Spring Art Trip to the Hudson River Valley

May 28–May 31, 2019
From May 28 to 31, 2019 International Council and Chairman’s Circle members traveled through the Hudson River Valley to visit exquisite private homes, museums and historic sites. Visits ranged from a contemporary artist’s studio in a 19th century church to a newly renovated mansion in Tuxedo Park, and included dinner in a modern glass house tucked away on a hilly farm. The group was also hosted for a very special dinner upstate by Chairman’s Circle member Patricia Hearst Shaw.
A particular focus of the trip was on the Hudson River School painters who depicted the dramatic landscape of the area in the mid-19th century. A painting by Thomas Cole hangs on the walls of the Louvre, and AFL toured the artist’s historic home in the Catskills, as well as his contemporary Frederic Church’s home, Olana.
The trip was planned in celebration of the gift of two Hudson River paintings to AFL, The Pilgrims of St. Roche by Worthington Whittredge and Berkshire Hills by George Inness, which will be unveiled at the Louvre at the end of June.