THE NORTHERN SOUL: a primer
Northern European Art Lectures by Sevan Melikyan
at the Royal Museum. Brussels
Tuesdays, 11 am, eastern
January 25 - April 12, 2022
Registration Status: OPEN
Each session will last between 60 and 90 minutes.
Cost: $15 per session or $130 for series of 11
Sevan Melikyan takes us on a pre-trip journey to Belgium and the Netherlands to enhance our understanding of the artworks with which we will be having an actual eye-to-eye meeting. This Armchair Journey is not only for those people joining the Northern Soul trip in April, but for all people interested in the art of Northern Europe.
By the way, the actual trip has been full to the gills for a long time!
Sevan Melikyan, docent, museum guide, and transcendent storyteller, will explore the works, lives, the historical setting, the techniques, and the muses of the great masters we will meet
on this journey.
Schedule: lectures will last 60-90 minutes.
January 25–Introduction to the Northern Soul:
Northern Renaissance, Flemish Baroque and the Dutch Golden Age.
February 1 - Brussels: Walking Tour and Royal Museums, Part I
February 8 – Brussels: Royal Museums, Part 2 & Magritte Museums
February 14 – Bruges: Walking Tour, Part 1
February 22 - Bruges: Walking Tour, Part 2
March 1 - Bruges: Groeninge Museum
March 8 - Antwerp: Van den Bergh Museum
March 15 – Antwerp: Cathedral and Rubens House
March 22 - please note that there is no session
March 29 – Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum
April 5 – Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum and Otterlo: Kroeller-Mueller Museum
April 12 – The Hague: Mauritshuis
This schedule is subject to change, so please be understanding if changes do occur.
The Milkmaid by Vermeer
at the Groeninge Museum, Bruges
The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Instructor & Tour Guide
Sevan Melikyan is the director of Wired Gallery in High Falls, New York, a founding member and director of Chagall in High Falls, Inc., a lecturer on art museums, and an artist. In 2013, Art Society of Kingston presented Melikyan with its ASKars award in recognition for his “significant contributions to the arts” and The Ulster County Executive recognized Melikyan as an Arts Ambassador. Prior to the U.S., he lived in Paris, France where he earned a BA focusing on arts marketing, and prior to that, in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was born of Armenian parents in 1965.
One August afternoon, during the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, I was fortunate to meet Sevan through my friend Jon Nakamatsu. When Naki won the Van Cliburn in 1997, Sevan was the marketing person there and his wife Maria was Naki’s manager. Sevan and Maria came to the Cape one summer to meet up with Naki (and to hear some great music). We got to know each other quite well over long nights of card games at our dining room table.
" . . . these trips with you cannot be closer to my core values of sharing amazing art through the ages, with which we also learn about ourselves and our civilization. And my hope is always that at the end of it, people are left to believe in humanity, on our own power to create amazing, positive things. And I also hope they smile, because...I like to be funny!”
Owner, Host, & Director
In 2008, the seed of Artful Journeys was planted in her brain, when Joan brought together all of her life's passions - her love of music, an affinity for the beautiful things in life, and an ability to organize events - to give birth to Artful Journeys, a program of art education trips for the soul.
Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was a very efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.
Each lecture will cost $15 or $130 for all 11.
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You will receive an email with the Zoom link to each lecture within 24 hours of presentation.
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A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.