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Welcome Spring with Nationally Recognized Garden Designer Gordon Hayward at the Clark April 27

For Immediate Release

April 03, 2008

Nationally recognized garden designer Gordon Hayward will explore the visual language shared between painters and garden designers during the illustrated lecture “Fine Paintings as Inspiration for Garden Design” at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 27, at 2 pm. The lecture is free. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Hayward is a nationally recognized garden designer, writer, and lecturer. He has been writing for Horticulture Magazine for 25 years. He is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening Magazine and the author of nine books on garden design. Hayward and his wife Mary have been developing a one-and-a-half-acre garden around their 220-year-old farmhouse in southern Vermont for the past 23 years, as well as a tiny garden outside their cottage in the Cotswold Hills of England. His 2003 book “Your House, Your Garden:

A Foolproof Approach to Garden Design” won a book award from The American Horticultural Society. Hayward has lectured at art museums and garden organizations across the country regularly since 1995. Hayward’s new book, Art and the Gardener, will be available this fall.

 During this lecture, Hayward will juxtapose images of paintings and gardens to explore the many levels of similarity between how painters and garden designers construct their images. See Childe Hassam’s In the Garden next to an image from Hayward’s own garden in Vermont to illustrate an Impressionist passage in a garden. Discover how paintings by Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, and others show how gardeners can virtually copy ideas from painters when it comes to visually linking house to garden. Uncover how Gustav Klimt’s The Park shows the gardener how to keep trees pruned low to compress views under them. Among the many works of art illustrated will be the Clark’s The Duck Pond by Claude Monet; Sleeping Girl with a Cat by Pierre-Auguste Renoir; Wood Gatherers: An Autumn Afternoon by George Inness; and Edgar Degas’s The Dancing Lesson. Above all, this is a lecture about seeing.

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