On this hot Saturday afternoon in June my family and I drove across town to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art to check out the newest outdoor sculptures by glass maker and installation artist Dale Chihuly. Dale Chihuly has taken the art of glassblowing to a higher level by pulling teams of master glassblowers to create large scale outdoor and indoor vibrantly colored installations. His work sets beautifully amongst the botanical gardens found at Cheekwood. It was a wonderful way to spend a sunny day outdoors in nature. This exhibit is also open on Thursday and Friday nights where his installations are transformed by light. Might have to go back for that experience!
6. June 2010
4. December 2009
This morning my friend forwarded an article about artist Ran Hwang’s installations made from thousands of buttons (click on name to read article.) I love his work so much I wanted to share. I have always wanted to incorporate buttons into my soft sculptures and/or installations. I think I have found the inspiration to push the ideas I have experimented with in the past.
Dangerous Minds | Wall Installations Made From Thousands of Buttons
http://ranhwang.com/ artist’s website
12. February 2009
Last spring I participated in an exhibition called The Cradle Project.
The Cradle Project was an art installation composed of over five hundred cradles made by artists from around the world. This exhibition was created by founder Naomi Natale to raise awareness and financial support for the estimated 48 million orphaned children in Sub-Saharan Africa due to disease and poverty.
Each cradle was sponsored for at least one hundred dollars. Along with auctioning some of the cradles, The Cradle Project also raised money by choosing seventy cradles to be featured and published in a book called The Cradle Project: Benefiting the FireLight Foundation.
My cradle was chosen!
I was honored to be chosen and even more honored to participate in an exhibition that gave me an opportunity to use my artwork for a greater purpose.
I hope to be involved in more exhibits like this one, or even coordinate one myself.
All proceeds from this exhibition went to The FireLight Foundation. The FireLight Foundation awards grants to grassroots programs providing food, shelter, eduction, and health care to orphaned and sick children in Sub-Saharan Africa due to poverty and HIV/AIDS. Thanks to The Cradle Project this foundation can award $90,000 to these programs!
To learn more about this exhibition and foundation, see more of the cradles, make a donation, or purchase a copy of the book please visit www.thecradleproject.org.
8. February 2009
Hannah looking down at the musicians and listening to the live music.