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For Immediate Release
April 13, 2015

Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute hosts a special tea event on Sunday, April 19 at 1:30 pm celebrating the publication of a new book on the Institute’s teacup collection by noted artist Molly Hatch. Alex Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas of Millerton, New York will join Hatch for a special presentation and tea tasting. In addition to the tea event, the Clark’s daylong celebration of tea and teacups includes an author’s book talk between Hatch and Kathleen Morris, the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Curator of Decorative Arts, at 3 pm and a book signing at 4 pm.

The tea event will include both savory and sweets courses, with an accompanying selection of Harney & Sons teas. The menu includes: smoked gouda and rosemary scones; pear and blue cheese sandwich; poached curried chicken sandwich; radish and cress with cream cheese sandwich; cucumber, radish, and herb cream cheese sandwich; mini lemon curd tartlets; choux swans with almond cream and caramel; raspberry white chocolate scones; and ginger molasses cookies. Alex Harney will provide tea tastings from the Kundala region of India and discuss the firm’s process for sourcing, selecting, and blending teas.

Tickets to the tea are $25 ($23 Clark members) and can be reserved at or by calling 413 458 0524. The lecture and book signing events are free of charge.

Hatch recently published A Teacup Collection: Paintings of Porcelain Treasures, a book based on holdings in the Clark Art Institute’s ceramic decorative arts collection. She was given exclusive access to the largely unviewed 300-piece Clark collection, studying the details of each cup and the related curatorial records to create original watercolors of more than 100 teacups.

In addition to the book signing event in the Museum Store, the Clark will offer a curated selection of her ceramic wares, including mugs and vases created exclusively for the Clark, as well as a selection of many of Hatch’s original watercolors of the teacups pictured in the book.

Harney & Sons Fine Teas, a family owned and managed company, sources, blends, and packages its own product from start to finish. The company has grown from six original teas to more than three hundred.


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, open to the public with more than 240,000 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 Tuesday through Sunday, 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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