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The Milne Public Library and the Clark Partner for Free Horse and Buggy Rides During "Williamstown Reads! Seabiscuit" Event

For Immediate Release

April 06, 2006

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is pleased to sponsor free horse and buggy rides between the Milne Public Library and the Clark on Saturday, April 29 beginning at 1 pm as part of the "Williamstown Reads! Seabiscuit" community reading initiative.

Rides, provided by local resident Dave Larabee, begin at the library, stop at the Clark, and return to the library.  Riders are encouraged to disembark at the Clark for half-hour gallery talks focused on the museum's collection of horse paintings.  Talks begin at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm.  Riders can easily stroll back to the library by foot or catch a buggy ride later in the afternoon.  The event ends at 4 pm.

For this family event, the Clark has designed special "Looking Carefully Cards" for use in the galleries.  The photograph, Horse and Rider by Etienne-Jules Marey, from the current special exhibition Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark is featured as well as the Theodore Gericault painting, Trumpeter of the Hussars on Horseback, from the permanent collection.  "Looking Carefully Cards" help the viewer learn more about the picture and the artist by relaying information and asking questions.

These events are free and open to the public.  For more information on the many "Williamstown Reads!" events, contact the Milne Public Library at (413) 458-5369 or visit www.milnelibrary.org.

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 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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