The Greenwich Historical Society is hosting a road trip up the Hudson River Valley to visit two stunning artist's studios—part of the Historical Society's complementary programming for the current exhibition, A Good Light, which explores the artist's studio at the turn of the 19th century. The morning’s agenda features a tour of Cedar Grove, the picturesque early 19th-century home of Hudson River School founder Thomas Cole. The tour of this National Historic Site will explore the home and studio where many of Cole’s masterpieces were inspired and created and where he taught students Frederic Church and Benjamin McConkey.
In the afternoon, you’ll cross the river to visit fabulous Olana State Historic Site, the home of Frederic Edwin Church, Coles’s most famous student; the tour will be lead by Curator Evelyn Trebilcock and Associate Curator Valerie Balint. The historic property encompasses a unique Persian-style mansion designed by Church himself, a romantic landscape, spectacular views of the Hudson and a collection of significant examples of Hudson River paintings. Added bonus: experience first-hand the lush panoramas and natural beauty that served as creative inspiration for Cole, Church and so many other artists who followed in the Hudson River School tradition.
In between site visits, there will be a break for lunch at Port of Call Restaurant located on the banks of the Hudson River.
The tour takes place Thursday, October 11, 2012, with the bus departing from the Greenwich Historical Society at 8:00 am and returning at 5:30 pm. $95/members, $120/nonmembers includes admission to both sites, private group tours, transportation and lunch. Reservations can be made by calling 203-869-6899.