Dale Chihuly To Appear at Museum of Glass 10th Anniversary Celebration

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Museum of Glass in downtown Tacoma WA, world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is scheduled to appear on Sunday, September 23, 2012. Accompanying Chihuly will be glass artists Joey DeCamp, Flora C. Mace, Joey Kirkpatrick and James Mongrain. The illustrious team will create Soft Cylinders, one of Chihuly’s art glass series. In 2002 when the Museum held its grand opening, Dale Chihuly was the first visiting artist to work in the museum’s hot shop. Chihuly was also one of the principal figures involved with the creation of the Museum of Glass. The Museum of Glass is perhaps most well known for housing Chihuly’s massive ‘Bridge of Glass’ which is 500 feet long.

Museum of Glass Executive Director Susan Warner issued this statement, “We are so pleased to have Dale back at Museum of Glass to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary. His career has paved the way for so many young artists – in fact, he made a special request to ensure students from the Hilltop Artists program have the opportunity to come and see him and his team working in the Hot Shop. Because of Dale, the Pacific Northwest has become a major glass center.”

The Museum of Glass will be open extended hours for the event, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Timed tickets for the Hot Shop demonstrations will be issued; each session will last approximately 50 minutes. The special event tickets are $17 general, $5 for Museum of Glass members (includes museum admission and a timed ticket for one demonstration). No discounts apply. Members will be given first priority to Hot Shop access. Advance tickets are available for purchase beginning Thursday, August 31 at museumofglass.org or at the admission desk.

About the Museum of Glass: was founded in 2002 with the mission to The Museum of Glass to provide a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions. The museum’s distinctive architecture was designed by acclaimed architect Arthur Erickson. In 2007 the museum welcomed its millionth visitor.

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