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Chasing Chagall, Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, and Van Gogh

with Sevan Melikyan
November 6 - 16, 2022
Trip Status: Waiting List only


Tour Cost: $4000
Activity Level: moderate – an ability to walk 2-3 hours at a moderate pace

Roman amphitheatre in Arles, France


Aix en Provence

If you’ve ever wanted to suffer from sensory overload from the great artists in Provence, here’s your chance! The artists include Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, Chagall, Matisse, and Picasso. These artists all lived and worked in this lovely region of southern France; many of their homes, studios, and works are still available for us to visit so that we can better appreciate their works, lives, and legacies. Sevan Melikyan will lead us in the footsteps of these artists as he shows us and talks to us about the individual artists, their histories and how they connect to one another.


And we can’t forget the French food!



In 2018, we spent ten wonderful days in France. Watch this video to see what it was like, and imagine how great our 2019 trip will be!



  • Nice

  • Cagnes-sur-Mer

  • Saint-Paul-de-Vence

  • Antibes

  • Aix-en-Provence

  • Arles

  • Avignon


  • Many museums to overstimulate your senses:

    • Musée de Beaux Arts, Nice

    • Musée National Marc Chagall, Nice

    • Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence

    • Musée Picasso, Antibes

    • Cezanne’s Studio, Aix-en-Provence

    • Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Rémy

    • Carrières de Lumières, Baux-de-Provence

  • The Popes’ Palace, Avignon

  • Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

  • Food and Artisans’ markets

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Musee des Beaux Arts de Nice

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Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Remy-de-Provence


Be sure to see Sevan's accompanying lecture series, The Provence Primer, starting August 30 at 3 pm EST.


These hotels have been chosen for their central locations in each town.​


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Beaux de Provence



sevan melikyan (photo by colin jorgensen
Sevan Melikyan
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!”

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


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 the 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 very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.

Maureen Hart


Maureen, a longtime resident of Cornwall NY,  was born  in Rockaway Beach Queen and graduated from Beach Channel High School class of 1980. Bruce Degen was her High School art teacher who planted the seed that took over 30 year to sprout. Maureen has been a resident of Cornwall, in the beautiful Hudson Valley, for over 30 years and finds peace in the beauty around her.  The Hudson Valley has been her muse for the past 10 years.



$4,000, double occupancy
  • Single supplement is $450.

  • Includes accommodations, most meals, transportation in France, entrance fees to museums, airport transfers, teacher and administrative fees.

  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering.

  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place in this workshop.

  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.

  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged. Please see the Travel Insurance Form.

  • Covid vaccination and negative test required to enter France.  Covid testing is not included in the trip price. 


Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

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For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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