ART TREASURES IN FLORIDA, THE SUNSHINE STATE, FEBRUARY 2020

ART TREASURES IN FLORIDA, THE SUNSHINE STATE

February 24-29, 2020

Early Bird Price: $3450

*After November 10, 2019, $3575 per person. Single room supplement: $695

Florida is quickly becoming a major art mecca. Escape the winter cold with us on an art adventure beginning in Miami and traveling by motor coach along the West Coast to St. Petersburg. We’ll start in Miami with visits to two knock-your-socks-off major collections of contemporary art and find out how and why the city has become such an important art destination. Miami is known as a second Cuba, and we are thrilled to be visiting the studios of renowned Cuban artists who now reside in the USA. We’ll also explore the Wynwood District, perhaps the largest and most exciting outdoor mural center in North America. Once in Naples, we’ll tour the gorgeous and newly-renovated Baker Art Museum. After traveling north to St. Pete-Clearwater, we’ll explore Salvador Dali’s extraordinary imagination in his eponymous museum and experience Dale Chihuly’s thrilling permanent collection. In addition to art, we will enjoy great food and inspiring coastal views.

To register, email Sarah Packer at sarah@artencounter.org.

Pictured: Piece by Miami artist Sarah Ramos

Itinerary

Itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Monday, February 24, 2020, Miami

After meeting at the Miami Hampton Brickell Hotel for introductions, we’ll head to the Perez Museum, designed by award-winning architects Hertzog & de Meuron. This museum, which recently moved to a new location, features international contemporary art that reflects the plurality of Miami’s population. We’ll explore the museum’s sculpture garden and the show The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art. Next, we’ll enjoy a wine reception at an artist’s studio or gallery before heading to a welcome dinner at one of Miami’s many excellent restaurants. Dinner included.

Day 2: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, Miami

After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll head to Miami’s Cuban neighborhood, Little Havana, for a privately guided tour, followed by lunch in an authentic Cuban restaurant. Next, we’ll visit to the De La Cruz Collection. Housed in a 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse, Rosa and Carlos De La Cruz have assembled one of Miami’s premier collections, featuring post-war German artists as well as major works by contemporary American and international artists. Then, we’ll meet working artists in a large studio building, including one of Cuba’s most renowned artists, Sandra Ramos. We’ll learn how the artists are influenced by the great cultural diversity and energy of Miami. The day will end with a group dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 3: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, Miami

Our third day will start with a private tour of the famous Wynwood mural district, one of the premier neighborhoods for public murals in the country. Next, we’ll head to the Rubell Museum. Don and Mera Rubell have amassed a vast collection of over 7,200 works by important international artists since they began collecting 54 years ago, and their huge new exhibition space also includes a library, book store, and restaurant! After our tour and lunch in the museum, we’ll board the bus to the studio of Carlos Esteves, a globally renowned Cuban artist based in Miami since 2004. Esteves explores ways of understanding humanity through scientific laws, religion, language, astrology, and machinery in drawings, sculptures and installations. After this full afternoon, you are free to explore Miami and have dinner on your own. Choose from a plethora of fantastic cuisine! Optional: join Joanna for dinner and possibly some live music. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4: Thursday, February 27, 2020, Miami to Naples

After breakfast, we’ll check out of the hotel and travel along the west coast of Florida to the town of Naples. Upon arrival, we’ll visit the newly-expanded Baker-Artis Museum, featuring a series of interlocking indoor and outdoor spaces. We’ll discuss works from the permanent collection as well as Looking at Words: The Poetry of Shape, which explores how artists like Barbara Kruger, Ed Rusche, and John Baldesarri combine text and images. After lunch on your own, we’ll board the bus to visit the home and studio of Beth Schroeder and Andy Argyropoulis. Beth will show us her oil paintings, dyed silks, and watercolors inspired by South Florida nature and tell us what drew her from Chicago to Naples. Next, we’ll check in to the Bayfront Inn 5th Avenue Hotel before heading to a wine reception hosted at a private art collection. We’ll end the day with a group dinner in lovely Naples. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5: Friday, February 28, 2020, Naples to St. Petersburg

You will have breakfast on your own at a café next to the hotel before we check out and depart for our last stop, St. Petersburg. First,  we’ll visit The Dalí Museum, where we’ll enjoy the museum’s inventive architecture as we explore DalÍ’s extraordinary imagination in this eponymous collection, the largest outside of Europe. We will dine in the museum’s Gala Café before departing for the Morean Center, where we will delight in Chihuly’s stunning glass and experience a fascinating glass blowing demonstration. After checking into the Hilton Carillon Park, you’ll have time to unwind before we take a sunset drive to our farewell dinner and reflect on the amazing art we have experienced together. Lunch and dinner included.

Day 6: Saturday, February 29, 2020, St. Petersburg

After checking out from the hotel, we will spend our last hours of the trip with a culminating activity and group breakfast. Our bus will return to Miami with an arrival expected around 5 pm. You may wish to spend more time in St. Pete’s and book your return flight from the St. Petersburg/ Clearwater International Airport. Breakfast included.