Go West with Frederic Remington During “Come in From the Cold” at the Clark

For Immediate Release

January 24, 2008

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute heats up with a festive winter evening of old fashioned Western spirit marking the opening of the exhibition Remington Looking West. “Come in from the Cold,” on Saturday, February 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, features a preview of the exciting exhibition, dancing to the music of the Hi-Flyers, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary wine and beer, and cash bar. Cowboy couture encouraged. Tickets are $50 per person ($40 per member) and can be purchased online at www.clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0524 on or before February 8.

During “Come in from the Cold,” the Hi-Flyers’s western swing is sure to be the hot cure for the Berkshire winter. Drawing inspiration from American Roots music, a mélange of European stylings, the rhythms of Latin America, the melodies of the wandering Romany (Gypsy) peoples, and traditional folk and rock styles from the Great American Songbook, the Hi-Flyers have forged a sophisticated yet down home style all their own. These gifted multi-instrumentalists welcome everyone into the good-time global atmosphere they create with their musicianship and their natural flair for spontaneous humor and energetic tunes.

Belly up to the bar for complimentary red and white wine, beer, sparkling water, and sarsaparilla and soda. The cash bar will offer whiskey shots with beer chasers and Montana Mules served in a graniteware mug.

In true Wild West culinary fashion try BBQ ribs, biscuits with smoked brisket, and green chili (pork) in cornmeal cups. Among the delectable hors d'oeuvres will be mini-tortilla cups with guacamole and roasted corn/black bean salsa, shrimp ceviche on graniteware spoons, and smoked trout on sourdough bread crostini with horseradish sauce. Sweeten the deal with pralines, “cow pies” (the chocolate kind), and margarita sorbet.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Frederic Remington shaped America’s vision of the West with illustrations, sculpture, and painting. Remington Looking West brings together the Clark’s iconic works by the artist with those from public and private collections to explore how he came to this vision and how it evolved throughout his career. Also included in the exhibition are photographs, drawings, and scrapbooks from his personal collection that allow you to “look over Remington’s shoulder” and understand his working process. Remington Looking West is on view February 17 through May 4.

“Come in from the Cold” is sponsored by WGBY Public Television for Western New England.

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 is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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