Chihuly exhibit arrives in Salem

Chihuly’s Ruby Red Putti Venetian with Gilt Ram and Twin-Headed Dragon (1994), will be part of the Hallie Ford Art Museum exhibit.

Glasswork from world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly will be on exhibit at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem. The exhibit opens Saturday June 5 and will run through August 29.

Dale Chihuly: Cylinders, Macchia, and Venetians from the George R. Stroemple Collection, will be displayed in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby.

The exhibition will feature 72 glass vessels and includes Chihuly’s Irish Cylinders, inspired by Irish themes, St. Patrick’s Day, and James Joyce’s Ulysses; his Macchia (Italian for spotted and/or stained), flamboyantly shaped vessels in virtually every color combination imaginable; and his Venetians, traditional vessel forms—cones, cylinders, amphorae, bowls, and ginger jars—with elaborate surface decoration and embellishment. In addition, the exhibition includes a range of his drawings from the early 1980s to the early 1990s.

Dale Chihuly is an internationally recognized glass artist who helped revolutionize the studio glass movement in the 1960s and 1970s, co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School in 1971 and who has pushed the boundaries of the glass medium to new heights of artistic skill and technical virtuosity since the 1980s. His work can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.

The George R. Stroemple Collection is recognized as one of the most significant collections of artwork documenting the studio glass movement in the Pacific Northwest and is considered by many to be the most significant collection of Dale Chihuly’s artwork in private hands.

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