Welcome Home Favorite Works of Art at Free Family Event November 10 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 23, 2007

They’re back! Families, get ready to welcome home your favorite paintings absent recently from the galleries of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute during a free family afternoon on Saturday, November 10 from 12 to 4 pm. Over the past two years many of the Clark’s works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, and others have traveled the United States. “Home Is Where the Art Is” celebrates their return with projects for all ages, a movie marathon with a welcome home theme, a self-portrait drawing class for older children, and orienteering lessons. All activities and admission to the galleries are free.

Two popular self-portraits by Degas and Renoir will return to the galleries providing inspiration for those ages eight and up to create their own likeness on paper. Self-portrait drawing classes will be taught by local artists Amy Podmore and Frank Jackson, Williams College studio art professors, at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. Sign up at the welcome desk.

Get creative with art projects related to returning paintings. Mold miniature clay still lifes based on Renoir’s The Onions and Apples in a Dish, and Alfred Sisley’s Apples and Grapes in a Basket. Renoir’s At the Concert will be the inspiration for gilding small wooden musical decorations. Other projects include embellishing slate welcome signs for the home (perfect for gift giving) and coloring reproductions of Impressionist paintings.

Check out Homer’s famous painting of Adirondack guides and head outside for the Two Guides map reading scavenger hunt on the Clark’s 140 acres. Experienced staff from the Mountain Goat will demonstrate how to navigate the great outdoors using a topographical map (weather permitting). Sign up at the welcome desk for one of four outings (1, 2, 3, or 4 pm).

Those needing a break from all the excitement can play quiet memory and matching games. Family gallery talks will take place in the galleries at 1 and 3 pm.

A film marathon with a welcome home theme starts early with a screening of The Wizard of Oz (103 minutes, rated G) at 10:30 am. Other films in the Welcome Home film series are Fly Away Home (107 minutes, rated PG) at 12:30 pm and Homeward Bound (84 minutes, rated G) at 2:30 pm.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 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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