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

MUSEUM 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.

MUSEUM 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 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.

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.

Abigail Ronan

Brand and Partnerships Director

Abi is an experienced marketing and communications specialist, previously employed by iconic global brands in the luxury and fashion industries, including the Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton group and American Express Centurion. Prior to joining Adventures in Art, Abi was the Global Head of Marketing and Communications for the world’s longest serving royal jeweler, the House of Garrard, in London, where she was headhunted to build out the entire marketing department and managed iconic brand partnerships with the likes of Royal Ascot.

Abi has extensive knowledge of the full marketing, communications and branding spectrum, and particular strengths in leading international partnerships and communications campaigns with luxury brands serving high net worth clients. She holds a first-class honors degree in Economics with French with distinction.

In addition to her experience in luxury marketing, Abi trained in classical ballet at the Royal Academy of Dance and is a certified American Ballet Theatre teacher. She moved to New York with her husband in September 2020 and, in her spare time, teaches dance to underprivileged children in Harlem and volunteers for two non-profits.

Bucket list destinations: Japan, Argentina, Cuba, India.

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

KARIN DOBBIN

European Travel Advisor

Originally from Canada, Karin has lived and traveled extensively within Italy since 2005. She speaks fluent Italian and has been passionate about European culture throughout her adult life, becoming an expert in Italian art and food, a contemporary art collector and gallery owner in Milan.

Karin studied Fine Arts and Art History, Criticism and Conservation of the Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. She subsequently attended Sotheby’s Institute in London, where she studied Islamic, Chinese and Japanese Art, and The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where she studied Anthropology and Islamic Art, obtaining a Masters degree.

Following a period spent living in New York where she followed auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s, she moved to London to work for Christie’s for five years, becoming an expert in textile art, alongside the full breadth of the art field from ancient art to contemporary art.

Karin moved to Milan in 2005 where her passion for contemporary art and collecting grew. Together with her husband, she founded a contemporary art gallery in 2017, BUILDING, located in the heart of Milan. Her passion for art and Italian culture also led her to invest in a restaurant called ROST, centered around carefully selected organic produce.

Karin continues to be passionate about food, art and culture in Italy and has become an expert in the field.

Bucket list destinations: Galapagos Islands, Argentina and Brazil

Alexandra Freedman

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

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

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

Emma Bernstine

Intern

Emma is currently a senior studying International Affairs and Commerical Entrepreneurship at Florida State University. At college, she has had opportunities to participate in local and state-wide museums which sparked her love for the arts. She hopes to continue working in museums after graduation. At Adventures in Art, Emma helps coordinate trips and perform administrative duties.

Bucket List Destinations: Greece, Chile, Ireland, and Croatia

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