Fay Gold to Lead In-Depth Art Tour to Vienna in May 2011 - Focus on Central & Eastern European Art

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Fay Gold, Atlanta's 'Grande Dame of the Arts' Will Lead In-Depth Art Tour to Vienna, Austria in May 2011. 'Fay Gold Treasures: Vienna' includes an evening at the Vienna State Opera, fine dining, and exclusive visits to museums, galleries and artists' studios. Elegant program also coincides with 7th annual 'Viennafair', Europe's only international trade fair for contemporary art.

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For art lovers throughout the US, this is a magnificent opportunity to travel to the heart of Europe and discover new and emerging artists.

Blazing a new trail after 29 years as a gallery owner, Fay Gold, known for her pioneering vision and profound dedication to Atlanta’s contemporary arts scene, announces Fay Gold Treasures, a collection of in-depth art tours to Europe. The tours are designed in close collaboration with Bram Majtlis, art collector and owner of IMTC, Inc., an international travel company based in Atlanta http://www.imtc-travel.com. The first ‘Fay Gold Treasures’ tour will be to Vienna, Austria http://www.imtc-travel.com/vienna, departing on May 9 and returning on May 15, 2011.

'We selected Vienna because it is becoming a center for contemporary art from Central and Eastern Europe, and because of VIENNAFAIR http://www.viennafair.at/en. Also, Bram knows Vienna intimately and has access to unique venues and private collections – which is reflected in our tour’s sophisticated itinerary,' says Gold. “For art lovers throughout the US, this is a magnificent opportunity to travel to the heart of Europe and discover new and emerging artists.”

The tour coincides with the opening of the 7th annual 'Viennafair', Europe’s only international trade fair for contemporary art focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. More than 110 galleries from 20 different countries will showcase their contemporary art works in 2011. On May 11, guests on the ‘Fay Gold Treasures: Vienna’ tour are invited to a private reception hosted by the Artistic Director of 'Viennafair' prior to its official opening later that day, followed by an unprecedented private preview of the fair.

The elegant itinerary includes roundtrip air transportation, economy class, between Washington (IAD) and Vienna, Austria, per Austrian Airlines and five nights hotel accommodation at the five-star deluxe “The Ring” hotel. A night at the Vienna State Opera, fine dining, as well as exclusive visits to museums, private art collections, galleries and artists’ studios are also part of the tour that starts at $6,750 per person, double occupancy. For details and to secure your place on this inaugural tour, see http://www.imtc-travel.com/faygold/register.pdf.

About Fay Gold:
From 1980 to 2009, Fay Gold owned and directed the most prestigious contemporary art gallery in the US Southeast. In the early years, she exhibited George Segal, Robert Rauschenberg, Irving Penn, Alex Katz, Cindy Sherman, Andres Serrano, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This grand dame of the art world put Atlanta on the national radar. She developed a successful group of regional artists as well.

She has served on the boards of Art Papers, Atlanta College of Art and the National Black Arts Festival and is currently on the board of the International Woman’s Forum, the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center and the Louise Nevelson Foundation. She is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2004.

Fay Gold has exhibited her artists at the Basel Art Fair in Switzerland, FIAC in Paris, ARCO in Spain, the Armory Show in New York as well as art fairs in Chicago, Seattle, London, San Fransisco, Palm Beach and Miami. Since 1982 Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton and Joyce Tenneson have photographed Fay's portrait.

She has received the Big Thinker Award from the Brain Injury Association of Georgia, The Creating Pride Award, the Diva for Life Award and the Living Arts Award. In 2009 after 29 years she closed her gallery and established Fay Gold Art Advisory Services. The same year the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center organized a tribute in thanks for Fay's pioneering vision and profound dedication to Atlanta’s contemporary arts scene. In addition, Felicia Feaster wrote an extensive feature article for the Atlantan Magazine entitled "Pure Gold".

Fay Gold has been a corporate art consultant for Coca Cola USA, John Wieland Homes, Scientific Atlanta, Selig Enterprises, BellSouth Corporation, Equifax, Greenberg Traurig Law and recently spearheaded a major project for Georgia Pacific/Met Life. She has developed a multitude of private collections and recently lectured on her forthcoming book at the Lotos Club in New York City. Her memoir in progress is entitled “Basquiat’s Cat”, how a girl from Brooklyn brought controversial art to the Bible belt in the 1980’s.

In March 2010 Fay was the commencement speaker at the University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art. She has led tours for collectors to New York, Washington D.C. and Miami.

Fay Gold was born in Greenville, South Carolina and moved to Brooklyn, New York with her family at age 3. She received her BFA from Adelphi University in Drama and Art. Fay moved to Atlanta in 1966 with her husband and 3 young children. She established the Fay Gold School of Art in her backyard studio and taught children and adults for 15 years before opening her groundbreaking gallery in 1980. Fay will curate a Louise Nevelson exhibition at Emory University in Atlanta in the spring of 2011.

About Bram Majtlis:
Bram Majtlis, born and raised in The Netherlands, moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1991. His extensive professional experience in the European travel and hospitality industry includes management positions with Holland America Line, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Martinair and Steigenberger Hotels.

Based on his expertise, Majtlis founded IMTC in Atlanta in order to provide European travel planning services for US based clients. Majtlis restructured IMTC to include four different but related divisions, all established to facilitate efficient, creative and cost-effective arrangements for its clients.

About IMTC:
International Marketing & Travel Concepts, Inc. (IMTC), founded in 1992 as a European destination management company and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), provides expert services through its various divisions: IMTC/Pegasus, IMTC Concerts, Gold Concepts Public Relations and EdiTour. The privately-held company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

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