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Although the United States can boast a strong creative culture starting with its indigenous people to its current standing as leading modern comtemporary artists, it took until the mid-19th century to establish a voice on the world stage. At first, most American artists were strongly influenced by European standards, until they found inspiration on their own shores, including the rural and urban landscapes that are uniquely American. The Hudson River School was really the first American art movement. After that, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art found its place among the international art scene. Using American Artist Appreciation Month as inspiration, Artful Circle offers a way to learn and celebrate these artists in our virtual mini-series! Have you ever wondered why museums tend to separate the European from American art? Yet, an upcoming show at the Met will compare hyper-realist Americans to Braque, Picasso and Gris (Cubism and the Trompe l’Oeil.) MOMA is now putting together post-war art from Japan, Germany, Britain, France and America in the same galleries. Did you know America had its own distinct Old Masters, Impressionism, Fauvism, and Expressionism along with every other brand of modernism from Cubism to Surrealism? All, otherwise thought to be European styles., We hear how, on the other hand, that Abstract Expressionism and Pop were purely American (Serge Guilbert wrote a famous book called, How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art,” but these styles were simultaneously done in France, a story not so well known.

Two sessions at 10am: August 24th and August 31st

Session 1:American Arts 101 With Franklin Hill Perrell & Debbie Wells - Join us for a fascinating comparison in a hundred slides: for every American, an answer from Europe and vice-versa (eg. De Kooning, Rembrandt; Matisse, Stuart Davis; Lichtenstein, Leger; Miro, Calder; Basquiat, Egon Schiele; and so on.) What a fabulous museum show this would make, but since the loans would be almost impossible, virtual is the best way! You’ll learn a lot that you might never have thought of, see some surprises, and sharpen your curatorial eye.

Session 2: American Women Artists with Debbie Wells and Jacqueline Covey - This session focuses solely on the contributions of women in the often untold story of how they have been leaders in the American scene. We will cover the well-known art stars as well as the ones with surprising backstories.

Cost: $80

Can't make the date? Replays are available!

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Join Franklin Hill Perrell and Debbie Wells on unique art adventures as we present original and expertly curated itineraries of the best art gallery exhibitions in NYC and beyond. Our carefully researched itineraries include group visits to Chelsea, Lower East Side, 57th Street and Madison Avenue in glamorous galleries, luxurious brownstones, trendy little storefronts and restored factory-style buildings with many surprises along the way! We offer two options to register for our live and interactive classes. If you are unable to make these dates, you can always join in the fun with a combination of live sessions in a different group and recordings.

Art Gallery Virtual Series Schedule - STAY TUNED FOR FALL 2022
5 sessions-
Cost: $

Group A/ Tuesdays at 10am

Group B/ Wednesdays at 10am

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Join Franklin Hill Perrell and Debbie Wells to learn about Gertrude Stein and the legacy of the Stein family and see how such art movements as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, and Fauvism were collected around the turn of the last century. Gertrude Stein’s Parisian salon, in her charming but tiny apartment, was the core of the art scene as the place for conversation for the artists, literary figures and famous celebrities of the day.

Art History Virtual Series Schedule - SUMMER 2022
5 sessions- Cost: $200
Thursdays at 10am - June 16, June 30, July 7, July 28 and Aug. 11

Can't make the date? Replays are available! Online registration is closed, but it is not too late to join in the fun and pay by check, contact us at

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Artful Circle goes on a virtual adventure of the trail of artists on the French Riveria-Monet, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall and more. Our approach to the subject will be a new one: the sites painted by the artists then and now. This portrayal of the Riviera, so familiar to many of us, is a new concept: to trace the story of this region through the art it inspired and look at these places as you will experience them today. Since this is all about the art, we will cover the museums and galleries where you will see their works, this summer’s special exhibitions, and fun things to do while you summer on the Riviera!

Artful International Series  Virtual Schedule - SUMMER 2022
5 sessions- Cost: $200
Mondays at 10am -
June 6, June 20 July 11, 25 and August 8

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Online registration is closed, but it is not too late to join in the fun and pay by check, contact us at