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The Kid Friendly Clark Invites Families to Discover The Unknown Monet this Summer

For Immediate Release

August 06, 2007

This summer grab the kids, get out of the house, and spend a day (or two or three) at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The Clark has it all, including plenty of outdoor space to run and play, hiking trails, specially created art activities and events, and family friendly food options. And the best part? Children 18 and under are always admitted free.

With Free Art Supplies, Kids Can Get to Know The Unknown Monet
The Clark’s summer exhibition The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings explores the secret world of Claude Monet and uncovers his hidden life as a youthful caricaturist, masterful draftsman, and talented pastel artist. Children are encouraged to get into the act with The Unknown Monet Guided Sketchbook for Kids. Receive these free sketchbooks at the Information Desk upon arrival. The booklet encourages children to create their own sketches and record their observations of Monet’s art. Kids should stop by the Information Desk on their way out of the galleries to receive a complimentary box of crayons and colored pencils, courtesy of Faber-Castell. The guided sketchbook is also available as a printable PDF document by visiting the Monet microsite from the Clark’s website, www.clarkart.edu. There is a good selection of children's activity books relating to Monet in the museum shop.

Caricature Creations
As a teenager, Monet made a living drawing caricatures. Kids can see the art of caricature in person during Caricature Creations on Saturdays in August from 11 am to 3 pm. Watch the caricaturists in action, or for a $5 fee, have your likeness captured on paper.

A visit to the Clark is a rewarding family experience with 140 acres of scenic meadows and hiking trails providing ample opportunities for children to run and play, have a quiet picnic lunch, spot the many birds inhabiting the area, or watch the cows grazing in the pasture. The Clark’s grounds are open to the public free of charge.

Hit the Trails 
The Clark’s 140-acre campus includes two hiking trails: the Pasture Loop (0.7 miles, 30 minutes) and the Stone Bench Loop (1.5 miles, 1 hour). From atop Stone Hill get a spectacular view of Williamstown and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the north. Pick up a Map and Visitor Guide at the Information Desk and hit the trails.

I’m Hungry! Food Options at the Clark
Family friendly burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, potato salad, chips, and ice cream are available for sale outside by the big white tent from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, weather permitting. Want to bring your own food? Picnic tables and benches dot the property providing inviting spots for picnic lunches. The Courtyard Café serves a variety of beverages, pastries, and light lunch options year-round from 10 am to 5 pm.

Helpful Hints
A limited number of strollers are available; parents may also bring their own strollers or carry their children in the galleries. To ensure the safety of the works of art, backpack-style infant carriers are not permitted in the galleries. Front-hanging carriers are welcome. Photography is not allowed in the special exhibition galleries.

The Unknown Monet is organized by the Clark in association with the Royal Academy of Arts, London. It is curated by James A. Ganz, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and Richard Kendall, curator at large, both at the Clark.  This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Lead sponsorship is provided by Bank of America. Additional support is provided by Faber-Castell. 

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm (open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 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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