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For Immediate Release
July 31, 2015

Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute, in association with the Harrison Gallery of Williamstown, invites the public to a free plein air painting demonstration on Saturday, August 15 at 11 am.

Enjoy the creative process of two experienced tonalist painters, John MacDonald and Curt Hanson, as they paint the Clark’s Schow Pond, located on the north side of the Museum Building. In casual discussion, the artists will share aloud their artistic process and choices as they paint the scene.

John MacDonald holds a BFA degree from Washington University, St. Louis, and an MA degree in drawing and painting from Purdue University. For nearly thirty years, John has worked as both a full-time freelance illustrator and landscape painter. He has won awards from Print magazine and has had his work exhibited in the Society of Illustrators annual show. His paintings can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections throughout North America. Curt Hanson, a George Inness devotee, began his education at Fort Wright College in Washington State, where he studied with Charles Palmer and Stan Taft. He studied Barbizon School painters in New York and later moved to Boston, studying for three years in the atelier of Boston School painter Ives Gammell. He resides in northwestern Connecticut. MacDonald’s and Hanson’s paintings can be viewed online at


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 daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm; open September through June, 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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