Montreal Palette: A Day of Fall Colors

Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Are you looking to re-energize your work, your color sense, or your store of creative ideas?

    Want to make new connections with a small group of artists and art lovers?

    Join us for a day of artistic inspiration, with a focus on color and creative energy!

    Our stimulating day in Montreal includes transportation. We’ll view richly-hued fall foliage en route to the city, enjoy a taste of the colorful life of Piccola Italia (Little Italy), and attend the temporary exhibition at the Musée des Beaux Arts: “Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Epoque”. This outstanding private collection brings together almost all of the most famous prints and posters by Toulouse‐Lautrec (1864‐1901), the French nineteenth‐century master who revolutionized the art of printmaking.

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    What’s special about this expedition

      • Round trip travel between Burlington and Montreal in a private van means no driving or parking worries, leaving you plenty of energy for looking, learning, and conversation.
      • Our small group size (7-12) assures an intimate and interactive experience, with opportunities for exchanges among women with a variety of perspectives and vibrant, new connections.
      • We’ll view and discuss art, and explore hidden corners of Little Italy, including an authentic lunch and a beloved grocery store where the nonas shop—all with two experienced leaders, who will tap your creative spirit.
      • Our schedule balances group time and independent exploration, so that you can immerse yourself in the details that appeal particularly to you.

    Montreal Palette Itinerary — Saturday, October 15, 2016

    8:30 - Depart Burlington in a private van. We’ll take our first inspiration from the colorful fall foliage along the way. We’ll talk about the artists and the neighborhoods we’ll see, and share expectations for the day.

    11:00 - Arrive in Piccola Italia (Little Italy), Montreal’s vibrant Italian community. A guided tour will introduce you to cafés, green spaces, trattorias, and specialty food shops. We’ll end at Fruiterie Milano, a neighborhood market that is much more than the fruit shop it started out as 60 years. You’ll have time to taste and to shop on your own.

    12:30 - Enjoy a relaxed lunch and share perspectives on your experience at Café International, down the street. This neighborhood haunt serves Italian classics like housemade pastas and thin-crust pizzas—and the best canelloni in the city.

    1:30 - We’ll take the van to the Musée des Beaux Arts to see the temporary exhibition “Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Epoque.” The show features over ninety of French avant-garde artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s prints and posters from 1891 – the year of his first lithograph – to 1899. Nearly all of the most celebrated prints and posters by Toulouse-Lautrec are represented, as well as four closely related works by two of his associates: Théophile Alexandre Steinlen and Louis Anquetin.

    3:30 - Begin our trip back to Vermont, arriving Burlington around 6:30. We’ll share observations of our experiences en route.


    • Private van transportation between Burlington and Montreal
    • Gourmet lunch in Montreal
    • Admission to the temporary art exhibition “Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Epoque” at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal (Montreal Fine Arts Museum)
    • A guided off the beaten path tour of Little Italy
    • Montreal addresses for future reference

    Not included

    Purchases (like Italian pastries and that espresso machine you’ve always wanted).

    Please note: An enhanced drivers license or a US passport is required.

    Your leaders

    Karen Kane. Getting around Montreal is fun and easy with an insider at your side. Karen has been leading tours of Montreal since 2009. Her guided tours give first time and returning visitors a Montreal experience that’s just not possible any other way! A fluent French speaker, Karen will take you to the heart of Montreal’s French roots, and immerse you in its vibrant, contemporary culture.

    Lydia Littwin.  Lydia is studio manager at Davis Studio, in Burlington, Vt. As a Burlington resident, Lydia has shown and sold work in several local locations as well as in multiple Art Hops. She works mainly with oil paint, but is prone to playing with block-printing, pencil drawing, mixed media, and dabbling in a variety of other materials. Lydia’s understanding of life and art is rooted in an undergraduate degree in Social Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Art Education. She has worked with children preschool to high school as well as adults, and feels passionately that people of all ages deserve consistent opportunities for creative self-expression.

    Cost and registration details:

    Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and we expect this trip to fill quickly. Minimum group size is 7; maximum is 12.  Cost is $279. Full payment is required to reserve your place in Montreal Palette.

    Please send check and completed registration form to Karen Kane, Paris by Design, 200 Hammett Hill Rd, E Montpelier, VT 05651.


    Contact Karen at 802 456 8770, or

    Registration Form