Posts Tagged With: European guided tours

Cave Art, Castles and Cuisine in Southwestern France


We hope you can join us for a trip of a lifetime!

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 Exploring the Ancient Past and Lively Present in Southwestern France

September 18-26, 2016

Spectacular prehistoric art, fascinating history, and great food and wine form the perfect combination for a memorable trip! Join us on a tour of the Dordogne and the Lot regions, and see all of the details in the attached brochure. We hope you can join us this memorable tour!

Spectacular prehistoric art, fascinating historyDSCF1003, and great food and wine form the perfect combination for a memorable trip! Join us on a tour of the DordoDSCF0942gne and the Lot regions, where we will explore the cave paintings of people living 40,000 years ago, and see their art in its original setting. We will probe deeply into the meaning of the images, and learn about the geology and archaeology of the caves. Our days will be filled with visits to these stunning prehistoric sites, along with tours of picturesque castles that will bring medieval history alive. Every day we will enjoy culinary delights as we sample the unique and delicious foods and wines of the Perigord region. The prehistoric art is stunning, and you can also expect unique activities such as a river trip in a traditional gabarre boat as you gaze up at fortifiDSCF0979 - Copyed castles, wandering markets meeting local people, watching a farmer and his
dog find truffles, and experiencing the workings of a family run vineyard.

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Christmas special on tours!

Hello to all of the wonderful people who have taken our tours or plan to in the future! 101_0106-001If you are considering either the Santa Fe or Ireland tours in 2016, for December we are offering a “special” Christmas gift to you . Until December 31st, apply a $100 discount to the cost of the tour. We guarantee a trip of a lifetime to both places!

Santa Fe will amaze you with its wealth of art and artists frSanta fe 2013 146om the past and present, and we will delve deeply into both as we create our own art inspired by the place and landscape.


Our Ireland tour promises to inspire as well, with stunning landscapes just begging to be translated into art! We will meet and work with Irish artists, see ancient archaeological sites, absorb the history and culture, and enjoy the camaradR1- 7erie only a small group tour can bring! Don’t miss out on this offer, contact us right away to take advantage of your Christmas gift!


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Exploring art with travel

As a traveler, tour leader, teacher and visual artist, I have always found my art to be inspired by my travels, and my travels inspired by art. 10 years ago when I was completing my Master’s Degree, I spent numerousDSCF2872 semesters in Ireland and Scotland, visiting hidden places and fairy glens with local guides, and absorbing the rich artwork, symbolism and beauty of Irish art through the ages. I would often come back to Wisconsin, and in my studio find ways to explore the imagery and experiences through sculpture, drawing, fiber art and mixed media. JM Slack- 02-2008  -  -7.tifFor example, the raven is a symbol of many things in Celtic tales, and a powerful one at that. Shape shifter, messenger, Morrigan- all of the stories and connections of the bird played with my imagination, and led to many series of artwork like the example here in clay and fiber.

DSCF4626I love combining realism with fantasy or magical landscape, and often incorporate birds, as I see them as messengers and symbols of freedom through flight. the magical qualities of ravens have been noted in stories in cultures around the world. I have created many ceramic sculptures using this symbol to explore the ideas I have read about.JM Slack- 02-2008  -  -1

As I began to lead tours, especially those with an emphasis on hands-on art making, I realized that this is the perfect combination of activities, and I am passionate about sharing all that I have learned and experienced (including those hidden places!) with people. Translating the travel experience into art while on the tours is an experience that truly changes us and I hope to share this with you in the upcoming tours.  DSCF7253

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