Posts Tagged ‘Dale Chihuly’

Happy Birthday Dale!

September 20, 2017

ChihulyChihuly, that is.  I have been privileged enough to attend and view this wonderful exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on two separate occasions so far during the exhibit’s run (June 3rd through November 13th — you still have time to make the trip and visit yourself).  I never tire of visiting galleries and appreciating art of all types . . . there are so many talented/gifted artists in the world that you don’t have to go to the major cities to enjoy quality art (but by all means, this shouldn’t stop you from doing so if you are so inclined).  But, there is quality art everywhere; in every town or hamlet in the country.  The secret (and joy) is in finding or discovering these wonderful treasures.

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Chihuly “In the Forest!”

August 5, 2017

 

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Ten days ago, I posted my favorite piece from the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  You still have a little over a week to check out this exhibit “in the gallery.”  But, if you can’t make it over in time for the gallery exhibit, the companion exhibit “In the Forest” continues through November 13th, and is certainly worth a look.  Here was my favorite piece from the forest . . . typcial Chihuly “free-spirited” fashion.

Twisted Glass!

July 27, 2017

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Earlier this month I availed myself of the opportunity to make the trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  . . . and their featured exhibit of the art of Dale Chihuly.  Simply marvelous.  There was an inside exhibit (in the Gallery) as well as an outdoor exhibit (in the Forest).  If you are at all interested, there are still a few weeks left to catch the gallery exhibitSteps (it runs through August 14th); the forest exhibit will continue through November 13th.

Due to the numerous pieces that were “orange,” I’m going to claim a “kindred spirit” connection to Mr. Chihuly!  I just loved the quotation on the outdoor staircase leading to the “in the forest” portion of the exhibit: “glass is the most magical of all materials.”  And, after witnessing the creativity and genius of Dale Chihuly and the representation of his art in glass, I couldn’t agree more.

 

A Real Glass Act!

September 20, 2012

Happy Birthday to Dale Chihuly — glass scultpor/entrepreneur extraordinaire!  According to wikipedia (and corroborated on the Museum’s web page), Chihuly’s largest permanent exhibit (and one of the most comprehensive collections of Chihuly glass in the world) can be found at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.  Of course my favorite piece is the fifty-five foot Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the Museum’s atrium — simply spectacular!  How fortunate for us to have access to this wonderful exhibit in the State of Oklahoma.

For more information on this great artist, check out his homepage and his biography.

Here’s a link to some images of Chihuly’s work.  Total eye candy!

Volleyball, Art, and Relaxation (A Saturday Roadtrip!).

September 1, 2008

First for the bad news . . . I’m unable to provide any photographs to document this trip (we were about half-way to Norman when I realized that I had failed to bring along my digital camera . . . woe is me!).  Sorry, there were so many “photo worthy” events.  Perhaps next time I’ll remember.

Regardless, it was a very busy day, full of a wide variety of activities (I’ll never be accused on not maximizing my time).  I had intended to arise early for a nice long run (8-10 miles), but alas, my motivation was waning a bit and I did not arise until 7 AM.  I picked up a friend at 8:30 AM for the trip to Norman, OK, home of the University of Oklahoma, where we watched the Michigan State University women’s volleyball team play Wichita State University (a tournament hosted by OU).  Unfortunately, my Spartans were unsuccessful in winning the match, but it was fun to watch the good old Alma Mater regardless.

Since this event coincided with the “home opener” of the OU football team (kickoff was not until 6:00 PM) we were able to catch a quick bite to eat before heading out of Norman prior to the influx of footbal revellers.

Our next destination was to visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to take in the “Roman Art from the Louvre” exhibition.  And, it just so happens that there was a Dale Chihuly exhibit going on at the same time — what a marvelous exhibit!

Since we had had a late lunch (1 PM or so), we found ourselves needing to kill a little time before seeking out an appropriate venue for dinner (part of our original plan had been to have dinner in “the City” [how Oklahoma City is commonly referred to throughout the state] ).  It was at this juncture that I discovered that my travel companion had not yet visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial.  So, away we went.  We did not actually have enough time to visit or enjoy the Museum portion of the Memorial, but we had a beautiful sunny day (though a bit hot and humid) for strolling through the grounds of the Memorial.

When we finally decided to head over to Bricktown to find a place to eat (which is normally crowded/packed to the gills with people — especially on the weekends), we were amazed at how easy it was to find parking.  I was concerned that we may have to “shop” around for a place to eat since we did not have a reservation, but we were able to get seated at our very first choice.  It wasn’t until we were finished eating and heading out that we realized why.  There was a home football game in Norman!   We wanted to try out Nonna’s (www.nonna.com) and opted to the less formal “upstairs” portion of the restaurant, the Purple Bar.  The food was excellent!  I had the tomoto bisque soup followed by the BBQ-Mango Shrimp (bacon-wrapped, of course).  Del.icio.us indeed.

Happy Labor Day!