Brian & I finally had an opportunity to tour the permanent exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s work. Pure love! The exhibit, located next door to the Seattle Space Needle, opened last year.
It includes an exhibit hall that contains eight galleries and three drawing walls, offering a comprehensive look at his series of work,
a glasshouse with a suspended 1,400-piece, 100 foot-long sculpture,
and finally, my favorite, a garden which beautifully blends plant life with Chihuly sculpture. Amazing!
Dale Chihuly is our own native son, born in Tacoma, WA in 1941. He studied interior design at the University of Washington, and continued studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.
In 1968 on a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice, where he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971 he founded the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State.
Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, and here in Seattle we are so proud that this permanent exhibit of his work has been established. If you live here or are planning a visit, I hope you will make time to see this fabulous display. To learn more, click HERE
Until next time…
Cheers from Seattle!