ABOUT ADVENTURES IN ART

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

SIGNATURE TOURS

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.

SIGNATURE TOURS

COLLABORATION TOURS

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.

COLLABORATION TOURS

TRAVEL WITH ADVENTURES IN ART

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.

KAREN STONE TALWAR

PASSION

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.

HISTORY

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.

SIGNATURE MOMENTS

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.

THE TEAM

KAREN TALWAR

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.

PAM ROBINSON

Vice President

Art and travel have been strong themes throughout Pam’s experience. From promotion writer for Conde Nast’s Mademoiselle Magazine to Sr. Manager of Creative Services for Pan Am to co-founder of Mittleman/Robinson – built from startup to luxury branding agency for Fortune 100 companies for many years – to financial adviser for Merrill Lynch, her New York City career touch points have been fashion, travel, prestige products and finance.

Involved in Adventures in Art since it was first conceptualized, Pam’s creative and client outreach strengths have continued to expand, whether accompanying a group to India or as virtual art or jewelry tour expert in destinations worldwide. Depth of experience in Europe and South America are key to her frame of reference.

Always an art collector, you can often find Pam and her husband at art galleries and museums in New York city, returning home to Orange County, New York, to enjoy its natural beauty.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida and her MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.

Bucket List Destinations: Cuba, Patagonia, Sicily, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

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.

KOMAL MEHTA NARAYAN

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

STACEY KEMP

Design Director

Stacey Kemp is a qualified graphic designer residing in London, UK. She began her career in publishing in Auckland, New Zealand in 2006, before moving into brand communications, specialising in fashion marketing. She is a big lover of travel, the arts, fashion, music & food and is always looking for her next culturally enriching adventure. Stacey brings her extensive experience in both print and digital design as well as creative direction to her role within AIA, working collaboratively with the team to deliver beautifully inspiring travel brochures. She has also consulted on the design direction of our new website and will continue to move the brand forward through best-in-class visual communications.

Bucket list destinations: Sri Lanka, Brazil and Tanzania

SANA REZWAN SAIT

Luxury Brand Advisor

Sana Rezwan Sait is the Director of The Art Lab, where she consults for a range of blue chip and non-profit organizations and institutions. With a background in Luxury Fashion, Marketing and Branding she now specializes in Business Development, Partnerships, and Events focussed around the Contemporary Art market. Sana sits on the Advisory Art’s Council of Harvard University’s South Asia Insitute as well as the Art’s Council at the Dia Foundation and is a Committee Member of The Art Walk and part of the Patrons Committee of The Insititute of Arab and Islamic Art in New York.

Bucket list destinations: Cape Town, South Africa; Jebel Akhdar, Oman; Jerusalem, Israel; Madagascar and Kathmandu, Nepal.

Aphra Shemza

Newsletter Editor

Aphra Shemza is a London based new media artist and freelance professional within the arts. She works as a designer with Adventures in Art referring to her own art practice for inspiration where she works with abstraction, light and interactivity.

LEAH KYLE

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

Intern

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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