Friday, March 18, 2011

Melanoma Foundation Presents Chihuly In Boston

Anyone who knows me is fully aware that I cannot visit the city of London without a trip to the Grand Foyer at the Victoria & Albert Museum to stand beneath the incredible glass sculpture of American Glass Artist Dale Chihuly. It is one of my absolute favorite pieces of modern sculpture. So, I was totally excited this week to be presented with the opportunity to actually meet this world-renown artist. If you are a fan of his, whether a Bostonian or visiting the City, and want to support a very worthy cause, please join me at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel for an evening with this amazingly talented artist.

Dale and Leslie Chihuly will attend a reception and book signing to support the Melanoma Foundation of New England on April 5th, just before the unveiling of the exhibition Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

“The Chihuly’s are delighted to help our cause,” said Deb Girard, executive director of the Melanoma Foundation of New England. “We are touched by their interest and generosity.”

The Foundation has planned a reception at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel. From 6:00pm–6:30pm, VIP guests will be treated to a private champagne reception with Dale and Leslie Chihuly and from 6:30-8:30pm, a general reception will continue with Dale and Leslie alongside Gerald W. R. Ward, the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, MFA, Boston and Jim Schantz, Owner & Director of Schantz Galleries Contemporary Glass, Stockbridge, MA. Dale Chihuly will also be available to sign copies of the Through the Looking Glass catalog from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Chihuly was introduced to the art of glass while studying at the University of Washington. Chihuly later enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade. After receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, his newfound passion took him to a glass factory in Venice where he learned the intricacies of glass blowing. Today, Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide and he has been the recipient of innumerable awards, including ten honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

On April 10th, Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass will open at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This exhibition will enhance a long list of accomplishments, including: Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999; more than 1 million visitors attended the Tower of David Museum); Chihuly at the V&A (2001; Victoria and Albert Museum, London); and Chihuly in the Park: A Garden of Glass (2001; Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago).

To attend this special evening, contact the Melanoma Foundation of New England at (800) 557-6352,, or Passes to the VIP champagne reception with Dale and Leslie Chihuly may be reserved for a $500 donation per person. Tickets to the General Reception may be reserved for $250, space is limited.

The Fairmont Battery Wharf is located at Three Battery Wharf in Boston.

If you are not familiar with Chihuly I highly recommend the DVD Chihuly Over Venice as an introduction, where I am sure, you will immediately fall in love with his work.

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