Member Events & Trips

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Member Mornings

Enjoy a quiet start to your day and catch the morning light at GFS. At GFS, we believe visiting an oasis of beauty, where art and imaginatively landscaped gardens awaken the senses, enhances well-being, and stimulates reflection.

On Member Mornings, Members are granted early access to the garden and galleries at 8 AM on the final Sunday of months April through November. No reservations required. Present your membership card and valid ID at check-in with Guest Services.

Members may use Anytime Passes to bring additional friends and family.

Member Mornings 2019
Last Sunday of the Month April - November
Open 8 AM - 10 AM - Members Only

  • Sunday, April 28th
  • Sunday, May 26th
  • Sunday, June 30th
  • Sunday, July 28th
  • Sunday, August 25th
  • Sunday, September 29th
  • Sunday, October 27th
  • Sunday, November 24th

 

Member Preview Day

Member Preview Day is an exclusive opportunity for members to go behind-the-scenes of the artistic season. Join us for a variety of unique programming designed to engage and inspire you! Program information is announced in the Members Monthly e-newsletter.

Ensure you receive members-only news by sharing your email with us! Register your membership’s online account here. This online account allows you to conveniently renew, register for programs and events, and receive your member discounts where applicable.

 


 

Past Member Adventures

Member Trip to the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
12:00pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for an unforgettable day of beauty on this day-trip to the 2019 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, the nation's largest and longest-running horticultural event.

This year’s theme, Flower Power, will highlight the stunning influence and impact flowers can have on our daily lives.

Marvel at the power flowers have in our happiness, memories and communities. Witness one of the world’s most prestigious floral design competitions, FTD World Cup, featuring breathtaking creations by the world’s top floral designers representing 23 countries. Explore the Flower Show at your leisure.

Enjoy lunch onsite at the Show or a wide variety of options right across the street at Reading Terminal Market, one of America’s largest and oldest public markets.

Price is $85 and includes coach transportation, refreshments on bus, and admission.

REGISTER NOW

 

AN AUTUMN CULTURAL ESCAPE: TORONTO, ONTARIO
October 12-16, 2018

Nearby Toronto is often forgotten when thinking of great art getaway cities, but with its vibrant neighborhoods, international character and burgeoning arts scene, Canada’s largest city is a must-see destination for art lovers. Join GFS on an insider’s tour of Toronto’s cultural wonders, with highlights including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the new Aga Khan Museum, and the sculpture collection of York University. Exclusive art access is a major feature of the tour – from a private visit to the studio of artist James Carl, whose work will also exhibit at GFS in 2018, to the chance to view an outstanding private contemporary art collection not open to the public. Throughout the tour, we will also meet fascinating locals – historians, sculptors, designers and art collectors – who will share their Toronto with us. Members will enjoy accommodations at the lovely lakefront Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, perfectly sited in downtown Toronto, and memorable meals at excellent restaurants – from the 360 Restaurant 1000 feet up the CN Tower to the AGO’s renowned “Frank” to one of the city’s most renowned gourmet establishments. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to discover the creative spirit of Toronto!

Register by July 4, 2018. Space is limited! View the full itinerary here, or contact Claire Cossaboon, Manager of Membership, at ccossaboon@groundsforsculpture.org.

DAY TRIP TO WHEATON ARTS
April 5, 2018

Join us for a spring day-trip to Wheaton Arts, located in Millville, New Jersey—the center of the nation’s first glass industry. Enjoy a private tour of the Museum of American Glass, which houses the most comprehensive collection of glass produced in America.

Be among the first to discover Wheaton Arts’ brand new exhibitions: Flower By Flame, which explores the use of flowers as a theme in Contemporary American Art Glass. Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard, celebrating the botanical sculptures of American master, artist Paul Stankard. Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass, Science and Art, featuring over 20 contemporary artists whose work is inspired by science.

View an exciting glass blowing demonstration in the world class Glass Studio, and make your very own glass piece in a Glass Casting Workshop! This members-only trip is open to current and new GFS members. $195 includes coach transportation, admission, programs, lunch, and shipping of your finished glass piece. Register here.

DAY TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C.  SOLD OUT
October 25, 2017

Join us for an autumn day-trip to Washington, D.C.! First, visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions. Enjoy a private tour of the new exhibition, Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, which explores the formal and historical dialogue on abstraction among African American women artists. Later, explore the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Trip includes transportation between GFS and D.C., private tour at NMWA, admission to NMWA and NMAAHC, and refreshments. Please note that travelers are responsible for their own lunch. Register here.

DAY TRIP TO OLD WESTBURY GARDENS  SOLD OUT
August 24, 2017

Join us for a day-trip to Old Westbury Gardens in New York, boasting 200 acres of formal gardens and landscaped grounds, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy guided tours of the early 20th century estate Westbury House and Gardens, and explore Seward Johnson at Old Westbury Gardens, a special exhibition of 38 works by Seward Johnson. Includes transportation, admission, tours, lunch.

 

PHILADELPHIA MAGIC GARDENS SOLD OUT
May 17, 2017

Members Trip: Philadelphia Magic GardensJoin us for a GFS Members-only day trip to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a visionary art environment created by Isaiah Zagar using nontraditional materials such as folk art statues, found objects, colorful glass bottles, handmade tiles and thousands of glittering mirrors.

Enjoy a guided tour and artist talk with Isaiah Zagar, and explore the immersive outdoor art installation and indoor galleries. This members-only trip is open to current and new GFS members. Price includes transportation, admission, and a three-course lunch at America’s oldest Italian restaurant, Ralph's Italian Restaurant.

MASTERPIECES IN AMERICA’S HEARTLAND: CRYSTAL BRIDGES & KANSAS CITY SOLD OUT
October 25 - 30, 2016
Celebrate the genius of American art on this journey to Northwest Arkansas and Missouri, unexpectedly dynamic corners of the American heartland. In Bentonville, Arkansas spend two nights at the renowned 21c Museum Hotel, recently named the #10 Top Hotel in the South by Condé Nast Traveler, as well as the #1 Hot New Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. Spend a full day exploring Alice Walton’s world-class Crystal Bridges Museum, designed by Moshe Safdie and spanning centuries of American masterworks.

Over the course of three days in Kansas City, enjoy inside looks at the renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the magnificent Kansas City Sculpture Park, plus extraordinary contemporary art collections at the Kemper Museum and Nerman Museum. Other highlights include the residence/studio of acclaimed Missourian artist Thomas Hart Benton and the dazzling contemporary architecture of the Kauffman Center of Performing Arts. 

Space is limited! Download the itinerary here.

MEMBERS' DAY TRIP TO STORM KING ART CENTER  SOLD OUT
September 8, 2016

Join us for a day-trip to Storm King Art Center, a celebrated sculpture park in the lower Hudson Valley, New York. Storm King boasts a 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands providing a setting for more than 100 sculptures. This members-only trip is open to current and new GFS members.

Registration deadline: August 15

Register Now online, or call (609)-249-0234. $95 includes transportation, admission and lunch.

MEMBERS DAY TRIP: BOAZ VAADIA STUDIO VISIT & BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDENS  SOLD OUT
June 9, 2016
In conjunction with the upcoming GFS exhibition Boaz Vaadia: Sculpture, join us for this special Members-only day trip to Vaadia’s studio in Brooklyn. Enjoy a 3-course lunch with sculptor Boaz Vaadia and Tom Moran, GFS Chief Curator & Artistic Director, in the popular Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn before continuing to a private tour at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Register Now online, or call (609)-249-0234Price includes transportation, private tours, and lunch. Registration deadline is May 15th. Price is $175/person includes transportation, private tours and lunch, and guided tours.

LA BELLE FRANCE: GARDENS ART & INSPIRATIONS  SOLD OUT
May 15 - 23, 2016
Find your own inspiration amidst the history and artistry of France. Experience the glamor of the French Riviera. Explore the spectacular scenery and tempting cuisine of Provence, a favorite setting for painters like Vincent van Gogh and writers like Peter Mayle. Then on to Paris, the “City of Light” to relive the golden days of the Belle Époque. Featuring a day trip to Giverny to see Monet’s gardens, plenty of museums, and fine wine and food – this trip has it all!

DAY TRIP TO WAVE HILL  SOLD OUT
April 20, 2016
Join us on this day visit to this exceptional art and garden venue in New York. Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx with breath-taking views overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. We will tour both the gardens and galleries with a catered lunch in between. $95/per person includes bus, admission, lunch and guided tours.

 

 

For more info about our upcoming Members-only trips, contact Claire Cossaboon at 609-249-0234 or ccossaboon@groundsforsculpture.org .