The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has three all-new exhibits on display beginning this month including Luminous, an exhibit of glass artwork featuring works over thirty different artists including the renowned northwest artist, Dale Chihuly.
"The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has never had a glass show that is entirely glass," says Executive Director Wesley Jessup. "So we're excited to connect with some of the collectors and museums that feature this art. It's a medium that's very specific to the Pacific Northwest, so were happy that we're able to bring some really amazing work in."
The centerpiece of the exhibit is a massive, five-piece installation by Chihuly titled The Laguna Murano Chandelier, which Chihuly created in the 1990s after a visit to Venice where he collaborated with Venetian glass artists.
Because of the size and fragility of the Chihuly piece, it must be assembled on-site, which never results in exactly the same installation twice.
The exhibit at the MAC features several pieces by Dale Chihuly, in addition to the five large Laguna Murano pieces, but the show also includes work by over thirty lesser known glass artists from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.
In addition to the glass exhibit, which opens to the public Saturday, February 23rd, there are two other brand new exhibits currently on display. Into the Arctic features the large scale arctic landscapes of painter and explorer Cory Trepanier, and The Inuit Art of Povungnituk showcases the distinctive sculpture and printwork of indigenous artists from arctic Quebec.
All three exhibits will be available for public viewing at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane beginning Saturday February 23rd.