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Fun Day at the Clark

By Susan Bush
12:00AM / Thursday, September 08, 2005

Tim Van Egmond is scheduled to perform during a Sept. 25 Clark Art Family Fun Day. [Photo by Susan Wilson]
Williamstown – The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute campus is set to host a September 25 Family Fun Day in celebration of an exhibit titled “Little Women, Little Men: Folk Art Portraits of Children from the Fenimore Art Museum.”

The exhibit began on July 4 and will conclude on Oct. 15.

Painting, Games, and Dress-Up

Planned activities include creating hand wall hangings from felt, “dressing up” in 1850s clothing, painting wooden fruit-shaped magnets, and playing games popular during the 19th century.

The Williams College volleyball team has agreed to lead the games, which are scheduled to occur throughout the afternoon. The Williamstown Historical Society is loaning the clothing for the dress-up session. The dress-up is free; photographs will be available for purchase.

There is no admission for the event. The Family Fun Day is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.. Admission to the Clark galleries will also be free during the event.

Musician and storyteller Tim Van Egmond is scheduled to perform at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., and is expected to deliver 45 minutes of musical fun featuring a hammered dulcimer during each performance.

About Tim Van Egmond

Van Egmond has brought his stories and music to schools, libraries, folk festivals and other venues since 1978. The Massachusetts Cultural Council has named Van Egmond to its’ Creative Teaching Partners roster as part of the Residency Programs within schools as well as the council’s Touring Program. Van Egmond’s workshops have been included in Sharing the Fire, which is New England’s annual storytelling conference, a Youth Services Librarians program sponsored by the Boston Regional Library System and the New England League of Middle Schools United Arts Conference.

Van Egmond lives in Montague, Mass., and built his first dulcimer in 1973. He is a member of “Swallowtail," a contra dance band. The band has performed across the country and has appeared on the National Public Radio “a Prairie Home Companion” program and at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History. Van Egmond also performs as a solo musician and as part of the “Yankee Notions” duo.

Befriending Art

A gallery talk titled “Here’s Looking At You, Kid: Meet the Kids in the Art at the Clark” is slated to begin a 2 p.m.. The talk will encourage children to "make friends with" specific art works, according to information provided by the museum. Among the featured art will be Ammi Phillips “Harriet Campbell,” Renoir’s “Berard Children,” and other paintings.

The Clark Penthouse will host a “Friends of the Clark” members lounge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m..

The folk art children’s portraits exhibit features 11 paintings and one sculpture depicting children in the folk art tradition. The art is on loan from the Fennimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. and was originally collected by Stephen C. Clark, a brother of Clark Art Institute founder Sterling Clark.

Additional information about the family fun event or the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is available at the www.clarkart.edu Internet web site or by calling 413-458-2303.

Additional information about Tim Van Egmond is available at the www.timvanegmond.com Internet web site.

Susan Bush may be reached via e-mail at suebush123@adelphia.net or at 802-823-9367.

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