Saturday, March 19, 2011

Chihuly in St. Petersburg

I was reading a blog post by Nancy Roberts, a swap participant and student of mine, where she talked about exploring the wonders of Florida and an exhibit she saw of a collection of Dale Chihuly's in St. Petersburg. I really love Chihuly and have followed his art for quite a while. His glass pieces are so organic and appealing to me. Steven and I were taking my sister to the Tampa Airport last week, so we thought it would be perfect to swing by St. Petersburg and see the collection on the way home. St. Petersburg itself, is so lovely . . .

I'm playing with photoshop elements . .. .
we had lunch here on Beach Dr - overlooking the waterfront park.

Belgium Ale (with orange slice) and ice tea! 

This was in the gift shop - we could not take photos in the exhibit.

His glass sculpture is near the entrance 

Part of this sculpture was viewed on the inside! 

in the gift shop

Chihuly will paint first - then create his glass pieces.

A couple of years ago I went with my son Dallas, to the New Britain Museum of American Art  in Connecticut where I saw this amazing piece Chihuly did, below -the blue squiggly one.

There was a very similar one I saw in the St. Petersburg Collection. You might want to take a look at the Chihuly Collection website to see more of this collection, or take a look at Dale Chihuly's website. WOW. I could spend a long time on this site if I am not careful!! I have a few additional photos up in a set on my flickr account too.

Enjoy and be inspired! 


  1. I was going to ask if you ate along the waterfront. And I didn't think to take photos in the gift shop! Good idea. But what a wonderful exhibit. I saw an installation at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix two years back. Breathtaking!

  2. Lucky you to be able to see this incredible work up close!
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lenna, his work is amazing. His marriage of color and form are a wonder to look at. This is going to sound funny, but the pink sculpture near the entrance reminds me of rock candy. Do you remember having rock candy as a kid? (You can tell where my mind the sugar bowl!) Terri



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