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THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY
Historic Homes and Hudson River School Painting

Sample 4-Day Program

  Day Three    
 

Continental breakfast will be served in the Courtyard, which is part of the
Delamater Inn. (Breakfast served between 7:00 am and 10:30am)

Gather in the breakfast area of the Courtyard.

Visit the home and studio of the late 20th century master, George Rickey who died in 2002. The engineering feats of Rickey's sculptures will be explained by his studio assistants on this extraordinary estate where he lived. Hundreds of his kinetic sculptures cover this landscape.

Visit The Fields Sculpture Park at the Art Omi International Arts Center which is set on nearly 100 acres of land dedicated to the display of contemporary outdoor artwork. Art is installed in open fields, wooded paths and around a lovely pond. There is a rotating collection of large scale and intimate works as well as specially curated shows. Among the artists displayed are such notables as Alexander Lieberman, Beverly Pepper, Grace Knowlton, and Bernar Venet.

Lunch.

Visit a private collection of contemporary art in an historic riverfront villa on the Hudson.

Continue on to visit a number of contemporary artists in their studios. Possibilities include: Ursula von Rydingsvard, Al Held, Suzanne Joelson and Gary Stephan,Tom Nozkowski, Leslie Dill, Jenny Holzer.

Dinner on your own in the village of Rhinebeck with over a dozen restaurants within two blocks of the hotel.

 

  Day Four    
 

Continental breakfast will be served in the Courtyard, which is part of the Delamater Inn. (Breakfast served between 7:00 am and 10:30am)

Gather in the breakfast area of the Courtyard.

Depart promptly for Hudson, NY.

Begin the day with a visit to Olana in Hudson, conceived and created by Frederic Edwin Church, which offers spectacular vistas and carefully manicured grounds. This estate is a three-dimensional extension of the ideas expressed on Church's canvasses. The 37-room mansion was built between 1870 and 1874 and stands on a hill 500 feet above the Hudson River Valley, commanding a spectacular view of the river and the Catskill Mountains. Many of Church's paintings remain in the house.

Visit a great private collection of American Arts and Crafts. This is one of the pre-eminent collections of its kind outside of a museum setting. The collector will be home to greet us and take us through his collection. It is particularly strong in the works of Gustav Stickley.

Lunch will be served in Hudson at a quaint country restaurant.

After lunch, visit Edgewater, a wonderful Federal-period private home furnished with original Duncan Phyfe furniture made for the house when it was originally built. The curator of the house will lead guests on a tour of the collection. Edgewater is located in Barrytown.

Visit Midwood, a magnificent 19th century Riverfront manor house filled with a great contemporary art collection.

Visit Rokeby – a private mansion owned by the Aldrich family. Enjoy a wine reception before returning to the hotel.

Dress Code: Country Club Casual (Jacket and tie suggested for men).

Depart from the hotel for dinner at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. The Institute consists of four separate restaurants with different cuisines: classical French, regional American, light American and northern Italian. Food is prepared by advanced students using classic techniques. Working under the theory that cooking is truly an art form, the wonderful creations from this kitchen will amaze guests. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.

 

  Day Five    
 


Continental breakfast will be served in the Courtyard, which is part of the Delamater Inn. (Breakfast served between 7:00 am and 10:30am) Check out of the hotel and luggage will be picked up.

Gather in the breakfast area of the Courtyard.

Depart promptly for Mountainville, New York.

Arrive at Storm King Art Center devoted to the acquisition and exhibition of works of contemporary sculpture. Our art historian will lead you on a tour across the grounds, which comprise 200 acres of landscaped gardens and rolling fields. We will reflect on the roster of contemporary sculpture that includes just about every major artist of the 20th century.

Enjoy a gourmet buffet picnic lunch on the grounds of Storm King.

Depart Storm King for Tarrytown.

End the day with a visit to the magnificent Union Church. The stained-glass windows at Union Church provide a unique glimpse of the work of two modern masters -- Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Commissioned by members of the Rockefeller family, the windows represent the final work completed by Matisse before his death, and the only cycle of church windows created by Chagall in the United States.

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Enjoy a private tour of the newly opened Rockefeller Estate, Kykuit, which has a magnificent 20th Century Sculpture Garden, art collection, and antique collection. You will see the first floor of the house, the five chamber art gallery, the orangerie, the sculpture garden, and the coach barn, which houses a collection of antique horse-drawn carriages and automobiles.

Transfer to the airport for an evening flight home.

The staff of Art Horizons wishes you pleasant journey home!

 

** Portions of this itinerary are subject to change based on availability. Art Horizons promises to make changes in order to ensure quality and excellence in your program.

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