Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chihuly Glass exhibit in Scottsdale, a visual feast for your creative soul

In Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way, she suggests that to rejuvenate your creative soul, you should take yourself on an "artist date" as much as possible.  I find myself sadly forgetting this treat most of the time.  However, on a recent trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, I discovered a wonderful art exhibit by the renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly in the heart of town at the Desert Botanical Garden.  The exhibit is called Chihuly: The Nature of Glass, and it weaves his breathtaking glass sculptures around some of the areas most dramatic desert scenery.  You'll find art imitating nature and towering saguaro cactus interacting playfully with the vibrant glass.  There are three, four-hour sessions each day to choose from.  If you want the most visual bang for your $15 admission fee, I recommend that you select the 4 p.m to 8 p.m. time slot so you can see the works of art in the dramatic late afternoon sun, and then at night when they are beautifully illuminated.  The exhibit will be at the Desert Botanical Garden through May 31st, and if you are craving a really cool "artist date," I highly recommend escaping to Scottsdale and enjoying this show.

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