Specialty Tours

ISA specialty tours will take place on Friday, April 24. After departing from The Brown Palace Hotel, tour participants will have an opportunity to explore destinations such as the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, Kirkland Museum and more, as well as enjoy lunch at Avelina. Fine Art and AF+DA tour schedules will be available shortly, with confirmed stops.

Tours are $115 and include transportation and lunch. Limited availability.

Fine Art Tour

Immerse yourself in the best fine art Denver has to offer. World class museums and a private collection span from Western American to some of the top contemporary fine art in the country.

First stop on the tour is the special exhibit Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, featuring 60 artworks, which will reveal connections between artistic themes and techniques used by the two acclaimed American artists. This tour will be led by Thomas Brent Smith, Curator of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum and Director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art

Walk across the museum to the Conservation Department where we will explore processes of conservation and restoration of paintings, works on paper and bronzes. We will learn how to understand what we are seeing with aging materials - what is appropriate for the age, material and environment of a piece, how do conservators determine condition ratings? What are the phases of aging and deterioration – when has a chemical reaction stopped and the piece can be considered stable? How to recognize methods applied. The more we know what we are looking at when it comes to condition, the better we can appraise appropriately.

From here, a quick walk down the block will lead us to the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Juliette Gould, daughter of renowned photographer and collector, Hal Gould will guide us. Her presentation will use photographs from the Gould Collection to delve into the beginnings of the photography market in the early 1970s as her father grew from a young photographer, gallerist, and an in-depth collector of some of the most important photographs of the late 19th and 20th centuries. From a rare vintage 1949 Philippe Halsman to a rare vintage Irving Penn, Juliette will delve into how these important photographs became part of this major photography collection.

Following the photography tour, we will enjoy lunch at Avelina Restaurant known for their award- winning culinary team using seasonally fresh food in what they call the “New American “cuisine.

After lunch, we will break into two groups to alternate between the Clyfford Still Museum and the Martin private art collection.

Clyfford Still Museum Director Dean Sobel will guide us through the collection which houses ninety-five percent of Still’s total output, making this collection the most intact body of work by any major artist from any century. Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II.

You will have an amazing opportunity to tour Sharon and Lanny Martin’s Martin Museum Residence. Both this penthouse and the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton building were designed by the renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. The unique and original space lends itself perfectly to showcasing the extraordinary works of art from some of America’s greatest artists. The Martins have collected incredible works of post- World War ll art. Some of the artists whose works are displayed include Calder, Stella, Warhol and de Kooning.

Fine Art Tour Schedule

8:30 AM
Depart The Brown Palace Hotel
9:00 – 11:45 AM
Denver Art Museum
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Lunch at Avelina
2:30 – 5:00 PM
Clyfford Still Museum and The Martin Museum Residence
5:00 PM
Return to The Brown Palace Hotel for the Welcome Reception

Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts Tour

Join the AF+DA tour and visit some of Denver’s most notable antique and decorative arts’ destinations.

The tour begins at Red House, Jan and Fred Mayer’s acclaimed private collection of Costa Rican pre-Columbian art and Spanish colonial art from Mexico. The Mayers are one of the most prominent art patrons and philanthropists in Denver having given more than 2,000 objects to the Denver Art Museum among other donations. Due to their generosity, the Denver Art Museum houses the largest collection in the United States of pre-Columbian art from Costa Rica.

After visiting the Red House, we will visit Eron Johnson Antiques. Eron will share his passion and enthusiasm for finding unique antique objects which he sells from both his Denver shop and his internet websites, including 1st Dibs. After Eron’s presentation, you will have the opportunity to walk around the gallery and see his worthy cache of antiques.

Following Eron Johnson Antiques we will enjoy lunch at Avelina Restaurant known for their award- winning culinary team using seasonally fresh food in what they call the “New American” cuisine.

In the afternoon we will head to the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. The museum houses a celebrated international decorative art collection from the 1870’s to the present with examples of every major design period from Arts & Crafts through Postmodern featuring about 4,400 works on view.

The last stop of the day will be Azari Rug Gallery. This amazing gallery has an incredible inventory of antique to contemporary handmade rugs in Persian, Oriental and Navajo styles. Mr. Azari will share his knowledge about the history, culture, differences and different techniques used to create these woven works of art. He appraises rugs, sells rugs nationally and internationally, in addition to purchasing rugs from dealers, homeowners or sole artisans.

AF + DA Tour Schedule

8:30 AM
Depart from The Brown Palace Hotel
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Jan and Fred Mayer’s Red House
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Eron Johnson Antiques
12:15 – 1:30 PM
Lunch at Avelina Restaurant
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
4:15 – 5:15 PM
Azari Rug Gallery
5:30 PM
Return to The Brown Palace Hotel