Posts Tagged ‘Glass’

Fields of Gold!

December 10, 2017

MosaicBack in September (over the extended Labor Day weekend) I had the occasion to revisit Eureka Springs (Arkansas) with a friend and discovered that a work of art I had taken a liking to on a previous visit (but had not purchased) was still available.  Needless to say, I was not about to leave this shop a second time without securing this piece for my collection.  The artist: Fran Carlin, the title: Fields of Gold, the medium: glass mosaic.  Fran discovered mosaics working under the master, James Hubbell, and later studied in Ravenna, Italy.  Her work is positively stunning and I am delighted to have had this opportunity to add one of her pieces to my collection.

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An Amazing Find!

November 4, 2017

Leelanau GlassHere is yet another fabulous glass sculpture (three pieces on acrylic bases) that I acquired last summer while on vacation in Michigan (Lake Leelanau and Traverse City areas). The Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair, is always held on the last Saturday of July, on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College  and I always manage to find a treasure or two to take home with me.  This multi-piece item caught my eye immediately, and during the course of purchasing the piece(es) I discovered that the artist, John Fletcher, lives right around the corner from our family business!  ‘Tis a small world indeed.  This new acquisition is now “gracing” the ledge between my kitchen and my living room.  Beautiful!

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

 

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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.

 

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!