Appreciating a painting to the fullest takes practice due to the works layered symbolism, historical context, and hidden 3-D dolphin that only reveals itself after dark. Shed some light on the art worlds many hidden mysteries with todays Groupon: for $125, you get a Contributor membership to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown (a $250 value).
For more than 50 years, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has visually arrested aesthetes with its collection of European and American paintings, sculpture, and early photography. The current exhibition of romantic British and French landscapes incorporates the Institutes signature store of French impressionist paintings and 19th-century English meat pies, while upcoming summer exhibitions feature sculptures from Ghana-born El Anatsui and contemporary photographs from Candida Hofer and Thomas Struth. A Contributor membership to the art depository grants a host of benefits, such as unlimited admission for the member and four guests, a seasonal calendar and newsletter, invites to exclusive members-only exhibition previews, discounts to the museum shop and cafe, and reciprocal membership benefits at more than 400 museums in North America.
A garnet set into the natural splendor of the Berkshires, the Clark sits atop 140 acres of explorable lawns, meadows, and walking trails. The verdant grounds boast a lily pond, woods, and the Stone Hill, upon which lip-quivering views of Williamstown, the Green Mountains, and a montage of someone elses childhood may be espied.
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