After the initial happy dance, hugs, and hellos....we not only enjoyed our special time together but we were in for a special eye popping, photography op display of Dale Chihuly's magnificent glass creations. Just a wee bit of info on Chihuly, born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941 (you would think with a name like that he would have been born in some exotic place), graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, (I mention this because I graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, TX, only 2,115 miles apart and that is definitely the only thing we have in common). He became an artist in glass blowing and between losing his eyesight in one eye in a horrific car crash in England in 1976 followed by a body surfing accident in 1979 which dislocated his shoulder he could no longer perform the art of glass blowing. It was at this time he became more of the choreographer & director of his pieces, many of which are on display around the world. He has a very unique style and once you have seen a Chihuly you can immediately recognize his pieces for their originality, their beauty and their amazing colors.
But first a few other beauties....Barb H, Terri P, me and Barb B,
I was fascinated with his ability to incorporate his glass pieces into the Desert Botanical Garden, enhancing both the beauty of his pieces as well as the beauty of the desert plant life.
What a terrific day we had together, with two more outings planned before I return home on Friday. It is still snowy and cold in Chicago, cool here in Phoenix but definitely an improvement.
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Until next time....