Catalina Island: Chihuly Exhibit to Open

Eye works by the glass-wonderful artist at a multi-month exhibit.

YOU DON'T NEED TO DIG... too deeply into your bag of florid adjectives and descriptive terms to find all sorts of sublime words to describe the light on Catalina Island. From an orange-pinky sunrise filling Avalon with illumination to the watery sunlight that helps glass-bottom boat guests view beneath-the-waves kelp forests, light plays an important role on the pretty island. That glass is often used to diffuse light, or make it glow even further, is widely known, but we don't often get the chance to view glass wonders while visiting a place that rocks the whole sunshine-moonlight thing so spectacularly. That will change beginning in March 2017 when an exhibit celebrating the colorful artworks of glass-tastic innovator Dale Chihuly debuts at the Catalina Island Museum. The multi-month display is on from...

MARCH 26 THROUGH DEC. 11, 2017, and it will boast a caboodle of twisty, curving, hue-packed, ethereal pieces. This is "the second major exhibition of Chihuly's work in Southern California," and the pieces will be displayed in the museum's "outdoor atrium" and in the "landscaped gardens" (which possess "...views of Catalina's canyons and clear waters"). If you're pondering Chihuly works you've seen in the past — perhaps the ceiling of the Bellagio in Las Vegas or a botanical garden-based show — count on seeing the color and glinting-light gorgeousness that you've known in the past. "Seaforms" and "Red Reeds" are just two of the pieces in the show. Ready to indulge in some glass-lovely art enjoyment on a light-laden island? The notion of glass and Catalina just go together, from the aforementioned glass-bottom boats to the wide-of-window'd buildings that look out onto the harbor. It's an ideal place for the Washington artist's works to glimmer.

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