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Bidwell House receives grant from Lenox Garden Club

The Bidwell House Museum is the recipient of a $12,000 grant from the Lenox Garden Club.

This grant will allow the museum to create a new series of educational garden beds around the recently refurbished entrance to the museum.

"We are so grateful to the Lenox Garden Club for approving our grant request," said Executive Director Heather Kowalski. "The museum recently finished work on a new accessible entry into the museum. This new walkway will be further enhanced by educational garden beds planted with native species familiar to the 18th century residents of the home, signage to provide visitors with information about the plants and a brochure. The Museum would not have been able to move forward with the educational component of the project without this very generous grant from the Lenox Garden Club."

The museum hopes to have the new garden beds planted and the signage complete by late summer.

The Bidwell House Museum is located at 100 Art School Road. For more information, call 413-528-6888 or go to

The museum is a New England heritage site providing a personal encounter with history, early American home life, and the Berkshire landscape through its land, house and collection. The museum is open Thursdays to Mondays (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with tours on the hour, Memorial Day to Columbus Day. The museum grounds — 192 acres of gardens, woods, fields, historic stonewalls, trails and picnic sites — are open all year free of charge.


Clark partners with Images Cinema for French film series

In honor of the Clark Art Institute's exhibition, "Women Artists in Paris 1850-1900," the Clark and Images Cinema will present "Spotlight on Agn s Varda," a three-part series featuring films spanning the career of the acclaimed Parisian director known as the "queen of the French New Wave."

On Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m., the series kicks off with "Le Bonheur" (1965), inspired by Jean Renoir's film "Picnic on the Grass" and by the pastoral paintings of the French Impressionists. All films will be shown at Images Cinema, located at 50 Spring St., Williamstown.

Tickets for each film can be purchased at the Images box office. Tickets are $10 general adult admission, $5 Clark and Images members, $8 senior and student admission, $6 Williams students with ID, and $5 children 12 and under.

"Le Bonheur" is a wry social satire that subtly questions the ideal of the modern, happy family. In a deceptively cheery color palette, Varda depicts a handsome young carpenter (Jean-Claude Drouot) living contentedly with his wife and children (portrayed by Drouot's actual family), until he meets a pretty young clerk and the two begin an equally satisfying affair. Run time is 1 hour, 19 minutes.

Other films in the series include "Cl o from 5 to 7" (1961) on June 19 at 7 p.m. and "Faces Places" (2017) on June 26 at 7 p.m.


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