Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Corning Museum of Glass is Worth Stopping to See

“Oh my God, it’s a Chihuly!” I exclaimed. “Look, Ed. This is the artist whose exhibit I raved about when I visited the Fairchild Gardens in Florida. See why I delighted in his work. It’s expressive, bright, and a visual treat to the eye.”

The Chihuly design was the first piece of contemporary art to greet us when we entered the admissions lobby of the Corning Museum of Glass. This was unexpected! And as we furthered explored the exhibit halls, more pleasures and innovations captured our attentions.

The Corning Museum of Glass is more than just glass art and history. We saw a demonstration of glass blowing. We learned about glass inventions from the simple Pyrex baking dish every woman receives as a bridal shower gift to the safety glass in a car windshield. Contemporary art in glass that only great artists can create. And, rooms of glass displays – lights, crystal ware, vases, a chess set, and the largest paperweight commissioned for one of the museum’s past anniversaries.

This is a museum not to be overlooked or rushed through. The two day pass is well worth the time spent and the enjoyment gained.

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY - September 14 & 15, 2007

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