First off, I know I promised a post on Portland. But, the weather was brutal that day…high, high winds and a deluge of rain. The report was that this was a highly unusual storm for June and was due to last at least two days. So, we decided to pack it in and head up to Tacoma/Seattle area.
And were we ever glad we did!
We made this into an all out “Hunt for Chihuly!” and we managed to go to not one, not two, not three…but FOUR Chihuly exhibits in one day. We persevered!
We first went to the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) and saw the beautiful permanent collection of glass from Chihuly. Plus, we took in several other exhibits – mostly American Southwestern Art which included two Georgia O’Keefe paintings!
Next, we walked up the street to the Union Station. This is a converted train station that is now Tacoma’s court house. In the main lobby, they have multiple Chihuly pieces on view. And, it is free to just wander into (after the guard gets your name and ID).
Then, we went across the Bridge of Glass to the Museum of Glass. The tradition of Glass blowing is very strong here due in large part to Chihuly’s contribution and inspiration. Once inside the museum, you can observe a glass blowing demo, view several incredible galleries and shop in the really great gift shop. Wonderful place…and a really oddly beautiful piece of architecture. Next, we headed off to downtown Seattle to catch the Chihuly in the Garden exhibit. This was located right at the base of the Space Needle (which we also did!). Needless to say, this exhibit was breathtaking. I was in glass heaven.
And the city of Seattle was pretty cool, too!
So, that is our day. Next up is a post about crossing the border into Canada and our visit to the Vancouver area.
Thanks for coming on the trip with me!