Adventures in Art curates luxury travel experiences focused on art, jewelry and fashion for museum patrons and art collectors from around the world. Founded in 2011 by Karen Stone Talwar, Adventures in Art is unique in its endeavor, providing customized itineraries and insider’s access to the art capitals around the world timed around art fairs, jewelry shows as well as exhibitions at major museums


Our private trips appeal to the art connoisseur who is seeking a one-of-a kind experience. Each meticulously planned itinerary includes luxurious accommodations and world-class food and wine combined with visits to private collections and access to major museums, galleries, curator-led tours and historical locations. Collectors open the way to their private homes, archives and ateliers ratifying Adventures in Arts mission to enjoy, educate and enlighten.



For the past several years, Adventures in Art has organized collaboration tours with leading art museums and auction houses including: San Jose Museum of Art; Palm Springs Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Christies and Sotheby’s.

These collaboration tours are open exclusively to the patrons of the museum and tailored around the museum’s vision and goal complimented by Adventures in Art’s expert insight and hands-on experience.



Adventures in Art’s access to a wide range of art professionals provides travelers with first-hand knowledge of the art world. Art is examined in various sites of production and display including studios, foundries, workshops, galleries, museums, private collections and conservation facilities. Our network of scholars, experts, artists, gallerists and curators highlight the tours and bring knowledge as well as behind the scenes access.

Adventures in Art designs comprehensive itineraries for each trip, and every detail from accommodations and activities to trip flow and transport options is carefully researched and selected by our dedicated team. We know our destinations thoroughly, collaborate with exceptional in-country colleagues, and have extensive experience orchestrating unique adventures.



As Founder and CEO of Adventures in Art, Karen Stone Talwar has successfully combined her two passions: travel and art. Karen has extensive knowledge of the modern and contemporary art scene with her years of experience and education at some of the most prestigious institutions and galleries. Over the course of her career spanning over 25 years, she has had many different roles in art consultancy, luxury brand development as well as high end travel planning. Her eye and natural instinct for art and culture play a strong role in shaping the company.


Karen was the first International Managing Director of Christie’s Travel and successfully executed tours in association with Abercrombie and Kent such as the Jewels of London, Art Basel, Indian Art Fair and JAR NY. As Gallery Director of Bodhi Art in New York, Karen set the stage for Bodhi Art to be a strong player in the art scene in New York and across the globe. Previously Karen also worked closely with Sotheby’s and Asia Society. Her passion for travel dates back to her early trips as a child. Every summer her parents would take her to various parts of the world on education explorations. By the age of 18, she had seen 32 countries, including Jordan, Iran, Egypt, Russia, Turkey, Hungary, Poland and most of Europe. After graduating from Skidmore College followed by further studies at the Sotheby’s Institute, a career in art was the natural next step.


Karen is highly meticulous and ‘experience-driven’ which has allowed her to successfully craft personalized tours for her clients to India, Hong Kong, Russia, Italy, France and Switzerland. Memorable signature moments include: Breakfast at Tiffany’s in New York; Tea with Maharani in Jaipur; Dinner at the palace with Princess Esra in Hyderabad; Private dinner at the tower of London for a jewels showing; Sir Anthony Gormley’s studio visit in London; Third row seats center Bolshoi ballet in Petersburg and a Workshop hosted by Luca Buccellati in Milan. Her audience has included corporate groups, collectors, artists, and patrons and trustees of leading museum.

Q & A

Where did your passion for the arts come from?

Growing up we traveled internationally and I went to many museums as child. It was crystalized when I was an undergrad at Skidmore College and took my first art history course. I feel blessed to have lived in major metro cities such as New York, London, Boston and Paris where one socially visits museums and galleries.

What’s your favorite holiday destination?

For me it is to go to a luxury spa so I can decompress from one of my very exciting adventures and get some time to reflect - California, the English countryside or the Caribbean.

Any bucket list destinations?

Australia, Sri Lanka, Argentina and I still haven’t been to New Orleans.

What is your favorite personal piece of jewelry?

My Lorenz Baumer crystal and gem ring.

One artwork you wished you owned?

A Mark Rothko painting and if you want me to be fictitious then the Hope Diamond

What is in your travel carry-on bag?

My Mac air computer that I guard with my life (last thing I do before my trip is to back it up and leave the drive at home so it can be mailed to me asap). Stacks of magazines that I have not had a chance to read, make-up, my jewelry, change of clothes and a soft luxurious shawl. As well as all sorts of chargers for the different countries and a second phone.

What’s your best souvenir or purchase abroad?

I just purchased a Frederico Munari sofa and chair set circa 1950 at the Masterpiece Art Fair in London.

What piece of jewelry can you not part with?

My grandmother’s $20 gold piece which she gave me when I was young. Being instrumental in raising me I feel close to her and my Italian roots when I wear the coin.

What makes you passionate about jewelry?

When I was a little girl, I loved playing with my mother’s jewelry. Each Christmas, my dad would select a piece of jewelry for each of his daughters.



Founder & CEO

As Founder and CEO of Adventures in Art, Karen Stone Talwar has successfully combined her two passions: travel and art. Karen has extensive knowledge of the modern and contemporary art scene with her years of experience and education at some of the most prestigious institutions and galleries. Over the course of her career spanning over 25 years, she has had many different roles in in art consultancy, luxury brand development as well as high end travel planning. Her eye and natural instinct for art and culture play a strong role in shaping the company.

Gayatri Hingorani

Marketing and Communications Director

Gayatri Hingorani draws on her solid and diverse experience in public relations, marketing and magazine publishing in her role as Marketing and Communications Director at Adventures in Art. Her core areas of expertise include creation and execution of strategic and creative public relations programs, media branding initiatives, event planning and development of all promotional and press materials.

As Founder and Senior Account Director, Peepul PR, a boutique public relations firm based in New York, Gayatri worked on business development and day-to-day operations working closely with luxury and lifestyle clients across different industries including art, fashion, music and business. As Managing Editor of RAVE*SQ, a South Asian magazine in the US, Gayatri was instrumental in the launch of the magazine and headed the overall editorial direction. Prior to that Gayatri worked for Apricot Publications, India, as Assistant Editor, Seventeen India and was a member of the core team that launched L’Officiel India.

Gayatri has been exposed to art and jewelry from a young age - her father is an avid art collector and her mother is a jewelry designer.

Gayatri graduated from the Stern School of Business, NYU with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Marketing. She lives in New York City with her family.

Bucket List Destinations: Brazil, Bhutan, Japan and Maldives.

Alexandra Lambert

Manager of Client Services

Alexandra is an experienced fine art and luxury markets professional with extensive knowledge in contemporary and emerging art, client relations, and business development. Her expertise in client services was developed during her tenures at Christie’s, New York, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Most recently, she served as the Senior Director of Client Development at Paddle8, the online auction start-up, where she cultivated their client networks. She also founded Electra Projects, a full- service art advisory firm with a mission to make collecting art effortless.

Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art, Art Business, and Connoisseurship from Christie’s Education. She is an active member of the Female Design Council, an avid supporter of the arts, and passionate about travel, food, and wine.

Bucket List Destinations: Japan, India, South Africa, Copenhagen

Simran (Namrata) Khiantani

Design Director

Simran (Namrata) Khiantani, residing in New York with her husband and three children, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. She spends her summers between her husband's hometown in the Canary Islands, Spain and her own hometown, Mumbai, India. She is also one half of the founding Partners at KAKHI— a Mumbai and New York based graphic design company that specializes in brand identity, wedding invitations, and fine paper stationery.
Prior to KAKHI, she owned her own design company in Mumbai, namely Dezignmatters, after working for Apricot Publications, India, as Senior Graphic Designer, where she was a member of the core team that launched L’Official India.
Apart from her love for graphic design, her favorite thing to do on any travel, is to look for spice stores, visit the local market, and attend a local cooking lesson. Inspired by Spanish cooking and bold Indian flavors and tips from her many travels, Simran loves to create new recipes, constantly introducing her friends and family to new flavors, while sharing them on her cooking blog.

Bucket list destinations: Japan, Morocco and Australia


Director of Operations

Komal brings to Adventures in Art her expertise in logistical planning and keen attention to operational detail.This expertise was further honed in the early years of her career in corporate travel management with Thomas Cook, India, handling major corporate accounts.

Komal’s passion for art, which began as an amateur art collector of Indian art, led to a direct engagement with the art world while working as Gallery Manager for Bodhi Art. She was instrumental in the operational running of the New York Office. This, besides being an enriching and educational art experience, also exposed her to the changing perceptions of art viewers and buyers. She regularly interacts with established art galleries in Delhi, India.

From New Delhi, India, Komal now resides in New York City with her family

Bucket list destinations: Japan, Jerusalem, Croatia, Vietnam and Portugal

Leslee Shlopak

Museum Travel Advisor

Leslee Shlopak has successfully worn many different hats throughout her illustrious career. Most recently, Leslie served as the Director of Development from 2015-2019, of the Cape Ann Museum, overseeing all aspects of fundraising, donor cultivation and stewardship with an annual goal of $1.2M. Prior to her appointment, Leslee volunteered for twelve years on the Fitz Henry Lane Committee of the Cape Ann Museum, with a goal of attracting patron donors by coordinating special events and travel opportunities.
Always giving back to the community, Leslee has served as a board member and fundraiser for many local community based nonprofit organizations and worked collaboratively to create a unique and succinct message that reflected the mission and goals of each particular organization.
Leslee started her career at NIKE, Inc., where she created the position of Fashion Director. Leslee created a showcase for the footwear and apparel by producing major fashion shows at national and international sporting goods trade shows, the first ever in that industry. By the time Leslee left NIKE, it had set a standard for the rest of the sporting goods industry in presentation of its merchandise, which has been emulated to this day.
She is the past President of the Cape Ann Garden Club and a member of the “Plant Grant” Steering Committee, which raised funds to revitalize the plantings at Grant Circle, the gateway to Cape Ann.
Leslee is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College with majors in European History and English Literature. She is a resident of the seaside community of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she has resided the last thirty-two years.
Bucket list destinations: Santa Fe, Taos; Prague & Budapest; Marrakech; Buenos Aires; Kentucky Bourbon Trail; Nashville


Business Manager

Leah started out her career in the banking industry and eventually put that experience to use in corporate settings by assisting start-up companies set up their finances & HR processes. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked in several different industries ranging from IT support services, to web design and more. She especially enjoys helping new companies grow their businesses.

Bucket List Destinations: Sicily, Greece and in the US - San Francisco and Arizona

Mackenzie Comeau


Mackenzie is a student at Plymouth State University working on her dual BA in History and Anthropology. She wears many different hats with lots of enthusiasm– updates the database, handles welcome packets for guests, manages the photo library and helps with social media. She is also a Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient and is currently studying abroad in Stirling, Scotland.

Bucket List Destinations: South Africa, African Safari, Japan.

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