Posts Tagged ‘Glass’

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.


Chihuly “In the Forest!”

August 5, 2017



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


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.


Sugar Plum Fairies!

December 7, 2014

The Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky has long been a staple of the Christmas season.  And, with Christmas being a little less than three weeks away, here is a fitting tribute, a wonderful rendition of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies . . .  enjoy!

Sally Sells Sea Shells . . . !

March 8, 2014

IMG_0616But definitely not like this one.  Here is a picture of a recent acquisition to my art collection (if you can call last summer recent).  In addition to paintings, I have managed to acquire numerous pieces of blown/fused/shaped glass.  I found this gem in a shop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.   And, while the shape is unique (conch-like), what really attracted me to this piece was its unique color.  Most of my other glass pieces are bright and colorful, but the muted/subdued color of this one really caught my eye and there was no hesitation in purchasing at all.   Conches (pronounced “konks”) are a type of sea snail found in the tropical waters of the Caribbean, the West Indies, and the Mediterranean.  These types of shells usually have a high spire and a noticeable siphonal canal.  The taxonomic classification is as follows:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Mollusca
  • Class: Gastropoda

Interestingly enough . . . there is a definite connection to the medium and to the subject of this piece:

  • Where do you generally find shells?
    • At the beach (in the sand).
  • What is the medium for this work of art?
    • Glass.
  • What is the main raw material in commercial glass production?
    • Quartz sand (silica).

This shell was not found in the sand, but out of sand it was found.

Reminiscent of a Setting Sun!

February 8, 2014

Yellow-Red-GlassHere is another piece of glass art (a plate/shallow bowl) that I was able to acquire last summer when visiting Michigan.  The colors (yellow, orange, and red) immediately caught my eye (an intended result, no doubt) and then the texture of the glass — i.e., it is not smooth) drew me in to the decision to purchase.  Since a display stand was not included in the purchase, I spent the next couple of months in search of a suitable stand.  I have learned to be very patient when looking for such accessories and have surrendered myself to the mantra: “when it is right, you will know it.”  And “know it” I did a few months ago when I was visiting and shopping with a friend in the Eureka Springs area and I came across this wonderfully sturdy, bronze plate holder in one of the knick-knack/antique stores.  The only disappointment: it is a little too large to fit on the windowsill (where sunlight would have been able to reflect through the glass).  So, it is now relegated to on top of the bar counter near the kitchen.

Unique Glass Art!

January 8, 2014

Colorful_Glass2Here is a glass sculpture that immediately caught my eye last summer.  I think I was drawn to this piece for several reasons: it is colorful, it is uniquely unlike any other glass piece that I have collected, and, it is just plain fun!  I found this gem while in Traverse City, Michigan, at the annual Outdoor Art Fair on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College (always the last Saturday of July).  I att.end this event most every year and I always walk away with a treasure (or two, or three, or . . . 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!

The Lighting of a Fire!

June 16, 2012

Here is a work of art that is NOT in my collection.  Rather, this commissioned piece is hanging in the window of the Visitor’s Center Gallery in the Administrative Services building on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University.  The piece is titled “The Lighting of a Fire,” and it was created by Katie Pernu (her explanation of the piece is below).  Positively stunning (especially on a sunny day)!  I may just have to commission a piece by Katie myself.


“The Lighting of a Fire”

I have been not only an artist, but a teacher and a learner for years… my whole life really. I think when a large piece of artwork is custom made for a university setting, such as the gallery at NSU BA, and when it will become a prominent feature of a university space, it is hard for it not to be about education, at least in the eyes of its viewers. In the case of this piece, it was designed with education in mind. Education changes lives, gives direction and guidance, points out strengths and weaknesses, and provides most of us with the means to make a living.

The image of the sunburst represents the light, the energy, the power and the opportunity we receive from a well-rounded and in-depth education. We not only receive these things from education but we can become these things to our communities through our education.

As we progress through each level of school, we become increasingly specialized in what we choose to study. We begin school together, learning the basics, taking the same classes. We gradually move outward from this tightly knit beginning, this central core, finding things that interest us, working with like-minded folks, finding out how our strengths can become more than just interests. As we specialize, we become more adept at using these strengths to support ourselves and our families and to contribute to our communities, giving back what we have taken in. Science, math, language, music, athletics, visual art and all of the many majors and careers stemming from these areas, make life better for all of us. We also know others will make choices in their own studies that fill in where we are weak. My daughter-in-law is a tax accountant. I know I couldn’t do that job but I am glad she and others like her are out there! We can all make life richer for each other and ourselves when all our strengths work together and when we all are able to receive a good education. All these areas are codependent. One is no more important than another. This is all represented by the spiral in the center of the circle and the “rays” extending outward from it.

I am not going to reveal every bit of the symbolism in this piece but I will tell you there are parts that represent civilization, nature and history. There are sections that stand for our mistakes and successes and pathways we have chosen because of them. Perhaps when it is finished, you can study it a while and see what is revealed to you…

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
William Butler Yeats

More Functional Art!

September 16, 2010

Here is a picture of a serving platter that I found while on vacation last summer up in the Traverse City (Michigan) area.  It is just simple glass (not crystal), but the coloring and design remind me of New Orleans and Mardi Gras!  This lime green, purple, and gold platter measures 13.25 inches in diameter and is a perfect serving dish for my cheesecakes.  In addition to the coloring, this platter even has a few fleur de lis cut into the design.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!  (Let the good times roll)!

And, speaking of cheesecakes, I’ve recently altered my Irish Cream Cheesecake recipe by substituting dark chocolate for the usual semi-sweet mini chocolate chips.  Wow, it was most tasty!