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Chihuly Drawings, beautifully presented, well worth seeing

5 May
From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

I recently visited the Museum of Glass to take in the Chihuly Drawings exhibition.  The beautifully curated show impressed me beyond expectation. I have some familiarity with Dale Chihuly’s drawings, due to past experience photographing some of them for the American Heart Association, who he has donated to. I know the nuances of his painting, from trying to capture their vibrance and reflectivity at the same time. But to see the collections now on exhibition at the Museum of Glass is breathtaking. I especially enjoyed the collection of pieces near the back gallery.

Chihuly Drawings continues through June 30, 2015. I suggest you plan to take some time exploring this exhibit, it’s worth pondering. And, while you are there, if you haven’t seen the Patra Passage exhibition, that should be on your list as well. You will be more than happy you did.


From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.


What: Chihuly’s Venetians: The George R. Stroemple Collection
Where: Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street
When: July 19, 2015 – January 4, 2016
More information: www.museumofglass.org, (866) 468-7386

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support the Museum of Glass through the Arts Anchor Fund.


Dane Gregory Meyer PhotographyThis review was written by Tacoma Arts Commission Vice Chair Dane Meyer. Dane has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and owns Dane Gregory Meyer Photography. He has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2009 in a desire to give back to the community and support the arts as an economic engine and core for Tacoma.

Tributes to Chihuly and LeMay Museum at MOG

17 May

Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly, May 19-Oct. 21, 2012

Classic Heat, May 23-Jan. 2013

“Persian Sea Forms” by Dale Chihuly. Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass.

In celebration of next week’s opening of Chihuly Garden & Glass in Seattle, the Museum of Glass presents “Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly” which showcases rarely-exhibited works made by Dale Chihuly.  The exhibition features 30 transitional pieces—including Cylinders, Sea Forms and Macchias from the 1960s through the 1980s—from prominent local collections and the museum’s permanent collection. Collectively, the works chronicle Chihuly’s influence as an artist, a visionary and a pioneer of the American Studio Glass movement.

The central piece of the exhibition in an historic 33-piece installation titled Persian Sea Forms (pictured) that was gifted to MOG in 2011.  The work was created in 1988 by a small team of artists—including lead gaffers Martin Blank and Richard Royal—and assembled by Chihuly as a design experiment.

Origins will remain on view through October 21, 2012.  Stop by and see the early works from a glass legend!

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One-of-a-kind hood ornament. Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass.

The second exhibition opening in May is “Classic Heat”, a collection of large-scale glass hood ornaments created in collaboration with LeMay – America’s Car Museum.  The Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team and artist John Miller created the sculptures that were inspired by classic designs from various American automakers, including the 1952 Buick 8 Special, 1957 Chevy 210 and the 1929 Ford Model A.  While the sculptures reference the original emblems, the finished pieces include elements from various makes and models.  The collection consists of eight sculptures, half of which will be displayed at each museum.

“America’s Car Museum hopes to partner with the other cultural organization in our community on an ongoing basis. This initial project is an opportunity for us and the Museum of Glass to work on a project that embodies what each celebrates,” said Scot Keller, ACM chief marketing and communications officer. “The Museum of Glass provided the artistry while ACM provided the inspiration.” Continue reading

10 in 10: 2002 Museum of Glass Transforms Tacoma Skyline

30 Dec

(This piece concludes our 10 in 10 series spotlighting 10 of the top people, ideas and organizations to hit Tacoma in the past decade. 10 in 10 was conceived in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Art at Work Month, Tacoma’s premier annual cultural event, and a month-long celebration of the arts.)

"Cone Study No. 3," the tilted cone at the Museum of Glass. Photo: Sharon Styer

The Museum of Glass opened its doors in 2002 and Tacoma instantly won a place on the international art map. This spectacular, world-class museum grew out of a conversation 10 years earlier between Phil Phibbs, recently retired president of the University of Puget Sound; and Tacoma native, glass visionary, and co-founder of the Pilchuck Glass School, Dale Chihuly. The two agreed that the emergent Studio Glass Movement deserved its own showcase, and that Tacoma should be its nexus. The idea would unfold over the next several years, achieving undreamed of success with its opening in 2002.

"The Glass Ceiling," the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Photo: Sharon Styer

Today, the Museum of Glass forms the most recognizable silhouette on the Tacoma skyline. The MoG operates a top-flight learning facility for glass artists, with a Hot Shop Amphitheatre located inside its 90′-high tilted cone. Master glass artists from all over the world teach and exhibit at the MoG, and artists from other mediums are also represented in the galleries. The Chihuly Bridge of Glass, connecting the museum to downtown Pacific Ave.,  is a tribute to the glass artist who helped make an incredible vision a reality, and elevated Tacoma’s status as an art center.

Photographs of the Museum of Glass and art by Sharon Styer.

Enjoy past stories in our 10-in-10 Series:

10 in 10: 2003 New Tacoma Art Museum Unveiled
10 in 10: 2004 Scattered Ephemera
10 in 10: 2006 City Arts Magazine Hits Tacoma

10 in 10: 2001 Free Ya Mind
10 in 10: 2006 the Broadway Center Shines Anew

10 in 10: 2001 The Birth of Tacoma’s Very Own Volcano
10 in 10: 2005 The AMOCAT Awards

10 in 10: The F.W. Woolworth Building
10 in 10: 2001 Tacoma Gets Smart (UW-Tacoma and SOTA)

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