Museum Travelers visit Hudson River Valley with Asheville Art Museum

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
It’s that time of year again! The Asheville Art Museum’s annual Museum Travel adventure is currently underway. This week members of the community, led by Museum Executive Director, Pam Myers, are enjoying the some of the best art and culture New York’s Hudson River Valley (and NYC) have to offer! Guest will spend four days in the Hudson River Valley, and three days in New York City visiting museums, artist studios, privately owned collections and much more. This exciting trip is already on its fourth day. So far, travelers have experienced the art collections of Marcy Kahn, Mike and Doris Simon, Elena Zang, Ward Mintz and Floyd Lattin, as well as the home of artists George LK Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen and tours of the Norman Rockwell Museum,  the Olana estate, and the Edgewater House. Below are several photos that our travelers have taken to share with everyone back home:


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The first two photos above were taken at the home of Marcy Kahn, a renowned Modern art collector who graciously opened her beautiful home for the tour. Marcy’s collection includes works by Snelson, Ricki, and Hoffman, as well as many others.


Taken at the home of Mike and Doris Simon, the photo above shows the group enjoying the Simon’s beautiful collection, which includes works from the Modernist, Abstract Expressionist and Contemporary art movements in America.


There are still many more exciting and thrilling adventures to come. Today, the Museum travelers visit the famous Loeb Museum at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. The museum houses art from 19th and early 20th century artists and seeks to “chart the history of art from antiquity to the present.” The group will receive a curated tour from the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the museum, Patricia Phagan, who will give them background information and a behind the scenes look at the museum. After the museum, guests will visit the studios of Kathy Erteman, Gary Stephen and Suzanne Joelson, and Tim Rowan. The group will then finish their day with a beautiful meal prepared by the Culinary Institute of America.


In the days to come, the trip will visit the breathtaking Storm King Sculpture Park, and DIA Museum before heading off to the “Big Apple”! While in NYC the guests will visit the private collection of Lawrence and Janet Larose, which includes the best collection of Christopher Dresser woks in the country, and tour the studio of Donald Sultan, an Asheville native and artist who creates large scale pieces abstracted from nature. The group will finish off their time in NYC with a tour of the famous Century Club, in addition to a visit to the studio of Wolf Kahn, and a tour of the Museum of Arts and Design.


All in all, this year’s Museum Travel adventure is filled with a sensational list of experiences. Keep your eyes peeled for the next trip and, in the meantime, head on over to the Asheville Art Museum to check out the current exhibitions on display!