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England and Ireland Art Trek with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

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London & The Cotswolds Art Trek Taught by Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

August  8 – 16 /2017

Photography / Plein-Air Painting Workshop
Taught by Scott Williams & Niki Gulley

“Thatched Beauty”

Since our adventures have been mostly to Europe, we thought that it was finally time to visit our kindred nation, Great Britain. This Trek will acquaint you with some of the best that London has to offer, along with a stop in the old Roman town of Bath and culminating in the picturesque Cotswolds.

The initial stop on our London journey brings us to the residence of the Yeomen Warders, the Tower of London. With the Beefeaters as your guide you will get the opportunity to experience all the Tower has to offer first hand. From its origins as a castle, and its many incarnations as a mint, a menagerie, an armory, a prison and of course as a treasury, with the celebrated Crown Jewels.

"London Eye"

“London Eye”

Our continuation through London moves along the life blood of the city, with a cruise down the Thames. Where you will view the city from this unique perspective as your guide regales you with some fascinating tidbits of London’s rather interesting architecture, finally disembarking at the famed Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.

As part of our art appreciation, we will take time to visit one of the best museums in the world, the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. For those interested in extending their art experience, we will also carve out a little time one evening to take in a show in one of London’s many theaters.

“Henry’s Place”

This adventure will take us throughout the city, hitting as many highlights as possible, but it will also afford you free time to visit any of their other many attractions. Whether it would be going up in the London Eye, touring Churchill’s War Rooms, viewing other museums, venturing into Westminster Abbey or just walking through a park.

As enjoyable as London is, we must proceed onward to our next stop, the royal palace that Henry the VIII called home, Hampton Court. This amazing Tudor palace with its stunning gardens presents many opportunities for the artistic soul to feed upon.

“Beauty Knocking”

Continuing on brings us to our final way station, the simply spectacular Cotswolds! Once again, finding unique lodging for our stay, we will reside in a 350 year old B&B, with one of the best restaurants around. This area is an artists delight, step back in time where the landscape is dotted with thatched roofed cottages, quintessential English gardens, flowing streams and Medieval castles.

From our home base we will also travel to the Roman city of Bath, where its vast array of options caters to your every whim. Walk along the river for the remarkable view of the Pulteney Bridge, stop in at its Abbey, the last Gothic church in England, explore the 2000 year old Roman baths or simply indulge yourself in High Tea. This adventure has a little bit of everything that England has to offer.

“London Calling”

Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

Scott will take the photographers on daily walking tours where you will have the opportunity to experience England through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision.

“Fairytale Cottage”

As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own. There will also be valuable critique sessions throughout the workshop as time allows. This will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It also presents a unique option to get views and perspectives from both painters and photographers.

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of London and the Cotswolds with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style. Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:

  • Roundtrip air fare, breakfast & all transfers, including private van transportation to the Cotswolds.
  •  Hotel for 7 nights. 3 in London and 4 in the Cotswolds (Double occupancy)    (Accommodations are in shared rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)
  •  Side trips along the way to  Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury, Lower Slaughter and Chipping Camden, as well as to the Roman town of Bath.
  •  Admission to the Tower of London & London Metro Pass, Hampton Court Palace & Sudeley Castle 
  • Optional show at a London theater
  •  Thames boat cruise
  •  Emergency Medical Insurance.
  •  Instruction, guidance, experience and fun.

Your cost for all of this is $4,995 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form (the forms will be provided by email upon request) along with your deposit of $1,500 per person by 7/30/16,  after that the price goes to $5,595. There also is a final application cut off date of 10/1/16. Prices after the cut off date are based on current airfare.

A second payment of one half of the remainder after deposit is due by Nov. 12th, with a final payment due by Jan. 14th. For those wanting a single occupancy room, there will be an additional cost of $750. We can take credit card payments, however it will incur a 3.5% fee.

There is a discount of $350 for partners wanting to accompany participants on the trip, but not take the workshop. We will also setup optional events/ classes when available at an additional cost for participants not interested in the painting/photography sessions. There has to be a minimum of 6 people for the workshop to make. If the 6 person minimum is not met by the 10/1/16 deadline, deposits will be refunded.

In the event of inclement weather, arrangements will be made for museum visits etc. There will be no rain dates or refunds for weather or travel difficulties, we suggest travel insurance for those situations.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way and we hope that you will be able to join us!

Scott Williams       214-289-8512      /       Niki Gulley     214-803-5812

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Ireland 2017 Art Trek

Taught by Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

August  16 – 24 /2017

Photography / Plein-Air Painting Workshop
Taught by Scott Williams & Niki Gulley

"Kaleidoscope of Color"

Our previous adventure took us to England, so it seemed only fitting since we were so close that we should make an additional trek to Ireland. This Journey will take us from the epicenter of culture in Dublin, to the imposing Cliffs of Moher, through the colorful village of Adare and finishing at the Dingle Peninsula.

Dublin covers the spectrum of things to do and sights to see. Setting on the mouth of the Liffey, it  is unprecedented as a two-cathedral city and is the heart and soul of Ireland. Spend your time while there walking the hallowed halls of Trinity college to see the book of Kells, admire their two medieval cathedrals, stroll across the Samuel Beckett Bridge or just stop in for a quick pint at Temple bar.

"Long Walk"

“Long Walk”

From there our move westward takes us through the Burren national park with its lunar-like landscape of rocks and cliffs and onto the picturesque town of Lahinch.  From our home base we will venture forth to experience the most visited natural attraction in Ireland, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. The scale and grandeur of this magnificent natural wonder is stunning, along with some truly breathtaking vistas.

Once more our merry band of travelers set out to comb the Irish countryside in search of visual wonders. One such stop along that route is the colorful village of Adare, with its many hued pubs, thatched roofed houses and castle ruins.The final destination for the majority of our stay is fit for a king, literally! Again, finding unique lodging for us has manifested itself in the form of a converted 16th century castle. This 4 star accommodation is a one of a kind, with its suits of armor, ivy covered facade, rock hewed walls and timber ceilings will make you will feel like you stepped through a doorway into another era.  If the setting and grounds don’t overwhelm you, the breakfast surely will. From the buffet of fresh pastries, jams, fruit, meats, cheeses and salmon, to the full menu of additional fare such as Eggs Benedict, this is a foodie’s delight!
"Sun Drenched"

“Sun Drenched”

Leaving our castle for the moment we venture forth to the town of Killarney and it is there that we find Muckross House. This 65 room Tudor estate with its 11,000 acres teeming with overflowing gardens, is an ideal setting for any artist. As if that weren’t enough, there are abbey ruins on the grounds as well as nearby waterfalls and just down the road is another photogenic spot, the 15th century Ross Castle set on the shore of Lough Leane. With a strategic location, its tower offered commanding views of the lake and it’s from here that we will enjoy a boat tour of some of Killarney’s beautiful lakes.

"Emerald Isle"

“Emerald Isle”

Last, but surely not least, is our day trip around the Dingle Peninsula! Set along the westernmost tip of Ireland, this rugged coast with its craggy cliffs, rolling hills dotted with sheep and long expanses of sandy beaches, offers a wide array of stunning backdrops. There are also castle ruins, mountain lakes, stone huts and cascading waterfalls to round out the amazing scenery. If you have ever dreamed of going to Ireland, this is the trip for you!

"Resting Spot"

“Resting Spot”

Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

Muckross House

Scott will take the photographers on daily walking tours where you will have the opportunity to experience Ireland through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision.

As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own. There will also be valuable critique sessions throughout the workshop as time allows. This will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It also presents a unique option to get views and perspectives from both painters and photographers.

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Ireland with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style. Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:

  • Roundtrip air fare, breakfast & all transfers
  •  Hotel for 7 nights. 2 in Dublin, 2 in Lahinch (near the Cliffs of Moher) and 3 magnificent nights in a castle in Kerry (Double occupancy)    (Accommodations are in shared rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)
  •  Side trips along the way to  Galway, Adare, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney and the Dingle Peninsula.
  •  Admission to the Cliffs of Moher & Muckross House
  •  Boat cruise on the lakes of Killarney
  •  Emergency Medical Insurance.
  •  Instruction, guidance, experience and fun.

Your cost for all of this is $4,395 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form (the forms will be provided by email upon request) along with your deposit of $1,500 per person by 7/30/16,  after that the price goes to $4,995. There also is a final application cut off date of 10/1/16. Prices after the cut off date are based on current airfare.

A second payment of one half of the remainder after deposit is due by Nov. 12th, with a final payment due by Jan. 14th. For those wanting a single occupancy room, there will be an additional cost of $750. We can take credit card payments, however it will incur a 3.5% fee.

There is a discount of $350 for partners wanting to accompany participants on the trip, but not take the workshop. We will also setup optional events/ classes when available at an additional cost for participants not interested in the painting/photography sessions. There has to be a minimum of 6 people for the workshop to make. If the 6 person minimum is not met by the 10/1/16 deadline, deposits will be refunded.

There is also an option of combining both the England & Ireland Workshops into one fantastic two week European adventure. The cost for that would be $7,995 with a $2,500 deposit per person by 7/30/16, after that the price goes to $8,795.

In the event of inclement weather, arrangements will be made for museum visits etc. There will be no rain dates or refunds for weather or travel difficulties, we suggest travel insurance for those situations.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way and we hope that you will be able to join us!

Scott Williams       214-289-8512      /       Niki Gulley     214-803-5812    niki@nikigulley.com

http://www.ArtTreks.org

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