I really hope all of our locals got a chance to see the exhibit by internationally renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts before it closed recently. If you didn't, you missed a feast of visual goodness.
I'm sure all of you have seen NatGeo documentaries where they explore the ocean floor and investigate the most fantastic things growing in all kinds of colorful shapes imaginable. The works in this exhibit reminded me of that.
Even the reflecting pool just outside of the museum was graced with stunning red glass reeds.
If you love visual arts as I do, this exhibit would have thrilled you to the bone.
The very last photo is just a small sample of the authentic American Indian blankets that Chihuly collects and that have inspired him in his work over the years. The exhibit also included many pieces of colorful and functional glass dishes, as well as a huge table he made that had a top created from a piece of raw wood sliced lengthwise from a giant tree trunk. Very impressive talent!
I threw the photo of champagne glasses in there because we had lunch at the museum's restaurant Amuse. Hey - it's colorful glass, right? I think it fits right in!