Saturday, May 14, 2016

Chihuly in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Chihuly

I recently had the pleasure of touring the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with a couple of girlfriends.  I had read in the paper that there would be a Chihuly glass exhibit in the gardens so I called my friends up and said, “Let’s go!”

              


What a fabulous time we had that day!  The weather was perfect, even though it had been predicted earlier in the week to rain.  The sun was warm, the skies were blue and there was a gentle breeze to cool us off.
             



If you are unfamiliar with Chihuly glass, I will tell you a little about the artist, Dale Chihuly.  He was born in 1941 in Tacoma, WA.  He was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington.  He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and ultimately taught a glass class there for more than 10 years.


He received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1968 and went to work at Venini Glass Factory in Venice, Italy.

His glass work is included in over 200 museums.  His last exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens was in 2004 and was very well received. To help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the gardens, he agreed to exhibit his work again.  



There are about 19 installations throughout the gardens.  Each exhibit is designed to be site specific with a third of them created uniquely for the gardens.  At night, the glass is bathed in light and is truly spectacular!
I was there during the day and each piece was fantastic.


                      
        
The green and yellow installation is in the orchid house and I believe is his interpretation of the orchids in glass.  Speaking of orchids, here are some of the fabulous ones we saw that day.
         





         

The vibrant colors of the blown glass and gorgeous flowers will be an inspiration for me with my handmade jewelry when I walk into my studio!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016