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One of the Clark’s earlier collaborations with MASS MoCA: Tree Logic.

Yesterday morning, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art announced that they were “strengthening their collaborative efforts.” How? The Clark is acquiring “29,000 square feet of building space” at MASS MoCA’s 13-acre campus; it’s part of “the Clark’s master plan to further its programming goals and expand its galleries.” Architect Tadao Ando, a Pritzker Prize-winner, has designed two buildings for the site, the Stone Hill Center, scheduled to open in 2008, and an exhibition, visitor and conference center scheduled to open in 2013. Everyone at MASS MoCA and the Clark are excited about the new Clark@MASSMoCA. I can see why.


PORTRAIT OF FLUFFY: Tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 31), artist Leah Mc Closkey will set up her easel in front of Gallery 100 at 462 Broadway in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs from noon to 2 PM and again from 6 to 8 PM, where and when she will be painting full-sized portraits . . . of, possibly, your pet. McCloskey invites you to “please stop by with your furry or feathered friends for a sitting.” If your Spot or Morris or Fido or Fluffy have been bugging you about having their portraits done, this is your chance. Call 580-0818 for details.


READY TO GO: The Clement Art Gallery, at 201 Broadway in Troy, reports that the full-color catalog produced in conjunction with their April and May 2007 Harry Orlyk show is in stock, and signed copies are available for purchase. The price is a mere $30. Drop by, or call 272-6811 to reserve a copy.


IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR: Classical music is alive and well, at least at SPAC. According to the good folks at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, attendance for the recently completed Philadelphia Orchestra season was up 10 percent, and ticket income was up 13 percent, from 2006 to 2007. Attendance at the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, in the Spa Little Theater, held even with last year, and ticket income rose 3 percent.


LET’S TALK ART: On page 24 of this very issue, you can read Nadine Wasserman’s review of two current exhibits featuring artists Judith Linhares and James Siena at the University Art Museum at UAlbany (1400 Washington Ave., Albany). This Wednesday (Sept. 5) at 7 PM, Siena and poet Geoffrey Young will discuss their collaboration on a new edition of Pockets of Wheat, their book of drawings and poems first published in 1996. On Sept. 26, also at 7 PM, Linhares will lecture on her work. Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more info, visit /home.html.

—Shawn Stone

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