Clark Art Fun on First Sunday: 'Center Stage'

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, March 3 from 11 am–4 pm, the Clark Art Institute lifts the curtain on a day of art, creativity, and fun.
 
Transform a box into a miniature theater using special images from the Clark's collection. Express yourself with comedy/tragedy mask-making. Then watch as director, writer, and educator Rudy Ramirez stages an original theatrical performance. Head into the galleries to uncover the drama of Clark artworks with a gallery guide on world-famous nineteenth-century actress Sarah Bernhardt.
 
The Clark's Manton Study Center for Works on Paper hosts a special pop-up installation of theater-inspired prints and drawings that set the stage for the day's events by showing views of theaters, from interior lobbies to exterior architecture, from Paris to New York. The pop-up exhibition is free and on view from 11 am to 1 pm on March 3.
 
Free. Special activities in the Conforti Pavilion, Museum Pavilion, Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, and auditorium from 1–4 pm.
 
Family programs are supported by Allen & Company.

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Summer Street Residents Make Case to Williamstown Planning Board

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Neighbors of a proposed subdivision off Summer Street last week asked the Planning Board to take a critical look at the project, which the residents say is out of scale to the neighborhood.
 
Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity was at Town Hall last Tuesday to present to the planners a preliminary plan to build five houses on a 1.75 acre lot currently owned by town's Affordable Housing Trust.
 
The subdivision includes the construction of a road from Summer Street onto the property to provide access to five new building lots of about a quarter-acre apiece.
 
Several residents addressed the board from the floor of the meeting to share their objections to the proposed subdivision.
 
"I support the mission of Habitat," Summer Street resident Christopher Bolton told the board. "There's been a lot of concern in the neighborhood. We had a neighborhood meeting [Monday] night, and about half the houses were represented.
 
"I'm impressed with the generosity of my neighbors wanting to contribute to help with the housing crisis in the town and enthusiastic about a Habitat house on that property or maybe two or even three, if that's the plan. … What I've heard is a lot of concern in the neighborhood about the scale of the development, that in a very small neighborhood of 23 houses, five houses, close together on a plot like this will change the character of the neighborhood dramatically."
 
Last week's presentation from NBHFH was just the beginning of a process that ultimately would include a definitive subdivision plan for an up or down vote from the board.
 
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