Wood's Tea Company to Perform July 15

For Immediate Release

July 08, 2003

Wood's Tea Company will perform sea chanties and other seafaring music at the Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, July 15, at 6 p.m. The free outdoor concert is part of a series featuring music of the British Isles in honor of the exhibition Turner: The Late Seascapes. All concerts take place Tuesdays at 6 p.m., through July 29, on the Institute's south lawn. Picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets are encouraged. Children receive free balloons.

Wood's Tea Company members are: Chip Chase on guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin; Mike Lussen on banjo, guitar, and bodhran; Howard Wooden on bass; and Rusty Jacobs on guitar, Celtic tin whistle, and bodhran. Based in Vermont, the group has performed at concerts, coffee houses, and festivals throughout the United States, including Lincoln Center, the Mayflower II, the Hatch Shell, the Tall Ship Extravaganza in Boston, and first night celebrations in Boston and Burlington.

The galleries remain open until 6:00 pm. on band concert evenings. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium.

J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) was one of Britain's greatest artists. Turner: The Late Seascapes exhibition explores the defining years of his career when, at the height of his artistic powers, he painted the sea as a stage for human drama and action. The exhibition features 35 oil paintings and watercolors, including several never before seen in the United States, that represent the culmination of Turner's lifelong fascination with the sea. The Clark is the only North American venue for the show.

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

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