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Into the Woods: An Excursion into American Art and History

Neill-Cochran House Museum Study Tour # 19

Wednesday, March 20 - Saturday, March 23, 2024

See our trip pictures below!

By popular demand, the highlight of this study tour will be an afternoon at Crystal Bridges, 

complemented by important historic buildings in Tulsa and points east.

Our tour celebrated the centenary of the Art Deco style, born in Paris at the 1925 Exposition of Decorative Arts and proliferating around the Western world, appearing especially in the noble buildings constructed to observe the Texas Centenary of 1936.

Look what we did!

DAY 1: Lunch and collections tour: Philbrook Museum of Art. A captivating art collection and a beautiful day to stroll through the grounds.

Drive to Bentonville, and check into 21C Museum Hotel. We enjoyed the artistic ambiance where whimsical penguins popped up in unexpected places, creating a cool vibe. The fun art collection and beautiful rooms made our stay exceptional.

Welcome Dinner at 21C. An enjoyable buffet in a private room. A great way to end our first day!

DAY 2: We explored Bentonville's heritage at the Walmart Museum Heritage Lab: Mr. Sam the Hologram imparted Sam's 10 Rules for Building a Business.

Peel Compton Museum and Property: welcoming home and gardens with an outstanding gift shop!

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Lunch at Eleven Restaurant, a delicious meal, and spectacular chocolate chip cookies! Off to a highlights tour with free time to explore the museum and stunning grounds and trails.

DAY 3: Bella Vista: Mildred Cooper Chapel and Eureka Springs: Thorncrown Chapel:

Breathtaking, awe-inspiring Gothic-inspired chapels nestled in the woods designed by E. Fay Jones.

Lunch at Crescent Hotel, 1886, ornate Victorian style, celebrated among Ozarks landmarks. We learned about its celebrated and notorious past. The Orange Fluff Salad was a blast from the past.

Free Time in downtown Eureka Springs.

Back to Crystal Bridges for individual reflection.

DAY 4: Tour Boston Ave Methodist Church, a stunning Art Deco design by artist Dr. Adah Robinson.

Delicious Farewell Lunch at Tulsa Club, a modern tavern in Tulsa’s Deco District

Downtown Walking Tour: Tulsa’s Art Deco heritage (the most Art Deco buildings of any American City)*, including Philtower (1927) and Philcade Building (1931)

It was a magical tour with immersion into fine art, architectural marvels, and picturesque grounds.


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