Art in Provence

A Series of 10 Lectures by Sevan Melikyan
Tuesdays, at  3:00 pm,  EDT/EST

August 30 - November 1, 2022

Registration Status: OPEN

Tour Cost: $15 per session or $125 for series of 10
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The Bay of Nice, France.

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.

This lecture series is in conjunction to the actual trip, Art History  in Provence 2022, which will take place from November 6 - 16, 2022, but, alas,  it is full with only a waiting list.     Those registered for the trip are welcome to join these lectures free of charge.


1.   Aug 30 -  Art in Provence, An Introduction and the

                     Fine Arts Museum of Nice 
2.  Sept 6 -    Chagall Museum, Nice  
3.  Sept 13 -  Picasso Museum, Antibes
4.  Sept 20 -  Renoir Museum, Cagnes-sur-Mer

5.  Sept 27 - St-Paul-de-Vence Walking tour + Maeght Foundation
6.  Oct 3 -      Mary Magdalene Basilica, St Maximin

     **note this is on a Monday, due to a schedule conflict.
7.  Oct 11  -   Paul Cézanne Studio, Aix-en-Provence
8.  Oct 18 -  Van Gogh in Provence, Part 1: Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
9.  Oct 25  -  Van Gogh in Provence, Part 2: Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

10. Nov 1  -   Popes' Palace & Petit Palais Museum, Avignon


*This schedule is subject to change.

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Popes' Palace, Avignon

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Sevan at The Chagall Museum

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Couscous in Cagnes-sur-Mer

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

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 with an ability to organize events to give birth to Artful Journeys, a program of art education trips for the soul and mind.


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 $15 or $125 for all 10 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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A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

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