For an artist, there can be few disasters more damaging than a loss of vision. And yet, this is exactly what happened to world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly in 1976 when an auto accident in England cost him the sight in his left eye.
After months of recuperation and soul searching, he made the momentous decision to take a step back as sole creator and become “more choreographer than dancer, more supervisor than participant, more director than actor” in his work.
Now he has three studios and a talented team of prolific glassblowers creating fragile masterpieces which are enthralling art fans around the world. His ethereal splashes of color decorate museums, office buildings, casinos, churches, gardens, and even bourbon distilleries.
“I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in some way that they’ve never experienced.” –Dale Chihuly
On a mid-winter trip to replenish our vitamin D supply, we visited the outstanding Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, and were astounded with the size and variety of the jaw-dropping exhibit.
An art teacher friend of mine once told me that to truly appreciate a work of art it’s helpful to know a bit about its meaning: what’s the message? This always struck me as pretty esoteric stuff, and try as I might, I frequently can’t work out exactly what the artist is saying. But the thing I love about Chihuly’s work is that I don’t have to worry about all this artsy-fartsy business. His colorful pieces are standouts and simply a feast for the eyes: pure, unadulterated eye candy.
This year has been trying for everyone, and a bit of candy will do us all some good. We hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing and healthy holiday. Take care of yourselves and loved ones.
Happy Trails, James & Terri
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Photo Credits: 6. Bryan Ohno