Detroit Michigan – June 2019


June 12-15, 2019

$1890* double occupancy
$399 single supplement
(*based on a minimum of 15)
Back by popular demand, we are offering another luxury coach trip from Chicago to Detroit and Grand Rapids Michigan. Join artists Joanna Pinsky and Jill King to discover how art is revitalizing the auto city. See how Detroit’s amazing murals are transforming the city; tour the Heidelberg Project, Tyree Guyton’s transformation of a neighborhood with recycled materials.  Find out why artists are moving here and learn about the art scene through the eyes of collectors. Then, experience masterpieces of art and nature in the spectacular Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.


*Itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Wednesday, June 12

The group will depart from Chicago in a bus and stop for lunch in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Upon arrival to Detroit, we’ll check in to the stylish and historic Cadillac Hotel before departing for Holding House Detroit, an artist studio and gallery space, for a wine reception. We’ll meet printmaker Andrea Eckert who creates prints on unexpected materials and her husband, Nathan Tonning, a sculptor who combines industrial materials with ceramics and words in works that are sometimes conceptual and sometimes functional. In the gallery space, we’ll discuss paintings reflecting Detroit personalities, history and culture with artist Nicole MacDonald, a recipient of Michigan’s prestigious Kresge Fellowship. Our first day will end with a special welcome dinner at Chartreuse Kitchen.
Meals: D

Day 2: Thursday, June 13

On Day 2, we’ll begin with a Murals in the Market Tour led by Linda Yellen. Then we’ll visit the Detroit Institute of Art, where we’ll discuss the famous Diego Rivera murals, which served as inspiration for so many future muralists. We’ll also view other highlights from this world-renowned collection. After lunch, we’ll continue to explore the Detroit Institute of Art before heading to Royal Oak, Michigan, to view the private collection of Paul Jacobs and Jim Stout. Participants will have dinner on their own.
Meals: B,L

Day 3: Friday, June 14

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll check out and hop on the bus to head to the Heidelberg Project. We’ll get a guided tour of this extraordinary project, founded in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey. It is now evolving from an outdoor art installation to a thriving arts and culture community. Next, we’ll visit the Cranbrook Museum situated on Cranbrook Educational Community’s 319 acre campus. Its exhibits and collections focus on relevant and transformative moments in modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design. We’ll discuss major outdoor sculpture by Mark DeSuvero and a fountain by Carl Milles, followed by a discussion of In The Source: A Catalog of Late-20th-Century American Relics by NY artist Daniel Arsham. The artist creates a fictional archaeology of the future through the creation of iconic objects and products of late-twentieth-century American life. We’ll have lunch before checking in to our hotel in Cranbrook, afternoon activity TBD. We’ll meet that evening for a group farewell dinner.
Meals: B.L,D

Day 4: Saturday, June 15

On our way back to Chicago, we’ll visit a private collection as well as The Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, where we’ll discuss the gallery exhibit A National Treasure: Fred Meijer, a landmark exhibition of the late Fred and Lena’s indoor collection and its fascinating history. Then we’ll take a tram tour of this extraordinary park, featuring one of the most comprehensive collections of outdoor sculpture within a variety of natural settings connected by waterways, meandering paths and meadows.
Meals: B.L


Accommodations for all three nights, meals indicated above, all activities described in itinerary, all museum/site admissions, services of personal escort by the trip leaders, Joanna and Jill, and luxury motor coach transportation.

Travelers will be picked up on June 12 at two locations: The Edens Plaza at 3200 Lake Ave in Wilmette, Illinois and the Starbucks at 40 N. Clinton in Chicago. At the end of the trip, travelers will be dropped off at these two locations.


Alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, trip insurance.

For general inquiries or to register, please email Sarah Packer: