Tour description

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Art History of the Southwest: Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico

Join us to discover the unique qualities of the desert which have inspired artists for thousands of years. In the 20th century New Mexico was the spiritual home for internationally renowned artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, and a rich source of inspiration for Lawren Harris, who also made New Mexico his home in the late 1930s. Santa Fe and Taos attracted writers and artists of the Bloomsbury Group as well, most notably, D.H. Lawrence.

We will travel the special landscape of the American Southwest with a particular focus on both the indigenous cultures, particularly the Hopi, Zuni, Tewa and Navajo, and the life and works of Georgia O’Keeffe. Flying from Victoria to Phoenix, via Seattle, we will visit galleries and museums such as the Heard in Phoenix and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. Included will be dedicated trips to historic sites such as Taos Pueblo, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu and writer D.H. Lawrence’s cabin on his ranch near Taos. We also plan to experience a scenic day trip to the South Rim of the Canyon on the Grand Canyon Railway.

We will have time to explore and enjoy Santa Fe as our base for much of the tour. En route to Santa Fe in our own air conditioned coach we will stop in Sedona and the red desert, with two nights in Williams and an overnight stop in Gallup.

Our flight home will depart from Albuquerque, where we will spend our last night of the tour.

Tour Activity Level: Mild

Participants should be in good health, be able to walk reasonable distances, get on and off buses.

Academic Resource

Instructor Kerry MasonKerry Mason is an art historian and author who lectures at the University of Victoria in the Department of History in Art and for the Division of Continuing Studies. Her courses focus on various topics of Canadian and B.C. Art History with a particular emphasis on Emily Carr and Northwest Coast Art. Kerry has led four previous tour to Northern British Columbia and one to Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico.

Pre-tour sessions

Your three pre-tour classroom sessions will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 6, 13 and 20 from 7 to 9 pm.

Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes.

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Fees and registration

*Early Bird Registration: Pay your deposit by Dec. 15, 2017 and receive a $150 reduction on your balance of payment.

Tour dates Sept. 26 – Oct. 6, 2018
Total tour cost (based on double occupancy)$6,195.00
Early bird cost*$6,045.00
Single supplement$1,080.00

INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR: • Return airfare and land transportation • Accommodation • Many meals, as indicated in tour itinerary • Admissions and excursions • Baggage handling at hotels, where available

To ensure a place on this tour a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by June 15, 2018 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on June 22, 2018.


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