Walk on the Wild Side in NYC – MAY 2021!

Walk on the Wild Side in NYC
May TBA, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: This excursion has been postponed to May 2021. We’ll be in touch soon with new dates.

Three Days of Art Immersion including
Expert-Guided Tour of the NYC Subway Mosaics
Yayoi Kusama Installation, New York Botanical Gardens
MoMA, Highline, Chelsea Market, Shopping …

Life looking a bit too tame lately? Feel the urge to shake it up a bit? Join us as we seek out the wild and woolly in New York City … in other words: ART! Laura, Jean and Pam will take a group of twelve to tour these fabulous spaces and other New York-y delights, and we’re just polka-dotty with anticipation.

Working Itinerary

Sunday, May 17, 2020
Settle in, explore a bit, and get a feel for the city. Those in town will meet with us late afternoon/early evening for drinks, get to know each other a bit, and perhaps share an early dinner.

Monday, May 18, 2020 (BOOKED)
NOTE: This tour requires some steps
8:30 Breakfast Bagels at (TBD)
9:45 Meet at The Clock at Grand Central Station ready to roll for the day.
10:00 Meet Cathleen Newsham: Louisiana-Girl turned New Yorker, professional mosaic artist, subway mosaic aficionado, and teacher.
Fun Fact: There are more than 400 mosaics in the NYC subway system! (But no, we won’t see them all.) We’ll tour in the morning, break for lunch at Junior’s Deli, NYC landmark famous for New York Cheesecake and deli sandwiches at the original Brooklyn location, and then continue to view some of the less-toured exquisite artwork. “As a professional mosaic artist, I’ll explain the process of how the mosaics were designed, fabricated and installed, giving participants insight into the complex process of creating a smalti mosaic.” The tour will end back at Grand Central Station by 6:00 PM.

Evening: Free (at this point!). Suggestions: good soak, a good chat, or a spot at the bar.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 (BOOKED)
Easy Morning OR Meet for Breakfast
8:15 Breakfast Bagels at (TBA)
9:40 Meet at the Clock at Grand Central Station ready to roll; Interactive Crash Course on Yayoi Kusama.
9:55 Travel by train to New York Botanical Gardens, arriving at 10:30 for check-in
11:00 Admission to the gardens for KUSAMA: COSMIC NATURE, including exterior exhibitions, timed admission to the Infinity Room, and new works.
Late Afternoon: TBA

About the Exhibition:
Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is one of the most popular artists in the world, drawing millions to experience her immersive installations. Born in Matsumoto, Japan, Kusama is a self-described “obsessional artist,” known for her extensive use of polka dots and for her infinity installations.

With NYBG as the exclusive exhibition venue, Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity are inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors and patterns of plants and flowers.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
9:45 Meet at The Clock at Grand Central Station
10:00 MoMA in the Morning! Explore portions of the Museum of Modern Art with talks on selected works by Jean, Laura and Pam, followed by lunch.

Afternoon: TBA but will likely involve The High Line, Chelsea Market, shopping, or the Whitney.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
AM: Breakfast farewells if time permits, AND/OR Happy Journeys!

Price Includes

  • NYC Subway Mosaic Tour with expert Cathleen Newsham
  • New York Botanical Gardens Special Event Tour Kusama: Cosmic Nature timed tickets, including sculptures and exhibitions in the gardens and timed admission to the Infinity Room
  • MoMA Tickets and Talks by Jean, Laura and Pam
  • Some Subway Transfers
  • Breakfast Bagels Two Days
  • Logistics
  • Group Chat for staying in touch
  • Side Stories on Special Topics of Interest
  • Goodbye Fun
  • We may add to this list but there will be no deletions

Price Does Not Include

  • Transportation to and from NYC
  • Airport Transportation if flying
  • Car Storage if driving
  • Accommodations (NOTE: Laura, Jean and Pam will be bunking together most likely at The Grand Hyatt NY, adjacent to Grand Central Station, which will be our every-morning-meeting-place. I highly suggest staying as close by as possible and sharing rooms)
  • Subways/Taxis, unless noted
  • Meals, unless noted

Fine Print

Fifty percent payment of $400 is due immediately to save your space. Final payment of $400 is due March 31.

For more information or to register, contact Pam.


Jean Cauthen grew up in Naples, Italy, New Orleans and the Carolinas, completing her education with an MFA  (Painting and Drawing) at James Madison University in Virginia. Her art career has led her to Moscow, Russia as a set designer, and she regularly returns to Italy (sometimes with students). When not working plein air, she creates large scale paintings in her Charlotte, NC studio. “My concentration is simple. No matter the subject, my focus is color against color. Shape with shape. Mark to mark. From this, and with care, expression and meaning can emerge.” www.jeancauthen.com

Pam at Dali's House, Barcelona

Pam Goode is another New Orleans baby, mosaic artist, writer, founding partner of Ciel Gallery, and founder of Wild Hair Adventures and Mosaic Art Retreats. An avid traveler, Pam is most inspired by being in unfamiliar surrounds where every sight, every thought, is new. “”It’s like a blaring wake-up call to see, to feel, to reconsider, to grow.” A lifelong writer, Pam has been creating mosaics for twenty years, always with a concentration on color. “I want the leaps, the brazen, the WAKE-UP raucous combinations that stop you in your tracks and make you look a little deeper. Always.” www.pamelagoodemosaics.com

Laura in Ireland

Laura McRae Hitchcock has been painting for over 30 years. She was a partner artist and teacher with Ciel Gallery and recent Artist in Residence at Olive Stack Gallery in Listowel, Ireland. Additionally, she is a 2016 participant in the nationally celebrated ArtPop program and grant recipient from the Arts and Science Council. “I try to get to the heart of the matter … my heart, that is. I’ve given up trying to be perfect, and instead I focus on finding that space where my heart speaks with paint. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but wow, what a ride it is!”   www.lauramcraehitchcock.com

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