Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Chihuly Illuminated

Last weekend I went to see Chihuly Illuminated, (on view September 25, 2009 – July 4, 2010 at the Columbus Museum of Art - with free admission on Sundays!). The exhibit showcases six large-scale installations never before seen in Columbus, as well as paintings and woven baskets by the artist.

*from the Columbus Museum website:

Chihuly Illuminated is part of Chihuly in Columbus, a city-wide celebration of the art of Dale Chihuly anchored by two major exhibitions at Franklin Park Conservatory and the Columbus Museum of Art. For more information, visit www.chihulyincolumbus.com. Events included on this community calendar reflect the variety and vibrancy of culture and glass in Columbus.

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for over a decade.

In 1968, Chihuly was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work at the Venini factory in Venice, Italy. While in Venice, Chihuly observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art. His work is included in over two hundred museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including eight honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.


roundhead2 said...

Beautiful! The colors are amazing. I would enjoy seeing this. You were blessed to have been living in Columbus to have the chance to see the art up close. I hear the bunnies are suppose to be very nice this year. I still for the life of me cannot understand why people like to talk the talk they do every now and than about the companies business online. Like I want to know, which I do not. I like to see the pictures and know that the regulars of three years are doing good. I keep asking myself what is happening to this world. Found that most need to take their own personal inventory, then they need to take the time to think about what their gossip is doing to someone else who is not involved. Loving glass has nothing to do with some of this trash people want to talk. This sight is for the love of Blenko and learning about good glass. God Bless and say alittle prayer for the ones who judge others, then add a special prayer for the ones who get hurt. Roxie

Anonymous said...

You haven't mentioned your parents car did they get the car back its what 90 days now so I bet they did.
Did State Farm pay?

Anonymous said...

Little Jewish Doc did you go on Sunday?

bridgett said...

you know of course he ( mr c) no longer works
he designs and directs only.

Phani said...

I love glass gardens and glass art. Never visited one but would like to. Have you been to this place B?

Dr.BOB said...

Chichuly takes his glass all over the USA and other countries
he sets up often times the exhibit remains sometimes not.
Well worth a trip to see -

Dr.BOB said...

I'm a big jewish boy
and I will go on a Sunday
any bright person
who is frugal with brain
would do this.
note w/ brain excludes you.

Anonymous said...

are the little elf in the background of # 3 photo?