The Market Place, 1882, by Camille Pissarro. Gouache on paper, 31 7/8 x 25 5/8 in. (81 x 65 cm). Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Private Collection (L.1984.54.1)

Summer Gala

Saturday, June 11, 2011
6:00 pm

The Clark’s annual summer gala takes on a new twist this year! Celebrate the openings of three summer shows with a party that samples both the classic and the contemporary. Guests will enjoy Pissarro’s People in a French country market and Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth and El Anatsui in a city-chic gallery setting. 

Director Michael Conforti and exhibition curators Richard R. Brettell, Jay A. Clarke, and David Breslin will make opening remarks, welcoming guests to the opening of the Clark’s three summer exhibitions; throughout the evening, curators will lead intimate gallery talks through each exhibition. A professional photographer will pose partygoers in a group photograph inspired by Thomas Struth’s mesmerizing works, and will provide each guest with a commemorative print after the event. The evening’s entertainment includes the jazz music of the Miro Sprague Trio and pianist Mike Schiffer.

The French country market in the courtyard will feature French-inspired hors d’oeuvres, and dessert will be served on the Moltz Terrace at Stone Hill Center. The menu prepared by the Clark’s own chef Steve Wilkinson includes Crêpes with Wild Mushroom or Ham and Spinach Fillings; Duck, Sausage, Lamb, and White Bean Cassoulet from Southern France; a “Le Couchon Volant” Cart; Mini Croque-Monsieur; Frites in Paper Cones; and Strawberry Torte, among other dishes. Guests will also enjoy complimentary wine and beer.

Guests may purchase tickets to win a Night at the Museum and other prizes in a raffle that supports the Clark’s school bus subsidy program. Prizes include:

  • First Prize: A Night at the Museum, featuring a private after-hours tour of Pissarro’s People or the permanent collection with a senior curator, followed by cocktails and a gourmet dinner for eight in the Clark Penthouse
  • Second Prize: Season tickets to The Met: Live in HD opera series
  • Third Prize: A year of Clark exhibition catalogues
  • Fourth Prize: Two tickets to the Clark’s next three exhibition opening parties

Tickets are $5 each or six for $25 and are currently available in the museum shop. Tickets may also be purchased on the night of the gala, both in the courtyard and at Stone Hill Center. The drawing will be held at Stone Hill Center at 8:45 pm. Ticket-holders need not be present to win.

About the Musical Entertainment

Jazz pianist Mike Schiffer has been entertaining Berkshire audiences since 1968 as both a solo artist and a collaborator. He leads a variety of combos, from duos to septets, and provides a full range of entertainment services in any musical style, including harp, classical guitar, chamber music, classic rock, and full-fledged big-band performances. He has also provided the film scores for numerous silent film screenings, including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari for the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Jazz pianist Miro Sprague’s recordings include Trio Mission, Midnight, and Opening, and he was a session musician on albums including Sonya Kitchell’s Words Came Back to Me and Philip Dizack’s Beyond a Dream. He has also performed with Sonya Kitchell on The Late Show with David Letterman and at venues including the Barcelona Jazz Festival, Café Alto in Amsterdam, Interplay Jazz Camp Facility and Iron Horse Music Hall in Massachusetts, and The Vermont Jazz Center in Vermont, among others.

Tickets are $100 ($85 per member) and may be purchased by calling 413 458 0524. 

Gala and Raffle Tickets may be purchased at the museum shop on Saturday beginning at 6:00 pm.