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Celebrate Earth Week at the Clark on April 17

For Immediate Release

March 31, 2005

The Clark celebrates Earth Week and its own agrarian roots on Sunday, April 17, with a guided hike encouraging respect and admiration for the environment. Andrew Jones, naturalist from Williams College, will lead the hike up Stone Hill at 12 p.m.  The day also offers the last chance to view the exhibition highlighting the beauty of the local landscape, A Walk in the Country: Inness and the Berkshires.  Admission to the galleries and the hike are free.

The Williamstown community's theme for Earth Week is farming, local food production, and supporting local agriculture (and by extension, preservation of agricultural lands).  In the spirit of supporting local food production and appreciating the local landscape through art, visitors to the Clark on April 17 can purchase a Berkshire-grown cheese plate for lunch and enjoy the last day of the Inness exhibition.

The exhibition, A Walk in the Country: Inness and the Berkshires is on view through April 17.  The exhibition of 15 paintings marks the first time the Berkshire subjects of the prominent 19th century artist George Inness have been examined together. Among the works featured in the exhibition are View in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Clearing Off After a September Storm (1849, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wy.), Summer Sunshine and Shadow (c. 1862, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas), and In the Berkshires (1877-8, Malden Public Library, Malden, Massachusetts).

Surrounded by 140 acres of expansive lawns, meadows, and walking trails, the Clark is located in a setting of profound natural beauty. The windows of its galleries afford views of the surrounding woods and fields, adjacent farm pastures, and a nearby lily pond. Walking trails wind through the property, including trails up historic Stone Hill, which offers a spectacular view of Williamstown and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the north. Picnic tables and benches dot the property and the expansive South Lawn provides an inviting space for free outdoor band concerts and family festivals.  The Clark is working with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando and landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand Associates to design a campus plan that enhances the Institute's setting embracing the natural beauty of the landscape, expands the facilities for its academic and public programs, and reconfigures its galleries to broaden the ways in which visitors experience works of art.

The Sterling and Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.   The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery admission is free through May.  For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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