Clark to Present 'Mediterranean Light'

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Judith Meighan, associate professor in the history of art at Syracuse University, will present the lecture "Mediterranean Light: The Artistic Imagination of Italy," at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, March 14, at 3 p.m.

The lecture will focus on how Italian artists of the late 1800s, like Italian citizens, struggled to build on the strengths of the past while defining themselves in entirely new ways. Meighan will discuss this investigation of light, art and artists in Italy during this time period.

Currently on view at the Clark, the exhibition "Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris" illuminates the Italian artist's early career when he lived in Paris and painted the city's bustling streets, cafes and concert halls, as well as charming scenes of its sunny suburban landscapes, while developing his unique style. Through approximately 70 oil paintings and drawings, the exhibition presents an innovative look at Boldini's Paris. The exhibition is on view through April 25.

The Clark is located at 225 South St. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 to 5 (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 from June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.
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Mount Greylock Committee Member Pushes to Reopen Schools

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Steven Miller participates in a recent meeting of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee via Zoom.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chair of the Mount Greylock School Committee's Education Subcommittee on Tuesday repeatedly pressed the district's interim superintendent to develop benchmarks that could be met in order to allow a return to full in-person instruction.
 
For now, school officials are planning to begin school in mid-September in a hybrid model that sees half the students in preK through ninth grade attending classes in person two days a week with the rest of their time on learning spent remotely; sophomores through seniors in high school would attend school one day a week under the current plan.
 
Several times during a more than two-hour virtual meeting, Steven Miller reiterated his contention that the Lanesborough-Williamstown district is uniquely situated to move to full, in-person instruction.
 
"We are in a wonderful situation where we are in a rural setting with people who are responsible, who are socially distancing and wearing masks," said Miller, who also referred to the county's low incidence of COVID-19 positive tests.
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