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Travels in Art

Art Excursions

The Explore Florida! series offers stimulating day trips to exciting museums, exhibitions and private collections. Previous outings have included visits to St. Augustine, Winter Park, Coconut Grove, Miami and Palm Beach. Join Friends of Artis—Naples as we prepare for these trips:

 Special Study Group

Contemporary Sculpture: The Sculpture Collection of The Baker Museum and the Arik Levy Sculpture Exhibition

Larry Sibrack, docent for The Baker Museum, board member of the Art Alliance of Contemporary Glass and the Creative Glass Center of America and sculpture collector, will be the speaker and tour guide. Elke Schmid, founding member of The Baker Museum docents and coordinator of private docent tours of The Baker Museum, will support him. January 5, 2018.

  Arik Levy Study Group Reservation Form

Miami Cruise and Coral Gables

We begin the day in Coral Gables with a visit to the Cernuda Gallery, one of the foremost galleries for historical and contemporary Cuban art in the US, followed by a visit to the Virginia Miller Gallery just next door. After lunch at Versailles Cuban restaurant, we will enjoy a cruise on the Miami River guided by noted Miami historian Paul George, Ph.D., professor of history, Miami Dade College.Please note, this trip now has a sold-out waiting list. December 13, 2017.

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Art Palm Beach

We will begin at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, where we will enjoy a docent-led tour of the sculptures of Boaz Vaadia and the vanitas works of Gordon Cheung. Following lunch at Pistache French Bistro in downtown West Palm Beach, we will attend the annual Art Palm Beach fair, where Baker Museum docent and Friends of Artis—Naples board member Larry Sibrack will guide us through the exhibiting galleries. Please note, this trip now has a sold-out waiting list. January 19, 2018.

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This two-day trip will include a half-day tour of the Ringling College of Art and Design, where we will visit the digital and animation art department and attend a presentation on digital and animation cinema. We will follow with visits to the new digital library and the new visual arts center as well as the four galleries on campus. We will also visit the newly opened Cutler and Coville galleries at the Ringling Museum, featuring world-class contemporary glass sculpture and the Habatat Gallery of contemporary glass at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. We’ll enjoy an evening of theater at the Asolo Theatre (either Shakespeare in Love or The Morning After Grace) and an architectural tour of mid-century modern homes. Our one-night stay will be at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sarasota. Gourmet lunches and one dinner included. February 2-3, 2018.

  Sarasota Reservation Form

Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton

This day trip will include a morning visit to the Boca Raton Museum of Art, including its permanent art and sculpture collections, ceramics by George Ohr, contemporary large-scale photography and paintings by Alex Katz. After lunch, we will visit the Nova Southeastern University Art Museum (formerly the Fort Lauderdale Art Center) for a private tour of the Frank Stella retrospective and the museum’s permanent collection. February 22, 2018.

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St. Petersburg

This two-day trip features private, guided tours of the Salvador Dalí Museum, the Chihuly Collection, the
Museum of Fine Arts and the Imagine Museum, which focuses on light, design and a history of contemporary glass. To watch glass blowers at work, we will visit the Duncan McClellan Art Gallery and its private amphitheater, and we’ll enjoy an evening of theater at the American Stage. Our one-night stay will be at a scenic hotel near or at the marina. Gourmet lunches and one dinner are included. March 23-24, 2018.

  St. Petersburg Registration Form

Museum Travel Alliance

Artis—Naples has recently become a member of the Museum Travel Alliance. Members of Friends of Artis—Naples at The Baker Museum and Leadership Circle are eligible to take advantage of this benefit. The Museum Travel Alliance (MTA) provides individual members of participating museums with access to unique, high-end cultural travel programs. Travelers will be joining members affiliated with other participating museums from across the country on MTA tours. All tour programs are developed and operated by Academic Arrangements Abroad, the leader in museum travel since 1977.

  Museum Travel Alliance Website

For more information about Friends of Artis—Naples, contact friends@artisnaples.org.

Friends of Artis—Naples

Bill Morgan, President


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