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“Mosaic Trifecta Tour” Magnificent Mosaic sites in Washington D.C. Philadelphia and NYC

Workshop Description

Get ready to enjoy a rich and memorable week of mosaic site seeing, art history, private studio visits and great company. Your tour hosts will be Bonnie Fitzgerald, artist and founder of Maverick Mosaics and Kim Wozniak, artist and owner of Witsendmosaic and Smalti.com.

Our adventure begins in Washington, D.C. On the morning of November 7, we meet at our hotel and board our private coach to begin two full days of mosaic site seeing and special studio tours in our Nation’s Capital. In Washington we visit sacred sites, including the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Franciscan Monastery, along with several unique and hidden gems in offices, city parks and municipal buildings. Our local treasured artist Megan Walsh shares her studio and gallery space along with demonstrations and insights into her working methodology. We enjoy a bonus stop at D.C. Clay Works, the largest clay and sculpture studio in the area.

We then coach on to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, where we’ll visit the Magic Garden, a mosaicked visionary art environment created by award winning artist Isaiah Zagar. Zagar has been creating public art mosaics in Philadelphia for over 30 years and our docent lead private tour will enlighten us to his story. We also make a stop at Tiffany’s remarkable “Dream Garden” mosaic interpretation of Maxfield Parrish’s iconic painting. And no worries, we’ll make time for a Philly favorite, the famous “Cheesesteak.”

On to Bryn Athen, PA and a hidden gem, Glen Carin Castle. Home to the Pitcairn family for more than 40 years the museum now contains a collection of 8,000 artworks from ancient cultures including Greece and Egyptian, the Roman Empire and medieval Europe. This collection is dripping in mosaics, many made on site in Mr. Pitcairn’s private forge.

A short hop up the road to New Hope in Bucks County, PA where we settle in for the evening. Perched on the Banks of the Delaware River New Hope has long been known as an artists colony with a broad range of eclectic shops and eateries. New Hope is always entertaining.

In the morning on to New York and another private studio tour, then off to mid-town Manhattan where you enjoy a free afternoon and evening of adventure. This is your chance to take in a Broadway show, a museum, visit Times Square and play with your mosaic friends. Bright and early the next morning, with a private guide, we explore the city’s subway mosaics. You’ll see a broad and diverse range of mosaic styles, some magnificent mosaic signage created at the turn of the 20th century and more recent works including the Second Avenue Chuck Close works.

This is a 6 night, 5 day trip; we begin our tour on the morning of November 7 in Washington, D.C. The trip concludes after dinner on Sunday evening, with a hotel check out time of 11 am on Monday, November 11. Note this is Veterans Day holiday weekend and Monday is a Federal holiday. You can check in to our D.C. hotel anytime in the afternoon of Wednesday, November 6 and spend the evening on your own enjoying monuments, the Smithsonian museums (open until 5pm daily), D.C.s fantastic cuisine and meeting up with the mosaic tribe.

This is Maverick Mosaics' first domestic overnight tour. Bonnie has hosted six, one-day tours of mosaic sites for the Smithsonian Institution and seven international tours with A La Carte Travel. Her acclaimed success is due in large part to the expertise and planning of travel and logistics partner A La Carte Travel. They are the nation's leader in exclusively providing educational institutions with affordable access to learning opportunities domestically and abroad, and Maverick Mosaics qualifies as an educational institution. Hassle free travel is a paramount feature, ground transportation and transfers are included, and no waiting in lines for scheduled tours. A La Carte Travel promotes the values of understanding the world we live in through experiencing and learning about different cultures. With 25+ years of experience organizing tours for educational institutions, A La Carte Travel is the perfect partner with Bonnie and Kim for this unique travel and learning experience.

Trip begins in Washington, D.C. and concludes in New York.


Workshop Details

Please drop us a note to be priority notified when pricing available, we expect pricing by mid-January.

Price: $XXX per person, based on double occupancy. Airfare not included.

Program includes the following: Daily breakfast, 6 nights hotel accommodations, all ground transportation from our meeting place in Washington, D.C. through our last evening in New York City, all admission fees, guide/docents fees and bus driver tips included. We will make a group reservation for closing night dinner, Dutch. We will be using public transportation in New York City.

A deposit of $500 secures your spot. A La Carte invoices the balance in equal monthly payments. If you are a United States citizen you do not need to provide passport information. If you have a preferred roommate be sure to let A La Carte know and be sure to read terms & conditions, which outlines cancel policy among other important items.

If you live in Washington, D.C. or NYC and do not need hotel accommodations those dates we will pro-rate those hotel costs. Please telephone us to discuss.Single supplement available, add $XXX

This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn and see American mosaics in the company of other mosaic artists and enthusiasts.


Workshop Date/Time:

Sunday, November 16, 9:30am departure - 6pm return.