Explore the world both near and far through our Art Escapes travel program.
The Butler Art Institute and the Arms Family Museum
December 13, 2018
Join host Martha West when Art Escapes visits the Butler Art Institute and the Arms Family Museum. Founded in 1919 by Joseph G. Butler, Jr., the Butler Institute was the first museum dedicated to American art and now include more than 20,000 individual works. The tour begins at the Arms Family museum with a private docent tour of Greystone, the Arms’s home, and the spectacular exhibition Memories of Christmas Past. This beautiful arts and crafts home was built in 1905 by Olive and Wilford Arms, a Youngstown real estate investor. Period rooms with original furnishings are beautifully decked out in decorations from Christmas past. The tour proceeds down the block to the Butler Art Institute for a luncheon before a docent tour of highlights of the museum. Cost of the day trip is $135 for members and $145 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is November 13. Register here. Questions? Call 614.629.0359.
The price includes a private coach, which will leave from at or near the Museum at 7:45 am sharp and return at about 6:30 pm, admission and docent led tours, lunch at the Butler, and snacks on the bus. Your payment in full constitutes your reservation, and there will be no refunds unless Art Escapes cancels the trip.
Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Join hosts Poppy Thornton and Sherri Grubbs for a tour of the Toledo Museum of Art’s exhibition Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion. This exhibition is the first devoted to the family portraiture of Frans Hals (1582/83-1666), one of the giants of the Dutch Golden Age. The exhibition was organized by the Toledo Museum of Art and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels. Toledo’s recent acquisition of Hals’s Van Campen in Family Portrait in Landscape and the recent conservation of the Brussels’s Three Children of the Van Campen Family revealed the two paintings to have been one work which was later separated. Both paintings will be shown as originally intended. Other Frans Hals paintings on loan include works from the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the National Gallery in London, the Cincinnati Museum of Art, – and many distinguished international private collections. This exhibition will continue on to Brussels and Madrid.
The visit will also include time to explore the Toledo Museum of Art’s permanent collection and the Glass Pavilion along with a leisurely lunch in the Museum Cafe. The cost is $145 for CMA members and $155 for nonmembers. Included is a private coach bus, light breakfast, private docent tour of featured exhibition, free time to explore the museum, lunch voucher for Toledo Museum of Art Café, and light snacks for the return trip. Your payment in full constitutes your reservation. To register, please click here, or call 614.629.0359. The deadline to register is November 25. No refunds unless Art Escapes cancels the trip. For further information, please call Sherri Grubbs 614.235.6110.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern
February 27, 2019
Art Escapes invites you to join our Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes to experience Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The exhibition offers a unique look into the fascinating connections between the paintings, personal style, and public persona of one of America’s most iconic artists. Her distinctively modern style of clothing is exhibited beside many of her paintings. After lunch in the Museum Café, we will visit another modern exhibition Charles Burchfield: The Ohio Landscapes, 1915–1920. Nannette, who before becoming the Museum Director, was the Burchfield scholar of record, will join us in the gallery to discuss the show. More trip details here. Please register, by January 25, 2019.
Dutch Treat: Tulips and Art and Design
May 8, 2019 – May 10, 2019
Join CMA’s Chief Curator David Stark along with Art Escapes hosts Barb Byrum and Nancy Turner to visit the 90th Tulip Time festival in Holland Michigan—one of the top five tulip festivals in the world. You will see acres of tulips and discover the rich Dutch heritage and culture in southwestern Michigan. In addition to tulips, wooden shoes, and Delft pottery, we will visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, one of the nation’s premier horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks. We will also enjoy a curator’s tour of the Holland Museumwhich features artworks and historical objects from the Netherlands from the 1600s through the 1900s.
Holland, Michigan is also known for furniture design. A highlight of this eclectic trip is a tour of the Design Yard, Herman Miller’s corporate headquarters—a vibrant, creative hub that serves as the heart of the company’s design, marketing, and executive offices; the Eames/De Pree house, one of three homes designed by Charles Eames that remains extant; and the Herman Miller design archives which is home to a collection of vintage furniture, textiles, advertisements, design drawings, posters and photography that vividly documents the company’s 113 year history.
This Art Escape is open to Museum members and costs $1,175 for double occupancy and $1,425 for single occupancy. The fee includes your round-trip motor coach transportation, two nights at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Holland, admission to all attractions, and much more. To register, click hereor call 614.629.0359. The deadline to register is February 28; your payment in full constitutes your reservation. There will be no refunds unless Art Escapes cancels the trip. The deadline to register is February 28.
History, Art, and Architecture along the North Sea
August 23, 2019–September 1, 2019
Registration deadline: November 21, 2018*
*The North Sea Cruise deadline has been extended, however only a few spaces remain.
Some of the world’s most revered art and architecture lies on the short stretch of coastline between the Baltic Sea and the mouth of the Seine River—a tucked-away corner of Europe that has experienced a prosperity and influence disproportionate to its diminutive size. The Netherlands and Belgium were at the center of world commerce in the 17th century, and the wealth that accumulated in these countries led to what historian Simon Schama called “an embarrassment of riches.” Join CMA Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes on a leisurely cruise that celebrates this golden age and its superb artistic legacy.
In the space of nine days, you’ll visit some of the world’s best museums. Begin in Copenhagen with a visit to the marvelous collection of modern art at Louisiana Museum, situated at water’s edge with views of Sweden across the sound. After transiting the Kiel Canal, spend the rest of your journey exploring the great museums of Holland and Belgium—the stunning architecture and contemporary art of the Groninger Museum; the Dutch Masters of the Rijksmuseum and the Hague; the incomparable Van Gogh Museum; the Stedelijk Museum; Rubens’ masterpieces in the Antwerp Cathedral; Michelangelo’s Madonna in Bruges. During an overnight in Amsterdam, you will enjoy special access and a reception at the Stedelijk Museum of modern and contemporary art—an event that promises to be the highlight of a journey filled with unforgettable moments. For more information and to register, click here.
[O’Keeffe image: Morning Glory with Black 1926. Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). Oil on canvas; 91 x 75.5 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna Jr., 1958.42. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.]