“The Art of Magic and the Magic of Art” Free Family Event October 28 at the Clark to Include Viewing of Harry Potter Film

For Immediate Release

October 13, 2005

Celebrating the release of the new book in the Harry Potter series, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will host a magical family evening on Friday, October 28. “The Art of Magic and the Magic of Art,” beginning at 6:30 pm, will include a half-hour talk by the Clark’s curator of education Michael Cassin followed by a viewing of the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Both events will be held in the Clark’s auditorium and are free to the public.

Cassin’s lively, child-friendly talk will bring to light paintings of magicians and magical apparitions, and look at some of the paintings that appear on screen in the Harry Potter film series. As a highlight of the evening, Cassin will reveal which paintings in the first three Harry Potter movies are “real.” The talk will also include a “behind-the-scenes” look at some of the works in the collection of Alnwick Castle, the building used as the setting for Hogwarts School in the first two movies.

A 7 pm showing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will complete “The Art of Magic and the Magic of Art” evening.

In May 2005, the Clark began its 50th anniversary with a year-long program of special exhibitions and celebrations. The program encompasses special exhibitions including summer 2005’s Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile, and Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History on view through January 16, 2006. In summer 2006, The Clark Brothers Collect Renoir to Matisse, Homer to Hopper will explore the collecting history of Sterling Clark and his brother Stephen, bringing together works from their acclaimed collections for the first time.

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