The Art of Provence

A Series of Discussions of Art in Provence, by Sevan Melikyan
Fridays, at 4pm, EDT 
April 17-August 14, 2020
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $10 per session or $145 for series of 18

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 guys all lived and worked in this lovely region of southern France; many of their homes, studios, and works are still open 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.


April 17 & 24–Old Town Nice Walking Tour + Fine Arts Museum of Nice 
May 1 & 8–Renoir Museum, Cagnes-sur-Mer
May 15 & 22–Chagall Museum, Nice
May 29 & June 5–St-Paul-de-Vence Walking tour + Maeght Foundation
June 12 & 19 –Picasso Museum, Antibes
June 26 & July 3–Mary Magdalene Basilica, St Maximin
July 10 & 17–Old Town Aix-en-Provence Walking Tour + Cézanne Studio
July 24 & 31–Van Gogh in Provence, Part 1: Arles
August 7 & 14 –Van Gogh in Provence, Part 2: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence


*This schedule is subject to change.

Nice, France

Maison Auer Chocolaterie Confiserie Nice in Nice, France

Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence



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.


  • Each session will cost $10 or $145 for all 18 lectures

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

Musée Picasso, Antibes, France

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