McIntosh Gallery

Art & Travel Committee

The McIntosh Gallery Art & Travel Committee in conjunction with Alumni Western is comprised of volunteers who organize a range of art, architectural, historical, and cultural focused tours.  They offer day trips to galleries, museums and institutes nearby; 2-5 day trips within North America, and longer international trips. They also present, in conjunction with member Mary Redekop, lecture series on a variety of art history subjects. 

All profits from their activities are donated to the McIntosh Gallery in support of its acquisition and other agreed programs. The McIntosh Gallery Art & Travel Committee commenced their work in 2014 and have to date contributed funds for the acquisition of Shelley Niro's Parallel Worlds of Women and Warriors.

Current Trips

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House &
Ai Wiewei at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Monday June 19 to Tuesady June 20, 2017

Adult - $530
Seniors/Western Alumni - $515
Single - $695
Includes: Transportation, Admissions/Tours of the Meijer Gardens, the Meyer May House as well as the Ford Museum and the Grand Rapids Museum, 3 Meals, Overnight Accommodation at the JW Marriott Hotel- Concierge Suites, Snacks and Gratuities

After Steelcase acquired the Meyer May house in 1985, extensive research was done to determine the original design. Bit by bit, the evidence accumulated until Wright’s 1909 vision was revealed. The restoration took two years and included demolition of a 1922 addition plus painstaking, expert attention to hundreds of exterior and interior details. It’s the most completely restored of Wright’s homes.

Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State is his first show in the upper Midwest as well as the first of its kind for the artist at a botanical garden or sculpture park. Ai Weiwei has emerged as one of the definitive cultural voices of the 21st century. Known to work in a wide variety of contexts and scale, his ability to transform materials to share his ideas, concerns and vision has given rise to a critically acclaimed and widely appreciated body of work. Iconic among recent work is his colossal Iron Tree, acquired and installed in 2015 in honor of Meijer Gardens' 20th anniversary.

To register for this trip, please see this form, and for more information contact Wilda Thomas 519-472-1065 or Sophie Skaith (519) 641-0430. 


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The McIntosh Gallery Art & Travel Committee is pleased to offer to you a day trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake!

Dancing at Lughnasa - Niagara-on-the-Lake

Explore, Shop, Lunch, Theatre
Friday June 9, 2017
7:45 AM Departure
11:00 AM Arrival at Niagara-on-the-Lake (shopping and lunch)
1:50 PM Royal George Theatre for Dancing at Lughnasa 
4:45 PM Departure for London

$125 for Adults, $120 for Seniors/Alumni 
Includes transportation, theatre ticket, snacks and gratuities

Dancing at Lughnasa is an Irish masterpiece written by Brian Friel in the 30s. Five unforgettable women try to eke out an existence - no tears without laughter- no laughter without tears. Each woman is filled with a passion but deal with it in their own way - except when they are all equally possessed by the spirit of the dance. Dancing with Lughnasa has won Olivier and Tony awards for Best Play.

To register for the day trip, please see this form and for more information contact Patricia Elliott 226-663-4540 or Shelagh Martin-McLaren .

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Passion Over Reason: Tom Thomson and Joyce Wieland

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Bus departs from the west of the Westmount mall parking lot, behind the Cineplex theatre
11 am
Canadian Stories Guided Tour / Introduction to Passion Over Reason by Curator Sarah Stanners
12:30 pm
Lunch on your own - consider bringing a picnic or lunch. Self-tour of McMichael Gallery
Board the Coach for 3:15 departure to London

Adults $99
Seniors/ Alumni $95

Consider this exhibition to be a love letter to Tom Thomson and Canada – two subjects at the core of the 2017-year as we celebrate Canada’s 150th year and the centenary of Thomson’s death. Passion Over Reason will take a critical approach to our fascination with Thomson and show how today’s current culture of hipster or lumbersexual fashion, as well as cultivation of outsider creed, has confirmed what Wieland pointed to in the 1970s: Thomson is Canada. This exhibition will also allow for an account of feminist approaches to the topic of Canada in art then and now.

To register for this day trip, please see this form, and for more information contact Helen Luckman 519-438-1465 OR Sophie Skaith 519-641-0430