The late businessman William Louis-Dreyfus spent his life amassing a gigantic trove of more than 3,000 artworks, starting with a Wassily Kandinsky watercolor in 1965, and the passion for collecting ran through him until he died in 2016, at the age of 84. He had a special interest in Outsider Art.
The Louis-Dreyfus Foundation's art collection is made up of pieces by self-taught and contemporary artists such as James Castle, Rackstraw Downes, Red Grooms, Bill Traylor, Thornton Dial, and Nellie Mae Rowe. Over 200 artists are featured in the Foundation's collection, all collected by its benefactor.
DATE: MONDAY, March 2, 2020
LOCATION: William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, 211 Kisco Avenue, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549.
The entrance to the facility is located via a short path at the far side of the parking lot.
Before our visit, you may like to familiarize yourself with the collection by visiting http://www.wldfoundation.org/.
DIRECTIONS by TRAIN (From NYC):
Take Metro North Railroad from Grand Central Terminal to the Mt. Kisco Station via the Harlem Line. Please call Marianne (914) 355-6507 to arrange for pick-up.
START TIME: Please arrive by 10:45 AM, so we will be ready to start our tour at 11:00 AM.
If you are running late, please notify the Foundation by calling 914 864-1425.
A staff member will meet us at the main entrance at the designated start time. There will be a short introduction to the collection followed by a tour highlighting some of the key works and artists. We will have time at the end of the tour for independent viewing and sketching.
LUNCH: Food and drinks are not permitted, so we will have lunch at the Mt Kisco Diner, 252 E Main Street.
SHOW and TELL: This is the social part of our day where we share our drawings, tips, and stories. It is a time not to be missed. We will do show and tell either at the Foundation or the Diner.
- Admission is free.
- Parking, while ample, is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- If possible, secure coats and personal items in your vehicle prior to entering the building.
- Coats, and other personal belongings brought into the building will be stored in the coatroom before the start of the tour.
- Pencils only - no pens or markers.
- Limited seating available. Bring a stool if you have one.
Please RSVP to Cathy (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will provide an attendee list to the Foundation.
Looking for us?
Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Marianne at (914) 355-6507.
There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome.
Mark you calendars for these UPCOMING EVENTS:
Monday, March 9th - Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Larchmont, NY
Wednesday, April 1st - New York Public Library, 42nd Street, NYC
Friday, April 17th - Clay Arts Center, Port Chester, NY
Thursday, April 30th - The Cloisters, Bronx, NY