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Postcard: Chihuly Glass

written by Penny Sadler

If you still haven’t seen the Chihuly Glass exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum, you’ve got exactly twenty-one days left. And since December 21st is supposed to be the end of the world as we know it, you might want to play it safe and go now.

I wrote about the Chihuly Glass Exhibit in my October Events in Dallas post. Since then, the exhibition has been extended until the 31st of December, 2012. Good thing too, as the Chihuly Glass Exhibit has brought record numbers of visitors (from all over the world) to the Dallas Arboretum.

I’ve seen the exhibit on three different occasions and each time I discovered something I had not seen previously, or I saw the same sculpture in a new way. The time of day you’re there makes a huge difference, as you can imagine. I think night time is the prettiest, but Chihuly nights sold out before I even realized the exhibit had been extended. Check the Dallas Arboretum’s website for ticket information and hours. The next best time to view the glass is late afternoon, from about 4:00 – 5:00 pm, just before sunset. The low angle of the sun creates some lovely reflections on the glass, especially the sculptures with water features.

I went to the Dale Chihuly website and discovered he worked at the Venini glass factory in Venice, Italy, where he developed the techniques he still employs today. See, there’s always an Italian connection somewhere, if you just dig a little.

Chihuly  Dallas Arboretum ©pennysadler 2012

For more information on Dale Chihuly and his art see:  Plan Travel To See American Art Icon: Dale Chihuly

All materials copyright Penny Sadler 2012.

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rika9 January 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Are you from Dallas/north Texas? I’ve been trying to find more local blogs to follow.. but it looks like I followed you without realizing the local connection.

Penny January 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Yes. I’m a local yokel. 🙂 I followed you as well. I loved your story about your hair. Local is good. I wish more Dallas tweeps would engage. I don’t get it.

Penny December 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm

If you’re coming to Dallas, definitely let me know. Love to show you around. Chihuly will be here 3 more weeks then, ciao.

megtraveling December 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Chihuly’s art is gorgeous and well worth a visit to Dallas to see!


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