Holiday Gift Ideas from the Clark Museum Shop

For Immediate Release

October 25, 2001

The museum shop at the Clark Art Institute offers a wide variety of holiday gift-giving ideas for people of all ages. Shoppers can escape the crowds at the mall and combine their shopping with a visit to the Clark's collection of French Impressionist, Old Master, and American paintings. Admission is free during the winter, when the galleries provide a peaceful setting away from the holiday madness. The museum shop carries art reproductions and boxed cards, as well as a selection of unique gifts, such as:

Membership in a Box

Museum membership is a great gift that provides benefits to the recipient throughout the year. To make it even easier to give the gift of art, the Clark now offers "Membership in a Box." The box contains a Clark mug, a tin of the Clark's own "Sterling Blend" tea, information about the Clark and its programs, and a one-year family membership in Friends of the Clark. The giver has no forms to fill out and has a tangible present to wrap. The recipient just sends in the enclosed reply card to begin receiving benefits which include free admission year-round, discounts on public programs, special events and travel opportunities just for members, and more. "Membership in a Box" is available at the shop for $50. Clark members also receive a discount on museum shop purchases (10% January-October, 20% November-December).

Impressionism 2002 Engagement Calendar

This week-by-week 5/8 by 8-inch engagement calendar is filled with thirty-two full-color images of some of the most cherished Impressionist paintings from the Clark collection, including works by such artists as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Mary Cassatt. The calendar is available for $14.95.

Locally Crafted Jewelry and Ornaments

Handmade wooden Christmas ornaments by craftsman Kurt Meyers of Ashfield, Massachusetts, range from $9 to $30. Meyers's earrings are also available for $15.

Children's Books

Works by Edgar Degas illustrate Anna Pavlova's I Dreamed I was a Ballerina ($16.00). Art Fraud Detective ($15.95) by Anna Nilsen teaches children about Old Master paintings as they look for "forgeries." In Katie Meets the Impressionists ($15.95) by James Mayhew a little girl steps into her favorite paintings. Several children's picture books, such as Charlotte at Giverny ($15.95), come with character dolls.

Gift Books

The Clark museum shop is known for its selection of art books ranging from coffee-table books to advanced studies. Among this year's most popular gift books are At Home with the Impressionists ($19.95) and The Watercolors of Winslow Homer by Miles Unger ($39.95). The catalogue for the Clark's summer exhibition Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890 is also available in hardcover ($45.00) and softcover ($19.95).

Stocking Stuffers

Those "in the know" about the Clark are almost as fond of the cows in the surrounding pasture as they are about the paintings in the galleries. To celebrate its unique rural setting the Clark now offers a "floating" pen with a jersey cow floating in front of the Clark's buildings ($2.95). Other stocking stuffers in the shop include small boxes of matches or mints with reproductions of paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, and others ($5), "Art Card" mini-flashlights ($7.95), and "fly-eye" viewers emblazoned with the Clark's logo.

The Clark museum shop is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Selected merchandise is also available in the Clark's online store at

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