St Petersburg Florida and Dale Chihuly

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Good morning everyone-On my Florida getaway I stopped at St Petersburg where they had this place with some of Dale Chihuly's work on display. I learned a lot there about Dale and how he got his start, his education, his car accident in his 30's which rendered him blind in one eye yet he went on to create much more. He is now 74 and is still a driving force behind his works of art.

Another car accident later on injured his arm so that he wasn't able to blow the glass. I learned how they get the color in the pieces. The lady that showed us his work in this place was VERY knowledgeable and it was wonderful learning more about the man who created such beauty.

I was able to have the time also to play with the settings and got some decent shots. I also saw some different sculptures that I hadn't seen when I was in Denver and they had an exhibit in the botanical gardens.

This was a wall of these

These were set up in a room by themselves

This was on the ceiling in one room.

This giant piece went almost all the way to the floor.

These were on the ceiling of this hallway laying on glass the whole length of the hallway

This display was in a room by itself and this first one is taken from one end of it and the next one is from the other end of the same display.

The boat of balls part 2.

The second pic of them was taken at the Botanical garden in Denver and was actually in the water. I didn't know til now what the two together would look like.  Both VERY pretty.

Even with the absence of color it is still a work of art and beautiful.

Seeing these displays was one of the highlights of my mixed bag of my Fla trip.

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Sharon Lee

Comments (36)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Michael Jacobs -You are welcome and his work is amazing.

Feb 05, 2016 06:50 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Sharon, Thanks for sharing Chihuly's work with us!  He has brought some wonderful things into the world and with the help of many other artists helping him along the way.  I saw a documentary on him years back and they showed him at work....he is so open to the ideas of his assistants which endeared me more to the man.  You have a great weekend and 2016!

Feb 06, 2016 12:25 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gloria Todor 

-You are most welcome. His work is amazing and his openness to others ideas are incredible. Says a lot about the man. I would love to see his documentary. Have a great weekend as well and hope you are snow free

Feb 06, 2016 02:16 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

The Chihuly museum is a fastinating place! Now that you are familiar with him you will see his art in many places. Look up the lobby at Bellagio and you will see him there for one. Also I blooged on his installation at Fairchild gardens in Miami last year which was mind blowing!

Feb 07, 2016 09:47 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Sharon, This is a video I found, not the one I mentioned, but it is interesting none the less about Chihuly's team work and other things.  He started out as a weaver of all things!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rZBv1oRwto

Feb 08, 2016 04:01 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Marco Giancola -This is my second place that I have seen his work. On my next visit to Fla I will have to check out his work in Miami.. He had a lot at the Denver Botanical gardens when I went. That was my first experience. I will have to check out the Bellagio. I will have to see if I can find your blog about it.

Hi Gloria Todor Thank you for the video. I remember the tour guide mentioning weaving baskets but didn't realize he had started out doing that.

Feb 08, 2016 07:01 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

When an artist finds you and takes you someplace, go. Explore the sensation that manifests itself in you from the experience. Google his installations and you will be amazed and enlightened! The goal of every artist.

Feb 08, 2016 07:09 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Marco Giancola -Thank you I will do that as his work is fascinating. Just got home from visiting Mom. I love creative people. I have more desire than talent.

Feb 08, 2016 07:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sharon,

Like everyone else, who has commented, we never miss an opportunity to see his works.  Wishing you a happy Wednesday, A

Feb 10, 2016 04:06 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Ron and Alexandra Seigel -On my future trips I won't either if he has any exhibits in the area I am visiting.

Feb 10, 2016 05:35 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Monday morning Sharon Lee -

Wow!  The artwork blew me away..... So glad you shared and hope you enjoy a grand day.

Feb 14, 2016 10:49 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

John McCormack -Thank you and it did me too the first time I saw it a couple years ago. Wishing you and Debbie the same.

Feb 14, 2016 10:55 PM
Sondra Meyer:
Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Sharon, 

I'm glad you got to see more of his work.  I didn't know the story behind him.  

I still smile when I think about the Denver trip.   Maybe I smile more about Dale Poll reaction to your bug picture.   I need to get him to look at these photographs.  These pictures are GREAT!  

I really like the boat on the black.   

Feb 19, 2016 07:32 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Sondra Meyer: I am glad too and the guide was very knowledgeable so it was great getting to know the man who started all this beauty. Yes Dale Poll did make me smile after looking at the first bug pic I took. I think probably he was the only person that could have pulled that off. Thank you that means a lot especially coming from such a talented photographer. Maybe I graduated from that sucky bug pic. LOL  It was kinda fun seeing the two boat of balls pics together. I was happy I got a chance to play with the setting which made for better indoor pics which is hard for me to know whether I get good ones or not.

Feb 19, 2016 08:45 AM
Sondra Meyer:
Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

He's out of town right now, so we will have to wait to get him to look at your new pictures.  

Have a good night.  

Feb 19, 2016 10:14 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Sondra Meyer: You too and hope he will enjoy the pics too.

Feb 19, 2016 11:22 AM
Dale Poll
Dale Poll Photography - Colorado Springs, CO

Hi Sharon Lee the pictures are amazing. You've come a long way since the crappy bug picture. Sondra Meyer: is right, I'm out of town, but wifi is everywhere. No way I would wait another day to see your pics! Good night ladies!

Feb 19, 2016 01:15 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thank you Dale Poll -That is high praise coming from you my friend,  I knew I had to step up to the photo plate if I was going to be in the company of such award winning company like you and Sondra Meyer: Yes wifi is everywhere and I appreciate you stopping in to see my pics. Means a lot. Safe travels.

Feb 19, 2016 08:16 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

The glasswork is amazing. I can't believe all of the color. I've enjoyed visiting your photos again. 

Jul 25, 2016 08:29 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debbie Laity -It is indeed and I enjoyed learning more about him. Thank you for revisiting. Always appreciated. Hope you had a splendid day.

Jul 25, 2016 09:26 AM

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