April 20, 2021 - May 25, 2021
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Tuesdays, September 21st to October 19th, 2021
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$50 for the Series
Livestreamed into Your Home
Registration will open on Tuesday, August 17th at 9:00 a.m.
Watch for the email with the link to register
Let’s escape virtually to Tuscan Splendours, the Wonders of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Monet Revolution in Art, Mayhem in the Central Pacific and say “all aboard “on a Fire Canoe – a Prairie Steamboat.
You will see that our tour guides are “Top Notch”!!
September 21: The Palio of Siena: Tuscan Splendour, Medieval Pride
Presenter: Dr. Anna Piperato, Tour Guide Par Excellence
Be transported to the Middle Ages as you learn about the Palio of Siena with Dr. Anna Piperato. The Tuscan city’s central square is transformed into a treacherous hippodrome twice a year, but the race is so much more than just 90 seconds of exhilaration. The splendour of Siena’s Golden Age resurfaces in this competition as ten of the 17 Contrade (districts) compete for eternal glory. In one of the greatest demonstrations of civic pride the world over, learn why this nearly 800-year old tradition exemplifies the spirit of the Sienese people.
See Biography: Dr. Anna Piperato
September 28: Frank Lloyd Wright: 70 Years of Architecture
Presenter: Marta O’Brien, Architecture Historian
Considered by many to be America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright had a long career with professional and personal highs and lows. His innovative house designs incorporated his ideas on form, light, and use of inside space. Later he experimented with different materials including concrete blocks. Wright’s non-residential buildings were daring structures unlike any other buildings of his time, and some are among the most important buildings in Western architecture. Often he designed the furniture and fixtures for his buildings while insisting that he knew best how the domestic or work activities should be conducted. His scandalous personal life set him back, but could not end his career. Architectural historian Marta O’Brien will give us a glimpse into Wright’s complex life and most significant buildings.
See Biography: Marta O’Brien
October 5: Claude Monet’s Pallette: A Revolution in Art
Presenter: Osnat Lippa: Digital Artist and Photographer
The members of the group that formed the Impressionist Movement, the first such group in art history, called themselves the ‘Anonymous society of artists, painters, sculptures and engravers.’
Their first exhibition opened in April 1874, two weeks before the Official Paris Salon, on the Boulevard des Capucines, just a block away from ongoing construction on the Avenue de l’Opera.
It was a pivotal moment in the history of art that changed how art was made and perceived.
Claude Monet’s painting, Impression Sunrise, lent the name to the group inadvertently. He was the group’s most famous and important member whose transformative ideas about art had a far-reaching influence into twentieth century art and art movements.
In this presentation, we will discuss the rise of Impressionism in the shadow of wars and an industrial revolution in France and how Claude Monet created an artistic revolution.
See Biography: Osnat Lippa
October 12: Chasing Captain Cook – Murder and Mayhem in the Central Pacific
Presenter: Tony Davis, Biogeographer
On his third round the world voyage, Cook sailed to the fringes of the Antarctic and into the Arctic Ocean. He visited the Society Islands (now French Polynesia) again and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). In the former he set the scene for the high drama of mutiny on the Bounty. On the latter he was hacked to death. Two of his proteges on the last voyage were George Vancouver and William Bligh. This lecture is a brief look at Cook the captain, navigator, explorer and cartographer and at his exploits and legacy.
See Biography: Tony Davis
October 19: How the West was Won: Steamboats Building a Nation
Presenter: Ted Barris, Historian and Storyteller
As the fathers of a Canadian Confederation cobbled together a nation of four English- and French-speaking settlements in the eastern half of North America, the rest of what would eventually become the Canadian West sat apparently untamed and available.
What defense was there against Fenian incursions? How could a network of Hudson’s Bay Company trading posts ever hope to deflect American expansionism? What force could hope to out-flank U.S. Civil War armies just across the undefended border?
Steamboats! Or, to aboriginal people “fire canoes.” In large measure the national dream of a Canada coast-to-coast was realized aboard the large Mississippi-style paddlewheel steamers that began plying western waterways on the eve of Canadian Confederation.
In Fire Canoe, historian Ted Barris brings the first-hand accounts of the captains, stevedores, engineers, firemen, immigrants, soldiers and carpetbaggers who travelled the inland waterways between 1859 and assured Canada would become a nation from sea to sea.
See Biography: Ted Barris