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Friends of American Art Trip to Dallas & Fort Worth

March 7, 2014 - March 9, 2014


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This event is for members of Friends of American Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

Join the Friends of American Art in the Lone Star State:  Dallas & Fort Worth, March 7 – 9, 2014!

Saddle up, buckaroos, and enjoy a weekend jaunt to the heart of Texas, where we will enjoy curator-led visits to world-class museums, a private collection tour, and fine dining!

Participation will be limited to the first 25 members to sign up.  Because we will need to finalize plans for the trip soon, please contact Mollie Bartholomew at mbartholomew@artsbma.org or 205.254.2567, no later than Thursday, February 20th.  Please have your credit card information available when you call, as we will need it to reserve your room and take your deposit. 

Preliminary Itinerary:

  • Friday, March 7, 2014:  Travelers arrive and check in to hotel. Our first event will be a group welcome dinner that evening at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 8, 2014: We spend much of the day in Fort Worth, beginning with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (www.cartermuseum.org), where we will take in the outstanding permanent collection, and see the special exhibition, Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine, organized by the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition includes two American icons:  Norman Rockwell’s Freedom From Want and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, both painted in 1942. After lunch, we will walk across the lawn to visit the Kimbell Art Museum (www.kimbellart.org)  Housed in an outstanding building by the architect Louis Kahn, the Kimbell’s collection consists of only about 350 works, but each of them is considered a world-class masterpiece.  That evening, we will visit a private collection and enjoy a delicious meal at a local culinary hotspot.
  • Sunday, March 9, 2014:  We will spend the morning and early afternoon visiting the Dallas Museum of Art (www.dma.org) and the Nasher Sculpture Center (www.nashersculpturecenter.org), which are both within easy walking distance of our hotel. We will conclude our trip no later than 2:00 in the afternoon. Please plan to take a late afternoon or early evening flight back to Birmingham. Those wishing to stay longer are welcome to do so. 

COST:  Participants will cover their own air travel, hotel accommodations (see below), and entrance fees, as well as any non-group meals and incidentals.  Participants in Dallas-Fort Worth trip will be required to make a $250 deposit to guarantee their spot. $150 of this is tax-deductible contribution to the Friends of American Art; the other $100 will be deducted from your final bill. The cost of group meals and ground transportation related to the museum visit will be divided equally among the participants, with each covering a portion of the curator’s share.  Participants will receive a bill shortly after we return.

CANCELATION POLICY:  Of the $250 deposit, the $150.00 tax-deductible contribution is nonrefundable.  Travelers who cancel up to two weeks in advance of a trip’s departure date will be refunded $100.00; after this time, no money will be refunded.

HOTEL:  We have reserved a block of rooms at The Joule, a chic boutique hotel within easy walking distance of the Dallas Arts District:  www.thejouledallas.com  We have received a preferred rate of $200 per night.

SUGGESTED AIR TRAVEL:  Direct flights from Birmingham (BHM) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) are available on American Airlines, as well as on Southwest, which flies into Dallas Love Field (DAL). Delta flights are routed through Atlanta.


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