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Watercolor Workshops on Tuesdays in July, Saturdays in August

For Immediate Release

June 30, 2009

Draw out your inner abstractionist at one of the Drop-in Watercolor Workshops at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Tuesdays in July, from 2 to 6 pm, and Saturdays in August, from 11 am to 3 pm. Taking inspiration from the exhibition Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence, work with local artists Sally Sussman (July) and David Lane (August) to paint abstracts from nature at the Clark’s beautiful lily pond. All materials will be provided. Students will use watercolors to paint on large, postcard-sized paper that can be mailed home or to a friend. No registration is required; $5 fee per day, per person. Open to students of all ages and abilities (children must be accompanied by an adult). Heavy rain cancels this event.

Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence explores the artistic dialogue between two influential American artists, both of whom used their work to express an emotional connection to the natural world. O’Keeffe began using watercolors to explore abstraction. Dove openly admired O’Keeffe’s early pieces, which eventually sparked his own interest in the medium. Although Dove and O’Keeffe’s approach to imagery ultimately diverged, their shared interest in capturing the ephemeral, fugitive traits of nature—the play of light on water, the transitions of the sun and moon, and the rustle of the wind through grass—was the basis for an abiding commitment to each other’s works and a profound aesthetic connection that lasted throughout their lifetimes.

The Drop-in Watercolor Workshops are supported by Berkshire Bank.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm daily in July and August (closed Mondays September through June). 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 clarkart.edu.


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