Art Tours Update - September 2015
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July saw the opening of the fantastic Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth - join our tour there in March 2016

Spring 2015

Welcome to spring. I write this as Tuis dart in and out of the yellow flowers in the Kowhai tree, yet the lack of other signs of spring suggest it is still more of an absence than a presence at this point.
We have booked the bus for our first local excursion of 2016, a 5 night journey through New Plymouth, Wanganui and ending in Palmerston North. We have timed it to coincide with the annual House and Garden open homes in New Plymouth. This will give us access to around eight beautiful homes and gardens in New Plymouth while we are there. Very much looking forward to this one in March.

We still have a couple of places on our tour to MONA and Melbourne in November should you wish to join us. Sue and I are very much looking forward to another unique visit to Tasmania.

We are proud that we have visited each Biennale of Sydney since 2008, but think it time to take a year off it in 2016, as there are other things on and we will be engaged in preparing for our Japan sojourn in May. Though I will be up in Japan in October this year, so will have hands on experience of Naoshima Island and Benesse House if you are thinking about heading up independently.

This year I have worked with the Selwyn College Community programme, and enjoyed taking a walk around the K Road galleries in August, especially stopping in at Anna Miles, Michael Lett and having Adnan, the Director of Artspace talk with the group. A very engaging morning.

We are starting to think about New York in 2016, probably via Houston, as there are some great collections there, including Rothko’s Chapel it should be a fascinating alternate to LA or San Francisco.
Also check out our preliminary Al Andalus itinerary online for our May 2017 Southern Spain journey.

Last but not least, I spent time with Mary Kisler this week looking over photos of her amazing travel in search of Frances Hodgkins. We are putting some thoughts together around two possible tours, one in southern England and Wales visiting the amazing villages and coastal towns. The other would be starting in Marseille, visiting the Cote D’azur all the way along to the Spannish order and on don to Barcelona, with a side trip to Ibiza. One in 2016 and one in 2017, look out for more on this soon.

May Spring make its presence felt, and see you on tour.


Glen Armstrong
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Upcoming Tours

Melbourne and MONA with Sue Gardiner - 2 spaces left

It will have been two years since our last trip to MONA, so it is definitely time to go back. Hobart is growing more and more as time goes on, and with a day and night in Melbourne it is always a great long weekend, and the weather is generally warm then too.

26 November to 30 November

Brief itinerary here
New York New York
New York 2016  - registrations open

There are plans afoot for our bi-annual New York sojourn in 2016. Again it will be later in the year - early October to coincide with the slightly cooler weather and re opening of the dealer galleries after summer. It is likely we will time it to finish not long before Frieze in London in mid October.
We are considering Houston for Rothko's Chapel for a stopover enroute.

Look out for more info on this one soon.

New Zealand : West - 10 March 2016

Having reviewed dates and timings, we have confirmed this tour for a 10 March departure to New Plymouth for 5 nights from Auckland, finishing after five nights at Palmerston North Airport for a late afternoon flight home.
The new Len Lye Centre is open and looks amazing - we have to go!  We will start there and spend a few days discovering art, meeting collectors and visiting significant homes and gardens in New Plymouth. We will venture south, through the Hawera Settlers Museum with its famous dioramas, catch up on the redevelopment of the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, and catch up with Whanganui's two other significant galleries, The Millbank and McNamara. We will finish off with a flying visit through Palmerston North, with a possibility of dropping those in Wellington who want to catch the tail end of the Arts Festival.

Check the dates and book in here
Naoshima: Japan

Our Japan programme has been confirmed for May, though with strong demand from word of mouth we have a full crew. If it goes as well as we hope then look out for more tours to this amazing place. I will travel to Japan on a scoping mission in October so look out for photos next newsletter.
Learn more about Naoshima here
Al Andalus - Moorish Spain - May 2017 -

Starting in Madrid, Spain and finishing in Lisbon, Portugal two weeks later this journey through the cities and culture of Andalusia will give you a real feel for the Moorish south. Toledo, Granada, Seville, Cordoba and more. Join Sandra Nolan, our favourite guide for all things Spain.

Check out the preliminary itinerary here
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Art Travel Destination : PORTLAND, OREGON
 In July I spent four days in Portland, checking out the art and craft scene. I spent a morning touring the dealer galleries with the Portland Art Dealers Association and caught some excellent works.
I can recommend for some great galleries include:
Froelick Gallery, PDX Contemporary and more can be found here

I can also recommend the Museum of Contemporary Craft

Portland: a makers ethos
Portland called me primarily as a craft beer destination, renowned worldwide as the home of some of the best craft beer in the world. What struck me though was that the sixty odd craft breweries fit snugly into the glove that encapsulates the city. A makers ethos can be felt throughout Portland, from the fifty "third wave" coffee roasters, to the seven hundred odd food carts that roam the city in 'pods', the large 'farm to table' food scene and the huge variety of craft makers, rejuvenators and bakers. Portland is hugely accessible, transport friendly city that will instantly become your friend. Trust me, I can't wait to go back.
Portland shout out to Mothers Bistro - best French Toast ever
 and check out their 'mom of the month'. It is all goodness.
Above left: One of 700 food carts - never had Georgian food before
Above right: Rejuvenation - restored antiques - with its craft makers embedded within the store on a Sunday showing their wares.
Below left: Courier Coffee visited on a morning food walking tour
Below right: Curator from the Museum of Contemporary Craft sharing the love on a Sunday at Rejuvenation
For all tour enquiries please contact 
Glen Armstrong

or call 09 525 2363
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