This past week, a high school friend…Dianne, who was our Bluebonnet correspondent for the Austin area…was out and about in Texas. Specifically, the Dallas area, where she discovered an artist that our friend Fancy Nancy already knew about. (You can chalk up FN’s knowledge to the fact that she is a public school art teacher and urges those in the area..or not…to get to Dallas at some point between now and November for this exhibit!) Dale Chihuly is the name to look for. (BTW, that has got to be one of my all time favorite surname. And if you click on the name above, you’ll go to his website where a video is featured from a CBS piece.
Dianne posted some of her photos (taken on her iPhone!) from her visit to the Dallas Arboretum at FaceBook and I was blown away! The way the art glass is woven into the landscaping is amazing! I’ve always had a weakness for glass blowing! It absolutely fascinates me and has since childhood. My first encounter with glass blowing was at around age 11 on a visit to The Alamo (yes, I am standing in honor as I type this!) where I found beautiful glass objects being made. Of course, my fav was an intricate baby grand piano! Seeing as how I only had so many quarters saved up, I settled for a pretty little blue teapot, which I still have. Somewhere.
BB and I made a trip to New York back in ’91 and took a tour through the Corning Glass Museum and factory, which is in the fabulous Finger Lake region. Wow!! I could’ve stood and watched the glass blowers for hours. BB had other ideas. I mean he enjoyed watching and learning but had no intentions of hanging around the entire day. But at one point, the guide told us that “one day you’ll be getting pictures through a glass tube” that they were in the process of developing and refining at that very moment. No way! We laughed. Big mistake. Had we invested in those glass tubes, we’d be sitting pretty about right now!!
Anyway, Mr. Chihuly is a master artist! You have to see his work to believe it! So with Dianne’s permission, I’ve “borrowed” some of her photos to share with you.
And no…this has nothing to do with farming. Thank goodness. I’ve just spent the last 2 days getting lunches out to the field, going after parts, etc. Enough already. I need a mental break of the glass blowing kind. Thank you very much!