About Art Tours
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Imagine grabbing a coffee at the Chelsea Market, escaping above the New York streets to the fabulous Highline walkway. Walk along and enjoy the atmosphere before descending back down into the middle of some of the best art galleries Chelsea and New York have to offer. That is what ArtTravel is all about.
ArtTravel is the culmination of several years spent thinking of a way to combine two passions. Glen Armstrong has long been interested in Art and Art History and holds a BA in Art History. Glen also owns and runs House of Travel Ellerslie - a retail travel office in Auckland, New Zealand.
2007 saw the inaugural art tour head off with Mary Kisler - the first of what has become a regular event. Our tours are aimed at small groups, between 8 and 16 people, our tours are aimed at being big on insights, enrichment, education and enjoyment.
In 2011 we were some of the first kiwis to visit the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart (MONA), and took a group to Los Angeles and New York. 2012 will saw tours to Australia with Mary Kisler and Sue Gardiner to key events and exhibitions. In 2013 we are heading to Spain, San Francisco and New York.
Look out for some great tours in 2014 including Art in Florence, Music in Germany, and culture in Russia.
Without our guides there would be no tour - we are ever thankful for their knowledge and passion around art.
Mary Kisler is Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, caring for a collection that begins in the 13th century and ends mid-20th century. She is the curator of both collection exhibitions and major special exhibitions, being responsible for 7 shows currently on display in the newly redeveloped Auckland Art Gallery.
Mary graduated with an MA First Class Honours in Italian and Art History from the University of Auckland in 1992. Her thesis was on the subject of Images of Birth in the Italian Renaissance. She worked as a tutor and part time lecturer at the University, before joining the Gallery in 1998.
She has acted as a guide on several art history trips to Europe, as well as Australia, and has travelled widely both as a researcher and as a private lover of art. Since 2001, she has talked about art with Kim Hill on National Radio’s Saturday Morning programme.
Sue Gardiner at the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, September 2011
Sue Gardiner is the co-Director of the Chartwell Collection of
New Zealand and Australian Contemporary Art, held on long term
loan at the Auckland Art Gallery. Her trans-Tasman art interests
extend back to her MA thesis on trans-tasman art exchange, researched
at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and the University
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