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"The Hills are Alive" with the Sights and Sounds of Viennaat Clark's Family Day July 21

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2002

"The hills are alive" with the sights and sounds of Vienna on Sunday, July 21, at the Clark Art Institute. From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., children and adults of all ages are invited to the "Vienna Willkommen" family day in celebration of the Clark's current exhibition Gustav Klimt Landscapes and the other "Vienna Project" exhibitions." The free outdoor festival features live entertainment, games, food, and more. Activities include a rock-climbing wall, petting zoo, and arts and crafts.

Among the highlights of the family day will be a showcase of other Berkshire cultural organizations participating in the "Vienna Project" collaboration. Shakespeare & Company's Susan Dibble will perform an interpretive dance inspired by the art of Gustav Klimt at 1:00 p.m. The Berkshire Theatre Festival will present The Magic Flute-specially adapted for children-at 11:00 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., Berkshire Opera will present excerpts from their program "Vienna in Song," a selection of Austrian lieder songs.

Other musical entertainment will include a Sound of Music sing-along at 2:00 p.m., and demonstrations the alphorn-the traditional long horns played by shepherds in the Alps. The Oberlaendler Hofbrau will perform Austrian folk music, dance, and cowbells at noon and 3:00 p.m. Every hour from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., costumed dancers from the Albany Berkshire Ballet will present 20 minutes of waltzing on the front steps of the Clark's white marble building.

Inspired by the exhibition Gustav Klimt Landscapes, children may try their hand at creating their own landscape collages, painting on cowbells, or making tissue paper flowers. In honor of the decorative arts exhibition Josef Hoffmann: Homes of the Wittgensteins, silversmith Stephen Smithers of Ashfield will demonstrate his craft. An architecture tent will celebrate the exhibition Otto Wagner: The Academy of Fine Arts. Children will be able to create their own architectural models.

In addition to the visual and performing arts, Vienna was a center of new ideas. The "Freud Corner" will focus on the creator of psychoanalysis. Visitors will be able to "draw their dreams" on a 16-foot "dream mural," create paper dream journals, and have their picture taken on "Freud's couch" for a take-home souvenir.

The Alpine experience will include a rock-climbing wall from Outdoor Adventures of North Attleboro, and a petting zoo presenting by Peaceful Valley Farm in Bennington, Vermont.

Food vendors will offer a variety of foods from authentic Austrian fare such as wursts, spaetzle, and strudel to kid-friendly favorites such as hot dogs, pizza, and ice cream. Cold Spring Coffee Roasters of Williamstown will offer Viennese coffees. A biergarten tent by CulinArt (operators of the Clark café) will include beer, wine, and sausages. Other food options will be provided by the Clarksburg Bakery, Lickety Split, the Store at Five Corners, and Jimmy Guidon of the Taconic Restaurant.

All activities will take place rain or shine under tents on the Clark's 140-acres of park-like grounds. The Clark galleries will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery admission will be free on July 21. Admission to the family is free; a fee is charged for some activities. Free parking is available at Mount Greylock Regional High School, 1781 Cold Spring Road, Wiliamstown. A free shuttle will transport visitors between Mount Greylock and the Clark grounds from 10:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., the Clark will offer gallery talks of the four "Vienna Project" exhibitions. Gustav Klimt Landscapes presents Klimt's colorful, poetic, and modern landscape paintings to North American audiences for the first time. Josef Hoffmann: Homes of the Wittgensteins recreates the aesthetic atmosphere of turn-of-the-century Vienna through this important designer's furniture, silver, and design drawings. Otto Wagner: The Academy of Fine Arts features the architects elaborate presentation watercolors and drawings and an elaborate three-foot-high, three-dimensional gilded model for a building that was never built. The Italian artist Bernardo Bellotto's detailed views of Vienna from the 1750s and 1760s are included in Bernardo Bellotto: Views of Imperial Vienna, which also features a large 18th-century map of Vienna with a light show explaining the development of the city. A gallery about the history and culture of Vienna introduces visitors to the four exhibitions. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/klimt/.

The Clark's Vienna exhibitions are part of "The Vienna Project," a six-month series of exhibitions, programs, and special events celebrating the rich and vibrant art and culture of Vienna in the beautiful setting of the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts.  Spanning the age of Mozart to today, The Vienna Project includes visual arts, theater, film, opera, and classical and popular music. Participating organizations are: the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Company, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Opera, the Berkshire Museum, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Williams College Museum of Art, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and the Berkshire Choral Festival. The wide range and quality of cultural organizations in Berkshire County-which rivals that of a major city-as well as the area's scenic beauty and outdoor recreation make the Berkshires "America's Premier Cultural Resort." For information on lodging, dining, and travel visit www.berkshires.org or call 1-800-237-5747.

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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