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Art in Exile (MYK-2597CI)
Circle of Interest Fare: $185 per person

The Cyclades Islands have long been inspiration to artists. The ancient gods influenced the work of sculptors and stone masons, and the environment and bounties of nature were the spark to ignite the wall paintings and frescos of Akrotiri. Today, the Islands' clear air, bright white houses and stark sculptural rock formations is home to a number of gifted artists. In this Circle, we will meet some of these "Artists in Exile," and discover what influences their art.

Host: Lisa Hahn is President and Founder of Art Horizons International, a special interest tour company that promotes the arts with unique educational travel programs and study tours focusing on art, architecture, and the performing arts. After studying Classical Archaeology at Princeton University and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Lisa attended New York University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She studied acting and directing with Joseph Chaikin, founder of The Open Theatre, and playwriting with Jean Claude van Itallie. She is a Trustee of SUNY New Paltz and is on the board of The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. In addition to her responsibilities at Art Horizons International, she personally conducts art and cultural tours around the world.

On board: On July 26, join Lisa for a welcome reception and meet your fellow Circle of Interest guests. The morning of July 28, Lisa will present a private lecture titled "The Origins of Impressionist Painting on the North Coast of France." This lecture will examine the connection between the areas of Honfleur and Dover and the development of Impressionist art in the work of Monet. Sources for Monet's work and paintings by Eugene Boudin, Jonkind and other pre-Impressionist painters of the Atlantic Coast will be discussed. On the evening of August 2 at a private group dinner, Lisa will facilitate a discussion on The Getty and its decision to return 40 of "their" antiquities to Italy. Is this right or wrong? What are the issues? Whose side are you on?

On shore: From the port of Mykonos on August 1, we will venture to the beautiful light-filled working studios of contemporary artists. These artists have invited us into their workplaces to share their passion for art and explain why they left their home countries for Mykonos. Richard James North left England and toured Europe before realizing that a move to Mykonos would be like living in a real-life painting. From his studio/gallery, we will see his unique painted images on a wide range of non-canvas surfaces, ranging from painted kayaks to wearable art. In more recent years, he has shifted to hand-designed wood cutouts, most notably 10 life-size painted cutouts of rock celebrities commissioned by the Hard Rock Café. Our visit to the cozy art studio of Monika Derpapas will fascinate you as we learn how she works from thousands of obscure, delicately cut pieces of colored stone and marble to mosaics. Originally from Dresden, Germany, she studied fabric design and panting at Hamburg Art College and finally found her muse on Mykonos. And last, one of the most respected resident artists in Mykonos, portrait and landscape artist Brian Piccini, will welcome us to his studio that he established on the island in 1971 after leaving his home of Canada. The island provides an environment to stimulate his work and also supply an abundance of natural sunlight to work from. From here he has produced over 30 local and international exhibitions ranging from Impressionism to Surrealism.

Please note: Guests should be able to walk over uneven and cobbled surfaces. The pace will be leisurely with stops but will be maintained so as not to miss any of the sights. This tour is not recommend for anyone other then the physically fit.

Terms & Conditions
This Circle of Interest must be pre-purchased and is not included in the regular tour program. Contact your travel consultant or RSSC Reservations at 800.285.1835 to purchase. You may also check upon embarkation to see if space is still available on this limited, exclusive program. A 100% cancellation penalty applies to Circles of Interest programs cancelled within 60 days of departure.

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