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Holiday Program for Kids at the Clark December 2

For Immediate Release

November 20, 2000

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (November 20, 2000) - Celebrations of light, snowy scenes, and holiday symbols are all part of a free family program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, December 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Children ages 3 to 12 are invited for a special seasonal look at art, followed by related craft activities. Guided gallery talks for children ages 7 to 12 (and accompanying grown-ups) will begin at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Younger kids (ages 3 to 6), will take a self-guided tour of three winter paintings. To mark the festivals of light that abound in the winter, the theme of the day is light: how different lighting makes you feel, how artists create different light effects, the use of shadows and reflections.

Children will also explore wintry scenes and the "secret" meanings of paintings. The program is free and open to everyone.

Hands-on activities following the tours will pick up on the theme of light. Children may make votive candle holders, "light collage" stationery based on the paintings they see, and shadow portraits.

Throughout the day, the Clark Museum Shop will be open, featuring a wide selection of holiday gifts, books, and educational games and toys. Admission to the Clark galleries is free.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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