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
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Community Contra Dance in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The North Berkshire Contra Dance will hold its monthly community contra dance on Saturday, Dec. 9, with all dances taught by Andy Davis to live fiddle music by George Wilson and Selma Kaplan.  
The dance will run 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Community Hall of the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown. Admission is pay-as-you-can:  $12 - $20 suggested, and barter is also welcome. 
According to a press release: Contra dancing is a living tradition in New England.  For hundreds of years, neighbors and friends have made their own social entertainment in this highly collaborative dance form. New dancers and families with children are encouraged to arrive by 7:30 for instruction in the basics. All are welcome. Come alone, or with friends -- most people change partners for each dance throughout the evening.
The caller, Andy Davis, will teach all the dances in an inclusive and welcoming style, using gender-free phrasing. 
Music will be provided by George Wilson, whose fiddling, strongly influenced by Cape Breton and French Canadian styles, has been popular with contra dancers and concert-goers since the late 1970s. George will be accompanied by Selma Kaplan on keyboard. Selma is an accomplished pianist, composer, and arranger, and one of the most requested dance musicians on the East Coast.
Covid Policy: NBCD encourages masks, but no longer requires them. Be aware that, whoever your partner, you'll wind up dancing with everyone in the room. You may wish to bring a spare mask to change into for comfort throughout the evening.
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