Sunday, January 24, 2010

Field Trip: Chihuli in Toledo

There's something transcending about visiting an art museum. About an hour and a half from Windsor, there's a gem of an art museum, The Toledo Museum of Art. The Glass Pavilion building is home to an exhibit of Chihuli glass work until Feb. 7th. Admission is free....the part of it I enjoyed the most were the videos showing how Chihuli's team creates their magnificent,organic,beyond-this-world pieces. If you've studied the glass ceiling installation at The Bellagio in Las Vegas you've experienced Chihuli's work on a grand scale.

This photo shows the Chihuli chandelier at the entrance - the only work I was allowed to photograph...something about "copyright". Having just taken a "glass bead workshop" at The Glass Academy in Michigan and struggling to coordinate the torch in one hand and the hot glass in the other to create a few lopsided, lame-looking beads, I was completely in awe of this master artist and his team.

February (the most sunless month in our area) is an excellent time to seek out a local art exhibit and plan an afternoon or day trip.

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