I have a confession to make. I've lived in Seattle on four separate occasions and have yet to ride to the top of the Space Needle. I know, I know. However, this past summer, I did finally get a chance to visit the beautiful Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition located at the Seattle Center next to the Space Needle.
While I've seen some of Dale Chihuly's work before, I didn't really know too much about the Tacoma-born artist, his career, or his process. The glass artist was introduced to the medium while studying interior design at University of Washington. Chihuly later went on to study glass art at the first glass program in the country at University of Wisconsin. Later, he continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and also established the glass program and taught at the prestigious school for more than a decade. In 1968 he received a Fulbright Fellowship and began working at the Venini glass factory in Venice. His experience in Venice revealed to him some of the methods that he still uses in his work today. Dale Chihuly co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State, and his work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide.
Me, my husband, and our four-year-old son chose a bright sunny day for our visit, but I guarantee that you'll be able to appreciate the creativity, skill, light, and color even on the darkest of gray days. Our son rushed ahead of us through each section, getting more and more excited. "Mommy! Daddy! Come look! Come look!" I loved seeing him enjoy the experience just as much as I did.
Chihuly Garden and Glass is located in Seattle at 305 Harrison Street. It's open to the public from Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. The last tickets are sold one hour prior to closing times. You can purchase tickets in advance on their website.