Posts Tagged ‘art tours’

Photo: Chihuly’s Crystal Towers

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
Chihuly's Crystal Towers at Tacoma's Museum of Glass. Photo: Flickr user ralphhogaboom.

Chihuly’s Crystal Towers at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass. Photo: Flickr user ralphhogaboom.

The Museum of Glass, located in Tacoma, WA, opened to worldwide acclaim in 2002. The idea came ten years earlier, from Phil Phibbs (a retired university president) and Dale Chihuly (see above). Phibbs thought Tacoma was a natural location for such a museum as many local artists had greatly influenced modern art glass. The museum includes an amphitheater where visitors can watch art glass being made; a hands-on glass-making studio; and ever-changing exhibitions by local, national, and international glass artists. See it for yourself and tour Chihuly’s own studio on our Glass Art in Seattle tour, starting August 5.
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Photo: Colorful Chihuly in Tacoma

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
A close up of Dale Chihuly's pedestrian bridge at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Photo: Lane O'Neill, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

A close up of Dale Chihuly's pedestrian bridge at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Photo: Lane O'Neill, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Artist Dale Chihuly is best known for pushing the art of glass-blowing to the limits of (and sometimes past) the imagination. More controversially, some decry the fact that he hasn’t blown glass himself since a car accident that robbed him of one eye and his later shoulder damage in the 1970s. Others counter that most artists have had help since the time of Michelangelo. Whatever your opinions on teamwork, we think Chihuly’s work is worth seeing in person. See it for yourself and tour his studio on our Glass Art in Seattle tour, starting August 5th. Space still available at press time.

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Georgia O’Keeffe at 92

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Thanks to YouTube, we were able to locate this phenomenal video with Georgia O’Keeffe when she was 92 years old. She discusses her love of the New Mexico landscape, her paintings of bones, and her Model-A Ford, among other things. Below the video,  Journeys Study Leader Ellen Bradbury Reid follows up on her previous post about O’Keeffe with more memories of the artist.

Some recollections from Ellen Bradbury Reid, who shared a personal bond with Georgia O’Keeffe in her later years.

“O’Keeffe never wore sunglasses because they changed the color of things. She wore big brimmed black hats. She made or had all her clothes made. She always made her own clothes, even when she was a small girl. When she was at Chatham Academy, an Episcopal girls school in Virginia, she would wear very plain simple dresses. Most of the Chatham girls were from the South and had lace and pretty bows on their dresses, and they longed to dress O’Keeffe up…but she resisted. She once said that if she had to figure out what color to wear each day it would be a waste of time. As a young woman she wore black, brown, and white, but as she grew older she wore only black and white.

O’Keeffe had many patterns for dresses that she saved and reused for years. Most of the dresses were cut on the bias and had batwing sleeves so that they moved beautifully and were comfortable. Once when she was older, her friend Juan Hamilton had a dress made following one of her standard patterns but in a mauve, plum color. O’Keeffe refused to wear it and gave it back to the dressmaker.”

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