:15 and 3:15 pm. Fencing equipment will be on display all afternoon.

Other activities include carving jack o' lanterns outside under a tent on the Clark’s grounds. Inspired by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, small bags of Turkish Delight and candy sardines will be for sale at the courtyard cafe.

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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