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Bernice Lewis to Perform Free Outdoor Concert at the Clark July 15

For Immediate Release

July 07, 2008

A fixture on the coffeehouse circuit, contemporary-folk radio, and at the major folk festivals, Bernice Lewis will perform on Tuesday, July 15, as part of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s free outdoor concert series held at 6 pm on Tuesday evenings in July. Concerts are held on Clark’s expansive south lawn (picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs encouraged). The Clark’s Cafe will sell barbeque fare and the galleries will remain open until 6 pm on concert evenings. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium. Concert admission is free.

Lewis—who studied vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, guitar technique with Alex DeGrassi and Guy van Duser, and songwriting with Roseanne Cash and Cris Williamson—has been a featured performer on National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage” program. Her ballad, “Bridges That Hold,” was included in the PBS-TV “Lifelines” documentary starring Peter, Paul, and Mary. She has shared the stage with Dar Williams, Dixie Chicks, Patty Griffin, Pete Seeger, Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Rory Block, Livingston Taylor, Odetta, and Christine Lavin.

The remaining concerts include Wintergreen on July 22 and Dan Daniels and Your No Good Buddies on July 29. Williamstown Savings Bank is the media sponsor for the concert series.

On view in the Clark’s main galleries through October 19 is Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly. This exhibition features forty beautiful paintings by American artists who obscured their brush strokes creating paintings that, like the mist of breath’s condensation on a pane of glass, appear on the canvas without evidence of the artist’s hand.The exhibition Homer and Sargent from the Clark celebrates the opening of Stone Hill Center by highlighting twelve of the Clark’s masterpieces by Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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