Drop-in Drawing Workshops at the Clark continue July 13

For Immediate Release

July 07, 2010

For Immediate Release

July 7, 2010

Drop-in Drawing Workshops at the Clark continue July 13

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Exercise and enliven your inner artist at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s Drop-in Drawing Workshops on Tuesdays in July, from 2 to 6 pm, and Saturdays in August, from 11 am to 3 pm. The Clark offers a guided drawing workshop geared to adults and children at all levels of experience to accompany the exhibition of Juan Muñoz at Stone Hill Center. Participants will use pencil and charcoal drawing to explore the installation, surrounding natural landscape, architecture of Stone Hill, and the ways in which these three elements interrelate. Professional artist and co-director of studio21south, Jaye Fox will guide the sessions. All materials are provided and no registration is required; $5 fee per day, per person. Open to all ages and abilities; children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of rain, the workshop will move indoors and use drawings from the Picasso Looks at Degas exhibit as the source for inspiration.

The workshop is based on using graphite and charcoal as powdered drawing media. The advantage of using these forms includes enabling the artist to cover a lot of ground quickly, which makes it suitable for an afternoon study; the values and qualities of powder are reminiscent of both the surface of Muñoz's sculptures as well as the concrete surface of Stone Hill Center, making a visceral unity between subject and material; and powder, although a traditional medium, is less commonly used than other forms of graphite or charcoal thus affording a different opportunity for participants. Jaye adds, “I chose powdered graphite and drawing media for the workshop because they remind me so much of both the patina of Juan Munoz's sculptures as well as the understated grace and grays of Stone Hill."

Jaye Fox is an accomplished representational artist who received her training in the traditional atelier system, including at the Art Students League, the National Academy, and private study. Her artistic practice is enriched by the mentorship of internationally-recognized artists including Sharon Sprung, Harvey Dinnerstein, and Sherry Camhy. She has been honored with the American Society of Portrait Artists International Portrait Competition Certificate of Merit, an Audubon Artists award and an American Artists Professional League Award in Oils. She has exhibited at the Cork Gallery in Lincoln Center NYC, Gallery 51 North Adams, Pen and Brush Club and the Salmagundi Club among other venues. Her work can be seen at www.jfoxstudio.com and studio21south.

Stone Hill Center is the site of the new installation of sculpture by Spanish artist Juan Muñoz (1953–2001), marking a significant moment in the Clark's broadening embrace of contemporary art. During his twenty-year career, Muñoz invented a mode of storytelling through objects that spoke to space, memory, and displacement. His sculptures used an architectural language of disappearance and loss—wood banisters in unused spaces, metal balconies shrugged off from buildings— and moved him into a medium in contemporary art that he would transform.

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

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $15 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, 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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