On Saturday September 22, forty HMA members and a few HMA staff boarded a bus and headed to Biltmore House and Gardens.
After a sociable dinner at Biltmore’s Stable Cafe, the main event was the magical stroll among Dale Chihuly's stunning large-scale glass sculptures lit by dramatic nighttime lighting, casting luminous colors and shapes against dark buildings, water and sky.
A truly moving and memorable experience.
For the photographs above, we thank to HMA members Anita Doran and Paul van Breemen for sharing some of their wonderful impressions of the evening, and also Debbie Reed, HMA Communications & Design Manager.
Dale Chihuly (born 1941) began experimenting with glassblowing in 1965 at the University of Washington, continued with it at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then earned a Masters degree in sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He studied further at the Italian Venini glass factory, where he first saw the team approach to blowing glass. After a 1979 bodysurfing accident he was no longer able to hold the glass blowing pipe, and since then he has hired others to do the work of bringing his very popular designs to reality. His work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including one piece at HMA, and he has received many awards.