Join Tiny World Tours August 7-12 for a deep dive into the art history of Maine, with special experiences in the Portland, Waterville, Rockland, and Cushing areas. Our focus will be artists whose work was marked by Maine, including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, Andrew Wyeth, Alex Katz, Louise Nevelson, and Bernard Langlais, as well as other American artists whose art was shaped by time in this rugged New England state.
We will also get to know cities, the countryside, and the coastline, including the specific ocean vistas, seaport neighborhoods, and farmlands, portrayed by the artists. The tour includes exceptional cocktail and dining experiences, including a seafood feast and a farm-to-table meal where we will meet people leading Maine’s exciting food culture.
Day 1 (Tuesday, August 7th)
We will convene Tuesday afternoon (4 pm), August 7 in Portland, Maine's largest city for a very special stroll around the Old Port waterfront district, cocktails with a view of the harbor, and a welcome dinner at one of the city’s famed culinary hotspots. C & D
Days 2 & 3 (Wednesday & Thursday, August 8th & 9th)
Days 2 and 3, Wednesday and Thursday, are focused further up the coast. We travel north to the wonderful Bowdoin College Museum of Art to view a special exhibition which explores Homer’s relationship with the medium of photography and its impact on his artistic practice. We will tour that exhibition and the Museum, then onto the Colby College Museum of Art, and its extraordinary collection of Maine masterworks, including an in-depth display of native Maine sculptor Bernard Langlais, and a whole wing devoted to a retrospective survey of Alex Katz, who has been spending summers nearby since 1949.
The Rockland area is filled with cultural destinations, with the Farnsworth Art Museum, at its center. With a focus on Maine’s role in American art, its collection spans from the 18th century to the present has recently been re-installed. The Farnsworth explores how Rockland has been home to three generations of the Wyeth Family, and we will learn about the common themes, shared artistic traditions, and their distinct styles - Newell Convers (N.C.) Wyeth, most well-known for his book illustrations; son Andrew, who painted the iconic Christina's World (MoMA); and grandson James. All have been influenced by the Maine landscape and its people since N.C. first brought his family to summer here in 1920. B & L both days
Day 4 (Friday, August 10th)
Friday, Day 4, is dedicated to the studios of Bernard Langlais and Winslow Homer! In the coastal town of Cushing, we’ll enjoy a special outdoors experience is the Bernard Langlais Preserve, site of his studio and many striking outdoor sculptures sited by the artist among the fields, ponds, and rocky rises. We’ll continue on to Portland where our private coach will take us to Prout’s Neck, for a private tour of the Winslow Homer Studio where we can explore the rooms where he painted, and stand on his deck and view the rugged coast which inspired this legendary artist who shaped how we understand nature in American art. B, L, & D
Day 5 (Saturday, August 11th)
Saturday, our final full tour day is devoted to Portland, Maine’s largest city, and its Casco Bay environs, including the Portland Observatory, Portland Headlight and Cape Elizabeth, and Two Lights, the lighthouses painted by Edward Hopper, Marsden Heartley, and many more. We'll be based in the Old Port neighborhood, a lively district of historic buildings repurposed for engaging stores and restaurants. A special seafood feast is planned for our finale! B, C, & D
Day 6 (Sunday, August 12th)
Sunday is dedicated to exploration on your own, hotel check out, and departures—but let us know if you’d like to extend your stay!
- 5 nights accommodation
- All admissions and guided tours as described in the itinerary
- Breakfast daily, other meals and beverages per itinerary (3 lunches, 2 cocktail parties, 3 dinners)
- Personal expenses (phone, laundry, internet, etc.)
- Meals, beverages, and activities not indicated
- Gratuities for drivers, baggage handlers at discretion
- Travel insurance (cancellation/interruption, delay, baggage, accident & medical)
- Full payment is upon registration--please book now, Maine hotel rooms are scarce!
- Your travel insurance reimburses in case of cancellation for covered reasons
The total in-Maine portion cost of this experience (lodging, transportation, meals, guides, entrance fees, etc) is $2,250 per guest, based on double occupancy; single supplement charge $1,000. Participants arrange their own transportation to/from Portland, ME (airport code PWM), with opportunities for trip extensions (advice provided upon request). NOTE: There exists frequent bus service between Boston (Logan Airport) and Portland via Concord Coach Lines.
The maximum number of participants is fifteen.
* itinerary subject to change according to unforeseen circumstances / opportunities. On this itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, C=Cocktails, and D=Dinner included.