Williamsburg Curator to Speak About Paul Revere February 29

For Immediate Release

February 17, 2000

Janine Skerry, curator of ceramics and glass at Colonial Williamsburg, will give the lecture "From Silversmith to Entrepreneur: The Varied Career of Paul Revere," on Tuesday, February 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

The lecture is the first in the series "Silver in Colonial America," offered in connection with the current exhibition A Fresh and Large Assortment: American Silver from the Burrows Collection. Patriot Paul Revere is just one of the master silversmiths represented in the exhibition, which includes works by Jacob Hurd, Myer Myers, and Joseph and Nathaniel Richardson, and others. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Janine Skerry is a Ph.D. candidate in American and New England Studies at Boston University and received her M.A. in Early American Culture from the University of Delaware and the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum. She has worked with several outstanding collections of decorative arts in addition to that of Colonial Williamsburg, including Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, Massachusetts, the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Peabody Museum of Salem and the Essex Institute, both in Salem, Massachusetts. She is an adjunct faculty member for the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts in New York and has published widely on American ceramics and silver.

The second talk in the "Silver in Colonial America" series will be "Polishing It Off: Silver at Home in Early America" by Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, senior vice president, educational systems, AntiquesAmerica.com, on Tuesday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Robert F. Dalzell, Jr., Ephraim Williams Professor of American History at Williams College, and Lee B. Dalzell, head of reference services at the Williams College Libraries, will discuss the entertaining customs of America's original First Family in their talk "Welcome to Mount Vernon: A Play in Three Acts by George and Martha Washington" on Tuesday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m. A Fresh and Large Assortment explores the use of silver in the home in Colonial and Federal America as well as the lives and social customs of the people who used and created it.

Over one-hundred-fifty silver objects from the important private collection of Elizabeth H. Burrows and her late husband Henry Morris Burrows, ranging from shoe buckles and swords to tankards and teapots, are included. The exhibition features pieces from the three major centers of American silver production-Boston, New York, and Philadelphia-ranging in date from 1667 to 1899. A Fresh and Large Assortment will be on view February 13 through April 30.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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