Artisan Journey Through Kansas

From Itineraries MidwestSpring Issue 2009

This sample itinerary can be customized for anytime of the year. See route on map in the Spring 2009 Issue of Itineraries Midwest.

10 – 11:00 am
Start your art journey in Topeka at the Phoenix Gallery Topeka. Representing over 150 of the finest painters, potters & sculptors in the Midwest, all reflecting the color, light and life of the prairie & Midwest.

11 – 1:00 pm
Browse more than 3,000 photos and prints by local artists at the Artist Collection & Custom Framing Gallery. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Annie’s Place, known for their delicious, freshly baked breads & pies.

1 – 2:30 pm
Now it’s your turn to create your own masterpiece at Potwin Pottery. Pick a piece of pottery, plan your design, choose your own colors and paint it. Ideal for even the artistically challenged!

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Your artisan journey continues as you board your motorcoach and head east on I-70 to Lawrence.

3 – 5:00 pm
On the University of Kansas campus is the Spencer Museum of Arts, one of the nation’s top 10 college art museums. Be introduced to art conservation in the Detective’s Eye Tour, one of the various tour options available.

5 – 6:00 pm
Check into an area hotel, and freshen up before the evening’s activities.

6 – 7:30 pm
Enjoy dinner at Teller’s, an award winning, full-service Italian restaurant located in an old style bank building.

7:30 – 9:00 pm
Tonight enjoy the excitement of award-winning live theatre in an intimate setting. At the Community Theatre every seat is no more than 20 feet from the action so you won’t miss any of the comedy, music or drama. During intermission, view the work of the featured artist of the month and taste homemade desserts.

9 – 9:30 am
After breakfast, load the motorcoach and travel east on K-10 to Overland Park.

9:30 – 10:30 am
Start in the city’s main art gallery district and center for the visual arts; The Crossroads Arts District. Visit dozens of galleries located in renovated warehouses and industrial buildings.

10:30 – 12:00 pm
Take a free-guided tour of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the largest contemporary art museum in the four-state region, covering over 41,000 square feet. You won’t see another museum like this in Kansas! Have lunch at Café Temp before you head to your next destination.

12 – 12:30 pm
Travel east on I-70 & south on I-65 and US-69 to your final destination, Kansas City.

12:30 – 2:00 pm
Enjoy an afternoon tea with delicious, authentic Slavic deserts, in a historic 1887 high Victorian mansion, also known as the Strawberry Hill Museum & Cultural Center. Afterwards view the various exhibits of original art, music and dance from Eastern Europe cultures.

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary contact your tour operator or Kellie Hilliard at the Kansas Department of Commerce Travel & Tourism Division, 785-296-4922.

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