Clark Art Presents Thematic Tour on British Art

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, April 21 at 11:15 am, the Clark Art Institute presents a free In Focus tour examining how British artists and artists working in nineteenth-century Britain used realism and compelling storytelling in their art. 
 
A Clark educator leads a thematic tour of the permanent collection, exploring how key artists depicted emotions in their figural works. Learn about groundbreaking modes of landscape painting originated by artists such as Joseph Mallord William Turner and John Constable.
 
Free with gallery admission. Capacity is limited. Visitors may pick up a ticket at the Clark Center Admissions desk, available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
 

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Williamstown Town Meeting Passes Progress Pride Flag Bylaw Amendment

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Mount Greylock sophomore Jack Uhas addresses town meeting on Thursday as Select Board member Randal Fippinger looks on.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — By a ratio of nearly 2-to-1, town meeting Thursday passed a bylaw amendment to allow the Progress Pride flag to be flown on town flag poles.
 
The most heavily debated article of the 40 that were addressed by the meeting was decided on a vote of 175-90, amending a flag bylaw passed at last year's town meeting.
 
Mount Greylock Regional School sophomore Jack Uhas of the middle-high school's Gender Sexuality Alliance opened the discussion with a brief statement, telling the 295 voters who checked into the meeting that, "to many, the flag is a symbol that, in our town, they belong."
 
The speakers addressing the article fell roughly in line with the ultimate vote, with eight speaking in favor and four against passage.
 
Justin Adkins talked about his experience as, to his knowledge, the only out trans individual in the town of about 7,700 when he moved to Williamstown in 2007.
 
"Most people, when I moved here, had never met a trans person," Adkins said. "Today, that is not the case. Today, many people in this room are free to say who they are.
 
"LGBTQ-plus youth still face a world where their basic being is questioned and legislated. … Flying a flag is, really, the least we can do."
 
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