Williamstown, MA -Celebrate the summer, a full moon, and the opening of the Clark's summer
exhibitions Dove/O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence and Through the Seasons:
Japanese Art in Nature with "Sunset Supper, Moonlight Magic," a fantastic
evening of local food, drinks, music, and other delights on Saturday, June 6, at
6:30 pm. Tickets are $100 ($85 for members). Reserve tickets online at
clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0524. Lawn party attire suggested.
Music will be performed by the Flying Garbanzos of western Massachusetts before
dinner while guests enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the fresh mountain air
at the base of Stone Hill. Enjoy a family style meal with ingredients provided
by local producers. Hors d'oeuvres include canapés made with Cricket Creek and
other local cheeses; Ioka Valley Farm beef carpaccio; and Hemlock Brook Farm
chicken liver pâté. Dinner features Barramundi terrine with Equinox Farm greens,
flowers, and herbs with sauce verte; roast Hemlock Farm chicken with rosemary;
Jaeschke's Orchard pear chutney; new potato salad; Boisvert Farm asparagus with
olive oil and lemon; and Cricket Creek Farm breads. Ioka Farm will provide the
strawberry dessert. Drinks will be provided by Berkshire Distillers and
Berkshire Brewing Company.
A tea cup raffle with fabulous prizes will support the Clark's important school
bus program. The popular program provides transportation to and from the Clark
for schools within a day's drive. Prize baskets in the raffle have their own
personalities (the Fashionista, the Outdoorsman, the Collector, etc.) and
contain treasures from the Berkshires and beyond. Raffle tickets are available
before or after the party, for $5 each or a book of seven tickets for $25.
The evening concludes with a bonfire and tasty s'mores on top of Stone Hill for
those who embark on the moonlit walk.
Sunset Supper, Moonlight Magic is inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe and Arthur Dove,
two American painters who loved nature. Starting in 1918, O'Keeffe spent much of
the summer and fall at her husband Alfred Stieglitz's family estate at the foot
of the Adirondacks in Lake George, New York. The effect that Lake George had on
O'Keeffe is apparent in many of her works, which depict the natural landscape of
the region and its surrounding mountains and wildlife. Dove's youth in Geneva,
New York-where he enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting-endowed him with a deep
appreciation for the natural beauty of his surroundings, which inspired his
earliest abstractions. As an adult, he raised crops and chickens on a farm in
Connecticut, lived for several years on board a sail boat, and ultimately
settled on the shores of Long Island.
Sunset Supper, Moonlight Magic sponsors are Cable Mills Condominiums, Pine Cone
Hill, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Bisque, Beads & Beyond!
Georgia O'Keeffe, the most significant American female artist of the twentieth
century, is often linked with her husband Alfred Stieglitz, but credits the
American modernist painter Arthur Dove as having the largest role in the
formation of her abstract works. Dove/O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence is the
first exhibition to explore Dove's role in O'Keeffe's early artistic development
of abstract works as well as O'Keeffe's influence on his work. The Clark is the
exclusive venue for this groundbreaking exhibition on view to the public June 7
through September 7.
The Sunset Supper, Moonlight Magic gala will also include a preview of Through
the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature in Stone Hill Center. Seasonal change and
depictions of the natural world have formed a core in the repertoire of Japanese
artists throughout the ages. This exhibition brings together traditional screens
and scrolls and displays them with contemporary ceramics, each work emphasizing
the inspirational role of nature in Japanese art. Drawn from both public
institutions and private collections, many of these works have never before been
exhibited. Through the Seasons will be on view to the public June 7 through