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The Art of Travel: India as a Personal Journey with Irene Shaland

February 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Alex Shaland, Lord Ganesh Khajuraho Digital photograph

Alex Shaland, Lord Ganesh Khajuraho Digital photograph

Program (1-2pm): FREE. Lecture will begin at 1pm and last approximately 45 minutes with a brief Q & A to follow.  You do not need to be registered for the tasting to follow to attend.

Tasting (2-3pm):  SOLD OUT. Tasting will begin at 2pm.  Prior registration is required. 


As part of the ART BITES series of programming, the AAWR is proud to present The Art of Travel: India as a Personal Journey with Irene Shaland, featuring a sampling of Indian cuisine provided by Taste of Kerala.  The event will be held on Saturday, February 16th, 1:00 – 3:00pm.


This illustrated lecture will last approximately 45 minutes with a question and answer period to follow. Shortly after 2pm, the tasting menu will be served buffet style in the main gallery.


Join internationally published art and travel writer Irene Shaland, as she invites you to “grow into India.” Crisscross with Irene the subcontinent of India, the country unique among the world civilizations with its seven thousand years of uninterrupted traditions. Discover – like “peeling an onion,” layer after layer – India’s most refined beauty and its deepest spirituality. Travel through historic periods, cultural traditions, artistic and architectural styles, stopping in Deli, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Ellora and Ajanta caves, Cochin, and finally – Mumbai.  Along the way, Irene will share her own personal journey of discovery.

Alex Shaland, Smiling Guard, Jaipur Palace, Digital photograph

Alex Shaland, Smiling Guard, Jaipur Palace, Digital photograph


Following the presentation, a sampling of India cuisine will be provided by Taste of Kerala.  The menu will include a cauliflower korma, mixed vegetable avial, rice, naan and sambar (a lentil curry).  The lecture is free and open to the public however, the tasting is $10 and requires advance registration.


About the Presenter: Irene Shaland is an internationally-published art and travel writer, educator, and lecturer.  She is the author of multiple books, including her most recent, The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Seeking Jewish Narrative All Over the World, as well as numerous magazine articles published in the U.S., Canada, Kenya, and the U.K. Her lectures on cultural travel are enthusiastically received by audiences in museums, libraries, synagogues, and theaters throughout the country.  Irene and her husband, travel photographer Alex Shaland, reside in Lyndhurst, Ohio.


About Taste of Kerala: Taste of Kerala, located in Beachwood and Mayfield Heights OH, are locally owned and operated restaurants which serve authentic cuisine from Kerala region in Southern Indian.  Kerala boast fare both traditional and innovative- linked to its beautiful landscape, its sought-after spices, and based on the principles of Ayurveda, a medical system concerned with physical and mental well-being. A Taste of Kerala’s menu has a multitude of both vegetarian and non- vegetarian dishes of fish, poultry and meat. Experience the flavors and spices from Kerala at convenient locations in your own backyard! Click the logo below to find out more!

3429 West Brainard Road #260, Woodmere Village (Beachwood), OH 44122

5850 Mayfield Rd, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124


February 16, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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