Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Hawthornes Visit St. Petersburg. The Dale Chihuly Museum.

My first Chihuly experience was in 2010
 in Nashville at the Cheekwood estate -
an outdoor exhibit.
See here:  http://www.kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com/2010/09/chihuly-at-cheekwood.html

My second Chihuly experience was this year 
in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Another outdoor exhibit.
See here:  http://www.kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com/2017/10/the-hawthornes-are-at-chihuly-exhibit.html

And here's a heads up:
A Chihuly exhibit will be at Biltmore
May - October 2018!

Now, I'm in St. Petersburg, Florida,
and there's a Chihuly Museum!
A permanent collection!
Rosie is one happy camper.
I checked out their website and found this blurb:
Dale Chihuly’s works belong to museum collections
 from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Louvre.
From New York to Paris.
Does the Atlantic Ocean have some museums out there
that I'm not familiar with?

Anyhoos, I'm happy I found
Chihuly's collection in the "eclectic and vibrant"
Central Arts District of St. Petersburg,
as I, too, am "eclectic and vibrant."

Just enjoy the pictures.

Bron in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass art while studying interior design and architecture at the University of Washington.  After graduating in 1965, he studied glassblowing at the University of Wisconsin and then at Rhode Island School of Design, where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.
A Fulbright Fellowship in 1968 enabled Chihuly to work at the prestigious Venini glass factory, on the island of Murano, Italy.  There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today.
In 1971, he cofounded Pilchuck Glass School near Stanwood, Washington, helping to establish the Pacific Northwest as central to the American studio glass movement.
Chihuly has created more than a dozen well-known series of works, among them, 'Cylinders" and 'Baskets' in the 1970s;  'Seaforms,' Macchia,' Persians,' and 'Venetians' in the 1980s; 'Niigima Floats' and 'Chandeliers' in the 1990s; and 'Fiori' in the 2000s.

He is also known for his large installations around the world, including 'Chihuly Over Venice' (1995-96) and 'Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem' (1999).
His lifelong fascination for glasshouses has grown into a series of garden exhibitions in conservatories across the United States, and also at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, near London.
Dale Hihuly's passion and support of children's art education was a prime reason for choosing St. Petersburg as the home for the Chihuly Collection.  

July of 2010 marked the grand opening of the Chihuly Collection at 400 Beach Drive about a mile East of the Morean Arts Center.  To further enhance visitor experience and connect the Collection to the Morean Arts Center, in October of 2016, the Chihuly Collection was relocated here to Central Avenue in the heart of the vibrant Central Arts District.

And, my favorite:

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