Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Day at The Clark

A group of us met up to tour the Clark Art Museum in Williamstown today.

But first - FOOD! We were tempted by both Spice Root (Indian) and the Sushi Thai Garden, both on Spring Street. For anyone not familiar with Williamstown - it's home to Williams College, and Spring Street is a quaint New England street that is the hub of local activity.

We ended up choosing Sushi Thai Garden . I've been many times for lunch and dinner, and always like going there, both for the food and the atmosphere. I love their Pad Thai. Another favorite is just about any of their "Lunch Box" meals - a lovely laquered box with many compartments - each compartment has some delectable goody in it, so you get a nice variety all in one meal. This time, I had Chicken Himmapan, a house special. The hot thai tea is especially enjoyable along with the meal. It's the prettiest pinky-orange color with a very subtle smoky flavor.

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PS - This Urban Spoon link says that Sushi Thai Garden is in North Adams, but it's actually in Williamstown. All other contact info is correct.

Then, on to the Clark. My daughter and I have been many times, as they have wonderful summertime festivals on the lawn that are very kid friendly. And, one of my favorite paintings is housed there - "Nymphs and Satyr" by Alphonse Bouguereau. During art school, we were often tasked with choosing paintings in the Clark or other local museums and copying them, to learn composition, color, and other techniques from masters. This is one that I attempted to duplicate (obviously, my copy did not look quite like this, but it was a good exercise anyway).

The Clark doesn't currently have a special exhibit, but will soon feature works by Toulouse-Lautrec. We enjoyed leisurely browsing through lovely galleries, admiring paintings, drawing and scultpures by Renoir, Degas, Rembrandt, Homer, Remington, Sargent, and so many others.

Then, I had to zip home to pick up my daughter and her new boyfriend (!) from the mall movie theatre, and then home to prepare dinner for our guest this evening. Busy day!!

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