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Earth Week Program at the Clark

For Immediate Release

April 15, 2004

Celebrate the environment inside and outside at a free Earth Week program at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 25. Family gallery talks on the theme "Earth, Air, Fire, Water" will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The talks will explore how artists respond to the natural world and will feature paintings such as Cliffs at Etretat by Claude Monet and West Point, Prout's Neck and The Two Guides by Winslow Homer. Trail maps will be available for lunchtime hikes up Stone Hill, overlooking the Clark's 140-acre campus. The Clark Café will offer box lunches for purchase; picnics are also encouraged. Admission is free.

"The Clark is delighted to participate in Earth Week because of our commitment to land stewardship and the pastoral splendor that is such an important part of the Clark experience and the Berkshire setting," said Clark director Michael Conforti. "We invite local residents to enjoy our beautiful, natural landscape during Earth Week and throughout the year."

The Clark has a long history of caretaking of the land, maintaining trails and meadows, and allowing unfettered, 24-hour public access to its campus. Landscape is a central concern of the Institute's planned campus enhancement and building expansion designed by award-winning architect Tadao Ando, with landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand Associates. The plan's commitment to the landscape extends beyond the sensitive placement of the building. The Clark will preserve existing walking trails on Stone Hill, connecting to the network of trails maintained by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. Footbridges over marshy areas and streams will improve pedestrian access to the trails and to the Stone Hill meadow. Through Clark Greylock, the planned arts, education, and conservation center on route 7, the Clark embraces the opportunity to acquire additional land in order to open it for use by the public. The Clark plans to maintain the grounds as a public park, preserving the land for outdoor recreation and providing scenic viewing points for the vista over the rolling hills and meadows known locally as "the Hopper" to Mount Greylock while protecting the mature woodlands on the western part of the site.

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. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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