Who would have thought there would be such an amazing exhibit of Chihuly glass in Reading, PA? I should not have been surprised. Reading is the fifth largest city in PA and also home to GoggleWorks, a factory building turned into artists' studios.
The Reading Public Museum is host to the Chihuly: Venetians Exhibit until January 8, 2017. The glass works came from the George Stroemple collection in Oswego, Oregon. There are 60 pieces of blown glass which were done in collaboration with Murano Italian glass artists Lino Tagliapietra and Pino Signoretto that were created in the late '90s. There was a wonderful video showing these Masters turning glass into liquid taffy at the entrance to the exhibit. Here's a snippet of a video:
Many of them were large amazing pieces of art. My favorite ones, however, in this exhibit were his piccolo, smaller series.
It's just amazing how they coil the glass. You have to watcmake h the video.
Here's one of the flatter pieces that I liked. The color is so rich and deep.
There were other galleries in the museum. I am a big fan of religious art. It's usually about the shape of the frame.
This one is Russian and is a combo of a metal repousse and a painting.
I also loved the gift shop. I found lots of beautiful items made by local artists that were very reasonably priced as well as other items. I did some damage and got a great tip from the gift shop manager for a restaurant for lunch - Say Cheese. It was in West Reading with lots of cute shops.
It was indeed yummy. I love topping off a cultural visit with food.
And this was my favorite window eye candy. Wouldn't that be a great view outside your window?