For Immediate Release
July 24, 2017
Williamstown, Massachusetts—In the first of two free concerts in the Clark Art Institute’s “Crystal Clear” series, the acoustic duo Francesca Shanks performs Sunday, August 6 at 12:30 pm. The concert will be held outdoors at Thomas Schütte: Crystal, an architectural installation atop Stone Hill on the Clark’s campus. 
Francesca Shanks and Joe Aidonidis, equal band partners, make what they call “a weird and beautiful wall of sound,” performing songs about nature, waiting, living, and time. Driven mainly by baritone ukulele, keyboards, and hard-hitting lyrics, the indie/alternative band has been compared to artists like Okkervil River, Wye Oak, Leonard Cohen, and John K. Samson. Their album Wolf Island was released by Sounds & Tones Records in 2015.
On Sunday, August 20 at 12;30 pm, the series concludes with a performance by folk and indie-rock band Darling Valley.
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open daily, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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