Press Releases from Our Members

Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation Awards Grants to Berkshire County Oral Health Programs

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.—December 12, 2018—The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) Foundation has awarded a total of more than $75,000 in “Expanding Access to Dental Care” grants to four organizations in Massachusetts, including two in Berkshire County. The goal of the grants is to improve the oral health of residents of the Commonwealth by supporting sustainable programs that improve access to dental care.

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM) in Great Barrington received a $16,000 grant to fund additional dental hygienist hours to support the all-volunteer dentists in its free dental clinic. VIM provides access to free, comprehensive health care for adults in the Berkshire region who are income-qualified and uninsured or underinsured. VIM’s services are provided by volunteer clinicians—including dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants—who are supported by a small paid staff. Services range from routine cleaning to complicated tooth extractions, bridges, and full dentures. Since 2004, VIM has served its patients with more than 12,700 dental visits.

VIM’s dental program is the fastest growing of its services. Some patients have never seen a dentist or haven’t had care in years, and many require extensive treatment plans carried out over several months. VIM expects to treat an additional 200 patients in the upcoming year.

“Relying on both retired and still-practicing dentists, VIM is dedicated to keeping up with increasing patient numbers,” said VIM Berkshires Dental Practice Manager Whitney Smith. “This funding for expanded hours for a hygienist will help VIM continue to meet its commitment to provide free care for qualified individuals and allow the volunteer dentists to focus on developing treatment plans and caring for our patients.”

MDS Foundation Chair Dr. Robert Lewando said, “Because of the generosity of MDS members and their desire to support an active Foundation, we are able to assist organizations like Hillcrest Dental Care and VIM Berkshires in their efforts to improve the overall health of many Massachusetts residents who ordinarily might not receive care. It is our hope that the Foundation will continue to grow so we can help sponsor additional services that will most benefit communities in need.”

Renaissance Investment Group Announces the Launching of New Website

Lenox – Renaissance Investment Group, LLC is excited to share its newly developed and launched website!

While Renaissance has been serving clients for nearly 20 years, the firm determined that a new website featuring recently hired staff members, pictures of their current office-space, and more details regarding the services they provide was over-due.  In addition to a new and highly functional design that is optimized for mobile devices, the site also provides an opportunity for clients, business partners, and the general public to receive newsletters, market commentary, and other updates from Renaissance.

Site Address:  www.rigllc.com

 

South Berkshire’s First Asian Market opens in Great Barrington

Former Shiro Restaurant re-opens as a Multi Cuisine Asian Market and Kitchen

The former Shiro Restaurant on Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington has re-opened as Shiro Kitchen
and Asian Market. Harry Yu and Wei Wei Shi have run Shiro Restaurant for 18 years. Over time the
couple have altered their business model several times to appeal to changing times and demographics,
each time adding new and exciting Asian Cuisine offerings.

Most of the former restaurant space is now an Asian Market, with offerings from a variety of Asian
cultures. “The Asian community here is diverse” Mr. Yu stated in reference to their products. “We have
foods from many cultures.” Shiro’s shelves are stocked with classic Asian noodles, sauces, ingredients,
candies, and confections, including Glass noodles, organic soba, udon, and Ramen, Sriracha, and a wide
selection of gluten free sauces. The freezer cases hold dumplings, mochi, frozen cakes, and more. The
market has an extensive selection of ramen. Ms. Shi has put together affordable priced Asian cooking
themed gift baskets: a College Ramen gift basket, A Sushi Starter kit, A Korean package with a variety of
Sauces, a Chinese Cooking basket, Thai Curry, Asian Starter, and a Gluten Free Sauce basket.

The Shiro Asian and Kitchen Market bar continues to offer beer and wine, with a focus on Asian themed
cocktails. Shiro kitchen serves Asian Comfort foods, self serve style, with an intimate and airy seated
dining area. The convenient grab and go section of the market has Asian foods easy to pick up for lunch
and fast, easy, and affordable options for dinner at home.

The couple plan to also offer Asian cooking classes. “Wei Wei is an amazing cook” Harry said fondly of
his wife. “We are delighted to share our cooking techniques with the community.” The classes will start
later on in the year, and will include a variety of Asian traditions, including how to make Sushi and
Yakitori, Japanese Cuisine, Southeast Asia and Korean cooking styles, curry, how to properly make
Ramen, and “hot pot” traditional known as Shabu-Shabu. Classes will be announced on Shiro’s FB page,
as well as new market offerings and kitchen specials.

Shiro Asian Kitchen and Market hours:
Sunday Noon-4pm,
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-7pm,
Friday and Saturday 10am-9pm, (closed on Tuesdays).

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires Welcomes Peter F. Levin to Its Board of Trustees

December 6, Great Barrington, MA —  Peter F. Levin, a 50-year veteran of the investment management industry and both a Lenox and Cincinnati resident, has joined the Board of Trustees of Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM).

Levin is the founder of and former CEO and Chairman of Greystone Investment Management.  He is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan School of Law.  Levin is a Chartered Financial Analyst and serves on the boards of several philanthropic foundations.

“Peter brings extensive investment experience and a philanthropic background to VIM.  He will be a great addition to our Board of Trustees,” says Arthur Peisner, Chairperson, Board of Trustees.

Levin is a member of VIM’s Development Committee.   He has supported VIM since 2004 and says, “I love the people and I love what VIM does.  There are ‘causes without champions’ and I want to do what I can as a board member.  It’s a very purposeful organization.”

ABOUT VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE BERKSHIRES

VIM Berkshire’s mission is to provide access to quality health care in a respectful and caring manner for income qualified, uninsured and underinsured adults.

VIM Berkshires provides free medical and restorative dental care, mental health services, optometry, nutrition counseling, massage and acupuncture and has pioneered Shared Medical Appointments and Non-Opioid Pain Management Programs with great success.  A new program is free transportation for patients provided by volunteers.

The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) Receives Three Necessary Permits for 910 Main Affordable Housing in Great Barrington

Great Barrington, MA — December 5, 2018 —The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) has received all necessary zoning and environmental permits for a new 49-unit mixed-income rental project at 910 Main Street in Great Barrington, clearing the way for funding applications to the State to begin construction.

The Planning Board issued a 40R Smart Growth Overlay District Permit on November 8; The Select Board issued a Water Quality District Special Permit on November 26; The Conservation Commission approved a Notice of Intent Order of Conditions on November 28. With these permits in hand, the CDC anticipates being invited into the February 2019 Application Round for project funding with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

“The project is completely aligned with both town priorities and the real ground-level demands of Berkshire County. It is important to us that the project is in the center of town, taking advantage of town utilities and creating a walk-to-work community.” Jennifer Tabakin, Great Barrington Town Manager

The project includes the new construction of 49 one, two, and three-bedroom apartments: 40 affordable and 9 market-rate. Rents are expected to be less than half that of other recent and proposed apartment developments. All units will be “Net Zero ready” energy efficient and will be made from green building materials. Common areas include a community gathering space with a kitchen, a playground, a community garden and laundry facilities. Approximately 6.5 acres of the 8.7 acre site will be permanently conserved open space.

“The need for these units is wide and deep, and the Smart Growth Overlay District was designed precisely for this kind of development: high-density affordable housing within walking distance to shopping, health services, public transportation and downtown businesses. What a wonderful opportunity to work with the town to provide critically needed housing for our working families,” said Tim Geller, Executive Director of CDCSB.

The development team for 910 Main Affordable Housing includes: Co-sponsor Way Finders, Inc. of Springfield, MA, architect Nick Elton of Elton and Hampton Architects, civil engineering by White Engineering, Berkshire Housing Development Corporation as the management agent, and MBL Housing and Development of Amherst, MA as Development Consultant. Project construction will depend on the timing of funding from Mass. DHCD and is anticipated for either the spring of 2020 or 2021.

CDCSB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating job opportunities, promoting economic development, and building low-moderate income housing in the southern Berkshires. In collaboration with other like-minded organizations, CDCSB has helped build over 60 affordable housing units and leveraged over $36 million in private and public funding.

As a nonprofit organization, CDCSB actively seeks support for its many ongoing projects and programs. To make a donation or for further information about CDCSB, please visit cdcsb.org or call 413-528-7788.

Berkshire Grown Produces Winter Farmers Markets

An expanded market season, Market Match SNAP doubling, and the relocation for the Williamstown Farmers Markets

This year, Berkshire Grown extends its Great Barrington winter market season into March and April. The winter markets feature fun activities for kids, food for breakfast and lunch, plus live music by local musicians. Berkshire Grown’s farmers markets showcase the Berkshire’s winter bounty of apples, potatoes, carrots, beets, winter squash, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and a variety of greens including kale, brussels sprouts, and micro greens. Plus shoppers can find the freshest eggs, chicken, lamb, grass fed pork and beef, and over a dozen different kinds of locally-produced cheeses, jams, pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, honey, and delicious baked goods.

Berkshire Grown’s Winter Farmers Markets in Great Barrington feature the freshest locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, preserved foods, plus the yummiest grilled sausages, egg sandwiches, and lamb kebabs. These tremendously popular events take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month, November through April. All winter long shoppers can find their favorite farmers, food producers, and craft vendors at the Monument Valley Regional Middle School from 10 am to 2 pm. Join us for food, friends, farmers, and loads of fun on December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16, and April 20.

“What is wonderful is that every dollar shoppers spend at a farmers market grows the local food economy, puts money directly into a farmer’s pocket, and keeps the Berkshires the pastoral place we love,” said Margaret Moulton, Berkshire Grown’s new executive director. “Farmers markets reflect their community and bring people together. The remarkable Berkshire community has always embraced local food and our expanded market season reflects a growing desire to buy that food directly from the farmers.”

In WilliamstownBerkshire Grown’s Holiday Farmers Market will take place on Sunday, December 16. This month, the market will move to the big red barn at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road. While the location is different from past years, shoppers will still be able to find their favorite farmers and vendors from 10 am to 2 pm. Market vendors will fill the big red barn with veggies, alpaca mittens, mushrooms, maple syrup, and more produce and gift items, while farmers selling freshly-made egg sandwiches, soups, and hot cider will gather in the Sweetwood dining area. Music and kids crafts can be found in the activity room.

This year, the Williamstown community expanded the concept of community support when it became clear that the market’s traditional location at the Williams College Towne Field House would not be available due to construction delays. While scrambling to find a suitable location within the heart of the Williamstown community, Moulton reached out to the school district administration, among other community leaders. Williamstown elementary Principal Joelle Brookner had a brainstorm – “What about the big red barn at Sweetwood?” One phone call to Sweetwood’s Community Relations Manager, Aimee Boesse, and the problem was solved. “The staff and residents at Sweetwood are incredibly generous,” says Moulton. Sweetwood will clear their parking lots for market use, open up their lounge and activity rooms for eating and visiting, and shuttle shoppers to over-flow parking at Mt. Greylock High School as needed. “It gives me chills to see how the Williamstown community came together from all directions to make sure local farmers had a place to come together for the Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Market.”

Admission is free and SNAP/EBT is accepted at all markets. Thanks to our supporters at the Berkshire Food Co-op and Mountain One, SNAP dollars will doubled at the Berkshire Grown December Holiday Farmers Markets! Major sponsors of the Winter Farmers Markets include Iredale Mineral Cosmetics and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College. In addition, Berkshire Grown is grateful for generous support from the Ed Herrington Inc., Storey Publishing, Lee Bank, Berkshire Food Co-op, Berkshire Property Agents, CMC Berkshires, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, , WAMC, Rolling Rock Salt, Sweet Brook Farm, the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, and Williamstown Chamber of Commerce.

Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape; its mission is to “Keep farmers farming!” Through events, workshops, promotions, advocacy, and education highlighting locally grown and produced food, Berkshire Grown helps to create a thriving local food economy. For more information, go to berkshiregrown.org or call 413.528.0041.

 

CHP Great Barrington Practice Wins Patient Experience Award

Great Barrington, Mass.  Community Health Programs Great Barrington Health Center has been recognized by Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) for excellence in the primary care patient experience, based on patient surveys. 

The MHQP Patient Experience Awards is a new program introduced this year by MHQP, a non-profit measurement and reporting organization that brings together providers, health plans, and patients to improve the quality of patient care experiences in Massachusetts. MHQP conducts the only statewide survey of patient experience in primary care in Massachusetts, with feedback from over 65,000 commercially-insured patients across the state.

Awards were given to the practices that ranked highest in each of eleven performance categories, as well as an overall performance category determined by the practices with the best-in-class results across multiple categories.

CHP Great Barrington Health Center received recognition for distinction in Empowering Patient Self Care.

“CHP approaches primary care as a partnership between patient and doctor, or patient and nurse practitioner,” said Lia Spiliotes, CHP’s chief executive officer. “This award affirms that our patients are motivated members of their health care team at CHP Great Barrington Health Center.”

“Primary care is the heart of healthcare in Massachusetts,” said Barbra Rabson, MHQP’s president and CEO. “The practices recognized with these awards have distinguished themselves where it matters most – in the experiences of their own patients.”

About Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP)

Since 1995, MHQP has been leveraging its unique position as an independent coalition of key stakeholder groups (providers, payers and patients) in Massachusetts healthcare to help provider organizations, health plans and policy makers improve the quality of patient care experiences throughout the state.

BFAIR Kicks Off Annual Campaign

December 3, 2018 (North Adams, MA) – BFAIR (Berkshire Family & Individual Resources) announces the kick-off of their annual campaign.  This year’s campaign, entitled Wheels for Woodcock, will focus on utilizing all donations received for the purchase of a new van for their residence on Woodcock Road in Williamstown.  Earlier this year, BFAIR invested the previous campaign’s donations in the Woodcock Road property and it has become the home for four men living with cognitive disabilities.

While many expenses related to supporting those in BFAIR’s residential program are paid for through state and federal contracts and insurance, the expenses related to purchasing a van is not.  “Providing a van for our residential staff to utilize increases their ability to support the people that we serve so that they may attend community events, stay connected with their families, access medical care as needed and participate in community-based recreation and leisure activities that many of us take for granted,” said Rich Weisenflue, Executive Director.

Supporting the Wheels for Woodcock 2018 Annual Campaign can be done via credit card or check donation.  Visit bfair.org for easy online donation format.  Alternatively, checks payable to BFAIR may be mailed or hand-delivered to their main administrative office at 771 South Church Street, North Adams.  All donations made to BFAIR are tax-deductible.

BFAIR is a member agency of the Northern Berkshire United Way and the Williamstown Community Chest.  For more information about BFAIR’s programs and services, visit www.bfair.org

Qualprint & Sampco Companies Announce Merger

Combination to Fuel Growth Opportunities for Both Entities

Pittsfield, MA, November, 28, 2018 – Qualprint announces the merger of Qualprint, a leading commercial printing company in Western Massachusetts with Sampco Companies, a prominent marketing materials group serving the building material industry. The combination of the two companies, both headquartered in Pittsfield, MA, will bring expanded capabilities to both, allowing each to better serve their current customers, as well as the needs of a variety of new customers.

Qualprint is a 3rd generation, family owned and operated printing company. Formerly known as Quality Printing Company, it was founded by the DiSantis family in 1963. Since then, it has successfully developed a niche business serving the unique, high quality printing needs of a demanding base of local, national and international customers.

Qualprint’s President & CEO, John DiSantis, the son of Qualprint’s founders, will retain his leadership role at Qualprint. He described the merger this way, “As a family run company, one that considers our employees and customers like family, I would only consider a merger that protected the future of our 55-year legacy. Sampco’s commitment is backed by their recent launch of a $1 million capital investment campaign to highly automate our capabilities. Both of our companies share the same ethics, values and a strong commitment to exceeding our customer’s needs. We’re both long-time residents and supporters of the Pittsfield community. Together, our customers will reap the rewards of our combined strengths and technologies. My son, Nick DiSantis will continue to lead all operations”.

Sampco Companies, founded in 1986, has six regional operations across the country. Sampco specializes in designing and manufacturing product samples for residential and commercial building materials manufacturers in a variety of industries including flooring, roofing, siding, windows and doors. Brilliant Graphics, a Sampco Company, specializes in large format digital printing including dye sublimated fabric printing. According to Michael Ryan, founder, CEO and owner of Sampco Companies, “all of this work requires printing, much of it exactly the same kind of work that Qualprint offers its clients. This merger isn’t about changing Qualprint or how it does business,” said Michael Ryan. “Qualprint is already a leader in commercial offset printing with a loyal, world-class customer base. They are the experts with a family of long standing loyal employees who are the key to its success”. As Ryan describes it, “The merger is about protecting and growing Qualprint’s business while at the same time diversifying their portfolio into the building material sector”.

Qualprint
Qualprint, which began as Quality Printing Company, Inc., is a family owned and operated business founded by Nicholas and Theresa DiSantis in Pittsfield, MA. The company serves high end, high quality printing and finishing needs of a diverse group of local, national and international customers. Qualprint has 45 employees and prides itself on its passion for quality, maintaining long-term relationships with its customers and its family of employees. Its premium products include many variations of print collateral including brochures, magazines, books, posters, catalogs, calendars, annual reports, mailings and more. Learn more at Qualprint.com.

The Sampco Companies
The Sampco Companies, headquartered in Pittsfield, MA, has 350 employees and serves the sampling and marketing material needs of building materials manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Supported by six other regional production and fulfillment facilities across the country, Sampco’s mission is to bring a whole new level of strategic marketing support to its customers, helping them create smarter, more engaging samples and marketing materials that more effectively sell their products. Learn more at Sampco.com and Brilliantgraphicsgroup.com

Brilliant Graphics Group, a Sampco Company, is a large format digital printer who serves the building material industry and local community for retail signage needs.

Guillaume Guillon Lethiere’s Masterpiece “Brutus Condemning His Sons To Death” Goes on view in Clark Art Institute Galleries

This is the first time the painting has been shown in the United States.

Williamstown, Massachusetts—For the first time since acquiring Guillaume Guillon Lethière’s masterpiece, Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death, the Clark Art Institute presents the painting in its permanent collection galleries, beginning November 27.

The painting was acquired at auction this spring along with a preparatory drawing by Lethière (c. 1788) and a stipple engraving dated 1794 by Pierre Charles Coqueret (Paris, 1761–1832) after Lethière’s painting. Conservation of the painting, drawing, and print were undertaken by Montserrat Le Mense at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center. All three works will go on view in a special installation in the Clark’s galleries.

“We are truly thrilled to be able to be able to share these works with our visitors,” said Esther Bell, the Clark’s Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture. “For more than 200 years, Lethière’s impactful painting has been in private hands, so it’s an absolute delight for the Clark to be able to introduce it to our visitors and make it available for study and appreciation by future generations.”

Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death was displayed at the Salons of 1795 and 1801 and has never before been shown in the United States.

Guillaume Guillon Lethière is widely recognized as the first major French artist of African descent. He completed Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death in 1788 at the relatively young age of twenty-eight when he was at the French Academy in Rome. Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death is the first of two paintings on the subject executed by Lethière. The second version is in the collection of the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

“The addition of this important neoclassical work marks a transformative moment for our collection. This is an icon of French painting and French history,” said Bell. “Lethière likely could not have imagined it at the time, but his painting would be publicly exhibited during the height of the French Revolution and would inspire the French citizenry to contemplate the democratic principles at the heart of their tumultuous society. Like his contemporary, Jacques-Louis David, Lethière played a critical role in promoting the artistic tenets of the French Enlightenment.”

The painting depicts a dramatic scene featuring the decapitation of one of the sons of Lucius Junius Brutus. Brutus led the 509 BC revolt to overthrow the last king of Rome and establish the Roman Republic, swearing a sacred oath before its citizens that Rome would never again be subject to the rule of a king. When his two sons were later discovered to be among the conspirators attempting to restore the monarchy, Brutus demonstrated his commitment to the Republic by ordering and then witnessing the execution of his own children.

Painted before the onslaught of the French Revolution, Lethière’s composition is eerily prescient in its moralizing message and its brutal iconography. Brutus’s willingness to prioritize the interests of his country above his own made him an exemplar of Republican duty and stoicism. The tale inspired Voltaire and other leaders of the Enlightenment to establish Brutus as a foundational hero of the French Republic.

About Guillaume Guillon Lethière

The life and career of Guillaume Guillon Lethière (1760–1832) are extraordinary. Born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, he was the son of Pierre Guillon, a French government official, and Marie-Françoise Pepayë, an emancipated African slave. He was called “Le Thière,” a reference to his status as his father’s third illegitimate child. Lethière moved to France with his father at the age of fourteen, studying with Jean-Baptiste Descamps in Rouen for three years before entering the studio of Gabriel-François Doyen at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris. He submitted works for the Prix de Rome in 1784 and 1786 and secured a Roman pension in 1786.

Lethière remained in Rome until 1791 before returning to Paris, where he opened a studio that competed with that of Jacques-Louis David. His ethnicity caused Lethière’s contemporaries to refer to him as a “man of color” and “l’Americain.” Napoleon’s brother Lucien Bonaparte was his close supporter. After an 1801 trip to Spain with Lucien Bonaparte, Lethière reportedly killed a soldier during a dispute, and as a result, his studio was closed by government officials. Despite this, Bonaparte interceded on the artist’s behalf, helping him to secure an appointment as the Director of the Académie de France in Rome at the Villa Medici.

Pensionnaires at the academy during Lethière’s tenure as director from 1807–1814 included Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Merry-Joseph Blondel, and David d’Angers, among others. During this time, Ingres sketched Lethière (Morgan Library & Museum) as well as members of his family, as evidenced in the beautiful sheet, Madame Guillaume Guillon Lethière and her son Lucien Lethière (Metropolitan Museum of Art).
With the Bourbon Restoration, Lethière lost his position as director in Rome and returned to Paris, where he took on private students. After initially being rejected—likely on the basis of either his race or his political alignments—Lethière was admitted to the Institut de France in 1818. He was awarded the Légion d’honneur in the same year. In 1819, he became a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts, where he worked until his death. His studio included several students from Guadeloupe, notably Jean-Baptiste Gibert and Benjamin Rolland.

Despite living most of his life in France, Lethière’s strong identification with his birthplace never diminished. In 1822 Lethière sent a monumental canvas measuring thirteen by ten feet, Oath of the Ancestors, as a gift to the Haitian people commemorating the nation’s independence and resistance to colonization. The painting represents the alliance of a black officer and a slave leader standing under God; it hung in the cathedral of Port-au-Prince until it was moved to the presidential residence. Although the painting sustained significant damage as a result of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, it has since been restored and is one of Haiti’s most celebrated cultural assets. Lethière signed this work with his name and dual-national identities, noting both his birthplace as Guadeloupe and his then-current residence in Paris.
Lethière, along with Jacques-Louis David and Jean Germain Drouais, ranks as one of the most important neoclassical artists of the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-centuries.
About the Acquisition
The Clark’s acquisition includes three works:
Guillaume Guillon Lethière (French, 1760–1832)
Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death, 1788
Oil on canvas
23.375” x 39” (59.4 x 99.1 cm.)
Guillaume Guillon Lethière (French,1760–1832)
Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death, c. 1788
Black chalk, brush with brown and gray washes
14” x 24.5”

Pierre Charles Coqueret (French, 1761–1832) after Guillaume Lethière
Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death
Stipple engraving on laid paper, 1794
Image: 22.5” x 38.75”, Sheet: 27” x 42.5”

ABOUT THE CLARK

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open daily in July and August and Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June. Hours: 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.