Kite Flying, Origami, Magic and More at Paper Trails Family Event at the Clark April 22

For Immediate Release

March 15, 2006

A fun family afternoon exploring the theme of paper will celebrate the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s current special exhibition Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark. Held from 12 to 4 pm on Saturday, April 22, free paper-related activities run the gamut from kite flying and gallery talks to origami and magic.  Admission is free. 

Budding young artists and engineers will busy themselves with art making activities such as creating several styles of kites, 3-D paper pictures, and colorful tissue flowers.  All supplies and directions will be provided.

Test handmade kites, or kites brought from home, on Stone Hill, a short uphill hike from the museum.  Weather permitting, enjoy kite flying and the art in nature aspect of the Clark with views of Williamstown and the Green Mountains of Vermont from atop Stone Hill.  A limited number of kites will be available.

In two 45-minute performances, at 12:30 and 2 pm, Gene Anderson will wow the audience with his “Magic with Paper” show.  During this unique program Anderson will use many forms of paper in a routine that will not be forgotten. He has performed in 21 countries on six continents and plans a special program for this afternoon.

Magician, entertainer, and memory expert Benjamin Levy will fascinate onlookers with his amazing origami at 1, 2, and 3 pm.  Dubbed “The King’s Magician” by Fortune magazine, Levy is one of the top corporate entertainers in the world.  His Clark performance, appropriately customized, features origami and caters to an all-age audience. 

Two engaging half-hour gallery talks by curator of education Michael Cassin will introduce families to the Paper Trails exhibition.  Sign up for the talks, given at 1:30 and 3:30 pm, at the welcome desk in the courtyard and prepare to discover the connecting “trails” between the works on paper. Throughout the afternoon, children are encouraged to choose a pair of works in the Paper Trails exhibition in which they see a new connection and inform the staff at the welcome desk of their newfound “trail.”  Prizes will be awarded.

Two workshops and one demonstration for all ages will explore how paper can be used as an art form.  Learn paper making using recycled materials with environmentalist Phoebe Hazard and origami making with Mari Yoko Hara at two workshops designed to introduce beginners to wonderful creations using paper.  Sign up for these events at the welcome desk.  Artist Anna Kronick will lead paper-cutting demonstrations throughout the afternoon.  Materials will be available for children to try their hand at creating cut paper works of art.

Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark, an exciting exhibition of the Clark’s greatest works on paper draws connections between such great artists as Picasso and Dürer and finds links both visual and historical, in often seemingly disparate works. This fun and unusual approach invites reflection on the nature of connectedness and invites viewers to find their own trails between the works.  This anniversary exhibition spans over 500 years and includes works by Degas, Morandi, Atget, Munch and many more.

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). The Clark is also open on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 17 from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free November through May.  Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID.  For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit



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