As the sixth generation of “America’s oldest winemaking family,” Steven Kent Mirassou is dedicated to crafting Cabernets that compete with the finest red wines in the world. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Steven shares his expertise during a lecture and tasting of his wines.
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The Director of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Scott Homler interprets, translates, and lectures on a variety of subjects in the humanities, applied linguistics, and language policy. He also serves as a legal and conference interpreter and works with the Department of State’s International Visiting Leadership Program on assignments that regularly take him around the country. His international experiences include Fulbright research in North Africa, teaching assignments in Europe, international programs administration in the UK and France, international development projects, cultural and historical immersion programs in the French Caribbean, and numerous tours to South Pacific.
Scott’s interest in art history emerged when he taught French civilization and began incorporating art as a primary resource for discussions on cultural identity. His art history lectures cover mainly European art from the Renaissance to the Post-Impressionist era, and his approach seeks to account for the numerous intersections between art, philosophy, cultural norms, and history.
He is eager to share his expertise with you aboard The Gauguin in a series of lectures. Among the topics he might discuss are:
1. Life on Canvas: the European Arts Scenes that Inspired Gauguin.
Key to understanding the radical nature of impressionism and post-impressionism is the tremendous tension between artistic movements. Gauguin and others became artists because they found new ways of seeing. In this presentation, Scott contrasts works of two or three representative styles.
2. Tristes Tropiques: Understanding the Melancholia of Gauguin’s Figures
The ambiguity in the eyes of Gauguin’s subjects still fascinates admirers of his work. Indeed, Gauguin’s passion for his work often seems betrayed by the indifference of his subjects. This session will explore how artist, subject, and viewer collaborate to create a complex rapport in some of Gauguin’s most important works.
3. Sacred Temples of the Flesh: Entangling Sensuality and Spirituality
Were Gauguin’s bold representations of Polynesia an overt defiance of European social values? Was he seeking to recreate a paradise of the flesh that felt like spiritual redemption? Readings of his major paintings will be the focus of this presentation.
4. Paradise on Earth: Tahiti in French Arts and Letters
Gauguin’s paintings reinforced some conceptions of Tahitian life that had been commonplace since the 18th century. Scott uses passages from Denis Diderot’s remarkable Voyages of Bougainville to “narrate” some of the paintings.
5. Painting from an Other World: Gauguin’s Artistic Techniques
In this presentation, Scott focuses specifically on color and form to understand how Gauguin helped launch a movement known as Fauvism and compares him to one or two other “beastly” French or European painters.
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An avid traveler and veteran of more than 70 cruises, Eric Ball makes destinations come alive with captivating photographs and stories of the people who shaped world events. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of lectures by this seasoned traveler and speaker.
Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato has inspired signature menus for Paul Gauguin Cruises for several years. Sail with one of the world’s great chefs aboard The Gauguin, and enjoy an exceptional culinary program.
Allie Mooney knows what makes people tick. And long experience as a successful “people interpreter” proves it. Find out for yourself how this internationally respected speaker and author can transform your life when you join her aboard The Gauguin.
Hailing from the United Kingdom, The Northern House has entertained audiences around the world with their stunning vocals. Join us aboard The Gauguin as they present a nostalgic celebration of music’s biggest hits.
Tom O’Neil has helped a wide range of people, from students to CEOs, achieve their goals through his best-selling books, motivational speeches, and one-on-one coaching. Let this internationally recognized expert in personal development and career management inspire you with his live presentations on board the m/s Paul Gauguin.
Three generations of the Salvestrin family have meticulously and sustainably farmed this historic Napa Valley vineyard for 80 years, creating handcrafted wines that are fruit forward, elegant, balanced, and memorably world class. Learn more about their exceptional wines aboard a fabulous wine cruise, where the family shares their story during a lecture and wine tasting.
Katie Leonardini and her family have owned Whitehall Lane for more than 25 years. In this short history, the winery has earned a reputation for beautifully made, elegant, world-class wines. Join us aboard The Gauguin for Katie’s presentation and tasting of Whitehall Lane wines.
Currently the Director of the Pacific Center for Arts and Humanities in Education (PCAHE) at PREL in Honolulu, Lori Phillips has a long résumé in professional development of arts and humanities education. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Lori presents a lecture on Pacific culture and arts in Polynesia.
Lisa Peju was six years old when her family moved to the Napa Valley wine country to found their own estate. Today, she travels the world representing the family’s wines. Learn more about Peju Winery—and taste its delicious wines—as Lisa shares her expertise during a presentation on board The Gauguin.
A rising star among French magicians, Nicolas del Pozo perfected his skills in Las Vegas, where he met the greatest illusionists in the world. He since has dazzled audiences around the globe. See this mesmerizing show from this master of illusion aboard The Gauguin.
A prolific and versatile author, Graeme Lay has published more than 40 books, including novels for adults and young adults, collections of short stories and travel writing, and several works of nonfiction. Join us aboard The Gauguin, as he lectures on the subject of the life and achievements of James Cook, on a sailing that coincides with the publication of his new book, on Cook’s 1769 arrival in Tahiti and New Zealand.
Vocalists Pat O’Leary and Gabrielle Stravelli have performed with some of the great jazz and contemporary artists of our time. Join us aboard The Gauguin as these dynamic entertainers perform a variety of material, including jazz standards, selections from the Great American Songbook, original compositions, and fresh arrangements of pop and theatrical classics.
A healing, resilience, and optimal performance expert, Dr. Stephen Sideroff has developed a new and more comprehensive model of resilience that helps you achieve success while maintaining optimal health. Join us aboard The Gauguin, for a series of presentations designed to help you integrate the most advanced scientific and behavioral technologies with ancient traditions for optimal mind and body functioning.
A dynamic speaker who specializes in Pacific Island cultural arts, Dr. Teri Sowell is a distinguished researcher, author, and teacher. She also has curated many art exhibitions nationwide. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Teri weaves together threads of past and present traditions in a series of lively lectures that will enrich your cultural experience.
One of the UK’s most in-demand singers, Jonny Ross performs a varied repertoire designed to delight audiences of all ages. Join us aboard The Gauguin for live performances by this talented singer.
Expect an extremely fun evening of dancing and singing when Marc and Abi come aboard! Don’t miss very special sailings of The Gauguin, as this talented duo performs an exciting musical explosion of upbeat classics through the decades.
A professional magician since 1998 and TV Star Magician in Brazil, Gustavo Vierini is skilled in illusion in all its forms. Be sure to be aboard as he brings his unique blend of magic and humor aboard select sailings of The Gauguin.
The descendent of a very old and noble family, Arnaud de Sullé has a passion for history and culture that has taken him from the Vatican Library to the film set of Federico Fellini. Join us, and discover why he is in great demand as an expert speaker on artist Paul Gauguin and his connection to music as well as art.
Richard Somerville is a world-renowned climate scientist and an expert on communicating clearly to the public what scientists have learned about climate change.
Performing as Colour Blue, Thomas Rowland and Nathan Mills combine harmony, vocals, acoustic guitar, and an African Djembe drum to put their own unique twist on popular music. Join us aboard multiple sailings of The Gauguin to enjoy their performance of a huge mix of music ranging from the 1960s to the present day.
The husband-and-wife team of Joan and Ron Druett have devoted their careers to delving into maritime history through literature and art. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this award-winning author and internationally recognized artist each presents a series of lectures that entertainingly showcase their expertise in the field.
June Hargrove, a renowned specialist in the history of 19th-century art, has traveled the globe, sharing her expertise on the art of Paul Gauguin and his contemporaries. Her lectures provide an exciting introduction to Gauguin’s life and art in the context of the islands that The Gauguin will be visiting—as you’ll discover when you join us aboard.
A native of Montréal, Canada, Pascale Guertin is a well-rounded musician who was born to sing. Join us aboard The Gauguin, as this talented artist performs Remembering Edith Piaf and From Argentina with Love.
As a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2003, Greg Redfern has brought the wonder, beauty, and excitement of our universe to audiences for decades. His one-on-one style resonates with his passion and knowledge. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares that passion during lectures on astronomy.
A professional astrologer with more than 30 years’ experience, Leslie McGuirk has appeared on radio and television and in magazines, and is a popular presenter and author. Join us aboard The Gauguin to discover the evolution of astrology, its place in history—and how it pertains to you.
As a museum director, scientist, and explorer Edwin Sobey has traveled the world. Along the way, he has lectured and conducted research on seven continents and all the oceans. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Ed presents a series of lectures on marine topics including whales, coral reefs, ocean acidification, plastics in the sea, and renewable energy.
A television executive for nearly two decades and later a corporate board member, Chrisopher Kelly has dedicated his retirement to pursuing his lifelong passion for military history. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this award-winning author and presenter provides a lecture series on military history and WWII in the Pacific.
Professor Allan Hanson has been fascinated by the South Pacific for most of his life. His experience in remote parts of French Polynesia inspired several books and an academic career. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this distinguished scholar presents a lecture on the cultures of Polynesia.