1510754456 <![CDATA[Blog]]> http://chihulygardenandglass.com/ en info@chihulygardenandglass.com Copyright 2016 2016-12-07T19:25:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Return of the Community Hot Shop]]> https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/return-of-the-community-hot-shop https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/return-of-the-community-hot-shop#When:19:25:00Z Chihuly Garden and Glass welcomes back the Community Hot Shop running now through June 2018.

To deepen guests’ understanding of the glassblowing process, community artists will host live glassblowing demonstrations and Q & A sessions every day between 11am – 6pm. In celebration of the holidays, holiday-themed glassblowing demonstrations will also be available as part of Seasonal Sundays.


<![CDATA[A Closer Look at Glass Art in America]]> https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/glass-art-in-america https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/glass-art-in-america#When:22:16:00Z Though glass is tied to ancient traditions found in Europe, it is a relatively young art form in the United States. Just over 50 years ago American factory facilities were producing glass works, but the concept of “glass art” had not yet come into existence in America. It took glass pioneer and University of Wisconsin ceramics professor Harvey Littleton’s launch of the first glass program in 1962 to bring the idea of studio glass in the United States to fruition.

Since those beginnings, interest and experimentation with glass art has flourished. Organizations like the Pilchuck Glass School and the Glass Art Society in the Pacific Northwest, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and The Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York became pillars in the glass art community, making their regions central to the studio movement in the United States.

Here in Seattle you don’t have to go far to run into an opportunity to watch glass being blown, experience it in a gallery or museum exhibition or take a glass blowing class yourself. Due in part to the influence of Dale Chihuly and his founding of Pilchuck Glass School, the Pacific Northwest is a leading region for glass. That got us thinking, have the prominent regions for glass in America changed throughout recent years? We couldn’t find any current, relevant data around the state of glass in America, so we decided to take matters into our own hands.

We partnered with the Glass Art Society to conduct a comprehensive study to gauge public interest in glass art, explore the activity taking place in different regions renowned for glass art, and provide a benchmark by which to measure future growth and trends in the industry. Check out the results, along with interviews from those in the glass community, at landscapeofglass.com

<![CDATA[Glass and the Mayor’s Arts Awards]]> https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/glass-and-the-mayors-arts-awards https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/glass-and-the-mayors-arts-awards#When:16:47:00Z Every year, through the Office of Arts and Culture, the Mayor’s office recognizes the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts with the Mayor’s Arts Awards. Seeing an opportunity to bring attention to the local glass community, Chihuly Garden and Glass partnered with the Office of Arts and Culture in 2015 and funded the creation of the awards. Emerging glass artist Manuel Castro was tapped to develop five glass works to be presented to the honored artists.

Originally from Washington D.C., Castro has been blowing glass in the Seattle area for nearly two decades. He was first introduced to the art of glassblowing at Pratt Fine Arts Center in 1998 and later began to work with glass artist Luca Rattazzi as part of the Manifesto glass team—a premiere glass studio in Seattle. In addition, he was also part of world-renowned artist Lino Tagliapietra’s Seattle glassblowing team. The opportunity for Castro to work with Tagliapietra, a living maestro (masterglassblower), instilled a deep passion and respect for traditional glassblowing techniques.

“My exposure to artists and glass art organizations allowed me to hone my skills and comprehension of glassblowing,” said Castro. I wanted my partnership on The Mayor’s award to not only give recognitionto the artists, but to also stimulate inventiveness. The glass disk with over lapping lines has a small window in the center enabling the eye to physically look through the sculpture.”  

Following the success of 2015, Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Office of Arts and Culture will continuethe partnership into the future. The collaboration will ensure the Pacific Northwest’s great tradition ofglass will play a role in one of Seattle’s most revered arts events.

<![CDATA[VineArts]]> https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/vine-arts https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/vine-arts#When:18:05:00Z A Night of Artful Pairings Returns

Thu, November 17, 2016: 6–9pm

Join Chihuly Garden and Glass for a night that will delight. Sip and savor your way through wine tastings and food pairings while surrounded by the beauty of Dale Chihuly’s art.

Sample seven “mystery” wines from favorite local wineries including last year’s winner, Baer Winery, and vote on your favorite. Be surprised as we reveal the wines in the Glasshouse with a Q&A hosted by Master Winemaker Bob Betz, leaving plenty of time to enjoy live music by the Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band and meet the vintners. Enjoy deliciously unique chocolate pairings from jcoco chocolates.

2016 Wineries:

Browne Family Vineyards
Dusted Valley
Long Shadows Vintners
Pepper Bridge Winery
Synne Cellars
Owen Roe
Woodward Canyon

And the 2015 winner....
Baer Winery

$69 + tax & gratuity


<![CDATA[Protecting the Pollinators that Inhabit our Garden]]> https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/protecting-the-pollinators https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/protecting-the-pollinators#When:23:07:00Z Chihuly Garden and Glass has joined The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. What’s that you ask?

Organized by the National Pollinator Garden Network, The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge is anational campaign to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that protect bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Pollinating animals and insects are important to gardens as they sustain plant reproduction.

Although Chihuly Garden and Glass is located in the heart of Seattle, a wide variety of wildlife depend on our garden. So many, in fact, that we are a certified wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. Northern Saw-Whet owls, honeybees, squirrels, hawks, Ruby-Throated and Anna’s
Hummingbirds can all be found inhabiting the garden. Bees enjoy our Sea Holly, Verbena and Hardy Geraniums while the hummingbirds often seek our Honeysuckle vine and Mahonia plantings. Sometimes you may even catch a few very artsy American Robins in our Pacific Sun installation.

So, next time you visit, keep an eye out for the pollinators and wildlife that thrive here.

<![CDATA[Summer Nights]]> https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/summer-nights1 https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/summer-nights1#When:17:04:00Z Chihuly Garden and Glass Welcomes Back Summer Nights

The Seattle sun is back, which means we’re ready to kick-off our 2016 Summer Night’s music series with our friends at the Seattle Music Commission!

With an emphasis on local musicians, Summer Nights celebrates the wide-range of creativity that makes up Seattle’s vibrant music and arts community. Performances take place in the Art Plaza (or the Arbor at Collections Café in the event of rain) Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm July 7 through August 25.

This year’s lineup includes:  

July 7:  The Daphnes
July 14:  Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
July 21:  Tomo Nakayama
July 28:  Bryan Albert

August 4:  Maggie Laird
August 11:  Eric Tollefson
August 18:  The Parker Duo
August 25:  Tekla Waterfield

All performances are included in the price of admission. Tickets can be purchased online or in-person at the admissions desk. Food specials and drinks will also be available for purchase. Come make the most of your summer nights. 

To learn more about our partnership, check out the Seattle City of Music 2020 Vision and the Seattle Music Commission’s website.

<![CDATA[Chihuly Garden and Glass Celebrates 4th Anniversary]]> https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/4th-anniversary https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/4th-anniversary#When:23:03:00Z It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years since we opened the doors at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Our anniversary has come to be a time for us to celebrate the arts that make up the fabric of our community, and this year will be no different.

On Sunday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. local arts organizations will present a variety of activities and programming, all free with admission, in the Glasshouse.

Events will kick-off with Northwest Folklife Festival presenting Ana Montes and Gansango Music and Dance, followed by storytelling by Seattle Children’s Theatre and a performance by the Seattle Opera. In addition to the live performances, other activities will include: a drawing jam by Gage Academy of Art, screen printing by The Vera Project, origami flower making by Pratt ArtBridge Scholarship awardee Celeste Cooning, seed planting and card making by Chihuly Garden and Glass and other activities by the Seattle Children’s Museum.

While you’re at Seattle Center be sure to check out some of the other great activities going on for the weekend.

<![CDATA[Exclusive Hand-Blown Ornaments]]> https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/exclusive-hand-blown-ornaments https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/exclusive-hand-blown-ornaments#When:18:47:00Z Each year The Bookstore at Chihuly Garden and Glass works with a local artist to offer hand-blown ornaments to benefit a local arts organization. The 2015 ornament series features the work of artist Dan Friday and benefits Seattle Symphony’s youth program Link Up.

This year features 6 colors of hand-blown glass giving every ornament a unique one-of-a-kind appearance. Each Ornament will come with a ribbon, gift box and informational insert. 


To place an order or for more information, please call 206.753.4931 or email BOOKSTORE@CHIHULYGARDENANDGLASS.COM

Community Give Back
30% of each purchase will support Seattle Symphony’s youth program Link Up. Link Up is a music curriculum and participatory concert experience that has grown to serve more than 10,000 students in grades 3–5 annually. Students learn to sing and play orchestral repertoire through the hands-on Link Up curriculum, then perform along with the Seattle Symphony.

Artist Dan Friday
Daniel Joseph Friday is a Native of the Lummi Nation and a lifelong resident of Washington State’s Puget Sound region. Drawing from cultural themes and using modern processes, Friday’s work is contemporary in format while maintaining basic Native American qualities. Dan has spent the past two decades working with artists such as Dale Chihuly, Paul Marioni, and Preston Singletary. Friday lives in Seattle, where he maintains an independent glass studio. His work can be found in collections around the world.

<![CDATA[White Winter Tower with Golden Putti]]> https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/white-winter-tower-with-golden-putti https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/white-winter-tower-with-golden-putti#When:22:22:00Z November 10, 2015 – January 1, 2016

Our holiday tradition, White Winter Tower with Golden Putti, is officiallly here! This temporary exhibition, which made its debut in 2014, has been reimagined and is back with a new look for the 2015 holiday season.

Guests can take advantage of special tours and talks related to the Tower, which celebrates the Venetian influence on Chihuly’s work. It also features elements of the artist’s adored Putti series.

<![CDATA[VineArts: A Celebration of Washington Wines]]> https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/vinearts https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/site/vinearts#When:17:35:00Z Calling all oenophiles! (That means wine lovers – we couldn’t resist.)

On Thursday, November 12 at 6 p.m. we’re hosting an evening of Washington wine tastings plus local bites prepared by Chef Thomas Kollasch of Collections Café.

The event kicks off in the Glasshouse and will feature wines from Baer Winery, Brian Carter Cellars, Charles Smith Wines, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Force Majeure Vineyards, Tranche Cellars and Ambassador Wines of Washington.

The fun part? We’ll do a blind tasting of a Bordeaux blend from each winery. At the end of the night, guests vote on their favorite and the winning winemaker will take home a People’s Choice Award!

Tickets and more info are available here. Hope to see you there, stained teeth and all.